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At the heart of Northvolt’s plans is what the company calls a “gigafactory” producing batteries in northern Sweden. Photo: Ronny Hartmann / AFP
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Northvolt: building one of Europe’s largest battery factories

Swedish electric car battery maker Northvolt, which recently received a $14 billion (11.7-billion-euro) order from Volkswagen, has ambitious plans to become one of Europe's largest battery makers
Rockit CEO Sarune Smalakyte pictured during an interview with AFP at the Rockit office hub for fintech founders in Vilnius on February 12, 2021. Photo: Petras Malukas / AFP
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UK fintechs seek ‘cure for Brexit’ in Lithuania

Due in part to Brexit, Lithuania is becoming a fintech hub as a growing number of UK-linked digital financial companies get licences there so they can continue to operate in the EU
A truck loaded with minerals pictured at the Terrafame nickel and cobalt extraction mine in Sotkamo, Finland, on September 23, 2020. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo / AFP
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Finland’s battery plans spark environmental fears

Finland is the only EU country whose bedrock is known to contain all the major battery minerals, but the prospect of increasing mining in a nation of vast forests and pristine lakes is controversial
A photograph taken on June 3, 2020, shows on a mobile phone the tracking application StopCovid developed by the French government in an attempt to contain the spread of COVID-19 as France eases lockdown measures taken to fight against the novel coronavirus. - France's StopCovid mobile app, a voluntary system designed to alert users if they have been in close proximity of someone who has tested positive for the virus, was made available on June 2, 2020. (Photo by Denis Charlet / AFP)
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Varying degrees of success for coronavirus apps in Europe

Designed to help fight the spread of the coronavirus, tracking applications have encountered a series of challenges since their launch, from privacy concerns to technical glitches
Picture shows a 5G antenna at Deutsche Telekom stand on the first day of the Mobile World Congress (MWC) on February 26, 2018 in Barcelona. - The Mobile World Congress, the world's biggest mobile fair, is held in Barcelona from February 26 to March 1. (Photo by Pau Barrena / AFP)
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Italy’s 5G stumbles after a shining start

Italy's 5G project, launched to great fanfare in October 2018 with frequencies going for top dollar at auction, has since fallen victim to sky-high costs and red tape
An airliner of India's IndiGo carrier flies over the setting sun in New Delhi on February 10, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Prakash SINGH (Photo by PRAKASH SINGH / AFP)
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Green aviation still has electrifying future despite virus

The aviation industry has long been under pressure to reduce pollution, and while airlines have taken a financial wallop from the coronavirus crisis it may not stop a greening of the skies