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    • EU reaches a new milestone in its vaccines strategy

      EU reaches a new milestone in its vaccines strategy

      EU is among the world leaders in vaccination process, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Tuesday. „Our target was to protect 70% of adults in the European Union with at least one vaccination in July. Today we have achieved this target. And 57% of adults already have the full protection of double vaccination“, she said in a statement, pointing out that these figures put Europe among the world leaders.

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    • Team Europe to share more than 200m doses of Covid vaccines with other countries

      Team Europe to share more than 200m doses of Covid vaccines with other countries

      The EU pledges on Thursday to increase the already promised Covid vaccine's doses which it will share with other countries under the Team Europe initiative, aimed to help the world fighting pandemic. At the Global Health Summit in Rome, on 21 May 2021, EC President von der Leyen announced that Team Europe would share with low and middle-income countries at least 100m doses by the end of 2021, mainly via COVAX.vTeam Europe (the EU, its institutions and all 27 Member States) is on track to exceed this initial goal, with 200m doses of Covid-19 vaccines foreseen to be shared with the countries that need them most, by the end of 2021, EC Press service reported.

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    • Merkel visits flood-ravaged areas, pledges quick help

      Merkel visits flood-ravaged areas, pledges quick help

      Chancellor Angela Merkel visited flood-ravaged areas of Germany on Sunday to survey the damage and meet survivors after days of extreme rainfall in western Europe left at least 183 people dead and dozens missing, news wires reported. Merkel travelled to the village of Schuld in Rhineland-Palatinate state, one of the two hardest-hit regions in western Germany where the swollen Ahr river swept away houses and left debris piled high in the streets.

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    • Several European countries hit by deadly rains and floods, at least 30 dead

      Several European countries hit by deadly rains and floods, at least 30 dead

      More than 30 people have died and dozens of people are missing in Germany and neighboring Belgium after heavy flooding turned streets into raging torrents, sweeping away cars and destroying buildings, news wires reported. Authorities in the western German region of Euskirchen said Thursday that eight deaths had been reported there in connection with the floods. Rescue operations were hampered by the fact that phone and internet connections were down in parts of the county, which is southwest of Cologne.

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    • EU will never, ever accept a two-state solution on Cyprus, von der Leyen says

      EU will never, ever accept a two-state solution on Cyprus, von der Leyen says

      The EU will "never, ever" accept a two state deal on ethnically-split Cyprus, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Thursday in Nicosia, Reuters reported. She pointed out that the European Union spoke with one voice on the conflict, which has dragged on for decades and is a key hurdle in Turkey's ambitions of joining the bloc. "I want to repeat that we will never, ever accept a two state solution. We are firm on that and very united," von der Leyen told a news conference.

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    • European leaders shocked by the attack against Dutch reporter

      European leaders shocked by the attack against Dutch reporter

      European leaders and lawmakers expressed dismay on Wednesday and rights advocates demanded justice after a veteran Dutch crime reporter was shot in the head in downtown Amsterdam following a TV appearance, AP reported. Peter R. de Vries, a journalist celebrated for his courageous reporting on the Dutch underworld, was fighting for his life in an Amsterdam hospital after the Tuesday night shooting.

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    • Slovenian Presidency to focus on digital and green reforms and future of Europe

      Slovenian Presidency to focus on digital and green reforms and future of Europe

      Under the slogan “Together. Resilient. Europe.”, the Slovenian presidency will focus on recovery and resilience, translating ambitious green goals into binding legislation, strategic autonomy, the digital transition, rule of law and the protection of external borders, Slovenia's PM Janez Janša told MEPs in Strasbourg on Tuesday. He and the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen participated in a discussion on the planned activities of the Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU.

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    • Europeans want to finally leave this pandemic behind

      Europeans want to finally leave this pandemic behind

      In recent days, travelling through Member States because of NextGenerationEU, I had the opportunity to meet Europeans from all walks of life. I met passionate young women in Brussels, training to become coders in only seven months. I met stage designers at Cinecittà, near Rome. They weave together the time-tested traditional studio production with new digital technologies.

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    • EU to take action against Hungary's LGBT bill, von der Leyen says

      EU to take action against Hungary's LGBT bill, von der Leyen says

      The European Commission will take action against Hungary's LGBT draft law, the head of the EU's executive said on Wednesday, calling the bill a shame and violation of fundamental EU values, Reuters reported. "The Hungarian bill is a shame," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said, stressing the EU would not compromise on principles such as human dignity, equality and the respect for human rights.

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