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  • [Ticker] Denmark partly reopens borders to love

    Denmark has said boyfriends and girlfriends of their Danish partners can enter the country once again, but only if they are German or from the other Nordic states. “If you say you are a boyfriend and sign [a form], we will assume it [is true],” Danish justice minister Nick Hækkerup said on TV Tuesday. Previously, only Danes or spouses of Danes were being let in, with very few exceptions.

    Posted: by euobserver

  • [Ticker] EU and Japan in favour of WHO reform

    Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and top EU officials said there ought to be an independent enquiry in future into the World Health Organisation’s (WHO’s) handling of the pandemic at a video-summit Tuesday. “We will need to work together in order to reform some international organisations,” EU Council president Charles Michel said, referring to the WHO. “We share with Japan the same values: multilateralism, rule of law, democracy,” he added.

    Posted: by euobserver

  • [Ticker] EU Commission proposes €750bn recovery fund

    The EU Commission will propose on Wednesday a €750bn recovery package, economics commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said in a tweet, calling it a “turning point” in the Covid-19 crisis. It comes on top of the one-trillion euro EU budget and the €540bn already agreed in financial support to EU countries. German press agency, DPA, reported that €500bn of that will be distributed to member states via grants and €250bn through loans.

    Posted: by euobserver

  • [Ticker] Former top diplomat Mogherini takes over EU college

    Former EU foreign relations chief Federica Mogherini has been appointed the new rector of the College of Europe, an elite post-graduate school with facilities in Bruges, Belgium, and in Warsaw. Mogherini, a former Italian diplomat, was already teaching international relations there. She is the first woman in the post, but her appointment was marred by allegations of favouritism and irregularities, after she skipped the queue of less political candidates.

    Posted: by euobserver

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