29th Nov 2023


Cyprus gas discovery bodes ill for Turkey relations

Cyprus has announced that exploratory drilling had found up to 8 trillion cubic feet of natural gas in its maritime zone in what its energy minister Georgios Lakkotrypis called "one of the biggest [discoveries] worldwide in the last two years". The news threatens to escalate tension with Turkey, which is holding a naval drill in the area, amid competing claims for natural resources, including by the unrecognised Northern Cyprus republic.

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The EU's 'no added sugars' fruit-juice label sleight-of-hand

The Food Information to Consumers package would have finally regulated the health or nutrition claims companies make on their products, claims like "heart-healthy" "30-percent less fat" or "no added sugar". Legislation on these claims is now 15 years overdue.

Member states stall on EU ban on forced-labour products

More than two years after the EU Commission first proposed a law on forced labour, inter-institutional negotiations have not started because member states cannot reach agreement — risking the text's adoption before the 2024 European Parliament elections.

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