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EU Parliament committees back Brexit trade deal

The European Parliament's foreign affairs and trade committees on Thursday voted in favour of the future trade and cooperation agreement between the EU and the UK. But the full plenary still needs to approve it, and adopt a separate resolution, at a future plenary session. MEPs suspended the voting in March, arguing that British unilateral changes to trading arrangements in Northern Ireland breach the terms of the Brexit agreement.

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Hungary gags EU ministers on China

EU countries have shelved plans to issue a statement of moral support for pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong - due to Hungary's veto. Hungary is a major beneficiary of Chinese investment, including the building of a new university in Budapest.

EU now 'open' to vaccine waiver, after Biden U-turn

The European Union is now ready to discuss the proposal to waive temporarily intellectual property rights for Covid-19 vaccines - following the historic decision by Washington in favour of easing patent rules.

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