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Turkey blames EU for sexist protocol fiasco

Turkish foreign minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu has contradicted claims by EU Council president Charles Michel that Turkey was to blame for a recent fiasco, which saw the European Commission president, Ursula von der Leyen, given a second-class seat in a mini- ...

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France to close elite civil-service academy

French president Emmanuel Macron has pledged to close the École nationale d'administration (ENA), an elite French academy, which admits fewer than 100 students a year, who are fast-tracked into top civil service posts, and which educated four French ...

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Covid-19 cases in UK drop 60%, study finds

The number of Covid-19 infections in the UK dropped by 60 percent in March due to the lockdown restrictions and vaccination, a study found. Imperial Collage London researchers said "infections may have resulted in fewer hospitalisations and deaths since ...

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The Covid bell tolls for eastern Europe's populists

Recurrent conflict with Brussels, populism and high levels of corruption have turned Central and Eastern European (CEE) states into the bete noire of EU politics. But despite their governments' sins, populists have held on to power in Poland, Hungary, ...

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White House urges 'calm' after Northern Ireland riots

US president Joe Biden, who has Irish roots, has called for "calm" in Northern Ireland, following sectarian riots over post-Brexit border arrangements. "We're concerned by the violence in Northern Ireland and we join the British, Irish, and Northern Irish ...

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Italy's Draghi calls Turkey's Erdoğan a 'dictator'

Italian prime minister Mario Draghi on Thursday called Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan a "dictator", drawing condemnation from Ankara. EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and European Council president Charles Michel met Erdoğan Tuesday, ...

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Slovakia told to return Sputnik V amid quality row

Russia urged Slovakia on Thursday to return thousands of doses of the Sputnik V vaccine against Covid-19, after Bratislava's drug agency said the jab batches it had received were different from those being reviewed by the EU medicine agency, Reuters ...

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Four deaths after taking Russian Sputnik V vaccine

Four people recently died in Russia shortly after taking the Sputnik V anti-corona jab in previously unreported cases, which are being taken "seriously" by the EU regulator, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in Amsterdam. Six other Russians also had ...

Post-Brexit riots flare up in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland has seen nightly outbreaks of street violence in recent days, as unionists and nationalists clashed with each other and police. On Wednesday (7 April), the escalation in rioting saw a bus set on fire in Belfast. Police also struggled to ...

Advice on AstraZeneca varies across EU, amid blood clot fears

The European Commission has said national experts should work together with the European Medicines Agency (EMA) to develop a "coherent approach" across the EU for the AstraZeneca vaccine. The call comes as a jumble of measures emerged from EU governments, ...

Greenland election could see halt to rare-earth mining

Late Tuesday (6 April) evening, expectant Greenlanders received the election results for Inatsisartut, Greenland's parliament. The left-wing Inuit Ataqatigiit (IA) celebrated as it became clear they had gained a clear majority. Since Greenland held its ...

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EU risks €87bn in stranded fossil fuel assets

A report published on Thursday indicates that there is €87bn of under construction or proposed fossil gas infrastructure in the EU. Although the bloc is already oversupplied with fossil gas, import capacity would grow by 35 percent if all projects under ...

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Obligatory vaccination not against human rights, European court says

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) in Strasbourg said Thursday that compulsory vaccinations are legal in a ruling that might create a precedent for Covid-19 vaccination programmes. The ruling came after a complaint by Czech families regarding ...

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EU life expectancy figures tell story of pandemic year

Average life expectancy statistics for 2019 dropped in Spain by 1.6 percent and in Bulgaria by 1.5 percent due to the pandemic, according to European Commission data out Wednesday. Lithuania, Poland, and Romania also suffered falls of 1.4 percent each. ...

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Myanmar's UK envoy locked out of embassy

Myanmar's ambassador to the UK, Kyaw Zwar Minn, was locked out of his embassy in London by a deputy on Wednesday after having criticised the junta back home. "I have been locked out," he told Reuters. "It's a kind of coup, in the middle of London ... you ...

