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20th Oct 2021

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Australia and Russia lead backlash to EU carbon tax

Australia had denounced EU plans to tax exporters of CO2-intense products, such as steel, in order to create a level playing field for EU firms bound by emissions rules. "The last thing the world now needs is extra protectionist policies being put in place," Australian trade minister Dan Tehan said Wednesday. The EU carbon-tax would hit Russian products worth €6.4bn, including iron ore, steel, aluminium, and pipes, Russia said.

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Small-town mayor elected to face Orbán

Péter Márki-Zay, 49, won the run-off of the first ever primary elections in Hungary, organised by six opposition parties in order to have one united opposition figure run against Viktor Orbán and his Fidesz candidates.

EU exported over one billion vaccines so far

The EU has exported more than one billion doses of Covid-19 vaccines this year, and announced it will donate 500 million extra doses to poorer countries in the coming months.

Socialist MEPs asked to support Vox nominee for Sakharov prize

The ultra-conservative candidate Jeanine Áñez from Bolivia was selected by the Spanish far-right Vox for the EU Sakharov prize on behalf of the conservative ECR. Socialist MEPs were instructed to support her, over a Western Sahara activist.

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Frontex: An EU agency gone rogue?

In a Kafka-esque irony, Frontex is withholding public access to documents pertaining to the response of a public institution to a protest by members of the public on grounds that this would violate the "public interest".

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