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Israeli rockets kill 20 people in Gaza retaliation

Retaliatory airstrikes by Israeli warplanes in Gaza killed eight Hamas militants, according to the military, Deutsche Welle writes. The Palestinian authorities in Gaza said 20 people were killed, including nine children, and some 65 were wounded. Israel ...

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No more EU expulsions likely over Russia bomb attacks

EU countries are unlikely to expel any more Russian diplomats in solidarity over alleged Russian bomb attacks in the Czech Republic and Bulgaria in 2014, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said Monday after meeting foreign ministers. "Everybody agrees ...

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EU ready to ignore Hungary veto on Hong Kong

The EU will shortly issue a statement of support for pro-democracy activists in Hong Kong with or without Hungary, EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said Monday, after Budapest vetoed a draft communiqué. "If unanimity is not reached ... we will have ...

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Borrell admits EU neglect of Western Balkans

EU foreign ministers discussed Western Balkans enlargement for the first time in two years on Monday in what EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said was "quite strange" given the region's "geostrategic" importance. "We cannot go on holidays without ...

Russia penetrated Merkel's 'inner circle', Khodorkovsky says

Russia has recruited allies in German chancellor Angela Merkel's "inner circle" and in Austrian intelligence services, exiled Russian businessman Mikhail Khodorkovsky has warned. But they are just part of a wider pro-Kremlin network in EU states, including ...

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Macron accused of 'cowardice and deceit' in military letter

Serving members of the French military have fired a second salvo at Emmanuel Macron's government, in an open letter accusing it of "cowardice, deceit, perversion", just weeks after a first letter said the country was heading for "civil war", The Guardian ...

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EU citizens in UK applying for settled status face legal limbo

Hundreds of thousands of European citizens could find themselves in limbo after 30 June, and left without documented legal rights to remain in the UK, if the British government does not clear a backlog of more than 320,000 applications for post-Brexit ...

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Netherlands gives €2bn to offshore carbon storage project

The Dutch government has allocated €2bn to develop a carbon capture and storage project under the North Sea, Reuters reported on Monday. The initiative, involving oil majors Royal Dutch Shell and ExxonMobil, is expected to reduce emissions in the ...

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Germany will allow Johnson & Johnson vaccine for all ages

Germany on Monday said the Johnson & Johnson vaccine will now be made available to all adults, Reuters reported. Previously, older people were given priority access to this brand of vaccine. Last month, the EU drug regulator backed the Johnson & Johnson ...

First recovery euros could be paid out in July

The first payments from the EU's Covid-19 recovery fund could come in July if all goes to plan, top EU Commission officials said on Monday (10 May) in the European Parliament. Currently, 14 of the 27 member states have submitted their plans on how they ...

Commission wants help for Italy after weekend's migrant arrivals

The European Commission is demanding EU states come to Italy's aid after the arrival of migrants at sea. Speaking to reporters on Monday (10 May), EU home affairs commissioner Ylva Johansson said the recent arrivals need to be moved on to other member ...

Mercosur trade deal will fuel 'poison pesticides' back into EU

The EU-Mercosur trade agreement, as it currently stands, will exacerbate the 'boomerang effect' of pesticides banned in the EU whose residues re-enter the bloc as food imports, a study on Tuesday (11 May) has found. The EU exported 7,000 tonnes of ...

Opinion

Can new Iran talks avoid mistakes of the original JCPOA?

As a new round of negotiations over the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) continue in Vienna, the European Union and the E3 (France, Germany, and the United Kingdom) have already achieved a key objective: bringing Iran and the United States back ...

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Lukashenko amends emergency transfer of power

Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko has signed a decree allowing the transfer of presidential power to the security council if he is murdered or otherwise unable to perform his duties, Reuters reports. Lukashenko said in April he was planning to ...

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German centre-left picks Scholz as would-be chancellor

German finance minister Olaf Scholz is to be the centre-left SPD party's candidate for chancellor in September's elections, after more 96 percent of 600 party delegates backed him Sunday. The former Hamburg mayor has campaigned on climate neutrality, a €12 ...

