GERMAN STRIKE THREAT


German public sector workers unions are preparing to take industrial action including walkouts next week after making no progress in a second round of wage talks with the government, they said on Sunday. The Verdi and dbb unions want a 4.8% pay rise for 2.3 million public sector workers in federal government and municipalities in Europe’s biggest economy. SOURCE: Reuters


UBER GOING GREEN

Uber recently indicated that it would provide at least 50% emissions-free rides in 7 Europe capitals by 2025, and that it would target switching to 100% electric. Those 7 capitals are Amsterdam, Berlin, Brussels, Lisbon, London, Madrid, and Paris. Those cities represent more than 80% of Uber’s European business. Uber has signed a MoU with Renault and Nissan involving the Zoe and Leaf models. SOURCE: cleantechnica.com

EUROPE LAGGING ON 5G

Several of Europe’s largest industrial players have criticised the pace of 5G deployments in the region, calling for improvements in spectrum allocation processes and better incentives for private investment. The European Round Table for Industry said the continent suffered from a “clear lag” in 5G compared with other large industrial regions. Criticisms included the fact more than half of EU member states were yet to offer commercial 5G. SOURCE: mobileworldlive.com


ITALY HOPEFUL OF RECOVERY

Italy expects its coronavirus-hit economy to grow by more than 5% next year after shrinking 9% in 2020, two government sources told Reuters on Sunday. The government has said Europe-funded reforms could help Italy double its growth rate, narrow its north-south divide and even increase its birth rate – one of the lowest in the world. SOURCE: Reuters

EBRD STAYS PUT

Europe’s development bank has recommitted to London and expects to act as a bridge to maintain relations between Brussels and Westminster after Brexit’s transition ends, its acting president said. SOURCE: The Times

FILE PHOTO: Nurses and nursing staff demonstrate for higher pay and better working conditions amid the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) outbreak in Berlin, Germany, May 20, 2020. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch/File Photo