9th Jun 2023


London rejects demand for fresh Scottish referendum

The UK government rejected on Thursday the demands of Scottish First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to hold a new independence referendum in 2020, Reuters writes. "A second independence referendum next year would be a damaging distraction," Britain's government said in a statement, adding that it would undermine the result of the last vote five years ago when 55 percent of Scots chose to remain in the UK.

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EU's proposed ethics body 'toothless', say campaigners

Transparency campaigners say the new ethics body proposed by the European Commission will do little to prevent corruption at the EU institutions. The proposal comes six months after allegations of a Qatari corruption affair involving a former European Parliament vice-president.


The 'BlackRock exemption' has no place in the EU's due diligence directive

With the EU's Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, there's an opportunity to harness the power of investment for truly sustainable activities. But to do this, it must not allow the 'BlackRock exemption' and instead cover institutional investors and asset managers.

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