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EU has not ordered AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June

The European Union has not made any new orders for AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June when their contract ends, European internal market commissioner Thierry Breton said, after the EU signed a deal with Pfizer-BioNTech, the Irish Times reports. The ...

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Macron: Pandemic showed need for more EU integration

EU institutions needed to take more powers from national capitals, for instance, in the health sector, the pandemic has showed, according to French president Emmanuel Macron, speaking on Sunday. "We need to learn the lessons given this major shock of the ...

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Election win fuels Scottish nationalists' referendum plan

Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon has vowed to hold a second independence referendum after the pandemic, after her Scottish Nationalist Party won a fourth consecutive term in power and increased its number of seats in elections last weekend. Only a court ...

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Surge in migrant arrivals to Italian island

More than 1,000 migrants arrived on the small Italian island of Lampedusa on Saturday amid good weather for sea crossings, prompting fresh political tension. The arrivals mean some 11,000 people have come to Lampedusa so far this year, up from 4,105 in the ...

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EU embassy pays bail for Georgia opposition leader

The EU embassy in Tbilisi has posted €9,600 bail for Nika Melia, a jailed opposition leader, in order "to allow for [his] release from pre-trial detention", it said Saturday. The unusual move came after police arrested Melia in February on charges linked ...

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British aristocrats caught peddling Kremlin ties

Prince Michael of Kent, a minor British royal, and his associate, the Marquess of Reading, have been peddling their alleged influence in Russia in return for fees of €11,000 a day to foreign companies, according to an investigation by The Times newspaper ...

EU and US urge Israel to defuse Jerusalem violence

The EU and US have voiced alarm over growing violence in Jerusalem, while urging Israel to curb settlement expansion. Three nights of unrest in the city, which erupted on Friday (7 May), have left over 300 people and dozens of policemen injured. Rocket ...

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Frontex 'mislabelling minors as adults' on Greek islands

An African asylum seeker incorrectly registered as an adult by a Frontex border guard last year is today still grappling with that error. "Right now, I am only about survival," 'William' (not his real name), told EUobserver in a Zoom call from Athens on 30 ...

Opinion

Has Albania really met the 15 tests to join the EU? No

When the EU Foreign Affairs Council gathers on Monday (10 May) to discuss the Western Balkans they must seriously scrutinise the 15 conditions set for Albania to fulfil prior to proceeding with its EU accession process. Downplaying, or even neglecting, ...

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Vaccine fairness plus Russia on table This WEEK

After Europe Day (9 May) eventually saw the delayed launch of the Conference on the Future of Europe, attention returns to vaccines - after US president Joe Biden put the EU in a tight spot when he backed waiving the Covid-19 vaccine patents. EU leaders ...

EU ambassadors flock to Red Square for Putin's parade

Most EU states are sending their ambassadors to Russia's WW2 victory parade on Sunday (9 May) despite tense relations. The list includes: Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, ...

MEPs win battle for bigger citizens' voice at Conference

The EU institutions on Friday (7 May) reached a provisional agreement on the working arrangements for the Conference on the Future of Europe - which will finally launch this Sunday, on Europe Day, after a year's delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. The ...

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Hungary gags EU ministers on China

EU countries have shelved plans to issue a statement of moral support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong due to a Hungarian veto. "Considering that the European Union has already accepted numerous statements regarding Hong Kong, the standpoint of ...

Poland and Hungary push back on 'gender equality' pre-summit

The phrase "gender equality" has been removed from the declaration on social issues to be adopted by EU leaders at their social summit in Porto later on Friday (7 May) after Poland and Hungary opposed the expression. The phrase was replaced by a reference ...

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Report: Czech minister plotted to bury evidence on Russian attack

Jan Hamáček, the Czech interior minister, who was also interim foreign minister in April, hatched a plan to bury evidence that Russia blew up a Czech arms warehouse in 2014, in return for 1m doses of Russia's coronavirus vaccine and letting Prague host a ...

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