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UK scientists fear Brexit blow to joint EU research

Current Brexit talks envisaged a £3bn (€3.3bn) net British contribution to the EU's next Horizon Europe scientific research programme, Vivienne Stern, the director of a British universities' association, told a House of Lords Brexit committee Thursday, in ...

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Greek migrant camp lockdown extended

The quarantine imposed on the Vial migrant reception and identification centre on the eastern Aegean island of Chios was extended to 4 November, the Greek migration ministry announced on Thursday, Greek newspaper Ekathimerini writes. The centre has been in ...

South Caucasus death toll much worse than feared

The recent fighting between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been much deadlier than previously feared, with Russia estimating that it claimed 5,000 lives. "There are a lot of casualties from both sides ... According to our data, the number of deaths on both ...

Polish court effectively bans legal abortions

The Polish constitutional tribunal on Thursday (22 October) ruled that abortions for foetal abnormalities violate the constitution - effectively imposing a near-total ban on legal abortions in the country. Poland already had one of the most restrictive ...

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Lukashenko and 14 others in EU crosshairs

Belarus president Alexander Lukashenko as well as 14 other Belarusians are to join an existing EU blacklist of 40 names following initial diplomatic talks this week. The decision will be formalised next week and the number could still change. The 14 are ...

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EU imposes sanctions over 2015 Bundestag cyberattack

Member states on Thursday imposed a travel ban and an asset freeze on two individuals and one body responsible for or complicit in the cyberattack on the German parliament in 2015. Some 16 gigabytes of data, documents, and emails were stolen from the ...

MEPs urge EU to be ready to dump disputed energy treaty

Cross-party MEPs on Thursday (22 October) called on the European Commission to be prepared to withdraw from the controversial Energy Charter Treaty (ECT), if negotiations for its modernisation fail. The ECT is an international agreement that grants cross- ...

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Italy reignites Mont Blanc border dispute with France

Italy has reignited an old dispute with France over Mont Blanc border-rights, after French authorities imposed natural preservation measures that encroached on Italian territory, the Guardian writes. The French measures would harm tourism in the popular ...

EU commission on defensive over 'revolving doors'

The EU commission was forced to defend its track record on Thursday (22 October) on allowing staff to take on private-sector jobs, after it emerged that 99-percent of such requests were rubber-stamped as a 'yes'. "I think it is very clear that we have ...

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Why German presidency is wrong on rule of law

Early next year, all going well, Brussels will turn on the taps and €750bn in funds designed to help Europe's recovery from the coronavirus pandemic will start to flow into every corner of the EU. Together with over a trillion euros that has been earmarked ...

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Commission to press Croatia on migrant 'abuse' at border

EU commissioner Ylva Johansson says she will press Croatian authorities, following reports by the Danish Refugee Council of abuse and violence by police against migrants trying to cross into Croatia. In a tweet, Johansson said she took the findings by the ...

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Belarus opposition awarded 2020 Sakharov Prize

The president of the European Parliament, David Sassoli, announced on Wednesday that the Belarusian opposition, represented by Svetlana Tijanovskaya, Maria Kolesnikova and Veronika Tsepkalo, together with political and civil society figures, are the winner ...

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Belgium's foreign minister in intensive care for Covid-19

Belgium's foreign minister Sophie Wilmes was admitted into intensive care on Wednesday night, after testing positive for Covid-19 last week. Wilmes led Belgium's fight against the virus during the pandemic's first wave as the country's prime minister. ...

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MEPs restrict CAP funding for bullfighting

A majority of MEPs on Wednesday agreed to restrict funding of the EU's common agriculture policy (CAP) for bullfighting. "Couple support income will proportionally exclude the number of heads of cattle whose final destination is the sale for activities ...

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Coronavirus: Liège is 'the Lombardy of the second wave'

"We are the Lombardy of the second wave" of coronavirus infections, Philippe Devos, an intensive care doctor at the CHC hospital in the Belgian city of Liège said Monday, Le Soir reports. He was referring to the horror scenes during the first Covid-19 wave ...

