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17th Jun 2021

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Report: Millions of EU Eritrea aid used for forced labour

The EU gave €20m in aid to Eritrea, a dictatorship in the Horn of Africa, to build a road and stop the flux of migration. However, this road appears to be constructed by forced conscripts, the New York Times reports. The EU has no means to monitor the project and also decided to increase its aid in 2020 to €95m, funding a system the UN calls "tantamount to enslavement".

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Europe needs to help sea rescues, say NGOs

Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, along with Ecre, a Brussels-base NGO, have proposed a plan to increase sea rescues. The call comes ahead of an EU summit later this month among EU heads of state and government.

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Why the EU renewables target needs to be (a lot) higher

The revamped Renewable Energy Directive next month should set an EU binding renewable energy target of at least 50% by 2030, paving the way towards transition to a 100 percent renewable-energy based system by 2040.

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