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1st Mar 2021

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UK Brexit negotiator back in Brussels for last-minute talks

UK prime minister Theresa May's chief Brexit negotiator, Olly Robbins, will be in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss changes to the non legally-binding political declaration on the UK's future relationship with the EU, in a bid to meet key Labour demands. Labour wants a customs union with the EU and possibly a second referendum. Cross-party negotiations broke up on Monday night with both sides signalling no substantive progress was made.

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'Big Five' tech giants spent €19m lobbying EU in 2020

The increased regulatory scrutiny of tech giants such as Google, Facebook and Microsoft has triggered a rise in lobbying activities by these companies in Brussels, and, accordingly, an exponential grow of their budget for these activities.

Agenda

Women fighting Covid-19 in focus This WEEK

To help bridge the stubborn gender pay gap, the EU Commission will present pay transparency measures so that differences in wages and salaries do not remain hidden from employees.

Letter

Ethiopia right of reply

The Embassy of Ethiopia would like to set the record straight to the esteemed readership by stating the following facts about the situation in Ethiopia particularly in Tigray.

Opinion

Time to choose on Russia: regime first or people first?

I hope that the sanctions from the Foreign Affairs Council will increase the likelihood of seeing Alexei Navalny and his supporters leaving Russian prisons alive, unharmed, and in the nearer future than otherwise.

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