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EMA: blood clots are rare side-effect of AstraZeneca vaccine

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said Wednesday that unusual blood clots with low platelet counts should be listed as a side effect of the vaccine developed by AstraZeneca - falling short of limiting its use, Reuters reported. EMA insisted that the ...

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Digital platform for EU 'future conference' launches on 19 April

A multilingual digital platform will launch on 19 April, allowing European citizens "to provide their views on any topic that they consider important for the future of the EU," the political organisers of the Conference on the Future of Europe said ...

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After 50 years, where do Roma rights stand now?

Every year on 8 April, Romani people worldwide celebrate International Roma Day. 'Roma' in Hungary, 'Traveller' in Ireland, 'Sinti' in Germany, 'Ashkali' in Kosovo, 'Calé' in Spain and plenty of other Romani-speaking groups celebrate their shared culture, ...

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Egypt's Sisi warns of potential conflict with Ethiopia

Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi warned Ethiopia of the risk of conflict over its giant dam on the Blue Nile, after talks involving the two countries and Sudan ended without progress, Reuters writes. Ethiopia is pinning its hopes of economic ...

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G20 to explore global minimum corporate tax

G20 finance ministers are exploring a global minimum tax on corporate profits, amid growing international consensus on tackling tax avoidance after the pandemic, The Guardian writes. The virtual meeting between the group of 20 major industrial nations ...

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Third of Covid survivors suffer neurological or mental disorder

One-in-three Covid-19 survivors in a study of more than 230,000 mostly American patients were diagnosed with a brain or psychiatric disorder within six months, suggesting the pandemic could lead to a wave of mental and neurological problems, scientists ...

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Northern Ireland violence blamed on 'dishonest' Brexit

Four nights of paramilitary violence in Northern Ireland was blamed on Wednesday on "dishonesty" over Brexit, by justice minister Naomi Long. More than 40 police officers have been injured in nightly rioting since Easter, blamed on loyalists angered at new ...

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Why Iran desperately wants a new nuclear deal

This week new negotiations started between Iran, the United States, China, Russia, Britain, France, Germany and the EU. All actors hope to achieve an agreement that will reinstall the nuclear deal of 2015, then called the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action ...

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Does new EU-ACP deal really 'decolonise' aid?

Since 2018, when the European Union (EU) and the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) countries started negotiations on the deal that would replace the Cotonou Partnership Agreement ending in 2020, calls for "de-colonising aid" and a strong role for local ...

Commission demands equal treatment of EU presidents

The European Commission says Turkey's treatment of its president has "sharpened her focus" on women's rights. The comments on Wednesday (7 April) come on the 10th anniversary of the Istanbul Convention, which seeks to promote rights and curtail domestic ...

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French Covid intensive care units under pressure

The number of people in France being treated at intensive care units (ICU) for Covid-19 is the highest in almost a year. The French health ministry on Tuesday said the number of people in ICU increased by 193 over 24 hours to 5,626 - a peak since 20 April, ...

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Ukraine urges Nato to speed up membership procedure

Ukraine's president Volodymyr Zelensky says Nato should speed up his country's path toward membership, arguing that there is no other way to prevent further conflict in the eastern Donbass region, Deutsche Welle reports. Zelensky said his government hoped ...

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Cyber attack hits EU institutions

The European institutions were hit by a cyber attack last week, reports Bloomberg. A European Commission spokesperson told the media outlet that it was too early to tell the origins of the attack. "Thus far, no major information breach was detected," said ...

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Michel gets senior seat in Turkey diplomacy symbolism

European Council president Charles Michel got top diplomatic seating alongside Turkey's president, leaving European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen sitting on the couch during a meeting in Ankara on Tuesday. Seating arrangements in diplomatic ...

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Australia calls on EU to release 3.1 million vaccine doses

Australia has said it will ask the EU to release more than 3.1 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine - testing Brussels claim it is not blocking shipments, as the country struggles to vaccinate its population, Reuters writes. The EU denied blocking ...

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