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EU Industrial Chief Weighs in on 5G Debate

  (European Views) | The European Commissioner for Internal Market and Services Thierry Breton has rejected claims that relying on European firms in the ongoing 5G network roll-out would cause substantial delays, commenting on rising tensions in Germany over the possible risks posed by Chinese firm Huawei Technologies.

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Further easing plans should remain parked in the next ECB communication

Olivia Álvarez (Monex Europe) |  The ECB will host its first 2020 monetary policy meeting next Thursday 23rd. The event is unlikely to bring any changes over policy tools after the accommodative package introduced in September, but rather, it could turn the attention towards any changes in the economic outlook facing the Eurozone and the strategic review vowed by new chief Christine Lagarde.

Where is the EastMed pipeline heading?

Nick Malkoutzis (Macropolis) |If completed, the project could help diversify the EU’s energy sources and has so far received backing from the European Union and the United States, which has provided political support for the tripartite alliance through the so-called 3+1 process. But what’s the basis for this tripartite [Greece, Cyprus and Israel]? Is it a case of Greece and Cyprus looking for another partner in the region due to a lack of confidence in the US under the Trump administration?

How much does the strike against pension reform is costing France?

Jean-François Jolivalt (La Française AM) | The more than 40 days of protests and transport strikes in France against the pension reform proposed by the French Government is an unprecedented event in the recent history of France. Strikes are undoubtedly a burden on consumer confidence. However, the population has adapted to the situation thanks to electronic commerce, distance work, carpooling and car sharing, which are all services or alternatives that are now widely accepted and available.