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Closing the Wiener Zeitung would mean the loss of some 100 jobs at an especially difficult time for everyone working in the media, and when Austria has slipped to 18th place in terms of media freedom according to the Reporters Without Borders index.

Is an EU directive killing the oldest newspaper in the world: the Wiener Zeitung?

By: EBR | Monday, March 29, 2021

The oldest daily newspaper in the world still publishing, the ‘Wiener Zeitung’, is in danger of being closed down

"While Germany goes to the polls in six months, on September 26, the public’s attention is still elsewhere."

Merkel’s Fall from Grace

By: EBR | Monday, March 29, 2021

Germany’s long-term leading government party faces an uncertain political future

French President Emmanuel Macron warned Thursday that the European Union would have to do more and beef up its already massive €750 billion ($885 billion) virus recovery fund as a result.

Pandemic upsurge hits Europe recovery hopes

By: EBR | Monday, March 29, 2021

An upsurge in new coronavirus cases is forcing governments across Europe into new, damaging lockdowns that threaten to delay a much hoped-for return to growth

Due to the pandemic, travellers want “safe, clean and more sustainable tourism”, Parliament says, calling on member states to fully implement common criteria for safe travel without delay.

MEPs demand safe and clean travel

By: EBR | Friday, March 26, 2021

EU criteria for safe and clean travel, a common vaccination certificate and an EU hygiene seal for businesses must be part of a new EU strategy on tourism, MEPs say

"In 2020, the EU rejected austerity politics in favor of a redistributive recovery fund, which raised the EU’s seven-year budget to €1.8 trillion ($2.1 trillion). A green and digital transformation of the economy seemed to signal a reinvention of the European model."

European Leaders Are Facing Their Armageddon

By: EBR | Friday, March 26, 2021

Europe’s messy handling of the second and third waves of the coronavirus pandemic and the stalling of vaccination programs highlight the EU’s deep contradictions. The union’s ability to bounce back—let alone bounce back better—is now in question

"The Conference on the Future of Europe will be an important opportunity to hear from the citizens what they expect from Europe."

European political parties play a key role now and in the future

By: EBR | Friday, March 26, 2021

The Conference on the Future of Europe should not be a PR exercise but a genuine people’s convention to deliberate all the tough issues we face together and to hear what citizens expect from Europe

“We intend to table the proposal by June this year, with the aim to make the levy operational from 2023 onwards.”

Commission on track for digital levy proposal by June

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The European Commission is on track with plans to present a digital tax by June despite recent progress at the level of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

“There is absolutely no trace of any involvement of private operators in this project,” Olivier Onidi, Deputy Director-General of the Commission’s DG HOME told MEPs in the Civil Liberties Committee.

Commission seeks to calm fears over Europol’s decryption platform

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The European Commission has issued assurances to MEPs that Europol’s new decryption platform will not be used to abuse data protection standards and will maintain closely guarded access rights over the data retrieved

“Yes. There’s a big problem. We’re dealing with it. And what about your human rights issues?”.

Why Europe Need Not Fail Over Human Rights

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 24, 2021

The Biden administration is making the defense of human rights one of its foreign policy priorities. Other democracies, particularly in Europe, should actively support this shift

“The world still has a “fighting chance” to limit global warming by ending dependence on coal,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said earlier this month.

Why Europe’s role must be to lead the world out of coal for good

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 24, 2021

As European energy and environment ministers join their peers at the International Energy Agency’s COP26 Net-Zero summit, they must set the pace for the global phase-out of coal

The EU’s updated proposal for gas plants is part of its Sustainable Finance Taxonomy, which defines what economic activities can be marketed in Europe as sustainable investments from next year.

EU to offer gas plants a green finance label, under certain conditions

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

The European Union plans to label some gas power plants as sustainable investments, after an initial proposal to deny them a green label faced a backlash from a group of 10 EU member states

“For the first time since the Second World War, there is a real risk that the generation of today’s young adults ends up less well-off than their parents. Europe cannot afford to lose the most educated age group it has ever had and let generational inequality condemn its future.”

European recovery sidelines the young generation

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Despite being the most affected group by the coronavirus-induced crisis, young Europeans feel increasingly left out from the plans for post-pandemic recovery

"The EU needs a different catch-up strategy."

The EU’s ’digital compass’ is no road map to success

By: EBR | Tuesday, March 23, 2021

This decade, according to the European Commission, is going to be ‘the digital Twenties’, with the EU recovering ground it has lost both as user and producer of the new technologies that are key to future wealth and prosperity. But how can it be achieved?

SURE is a crucial element of the EU’s comprehensive strategy to protect citizens and mitigate the severely negative socio-economic consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Report confirms SURE’s success in protecting jobs and incomes

By: EBR | Monday, March 22, 2021

Τhe Commission has published its first preliminary assessment of the impact of SURE, the €100 billion instrument designed to protect jobs and incomes affected by the COVID-19 pandemic

"We say ‘yes’ to a Social Europe with support for member states to improve social and economic conditions – but ‘no’ to a Social Union with harmonised social policies which would endanger well-functioning systems in the member states."

‘Yes’ to a Social Europe – ‘no’ to a Social Union

By: EBR | Friday, March 19, 2021

The European Commission’s plan to implement the legally non-binding principles of the European Pillar of Social Rights leads us towards a Social Union rather than a Social Europe. This must be avoided, write a group of EU industry and employer groups

“Nearly half of European founders found it harder to raise funding in 2020, which was compounded for many by the challenge of declining sales due to the COVID crisis.”

EU states to commit to ‘digital declarations’ to foster green, startup-friendly future

By: EBR | Thursday, March 18, 2021

EU nations will on Friday (19 March) sign off on a series of declarations designed to ensure the bloc can build a sustainable, sovereign, and competitive future in its digital transition

“For some people, artificial intelligence is a real excitement, it offers plenty of new opportunities […] on the other hand, for other people, artificial intelligence is a nightmare, it threatens freedom”.

More funding and research: how can the EU advance in AI?

By: EBR | Thursday, March 18, 2021

As AI technologies develop and their uses in everyday life become more and more relevant, EU countries need a framework to regulate this transition. To talk about AI advances in Europe

The Greek capital has started creating “pocket parks”, transforming small plots once ridden with garbage and weeds, in a bid to tackle its chronic pollution.

’Pocket parks’ are helping Athens tackle pollution

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Tucked between rows of apartment blocks on an Athens street, a strip of green with a few trees, some plants and a bench offers a breathing space in the surrounding crush of concrete

AI technology must be trained using unbiased data sets to prevent discrimination.

AI technologies must prevent discrimination and protect diversity

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Reducing gender, social or cultural bias in AI technologies is key, said the Culture and Education Committee in a resolution adopted on Tuesday

"Angela Merkel could do no wrong. As other leaders on both sides of the Atlantic fumbled a year ago in their responses to the coronavirus, the German chancellor epitomized leadership and steady nerves."

How the Coronavirus Unveiled Merkel’s Germany

By: EBR | Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Germany is struggling to contain a pandemic that has laid bare intrinsic weaknesses of Europe’s largest economy and its once indomitable leader. The next German chancellor won’t have much time to repair the damage

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