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Thousands of Cubans call for end to communist government

Thousands of Cubans poured into the streets of major cities such as Havana and Santiago on Sunday, as well as scores of other towns, with demonstrators calling for an end to the communist government, Deutsche Welle reports. Demonstrators chanted slogans such as "Down with the dictatorship" and "We want liberty." The protesters were incensed by long food lines, rising prices, and the lack of vital medicines during the coronavirus pandemic.

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Election means three-party German government likely

The two main rivals both have said they will try to head the next government. But the splintered election result means either will need both the Greens and the liberal Free Democrats to form a majority.

Lagarde urges EU to use market power to fix gas price

ECB president Christine Lagarde said that "fiscal authorities" (ie governments) have a responsibility to "harness market power" to arrange better prices and referred to a Spanish plan that might "rebalance other market forces."

MEPs 'disappointed' at observer-status at new EU health body

MEPs have slammed the European Commission for sidelining the European Parliament in the new Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), giving MEPs a role of mere observers. Its budget will be €6bn over the next six years.

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An economist on 'elephant-in-room' at German election

Economist Shahin Vallée says Germany has the resposability to lead the European debate on fiscal reforms in the face of the climate crisis. If they don't take up the mantle, the EU will continue failing during further crises.

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