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Far left and right MEPs less critical of China and Russia

MEPs have shown consistent support for action against authoritarian regimes - except for Russia or China, which tends to split the far left and right from the political mainstream, according to a recent study. But unanimity requirements in the votes of the ...

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WHO: 11bn doses needed to reach global vaccination target

The head of the World Health Organization, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Thursday called on developed countries to share vaccines, pointing out that 11 billion doses are needed to reach its target to vaccinate at least 10 percent of the population of ...

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EU to share 200m Covid vaccine doses by end of 2021

The European Commission announced it is on track to share some 200 million doses of vaccines against Covid-19 before the end of the year. It says the vaccines will go to low and middle-income countries. "We will be sharing more than 200 million doses of ...

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Why is offshore wind the 'Cinderella' of EU climate policy?

Last year, 2020, saw seismic energy policy shifts across the industry. The global gas-market remains bearish and extraordinarily oversupplied, with gas prices seeing increasing downward pressure and volatility. Whereas, in the face of global turmoil, the ...

Open letter from 30 embassies ahead of Budapest Pride

The Hungarian government is at odds not only with the EU - but with embassies and institutions around the world over its controversial new anti-LGBTIQ law, ahead of Budapest Pride this Saturday (24 July). A total of 30 embassies and 12 cultural institutes ...

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Macron changes phone after Pegasus spyware revelations

French president Emmanuel Macron has obtained a new phone following reports of Pegasus spyware hacks. The president's office said Macron had also ordered an overhaul of security protocols. His phone had been among those reportedly targeted by Moroccan ...

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Brussels migrants end hunger strike

Several hundred undocumented migrants have ended their hunger-strike protest in Brussels, giving up their demands for a collective legal status in Belgium. The migrants will instead have their individual cases assessed by the state. Around 476 people had ...

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EU 'will not renegotiate' Irish protocol

EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has rejected calls by the UK to re-negotiate the Northern Irish protocol, which created a customs border in the Irish Sea between Northern Ireland and mainland Britain. "The EU will continue to be creative and ...

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Elderly EU nationals in UK-status limbo after missed deadline

Thousands of EU nationals over the age of 65 in the UK have missed a deadline to apply for the EU settlement scheme, according to a UK parliamentary report. It found that only two-percent of all applications for the settlement scheme were submitted by ...

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Italy to impose 'vaccinated-only' entry on indoor entertainment

The Italian government will require people to be fully-vaccinated before being allowed entry into closed-door events and spaces - such as cinemas, exhibitions, museums, theatres and swimming pools. Only those with a 'green pass' to prove vaccination ...

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Spain ends outdoor mask-wearing despite surge

The Spanish parliament approved on Wednesday a government decree ending the obligation of mask-wearing outdoors when a social distance of 1.5 meters can be observed, Spanish news agency EFE reported. The measure has been criticised, since the country has ...

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China rejects 'second-phase' audit of Covid-19 origin

China has rejected the proposal from the World Health Organization to carry out the second phase of the investigation into the origins of the coronavirus, which would include inspections of laboratories and markets in the city of Wuhan, Reuters reported on ...

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WHO: vaccine inequality hinders global economic recovery

The World Health Organization (WHO) said on Thursday that low-income countries could have added €32.2bn to their GDP forecast for 2021 if they had similar vaccination rates as high-income countries. It also warns that the unequal distribution of vaccines ...

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15% of global food 'lost' before leaving farms

A new report on Wednesday by the British branch of NGO WWF and UK supermarket giant Tesco, shows that 1.2bn tonnes (over 15 percent) of food produced globally is lost during harvest or slaughter procedures. The research states that 58 percent of farm- ...

Orbán counters EU by calling referendum on anti-LGBTI law

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán has announced a referendum on his country's controversial new anti-LGBTIQ law - in response to criticism from the European Union which called the new legislation discriminatory. The law, passed last month by the ...

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Germany and US 'reach deal' on Nord Stream 2

The US says a deal has been reached with Germany to prevent Russian gas from being used as political leverage by Moscow over Europe in the Nord Stream 2 pipeline project. The deal sees Ukraine get $50m (€42.3m) in green energy technology credits and a ...

Opinion

Why aren't EU's CSDP missions working?

The Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP) has become a flagship for EU external action, under which the Union today runs 17 missions in response to different crises around the world. The most ambitious of these CSDP missions involve strategic advisory, ...

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UK wants Brexit 'fix' on Northern Ireland

The UK is pressing to rewrite the Brexit protocol for Northern Ireland, describing it as a flawed concept. But the European Commission is not interested in re-opening talks. Maroš Šefčovič, the EU vice-president in charge of EU-UK relations said Brussels " ...

Romania most keen to join eurozone

Of all eight non-euro EU member states, Romanians top the chart of single-currency favourability, with 75 percent wanting the euro switchover - up from 63 percent last year. According to the Flash Eurobarometer, Romanians is followed by other eastern and ...

Slovenia risks court over EU anti-graft office

Slovenia now risks court action unless it rapidly appoints two prosecutors to the recently-established EU watchdog tasked to fight financial crimes. "We will think about a possible procedure before the court," EU justice commissioner Didier Reynders said ...

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EU wants to make crypto transfers more traceable

The European Commission proposed on Tuesday rules that would see companies transferring cryptocurrencies, such as Bitcoin, collect details of senders and recipients, in order to help authorities detect money laundering or terrorism financing, Reuters ...

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Pegasus spyware 'targeted Macron and Michel'

Moroccan intelligence agencies targeted French president Emmanuel Macron with the Israeli-made spyware software Pegasus, according to Le Monde newspaper. Although targeted, it remains unclear if his phone was compromised by the software. They also ...

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UK to pay France €62m to stop English Channel migrants

The UK will pay France €62.7m to prevent migrants from crossing the English Channel, in a deal hammered out on Tuesday. The plan includes doubling the number of French officers deployed along the coast. The deal comes a day after a record 430 people ...

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Greece probes four migrant NGOs

Greece has launched an investigation into four NGOs, accusing them of facilitating illegal entry of foreigners and espionage. Among those targeted is Aegean Boat Report, which details pushbacks of migrants and refugees. Greek migration minister Notis ...

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EU proposes new anti-money laundering rules

The European Commission on Tuesday proposed a new set of anti-money laundering and countering terrorism-financing rules. The legislative package includes the creation of a new EU-level Anti-Money Laundering Authority, which will seek to coordinate with ...

Opinion

Sweden's gang and gun violence sets politicians bickering

There is an atmosphere is of shock and outrage in Sweden as the country tries to fathom news that two young children have been accidentally shot by unknown criminals - in an unassuming, middle-class suburb just outside Stockholm. The sun was shining at ...

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The Polish government wants EU money - but not EU law

Observers of the Polish government's approach to law have become used to a lot of things. And still one could be surprised by the escalation that transpired last week. Just when the EU had decided last year that a threat to the rule of law in a member ...

EU rule-of-law report slams Poland and Hungary

The European Commission on Wednesday (20 July) published its second report on the state of the judiciary, media freedom, and corruption in member states, as well as the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic on the rule of law. The annual rule-of-law report was ...

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More seats for regions at 'Future of Europe' plenary

The governing body of the Conference on the Future of Europe agreed on Monday to allocate six more seats in the conference plenary to both regional and local representatives, and four more seats to social partners. This means that the current 534 plenary ...

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German government rejects failures over floodwaters

German officials have rejected accusations that floodwater warning systems failed, reports Reuters. Critics say early warnings about record rainfall last week did not reach communities most at risk. Some 160 people died in the floods in Germany alone. " ...

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