9th Jun 2023


Violence at Berlin anti-corona rules rally

German police detained over 100 people and four officers were injured at an anti-coronavirus rules rally in Berlin Saturday, in which thousands marched through the city centre and some tried to storm barricades near parliament, Reuters reports. Most candidates for federal elections September have promised no new lockdown despite a fourth wave of infections. But some regions, such as Baden-Wuerttemberg, are tightening restrictions on unvaccinated people's access to public places.

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EU's proposed ethics body 'toothless', say campaigners

Transparency campaigners say the new ethics body proposed by the European Commission will do little to prevent corruption at the EU institutions. The proposal comes six months after allegations of a Qatari corruption affair involving a former European Parliament vice-president.


The 'BlackRock exemption' has no place in the EU's due diligence directive

With the EU's Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, there's an opportunity to harness the power of investment for truly sustainable activities. But to do this, it must not allow the 'BlackRock exemption' and instead cover institutional investors and asset managers.

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