21st Feb 2024


Police break up Berlin anti-Covid measures protest

Several thousand people protested in Berlin on Wednesday against the German government's push to enshrine restrictions introduced to mitigate the spread of Covid-19 into an existing law. Some 190 protesters were arrested and nine police officers were hurt in the clashes as police tried to disperse the crowd. The protesters say the coronavirus laws give the government too much power and endangers citizens' civil rights.

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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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