3rd Dec 2023


Merkel lowers expectations for EU budget deal

"I don't know if we'll reach a deal tomorrow or the day after, otherwise we will have to meet again next year," German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the Bundestag ahead of Thursday's summit on the seven-year EU budget. Britain and several other countries have threatened to use their veto.

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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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