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21st Feb 2024

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CO2 emissions from EU plunge 60 percent

The EU's CO2 emissions have dropped by 58 percent since the virus lockdowns began, French consultancy Sia Partners has noted. Emissions from cars and motorbikes fell 88 percent, while industry (60%) and the energy sector (40%) fell less steeply, and household emissions rose (29%). "Once the confinement is finished, some sectors will restart right away and others will not," Sia Partners' Charlotte de Lorgeril told British newspaper the Financial Times.

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Von der Leyen rejects extremist parties, leaves door open to ECR

Launching her campaign for a second EU Commission president mandate, Ursula von der Leyen rejected collaboration with extremist parties but left the door open to working with rightwing ECR — which may go from fifth to third-largest party in June.

Russian oligarchs failed to get off EU blacklist

Hungary failed to get three Russian and three Chinese names deleted, as the EU approved its 13th package of sanctions ahead of the second anniversary of Russia's full-scale invasion of Ukraine.

Podcast

Podcast: Navalny, Ian Bremmer and "more Europe"

EU headlines, Russia after Navalny, the Munich Security Conference and an interview with Ian Bremmer, author and founder of the Eurasia Group on his main takeaways from the conference.

Feature

Only Palestinians paying thousands of dollars leave Gaza

Despite the high risk of dying from war, starvation or disease, Gazans are still not allowed to enter Egypt. Except those who bribe the authorities. And the EU mission EUBAM Rafah cannot be deployed due to security reasons.

Opinion

Ukraine refugees want to return home — but how?

Fewer than one-in-ten Ukrainian refugees intend to settle permanently outside Ukraine, according to new research by the associate director of research and the director of gender and economic inclusion at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.

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