3rd Dec 2023


Health commissioner resigns over tobacco row

Maltese EU commissioner John Dalli, in charge of health and consumer protection, has resigned over allegedly favouring a Maltese tobacco producer with a ban on certain tobacco products. The EU's anti-fraud office concluded its investigation on Monday without finding proof of bribes, but said Dalli was aware of dodgy dealings.

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Brussels denies having no 'concern' on Spain's amnesty law

The Spanish government remains secretive about its negotiations with pro-independence Catalans, but claims the EU Commission has "zero concerns" about their proposed amnesty law for Catalan separatists. The EU executive denies that.


Dubai's COP28 — a view from the ground

Discussion of the biggest existential threat humanity has ever faced is barely mentioned on billboards or signage in Dubai — yet visitors are made aware quite quickly that t world rugby sevens tournament is imminent.

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