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UK to keep out EU nationals with criminal past

EU nationals with criminal records can be refused entry to the UK from 2021 and those who sleep rough in British cities could be deported, under new rules being considered by British MPs on Thursday. EU citizens used to have special exemptions. But the ...

Nato and EU silent on Turkey, despite Armenia's appeal

Nato and the EU have declined to publicly criticise Turkey's involvement in the Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict despite Armenia's personal appeal. "It is vital that all sides now show restraint, observe the ceasefire, and de-escalate. Any targeting of ...

EU tells UK to decide on Brexit as deal 'within reach'

The EU told the UK on Wednesday (21 October) to make up its mind on Brexit - but also extended an olive branch after talks on the future relations have been disrupted by political theatrics over the last week. The two sides decided late on Wednesday to ...

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EU farming deal attacked by Green groups

EU agriculture ministers reached a common position on the bloc's farming policy post-2020 in the early hours of Wednesday (21 October) - paving the way for final negotiations with the European Parliament and Commission. The Common Agriculture Policy (CAP), ...

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Report: EU to restrict travel from Canada, Tunisia, Georgia

Reuters news agency, citing unnamed EU diplomats, says the EU is set to restrict travel from Canada, Tunisia and Georgia into the European Union given Covid-19. It means travellers from these nations will have to undergo Covid-19 related restrictions, like ...

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Pope Francis supports same-sex civil unions

Pope Francis has backed same-sex civil unions in an interview in a documentary film, Francesco, which premiered at the Rome film festival on Wednesday, the Guardian writes. He said: "Homosexual people have the right to be in a family. They are children of ...

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EU Commission to increase use of open-source software

The European Commission approved on Wednesday the internal Open Source Software Strategy for the period 2020-2023, committing to increase the use of open-source software more widely in areas beyond IT. "By co-developing with other European public-sector ...

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German health minister tests positive for Covid-19

German health minister Jens Spahn has tested positive for Covid-19 and has "cold-like symptoms," the ministry said Wednesday. Spahn has gone into self-isolation. Spahn attended the cabinet meeting on Wednesday in the federal chancellery, and was seen ...

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EU leaders to hold Covid-19 videoconference next week

EU leaders will hold a videoconference on 29 October to discuss how to better cooperate against the Covid-19 pandemic, as infections rocket across the continent. The online meeting is planned to be the first of a series of such pandemic discussions. Better ...

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Czechs shut shops to avoid health system 'collapse'

The Czech government on Wednesday announced limits on free movement, and the closure of most stores and hotels, due to a surge of Covid-19 infections. Prime minister Andrej Babis warned the new measures were needed otherwise "our health system would ...

France vows tough retaliation for teacher's murder

Conflans-Sainte-Honorine is usually a sleepy suburb of Paris. Since last Friday (16 October), however, there is a swarm of activity around the high school Bois d'Aulne. Police and gendarmes stand watch, international media are reporting live and in the ...

Opinion

All eyes on EU court for decision on religious slaughter

The popular image of a ritual killing is that of a butcher restraining an animal to expose its throat, covering its eyes with its ears while muttering prayers to calm it. Sadly, this is far from the experience of animals being killed without pre-stunning ...

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Ireland first EU state to re-impose full lockdown

Irish people have been ordered to stay home for the next six weeks starting midnight Wednesday, in the first EU country to re-impose a full lockdown due to the second wave of coronavirus. The move was designed to enable people to "celebrate Christmas ...

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EU countries agree farm policy reform

Agricultural ministers from the member states of the EU have reached an agreement on reforming the Common Agricultural Policy, Deutsche Welle reports. The deal, several years in the making, will place a bigger focus on environmental protection. On Twitter, ...

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EU corona-bonds attracted huge demand

The EU's initial sale of €17 billion worth of joint bonds in its pandemic bailout scheme attracted 14 times more demand than bonds on offer in trading Tuesday, as global investors sought safe havens for their money, the Reuters news agency said. The value ...

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