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[l] at 8/19/22 8:17am
In a way, Stiebel Eltron has never had it so good. The heating manufacturer’s main factory is now working 24 hours a day making the energy-efficient heat pumps that Germany needs to wean itself off Russian gas.

[Category: Germany, heat pumps]

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[l] at 8/19/22 7:59am
The EU needs institutional reform before Ukraine and Moldova can join as new members, the Green MEP Daniel Freund told EURACTIV, as the EU lawmaker outlined the main priorities ahead of the next EU elections in 2024.

[Category: CoFoE, Daniel Freund, ecological transition, EU treaties, European Parliament, Greens, Moldova, Ukraine]

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[l] at 8/19/22 7:48am
A group of 21 NGOs have voiced their concern about the potential transparency and media freedom implications of a new secrecy law introduced by the Spanish government following the Pegasus scandal. 

[Category: access to information, Pegasus, public participation, secrecy law, Spain, whistleblower directive]

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[l] at 8/19/22 7:48am
A group of 21 NGOs have voiced their concern about the potential transparency and media freedom implications of a new secrecy law introduced by the Spanish government following the Pegasus scandal. 

[Category: access to information, Pegasus, public participation, secrecy law, Spain, whistleblower directive]

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[l] at 8/19/22 7:11am
Prolonged heat waves across swathes of northern and western Europe ended with torrential showers and thunderstorms this week.

[Category: extreme weather, flash floods, heatwaves]

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[l] at 8/18/22 11:29pm
Chinese and Russian leaders Xi Jinping and Vladimir Putin will attend the G20 summit on the resort island of Bali this November, a long-time adviser to the Indonesian president said on Friday (19 August).

[Category: China, G20, Indonesia, Russian invasion, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Xi Jinping]

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[l] at 8/18/22 11:13pm
Russia has failed to gain ground in cyberspace against Ukraine almost six months after its invasion of the country, the head of Britain's GCHQ intelligence service said on Friday (19 August).

[Category: Cyber Attack, disinformation, Russian invasion, Ukraine, United Kingdom]

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[l] at 8/18/22 11:02pm
The leaders of Serbia and Kosovo failed to resolve differences fuelling tension between the estranged Balkan neighbours during talks, but agreed to resume discussions ahead of a 1 September 1 deadline that could stoke further unrest.

[Category: Albin Kurti, Aleksandar Vučić, ethnic tensions, Josep Borrell, Kosovo, Kosovo Serbs, Serbia]

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[l] at 8/18/22 10:48pm
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy said he agreed the parameters of a mission of the International Atomic Energy Agency to the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant at talks on Thursday (18 August) with the UN secretary-general and Turkey's leader.

[Category: António Guterres, IAEA, nuclear power plant, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, Russian invasion, Turkey, Ukraine, United Nations, Volodymyr Zelenskyy]

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[l] at 8/18/22 10:35pm
Croatia will invest 180 million euros ($182.32 million) to build a new gas pipeline and more than double capacity at its liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal in a bid to secure gas supplies, the government said on Thursday (18 August).

[Category: Croatia, energy diversification, LNG, Russian gas cut offs, Russian invasion]

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[l] at 8/18/22 10:23pm
Ukraine is pressuring the EU to bar Russian tourists from entering the bloc but has met varying responses, with some EU countries agreeing while others resist.

[Category: Czech presidency, Estonia, EU sanctions, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Russian invasion, Schengen, tourism, Ukraine, visas, Ylva Johansson]

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[l] at 8/18/22 10:08pm
Police and migrants faced off Thursday (18 August) as Greek authorities started evacuating one of the last refugee camps in Athens, officials said, with videos showing authorities using tear gas and a flash grenade.

[Category: Greece, human dignity, migrant crisis, NGOs]

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[l] at 8/18/22 10:44am
France is again debating whether to grant non-EU foreigners voting rights, like some EU member countries already do, though some in the majority camp of French President Emmanuel Macron and the right-wing opposition oppose the idea.

[Category: Aurélien Pradié, Emmanuel Macron, Eric Ciotti, foreigners, France, François Rebsamen, Gérald Darmanin, Les Republicains, Manon Aubry, Paris, Renaissance, Sacha Houlié, Sandrine Rousseau, Sylvain Maillard, voting rights]

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[l] at 8/18/22 10:26am
A health-centric approach to the AI Act is essential for the protection of health and fundamental rights of European citizens, write Hannah van Kolfschooten and Janneke van Oirschot.

[Category: AI Act, artificial intelligence, Fundamental rights]

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[l] at 8/18/22 10:22am
The German non-profit organisation HateAid submitted a complaint against Twitter to the Federal Office of Justice after the platform allegedly failed to report on its internal complaint mechanism as required by the Network Enforcement Act. 

[Category: content moderation, Germany, NetzDG, Twitter]

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[l] at 8/18/22 8:54am
France's former minister for housing, Emmanuelle Wargon, has been appointed head of the French Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE), despite opposition from MPs who have been questioning her political independence and expertise in energy.

[Category: CRE, Emmanuel Macron, emmanuelle wargon, Energy Regulatory Commission, France]

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[l] at 8/18/22 6:35am
A barter agreement exchanging North Korean warriors to fight in Ukraine against Russian grain and oil for the impoverished country reminds of medieval times, and if Russia hopes to involve Serbia in such alliance, Belgrade should say no, writes Orhan Dragaš.

[Category: Kim Jong-Un, North Korea, Russian invasion, Serbia, Ukraine, Vladimir Putin]

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[l] at 8/18/22 6:30am
Amid Western criticism of China over the escalating pressure on democratically-ruled Taiwan, which China claims as its own territory, and the strengthening of ties with Russia during the invasion of Ukraine, Beijing’s diplomacy suffers in Europe.

[Category: 14+1, 17+1, Belt and Road Initiative, China, China-CEE, EU-China, EU-China trade, global gateway, Indo-Pacific, Lithuania, Taiwan, Xi Jingping]

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[l] at 8/18/22 5:24am
The agricultural ministers of the German states have officially approved a proposal by federal minister Cem Özdemir to allow the cultivation of productive crops on certain fallow land in light of the war in Ukraine.

[Category: Biodiversity, CAP, Cem Özdemir, Common Agicultural Policy, crop rotation, fallow land, wheat]

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[l] at 8/18/22 5:22am
The German government will reduce the value-added tax (VAT) on natural gas in order to lighten the burden on consumers following the introduction of a gas levy designed to prop up ailing gas giant Uniper.

[Category: Christian Lindner, gas levy, Germany, Olaf Scholz, Russia, Uniper]

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[l] at 8/18/22 4:39am
Repaying state-guaranteed loans and social security contributions is becoming increasingly difficult for many French companies, particularly small ones, with the risk of mass insolvency reaching an all-time high, the country's trade unions have warned.

[Category: bankruptcy, banque de France, Bercy, Bruno Le Maire, Cour des comptes, court of auditors, CPME, France, François Asselin, insolvency, Jean-Guilhem Darré, Paris, small and medium-sized enterprises, State aid, state-guaranteed loans]

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