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Nato's Madrid summit — key takeaways

The summer heat in Spain can be a killer if you are not careful. For Nato's Madrid summit, the scorching temperature wasn't the only the challenge they had to contend with. An inexhaustible litany of security factors truly made this summit unprecedented in ...

Czech presidency to fortify EU embrace of Ukraine

The Czech Republic took over the EU presidency from France on Friday (1 July), inheriting a complex and explosive environment in Europe. Over five million Ukrainian refugees have been recorded across the EU, with 400,000 in the Czech Republic alone. Covid- ...

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EU Parliament 'photographs protesting interpreters'

A European Parliament administrator took photos of around a dozen in-house interpreters protesting outside the agricultural committee on Thursday, according to a source with knowledge of the issue. The interpreters are protesting remote sessions due to ...

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Poland still failing to meet EU judicial criteria

Poland's dissolution of a controversial judicial disciplinary chamber meant it still did "not meat" EU Commission standards on independent courts for disbursing EU post-pandemic recovery funds, EU values commissioner Věra Jourová said Thursday, AP reports. ...

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Report: Polish president fishing for UN job

Polish president Andrzej Duda is already fishing for a job at the UN after his mandate ends in 2025, Polish news website Onet.pl reported Thursday, citing sources in his entourage. One possibility is as a UN special envoy on Ukraine, sources said. The ...

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Auditors raise alarm on EU Commission use of consultants

EU auditors raised concerns on Thursday over the European Commission's increasing use of external consultants. In recent years, the commission paid €1bn annually for consultancy, studies, and other activities. Auditors said potential risks related to the ...

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Kaliningrad talks needed with Russia, says Polish PM

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki said the European Union and Moscow are set to come up with a plan on the movement of goods between Russia's mainland and its enclave Kaliningrad. "Both sides concluded that it is worth agreeing a plan that will not ...

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Report: EU to curb state-backed foreign takeovers

Reuters news agency, citing an unnamed source , says EU states are set to back a European Commission proposal that would make it more difficult for state-backed foreign firms to take over European companies that are valued at €500m or more. The move is ...

Covid-profiting super rich should fight hunger, says UN food chief

Covid-profiting billionaires and Gulf countries currently enjoying high fuel prices need to do more to end global hunger, says the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP). The world's global food crisis is set to only get worse with some 345 million ...

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EU pollution and cancer — it doesn't have to be this way

While Europe has made great gains in reducing pollution over past decades, we know all too well that we still live with too much pollution and environmental risks in our lives. Exposure to air pollution, certain chemicals and ultraviolet radiation and ...

Israel smeared Palestinian activists, EU admits

The EU has overturned a funding ban on two Palestinian NGOs, effectively debunking an Israeli campaign to smear them as "terrorists". The European Commission had been starving the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights (PCHR) and Al-Haq of funds since last ...

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EU announces trade deal with New Zealand

The EU reach on Thursday a new trade agreement with New Zealand, including commitments related to the 2015 Paris Climate Agreement and international labour rights that are enforceable through a new system of sanctions. EU exports could potentially grow by ...

MEPs boycott awards over controversial sponsorship

Two MEPs have withdrawn their nominations from the MEPs Awards over the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis's participation as a sponsor, currently the subject of an alleged bribery scandal in Greece. The MEPs Awards event, which took place on Wednesday ...

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Russia threatens Norway over goods transit

The Russian foreign ministry has told Norway it will take "retaliatory measures" unless it allows EU-sanctioned goods to resume flowing through Norwegian checkpoints to Russian settlements in the Svalbard archipelago in the high north, Reuters reports. ...

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Russia urges Nato not to build bases in Sweden, Finland

Russian leader Vladimir Putin has said Moscow will reply in kind if Nato installs new military infrastructure in Finland or Sweden. "With Sweden and Finland, we don't have the problems that we have with Ukraine. They want to join Nato, go ahead," he said ...

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If Russia collapses — which states will break away?

