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EU firms might leave Hong Kong, ambassador warns

China's security crackdown in Hong Kong might see European firms leave, the outgoing EU ambassador, Carmen Cano de Lasala, has told independent newspaper South China Morning Post. "We [EU states] have 1,600 companies operating in Hong Kong ... [which] need rule of law, [and] freedom of expression and press," she said. Companies wanted to be "politically neutral", but "people working in financial services need free flow of information," she added.

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EU leaders to discuss vaccine certificates

While some member states hope vaccine certificates could revive tourism, EU officials point out that it is not clear if vaccinated people can still carry the virus and infect others.

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