21st Feb 2024


Libyan migrant trafficker seen with Italian officials

Italian newspaper Avvenire published photos of notorious Libyan human trafficker Abd al-Rahman Milad, known as Bija, discussing migration at a table with Italian officials in 2017. A UN security report says Bija is responsible for shootings at sea and suspected of drowning dozens of people. Other reports say he traveled to Rome to participate in an EU-funded workshop hosted by International Organisation for Migration at a four-star hotel.

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EU-Israel trade agreement must be on table to stop Rafah attack

The EU-Israel association trade agreement enabled €46.8bn of trade last year. Exports rose for both parties by around 20 percent in 2022. As the bloc's foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said: "Yes, we have the capacity to influence [Israel]."

'Nightmare' 2024 sees Orbán struggle ahead of EU elections

Viktor Orbán admits that 2024 "could not have started any worse" for his government. The sex-abuse scandal that led to the resignation of the president provides an opportunity for Hungary's opposition — but their fragmentation could be a major obstacle.

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