Increasingly, analysts — both inside and outside of Russia — are considering the possibility of the Russian Federation's collapse and transformation into a series of independent states. Russia's disastrous war with Ukraine is straining an already weak ...

EU Parliament interpreters stage strike

In-house interpreters at the European Parliament have gone on strike, citing health issues and long working hours. They will still interpret on site. But they will no longer interpret people who dial in from a remote connection. In a statement, the ...

EU's post-Covid billions flowing into black hole

It will be difficult to find out, if not impossible, where exactly the more than €700bn that are being distributed to member states in post-pandemic relief across the EU will end up. The biggest ever economic boost to the bloc's economy will in most cases ...

Nato expands and reinforces on Russian flank

Nato leaders have agreed a new wave of enlargement and to pile troops onto their Russian flank in response to its rampage in Ukraine. Finland and Sweden officially became Nato "invitees" on Wednesday (29 June), putting them on a path to join within a few ...

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New president for European Committee of the Regions

The European Committee of the Regions (CoR) elected on Wednesday a socialist member of the Azores regional parliament, Vasco Alves Cordeiro, as their new president for the next two-and-a-half years years. Former president Apostolos Tzitzikostas, governor ...

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Gas flows from Spain to Morocco, after Western Sahara row

Gas is flowing again from Spain towards Morocco via the Maghreb-Europe Gas pipeline (MEG), Reuters reported on Wednesday. Gas flows through the pipeline were halted by Algeria last November, after Spain favoured the Moroccan plan to offer autonomy to ...

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BioNTech, Pfizer test 'universal' coronavirus vaccine

Germany's BioNTech, Pfizer's partner in Covid-19 vaccines, said the two companies would start tests on humans later this year of next-generation shots that protect against a wide variety of coronaviruses, Reuters reported. The shots are designed to ...

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UK sanctions second-richest Russian businessman

Britain on Wednesday announced sanctions against oligarch Vladimir Potanin, described by London as Russia's second-richest man and who has been buying assets from firms exiting Russia over the invasion of Ukraine, Reuters reported. Potanin was included in ...

EU Commission says it cannot find messages with Pfizer CEO

The European Commission has been unable to find the text messages exchanged between president Ursula von der Leyen and the boss of giant pharmaceutical company Pfizer, the EU executive said in a letter to the EU ombudsman published on Wednesday (29 June). ...

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Hungary permits emergency supervision of energy firms

Hungary on Tuesday passed a decree allowing the government to take over the supervision of vital energy firms plus the gas pipeline network operator FGSZ in an emergency, Reuters reported. It covers key firms in the power, gas and oil industries, and ...

EU ministers sign off on climate laws amid German infighting

The 27 EU environment ministers have signed off in the early hours of Wednesday (29 June) on a crucial package of climate laws that aims to reduce carbon emissions by 55 percent by 2030. "We cannot fail today. We have absolutely no time to waste," EU vice- ...

EU presidency still looking for asylum relocation pledges

The French EU presidency expects to announce next week figures on how many asylum seekers will be relocated under a so-called solidarity plan, while it continues to seek commitments from other member states. "Hopefully we may be able to give a clear ...

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Bulgaria expels 70 alleged Russian spies

Bulgaria has expelled 70 Russian diplomats on grounds of espionage, halving its personnel in the country at a stroke. "This is not an act of aggression towards the Russian people," said Bulgarian prime minister Kiril Petkov on Tuesday, Reuters reports. " ...

Finland and Sweden to join Nato, as Erdoğan drops veto

Turkey has agreed to let Finland and Sweden join Nato after a deal on Kurdish separatists and arms exports. The foreign ministers of the three countries signed the joint memorandum on Nato accession at the alliance's summit in Madrid on Tuesday (28 June). ...

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The euro — who's next?

EU enlargement is making headlines once more, with Ukraine — yet, unnoticed by many, European integration is expanding its territorial remit in other, equally significant ways. On 1 January 2023, the eurozone will welcome Croatia as its 20th member. This ...

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