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  • Spain plans to hike taxes to soften coronavirus crisis impact

    Spain plans to hike taxes to soften coronavirus crisis impact

    Spanish PM Pedro Sanchez said on Thursday that fiscal reform was needed if Spain was to deal with the economic crisis triggered by the coronavirus pandemic. He hinted that tax hikes, notably for larger companies, seems inevitable. The PM also pledged €9bn for Spain's regions to reinforce the public health system, which was stretched to the maximum by the epidemic.

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  • Merkel urges unity in China relations

    Merkel urges unity in China relations

    The European Union must speak with one voice to China if it wants to achieve ambitious deals that secure the bloc’s interests, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday, voicing concerns over a new Chinese security law in Hong Kong, news wires reported. “In order to have successful relations with China and to represent our European interests effectively, Europe must speak decisively with one voice,” Merkel told Bundesrat.

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  • French PM resigns, Macron builds new team

    French PM resigns, Macron builds new team

    French PM Edouard Philippe resigned on Friday after heading President Emmanuel Macron's government for three years, news wires reported.  Philippe met the president and they agreed the government would resign, Philippe is considered more popular than the president. Macron promised a "new path" in an interview published on Friday.

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  • Croatia heads for tight polls amid ongoing pandemic

    Croatia heads for tight polls amid ongoing pandemic

    Croatians will go to polls on Sunday to elects new parliament amid rising coronavirus cases, which is putting further pressure on ruling conservatives facing stiff opposition by their traditional centre-left rivals and a new nationalist party, which at the end could become kingmaker, news wires reported. Polls put the two biggest political parties neck-to-neck.

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  •  World's first bikini museum to open in Germany

    World's first bikini museum to open in Germany

    The bikinis of Marilyn Monroe, Scarlett Johansson and countless other celebrities are getting a new home in a south-western German town calling itself "capital of swimwear." In Bad Rappenau, nestled between the cities of Frankfurt and Stuttgart, is the world's first bikini museum, by its own account, set to open on Sunday, 5 July  - no less than the international day of the bikini.

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  • Sassoli: I received a mandate to negotiate the terms for an ambitious deal

    Sassoli: I received a mandate to negotiate the terms for an ambitious deal

    Negotiations begin now and the Parliament is ready, said in a statement European Parliament President David Sassoli, following decision of President von der Leyen on Thursday to activate Article 324 of the EU Treaties and convene meeting on 8 July. She invited David Sassoli, Angela Merkel, and Charles Michel to meet and  take stock of progress and prepare the intensive political negotiations that lie ahead in order to reach a swift and ambitious agreement on the European recovery package.

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  • MEPs: We also have the power to accept or reject the next MFF

    MEPs: We also have the power to accept or reject the next MFF

    At the next European Council sitting on 17 and 18 July, the EU leaders will meet face to face in Brussels with the tough task to decide on the recovery package, composed of the revised next seven-year EU budget and the Next Generation EU rescue instrument. While the differences are still great between the two main camps - that of the 'frugal four' and the one that calls for greater solidarity in response to the socio-economic effects of the crisis, Parliament's negotiating team for the next long-term EU budget and own resources reform stressed that MEPs also have the power to accept or reject the next MFF.

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  • EU, UK still far away

    EU, UK still far away

    Serious differences remained between the European Union and Britain after talks this week on their future relationship, the EU’s chief negotiator Michel Barnier said on Thursday. “The EU expects its positions to be better understood and respected in order to reach an agreement. We need an equivalent engagement by the United Kingdom,” he said.

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