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Romania takes on deepfake content used amid election campaigns

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/04/2024 - 07:05
The Romanian government is set to approve a memorandum to tackle the spread of deepfake content during election campaigns, Research Minister Bogdan Ivan announced on Thursday.
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Bulgarian customs chief under investigation for money laundering

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/04/2024 - 07:04
Bulgarian prosecutors have opened an investigation into officials, including new customs chief Petya Bankova and her deputy Lyudmil Marinov, as prosecutors claim to have evidence of smuggling, money laundering and bribery.
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Liberal democracy at stake as Slovaks face critical presidential election, expert warns

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/04/2024 - 07:03
Slovaks will choose between pro-EU diplomat Ivan Korčok and Robert Fico's coalition partner Peter Pellegrini in Saturday's presidential election, with one analyst and the opposition warning that while the fate of liberal democracy in Slovakia is at stake, it may also strengthen extremist forces within the EU.
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Local elections in Poland to test Tusk coalition

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/04/2024 - 06:59
After a resounding success in last year's general election, Sunday's local polls will be the first test of public approval for Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk's new government after four months in power.
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Portugal no longer reluctant over Ukraine’s EU bid, says new diplomacy chief

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/04/2024 - 06:32
The new Portuguese government of Prime Minister Luís Montenegro favours Ukraine joining the European Union, Portugal’s new foreign minister Paulo Rangel said on Thursday, criticising the previous government’s hesitation.
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Sánchez announces ‘international offensive’ against opposition over civil war victims law

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/04/2024 - 06:30
The Spanish government will launch a major international “offensive” against three regional governments ruled by the Spanish People’s Party and the far-right VOX party for having pushed through legislation honouring the memory of Francisco Franco.
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IMF chief Georgieva sole candidate in reelection process

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/04/2024 - 06:29
The International Monetary Fund confirmed Thursday (4 April) that its current managing director is the only candidate to lead the international financial institution once her first term expires later this year.
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Danish defence in turmoil as lawmakers keen to press on with revamping military

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/04/2024 - 06:28
Between an accidental missile launch and the sacking of the head of the Danish armed forces, it has not been a good week for Denmark’s military, but lawmakers are still keen to push ahead with negotiations over multi-billion euro investments in military hardware.
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Jourová: US ‘calm’ about election manipulation threat

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/04/2024 - 06:26
While efforts to combat disinformation and voter manipulation are in full swing in Europe ahead of the June 2024 EU elections, in the US, European Commission Vice-President Věra Jourová told Euractiv.cz that the authorities are “calm” about hybrid threats before November’s federal polls, with no apparent evidence they have any preparations in place.
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EU institutions call for investigation into Israeli military attack

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/04/2024 - 06:00
In this episode of Today in the EU we’re looking at how the EU is responding to Israel’s attack that hit 7 humanitarian workers in Gaza.
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EU Council position hardens against Nature Restoration Law

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/04/2024 - 05:00
Poland and Finland have resisted pressure to support the divisive Nature Restoration Law and instead switched to becoming explicit opponents, seriously limiting the Belgian EU Council Presidency’s options for moving the file forward.
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India seeking European investment to turn GIFT city into global financial centre [Advocacy Lab Content]

Euractiv.com - Fri, 05/04/2024 - 00:09
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government wants to turn GIFT City into a global centre for the new age of global financial and technology services. Modi’s ambition needs to be matched with cash investments and European investors.
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Diabetes patients need election manifesto pledge from all EU parties, says EUDF [Advocacy Lab Content]

Euractiv.com - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 23:56
The EPP is still the only party to directly address diabetes in its 2024 election manifesto. The European Diabetes Forum is now asking all of Europe’s politicians to pledge their manifesto support to fight diabetes in Europe.
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EU 'ready' to support Cyprus on Lebanon migration

Euobserver.com - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 20:32
The EU is ready to offer extra support to Cyprus as the Mediterranean island faces a sharp increase in refugees arriving from Lebanon, a spokesperson for the EU executive told reporters on Thursday (4 April).
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Czechia on track with 5G, but lags in building fibre networks [Advocacy Lab Content]

Euractiv.com - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 20:19
Although 5G network coverage looks good in the Czech Republic, construction is facing administrative hurdles. Czechia’s biggest problem is the pace of building fibre networks, where it is unlikely to meet its 2030 target.
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Slovakia shuts down 3G networks, creates space for 5G development [Advocacy Lab Content]

Euractiv.com - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 20:04
The last Slovak mobile operator, O2, began switching off its 3G network at the beginning of the year. Regular customers with mobile phones will not be restricted, older devices that communicate via 3G may have problems.
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Commission President stands ground on SME envoy pick despite mounting favouritism concerns

Euractiv.com - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 18:28
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen is determined to appoint an EU lawmaker from her own party for a high-level job in her institution, despite a backlash from the European Parliament and demands by her senior commissioners to review the decision.
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US, EU economic system struggling to ‘survive’ against China, US trade chief warns

Euractiv.com - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 17:57
The US and European market-based economies are struggling to survive against China’s "very effective" alternative economic model, a top US trade official warned on Thursday (4 April).
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Germany announces reforms of Bundeswehr to get ‘ready for war’

Euractiv.com - Thu, 04/04/2024 - 17:50
To bring Germany's ailing armed forces back on track, the government is reorganising its operative command and making cyber and IT a full-fledged military branch on par with the navy, air force and ground forces, Defence Minister Boris Pistorius announced on Thursday.
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