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    • Sefcovic to hold talks with young climate activists 

      Sefcovic to hold talks with young climate activists 

      European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic has invited 6 youth climate activists from across Europe for a live broadcast conversation inside an autonomous e-bus, driving around the Berlaymont building - the headquarters of the Commission. The autonomous electric vehicle is part of the EU-funded AVENUE Project (funded under the framework research programme Horizon 2020).

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    • EU officials attack Facebook election policy

      EU officials attack Facebook election policy

      EU officials from bloc's three main institutions have demanded Facebook make changes to its advertising policy ahead of the European Parliament election, citing "huge political and institutional consequences," a letter sent to the US tech giant on 16 April reads. Under new set of rules, which came into force this week, the social media giant has imposed much stricter requirements on the geographic limits of a given campaign.

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    • Leftist party set to win Finland elections

      Leftist party set to win Finland elections

      Finland may usher in its first leftist prime minister in two decades in the parliamentary elections today, as voters worry over the future of the country's generous welfare system and the costs of caring for a rapidly ageing population, polls ahead of the vote show. Such success of the Finland's Social Democrats would mark a departure not only for the country but also elsewhere in the region, where leftist parties have struggled in recent years, yielding some of their hold on the working class vote as anti-immigration nationalists of various stripes emerge.

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    • 16+1 Summit: China, EU deepen cooperation

      16+1 Summit: China, EU deepen cooperation

      China pledged to respect EU rules and standards as the summit with Central and Eastern European countries concluded on Friday, with Premier Li Keqiang praising Greece for officially joining the group - making it “17+1”. By joining in, Greece becomes the first new member of the group, which now comprises 12 EU Member States and five Balkan nations that are also slated to join the EU in the future.

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    • EU-China: reinforcing ties

      EU-China: reinforcing ties

      European Council President Donald Tusk, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and Li Keqiang, Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China, met on 9 April in Brussels for the 21st EU-China Summit to add new dynamics for reinforcing the cooperation between the two parties. The EU is China's largest trading partner and China is the EU's second largest.

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    • EU countries approve launch of US trade talks

      EU countries approve launch of US trade talks

      EU Member States gave the green light on Thursday for Brussels to open trade talks with Washington, ending months of stalemate due to opposition from France. Yet, France said it would nonetheless make a show of opposing the start of the talks when the negotiating mandate is put to a vote of EU agriculture ministers on Monday, seen as largely symbolic.

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    • EU releases guidelines to encourage ethical AI development

      EU releases guidelines to encourage ethical AI development

      As artificial intelligence (AI) begins to play a greater role in our everyday lives, the EU has published its very first set of guidelines for the ethical development of AI. These rules aren’t like Isaac Asimov’s “Three Laws of Robotics.” They don’t offer a snappy, moral framework that will help us control murderous robots. Instead, they address the murky and diffuse problems that will affect society as we integrate AI into sectors like health care, education, and consumer technology.

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