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25th May 2020

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Lithuania PM concedes defeat in presidential elections

Lithuania's prime minister Saulius Skvernelis conceded defeat in the first round of presidential elections on Sunday, while senior economist Gitanas Nauseda and former finance minister Ingrida Simonyte continue to a runoff scheduled for 26 May. Two-term president Dalia Grybauskaite could not stand again. Skvernelis had said during the campaign that he would resign in July if not making it to the second round.

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Agenda

Recovery plans unveiled This WEEK

Tough negotiations start this week on both the EU's recovery fund and its revised long-term budget, which are likely to determine the entire future of the bloc.

Malta patrol boat 'intimidates' capsized migrants

Alarm Phone, a hotline service for migrants in distress, has released video footing showing an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) boat making dangerous manoeuvres next to people swimming for their lives at sea. Malta does not deny the footage.

Opinion

How coronavirus might hit EU defence spending

Among the casualties of coronavirus - worldwide and in the EU - is the defence sector. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has not made the world a less dangerous place and there is no alternative to having a functioning defence system.

Coronavirus

EU links access to recovery fund to economic advice

Most EU countries are now breach the common fiscal rules, as governments tackle the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The commission plans to link recovery funds to countries following its budgetary advice - but sanctions seem to be few.

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