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Germany. Is German Industry At Risk Of Falling Behind In Digitalization? (Oliver Noyan, EurActiv, Eurasia Review)

The German economy is in danger of falling behind in Industry 4.0, digital association Bitkom warned in one of its position papers published on Thursday (26 August). The paper warns that failing to digitalise the industry could have a serious impact on both growth and employment.

Is German Industry At Risk Of Falling Behind In Digitalization? – Eurasia Review

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Afghan Refugees/USA/Albania/Kosovo – Albania, Kosovo say ready to temporarily house Afghan refugees (Euractiv, Reuters)

File photo. [Pool/EPA/EFE]

Albania and Kosovo have accepted a US request to temporarily take in Afghan refugees seeking visas to enter the United States, the country two countries said on Sunday (15 August).

Albania, Kosovo say ready to temporarily house Afghan refugees – EURACTIV.com

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Haiti – Haiti hospitals overwhelmed by quake victims as death toll hits 1,297 (Euractiv, Reuters)

A person reacts on a stretcher after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake, in Los Cayos, Haiti, 14 August 2021. The earthquake struck at 08:29 local time (12.29 GMT) northeast of Saint-Louis du Sud, in southern Haiti, and had a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS). [EPA-EFE/Ralph Tedy Erol]

The 7.2 magnitude quake on Saturday destroyed thousands of homes and buildings in a Caribbean nation which is still clawing its way back from another major temblor 11 years ago and is reeling from the assassination of its president last month. Southwestern Haiti bore the brunt of the blow, especially in the region in and around the town of Les Cayes. Haiti’s Civil Protection Agency said the toll from the disaster had climbed to 1,297 and the hospitals that were still functioning were struggling to cope as some 5,700 people were injured.

Haiti hospitals overwhelmed by quake victims as death toll hits 1,297 – EURACTIV.com

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Denmark – Can meat producers communicate about sustainability? (Euractiv)

A view of the farm of Danish Crown farmer Niels Aage Arve in Hjortshøj, Denmark. © Danish Crown

Astrid Gade – VP Corporate Communication Danish Crown

Building a sustainable food sector is one of the greatest and most complex challenges the world is facing today. Food production is a source of GHG emissions, the sector is vulnerable to climate change, and simultaneously the world’s population is growing. Solving this challenge requires strong commitment from farmers and producers to find new ways of producing food, and from consumers to choose the most sustainable alternative in their everyday lives. Neither farmers, producers nor consumers can do it alone – only by working together, we can drive real change.

Can meat producers communicate about sustainability? – EURACTIV.com

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Iran – Iran’s Raisi names US-sanctioned Mokhber as first VP (Euractiv, AFP)

Iran’s new ultraconservative President Ebrahim Raisi on Sunday (8 August) named the chairman of a powerful state-owned foundation sanctioned by the United States as his first vice-president, the president’s official website said.

Iran’s Raisi names US-sanctioned Mokhber as first VP – EURACTIV.com

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Europe/Belarus – EU calls meeting on Belarus border crisis (Euractiv, AFP)

European Union ministers are to hold crisis talks on what they see as a bid by Belarus to pressure Lithuania and the rest of the bloc by encouraging a migrant influx.

EU calls meeting on Belarus border crisis – EURACTIV.com

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Poland – Poland to dissolve judges’ Disciplinary Chamber to meet EU demands (Euractiv, Reuters)

Poland will do away with a disciplinary system for judges which the EU’s top court has ruled violates EU law, the head of the ruling PiS party said, in a bid to diffuse a row that could result in financial penalties against the country.

Poland to dissolve judges’ Disciplinary Chamber to meet EU demands – EURACTIV.com

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Moldova – Moldova parliament backs pro-European cabinet (Euractiv, AFP)

Moldova’s parliament on Friday (6 August) confirmed Natalia Gavrilița as prime minister and approved her programme to pull the post-Soviet country out of a protracted crisis and bring it closer to the EU.

Moldova parliament backs pro-European cabinet – EURACTIV.com

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USA/Global Tax Reform – Can President Biden deliver on global tax reform? (Euractiv)

Dick Roche writes: When the OECD launched its Base erosion and profit shifting (BEPS) taxation initiative, the Obama administration, while supportive of the project’s aims, was cautious. The US lead negotiator commented that in the BEPS process every other country wanted the US “to pay for lunch.”

go to Euractiv: Can President Biden deliver on global tax reform? – EURACTIV.com

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