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The EU executive has made recommendations to member states to fully reopen the internal borders of the block on June 15, and then allow travelers from certain countries to enter the block from July 1.

In a word of warning, the European Commission, which is trying to coordinate the movements, said it was too early to completely lift the restrictions on travelers from outside the EU.

Instead, he called for a “common coordinated approach”, lifting the ban on non-essential travel for countries where the pandemic is at a level similar to the EU and where adequate disease control measures are in place. square. EURACTIV has the details.



France is expanding its territory. France’s maritime space should extend over 151,323 km2 in the Indian Ocean, off Réunion and the Southern and Antarctic Territories (TAAF), the General Secretariat for the Sea and the Mediterranean announced. ‘French Research Institute for the Exploitation of the Sea (Ifremer) Thursday (June 11). Find the full history of EURACTIV France here.



Study on racism in the police. The German Ministries of the Interior and of Justice are develop a study to examine racism in the country’s police force, said a spokesman for the Interior Ministry.

The announcement comes after Saskia Esken, co-chair of the Social Democratic Party (SPD), condemned “latent racism” in the ranks of the German police. However, while the Greens have been calling for such a study for a long time, the Christian Democrats (CDU) were quick to defend the police.

((Sarah Lawton |

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The Minister of Foreign Affairs discussed racism with his American counterpart. In a 30-minute phone call on US-Austrian relations, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg and his counterpart Mike Pompeo discussed the protests sparked by the death of George Floyd.

While Schallenberg said he had “full confidence in the proven American legal system and the self-cleaning powers of democracy and the rule of law”, Pompeo praised Austria for the way it had treated the COVID-19 pandemic. (Philipp Grüll |



The stimulus fund money “is not enough” for Belgium. Walloon Minister-President Elio Di Rupo (PS) said on Thursday 11 June that the crisis aid to be provided to the region as part of the European Commission’s post-COVID-19 stimulus fund was “insufficient”. Alexandra Brzozowski has the details.



Everyday racism is a problem in Finland. New research released following the Black Lives Matter protests on Tuesday June 9 shows that people of African descent living in Finland are victims of racism and discrimination on a daily basis.

An earlier 2018 report from the European Union entitled ‘Being black in the EU’ found that 63% of people of African descent in Finland had been victims of racist harassment in the five years preceding the publication of the survey . Among the 12 countries studied, Finland obtained the worst score. Pekka Vänttinen from EURACTIV takes a closer look.



New reopenings in Italy. Children’s play areas and summer camps may be allowed to reopen as Monday (June 15), according to the latest draft government decree. Games rooms and betting agencies will also be allowed to reopen that day, as long as they follow the health protocols of their respective regions.

The first official football match after the lockout will take place on Friday 12 June, with the League Cup return match between Juventus and Milan taking place behind closed doors. EURACTIV Italian Alessandro Follis is studying the reopening of the country.



Strange incident with Operation Irini. Greek media reported that an incident occurred on Wednesday 10 June off the coast of Libya. A Tanzanian-flagged freighter carrying weapons for Libya escorted by three Turkish frigates has lifted the arms embargo imposed on EU Operation Irini. Sarantis Michalopoulos has history.


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Poland to ban LGBTI education? President Andrzej Duda promised on Wednesday (June 10th) to ban the teaching of LGBTI issues in Polish schools in a tone apparent to his conservative base in an increasingly tight race for the June 28th presidential election. His main opponent is the liberal mayor of Warsaw, Rafal Trzaskowski, of the main center-right opposition party (PL), who criticized religious conservatives for introducing education on LGBT issues in Warsaw schools.

“Parents are responsible for the sexual education of their children,” Duda said at a rally. “It is not possible for institutions to interfere in the way parents raise their children.” (



Former Prime Minister Pellegrini leaves the Smer-SD party. Former Prime Minister Peter Pellegrini has announced his departure from Smer-SD (S&D), the long-ruling socialist party in Slovakia, currently in opposition. Relations with President Robert Fico, who was Prime Minister for many years until he was replaced in 2018 by Pellegrini, were increasingly strained. Pellegrini will probably launch a new political project with allies of Smer-SD.

In other news, aArmed attacker killed and injured others in attack in small town of Vrútky in eastern Slovakia. Armed with a knife, the former student broke into a school building and stabbed and fatally injured the vice-principal who tried to block his way. He then injured the doorman, a teacher and several children before fleeing the area and being shot by the police. (Zuzana Gabrižová |



Long discussion on Recovery Fund. Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said it would be too early to discuss how the money for the European fund project will be distributed among the member states. According to him, it is necessary to wait until it is known how many individual countries are affected by the pandemic.

“In my opinion, the main criterion should be the drop in GDP. This must be assessed at the start of next year at the earliest, “he said on Thursday 11 June after the Czech V4 summit. He warned that there were still many unresolved issues, including the conditions under which the EU should borrow money in the financial markets. (Lukáš Hendrych |



“It’s their choice.” European Parliament to adopt resolution declaring Roma to be the choice live in marginal and very poor socio-economic conditions in Europe, according to Bulgarian MEP Angel Dzhambazki (VMRO / ECR). Krassen Nikolov examines the controversy.



PM raises the bar in a mini-row with the Commission. Conservative Prime Minister Janez Janša responded to an inquiry by European Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni with a Tweeter saying that he “did not receive your letter, but the press did … I hope this is the last time you play a political game for the Slovenian left”. Gentiloni asked Janša to explain the recent changes to the head of the Slovenian Statistical Office (SURS), to which Janša said he had simply replaced “a politician with an expert”.

The Commission previously explained that its duty was to ensure full respect for the principles of impartiality and professional independence of national statistical authorities, as required by EU law. (Zoran Radosavljević |



The only tourist destination in the EU. According to Interior Minister Davor Božinović, Croatia is currently the only EU member state to have a functioning tourism sector. Of the 104,782 people who entered Croatia between Wednesday (June 10) and Thursday (June 11), 49,463 were foreign tourists, an increase of 30% from the previous day. EURACTIV Croatia’s Tea Trubić Macan examines the details.



The United Nations Court was urged to hospitalize Mladić. Defense team of Ratko Mladić called on the mechanism of the international criminal tribunals (MICT) of The Hague to allow the general, condemned for war crimes in Bosnia, to be treated in the hospital after his health is improved deteriorated following a recent operation. EURACTIV Serbia has more.


Elsewhere, Serbia’s leader The Social Democratic Party and former president Boris Tadic said that attempting to overthrow the regime through united opposition is the right option, but probably the most unrealistic path, and that the solution was to build a strong opposition party. EURACTIV Serbia deepens.


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