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US to add last three EU states to visa-waiver list

The US is planning to add Bulgaria, Cyprus, and Romania to its visa-waiver programme, letting people stay for up to 90 days without a permit. "We have four candidates in the pipeline: Israel, Cyprus, Bulgaria and Romania," homeland security secretary ...

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German ministry gives thumbs up to Russian pipeline

"Granting certification [to Russia's new Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline] is not threatening security of gas supply to the Federal Republic of Germany and the European Union," Germany's economy ministry said Tuesday, in a recommendation to energy regulator ...

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EU regulator foresees endless battles with Facebook

The EU should force US firm Facebook to change its ways even if litigation took "years without end", European anti-trust chief Margrethe Vestager told DW Tuesday. Facebook posed a risk to "young people's mental health" as well as "democracy" and needed ...

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UK fears three migrants drowned in Channel

The UK launched a major search-and-rescue operation Tuesday for three migrants missing in the English Channel after finding two others whose boat went off-course, The Times reports. Over 20,000 people crossed the Channel so far this year, including 145 on ...

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Israel joins EU science scheme, despite Palestine clause

Israel on Tuesday signed up to the EU's next Horizon science programme, worth €96bn from 2021-2027, with its foreign minister Yair Lapid saying the move "positions Israel as a central player in the largest and most important research and development ...

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Upcoming flu season 'could be severe', EU agency warns

"The early detections of the A (H3N2) subtype are an indication that the upcoming flu season could be severe, although we cannot know for sure," Pasi Penttinen, an expert at the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control, said Tuesday. Elderly ...

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Ukraine wins Dutch case on Crimea gold

A Dutch court has said the Ukrainian state should take custody of ancient gold artefacts from Russia-occupied Crimea, instead of four museums on the annexed peninsula, who tried get them back from the Netherlands' Allard Pierson Museum, where they were ...

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Most Poles want Warsaw to back down in EU dispute

Some 73 percent of Poles said Warsaw should back down in its rule-of-law dispute with Brussels in a survey by IBRiS for the Rzeczpospolita newspaper Tuesday, even as Russian media had a field day with Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki's recent anti- ...

Environment ministers continue dogfight on energy price hike

"We have different views and different opinion" Jernej Vrtovec, the Slovenian minister for infrastructure, said at the end of an emergency EU Council meeting on the current spike in energy prices, on Tuesday (26 October) in Luxembourg. "The price-hikes ...

Most lawmakers unhappy with lead MEP's asylum bill

Sweden's centre-right MEP Tomas Tobe is facing an uphill battle with fellow European lawmakers on his latest draft on a core asylum and migration bill, which he says aims to break years of political deadlock among member states. With the European ...

More transparency on EU media owners planned for 2022

The EU Commission will come forward with the media freedom act, an effort to better defend media pluralism and press freedom in Europe, starting from next July, commission vice-president Věra Jourová told MEPs on Tuesday (28 October). The new rules will be ...

Opinion

Europe's deadly border policies

A staggering number of people die at Europe's borders. Almost all of them are brown or Black. The majority drown or disappear at sea. Others suffocate in trucks, are run over by cars, or die of hypothermia. For many, the cause of death is unknown, as are ...

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'Brussels So White' needs action, not magical thinking

For an exhilarating moment last year, 'Brussels So White' seemed to be cracking under pressure. As Black Lives Matter protests spread across European cities in summer 2020, the European Union finally appeared ready to accept rather than neglect the ...

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EU warned on wasting €750bn recovery funds

European states risked wasting the €750bn in their post-pandemic recovery fund, Ireland's member of the EU's Court of Auditors, a financial watchdog, has warned. "Where money is being put out quicker, normally you would say the risk of fraud is inherently ...

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More EU states reimpose Covid restrictions

Some Covid hygiene rules were reimposed in the Czech Republic and Romania on Monday, while Poland and the Netherlands said they were considering similar steps, amid a surge in infections, especially in eastern Europe. "The pandemic is far from over," the ...

Opinion

How to break the political deadlock on migration

In 2015, the European Union was confronted with an exceptional situation when over one million people applied for international protection, many in the course of only a few months. Six years later, migration remains one of the defining challenges for the ...

Podcast

Hedegaard on the hazards of stalling climate action

Concerns are growing that the big climate conference in Glasgow next month will not do enough to avert climate breakdown. Obstacles to progress include international tensions between the US and China, and between the UK and Europe. Someone who knows first ...

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EU demands Sudan leadership be freed

The European Commission has demanded the immediate release of the detained Sudanese leadership, including its prime minister and other cabinet members. "We call on the security forces to immediately release those they have unlawfully detained," EU foreign ...

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EU tells Israel to stop settler expansion

The European Union has demanded Israel stop settler expansion, after Israeli authorities on Sunday announced the publication of tenders for the construction of more than 1,300 housing units in the occupied Palestinian territories. "We call upon the ...

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Facebook will fuel further unrest, whistleblower says

Facebook will fuel more episodes of violent unrest around the world because of the way its algorithms are designed to promote divisive content, whistleblower Frances Haugen told the British parliament, Reuters writes. According to Haugen the social network ...

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Turkey welcomes 'step back' by Western embassies

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has "welcomed" comments by eight out of the 10 embassies whose envoys he threatened to expel they would abide by the Vienna Convention on non-interference in internal affairs. The statements by Canada, Denmark, ...

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Poland sends thousands more soldiers to Belarus border

Poland is raising the number of soldiers on its Belarus border from 6,000 to "about 10,000" to stop Middle East migrants being flown in by the Minsk regime, Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Monday. Two border guards were temporarily ...

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EU urges China to respect Hong Kong freedoms

An EU foreign-service spokesperson urged China to "act in line with its international commitments and to respect Hong Kong's rights and freedoms" on Monday, after Amnesty International said it was closing its office there due to a Chinese security law. EU ...

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Belarus exiles in EU fear regime-linked murderers

Belarus is working with a notorious organised-crime boss to terrorise its opponents in EU states, a former regime insider has alleged in an interview with EUobserver. "These criminals are on Polish and EU territory and are preparing acts of terrorism ...

No place for Polish 'war' rhetoric, Commission says

The European Commission says rhetoric about "war" has no place in Europe, following an interview with the Financial Times by Poland's prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki. "There is no place for rhetoric referring to war among the member states or between the ...

Nine countries oppose EU gas market reform

Germany, the Netherlands and Denmark and six other countries have signed a letter saying they cannot back any reform conflicting with the gas and energy markets - including a reform of the EU electricity markets. Spain and France have called for a ...

EU-UK impasse on top court in post-Brexit customs talks

Talks between EU and UK officials on how to resolve the post-Brexit trade issues over Northern Ireland will resume on Tuesday (26 October) in London. "We have been engaging constructively and intensively with our UK counterparts, those discussions will ...

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Timmermans cancels Moscow visit ahead of COP26

European commissioner Frans Timmermans will not travel to Moscow to discuss climate action ahead of the crucial COP summit in Glasgow next month, The Moscow Times writes. "Due to agenda issues which meant it was not possible to meet all the relevant ...

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Report: EU to open new mission in Kabul

The EU foreign service is to open a mission in Kabul by the end of November, the FT reported Sunday, citing sources. The representation would not be an embassy, as the EU has not recognised the Taliban government. The EU office is also to be used by member ...

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Bulgaria and Romania run out of beds for Covid-patients

Bulgaria is in talks with the EU to transfer Covid patients to other member states due to a hospital-bed shortage, with hospitals and morgues in Romania also said to be at breaking point. There were currently more than 20 million people infected in eastern ...

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