Strengthening the EU’s solidarity with the European response to the corona crisis

Strengthening the EU’s solidarity with the European response to the corona crisis

The number of people infected with the coronavirus is increasing daily across Europe. The top political priority must be to take targeted measures to slow down infections, in order to protect high-risk groups and avoid overburdening health systems, write Anna Cavazzini and Petra de Sutter. Anna Cavazzini and Petra de Sutter are MEPs for the Greens Group. Petra de Sutter is the chair of the Committee on Internal Market and Consumer Protection. With solidarity between member states and a functioning internal market, we can guarantee that people are provided with…

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Belgium boss backs ‘unlucky’ former Chelsea star Eden Hazard to shine for Real Madrid

Belgium boss backs ‘unlucky’ former Chelsea star Eden Hazard to shine for Real Madrid

Belgium manager Roberto Martinez believes that Eden Hazard will find his form at Real Madrid following his ‘unlucky’ debut campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu. Hazard left Chelsea following the Europa League victory against Arsenal to join the La Liga giants but has struggled for fitness, featuring in just 10 league matches and scoring one goal. With five further appearances in other competitions but no more goals, concerns have been raised about his performances since his major move. However, Martinez is adamant that Hazard will hit the peak of his abilities…

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Negotiations on a new partnership between the EU and the UK in difficult times

Negotiations on a new partnership between the EU and the UK in difficult times

It is now nearly two months since the United Kingdom left the European Union. It left with the legal certainty and clarity provided by the Withdrawal Agreement and the accompanying Political Declaration, writes MEP David McAllister. David McAllister is a German Christian-Democrat member of the Group of the European People’s Party in the European Parliament. Currently, the UK is in the transition period until the end of 2020. During this period, it maintains its rights and obligations stemming from EU law. In the European Parliament, the UK Coordination Group (UKCG)…

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EPP asks for further deferment of Farm to Fork strategy

EPP asks for further deferment of Farm to Fork strategy

The European People’s Party (EPP) group has called for another postponement of the planned Farm to Fork Strategy (F2F) until at least after the summer, citing the “crisis caused by the coronavirus pandemic”, but its position has been met with criticism from some stakeholders. In a statement released on Friday (27 March), the group said the strategy would “impose new rules and restrictions on farmers across Europe, who are currently coping with the effects of the coronavirus pandemic and have to ensure food production in Europe at the same time.”…

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Summary – Corona our comrade

Summary – Corona our comrade

A few months ago, the universal basic income was a left-wing pipedream. Now governments across Europe and beyond are preparing to pay people between 60% and 80% of their salary for the next few months. Factories are being converted to mass-produce surgical masks and other protective equipment. State aid rules have been re-written to allow massive state support for strategically important firms. But this triumph for state socialism is not the result of a single election. It is courtesy of Comrade Corona. The effects of the coronavirus pandemic have already…

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Leaders face incentives against pandemic, pass hot potatoes to Eurogroup

Leaders face incentives against pandemic, pass hot potatoes to Eurogroup

EU leaders on Thursday (26 March) continued to disagree over the economic response to the coronavirus as Northern countries rejected the idea of issuing joint debt, known as “coronabonds”, proposed by nine member states to finance the recovery. During a virtual summit held by video conference, the 27 heads of states and government were forced to water down the wording of the text on the European economic response to the coronavirus, after Italy threatened to reject the draft conclusions because of the strings attached to the EU’s financial assistance. In…

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German government signs “freight agreement” to ensure food supplies

German government signs “freight agreement” to ensure food supplies

The German logistics industry is taking measures to ensure the security of supply chains. Regulation on driving times will be relaxed, special lanes established and capacities increased, using taxi companies and car rental agencies. However, for the food industry, there remain the problems of finding enough harvest workforce. The German government is issuing a number of special regulations to ensure the continued functioning of food supply chains. At a press conference in Berlin on Thursday (26 March), Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer (CSU) announced a “Freight Transport Agreement,” which had been…

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The emergency situation with COVID-19 makes the EU budget more relevant than ever

The emergency situation with COVID-19 makes the EU budget more relevant than ever

The seriousness of the coronavirus outbreak makes hefty cuts to cohesion policy in the EU’s next long-term budget all the more unjustified, writes Enrico Rossi, the governor of Italy’s Tuscany Region. Enrico Rossi is President of Tuscany Region and vice-president of the Conference of Peripheral and Maritime Regions. The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak is a test of unprecedented magnitude for the EU which will define its future. Whether for better or worse depends upon the capacity to provide a concerted and timely response to the multiple challenges posed by this…

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US exports to the EU grow 6% more and still three times higher than to China

US exports to the EU grow 6% more and still three times higher than to China

The export of US goods to the EU totalled $337 billion in 2019, an increase of 6% on the previous year, according to the Transatlantic Economy 2020 report, published on Thursday (26 March). At the same time, that figure was three times higher than the total of goods exported from the United States to China. The Transatlantic Economy report is an annual survey focused on trade and investment between the US and Europe. The 2020 edition was published on Wednesday (26 March) by Daniel S. Hamilton and Joseph P. Quinlan…

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Emergency response: rationale for a holistic plan for economic recovery

Emergency response: rationale for a holistic plan for economic recovery

Climate change, biodiversity loss and deforestation are contributing drivers behind pandemics. Like COVID-19, these cross-cutting challenges do not observe national borders and can be managed only through collective action, write Sandrine Dixson-Declève and Johan Rockström. Sandrine Dixson-Declève is co-president of The Club of Rome and co-founder of The Planetary Emergency Partnership. Johan Rockström is professor and director at The Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research and co-founder of The Planetary Emergency Partnership. The following is an open letter they are sending to EU heads of states and governments, as well…

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