26th Mar 2023


Study: EU economy could see 4.2% hit from Russia energy ban

The EU's GDP would shrink by 2.5 to 4.2 percent, and inflation would rise by 1.6 to 2.7 percentage points overall, if Europe were to stop buying all energy products from Russia, the Bank of Spain said in a study out Tuesday. At the same time, Russia's economy is to shrink by 7.6 percent and inflation to almost double to 16.4 percent this year, 18 analysts polled by Reuters said.

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EU's new critical raw materials act could be a recipe for conflict

Solar panels, wind-turbines, electric vehicle batteries and other green technologies require minerals including aluminium, cobalt and lithium — which are mined in some of the most conflict-riven nations on earth, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, and Kazakhstan.


Okay, alright, AI might be useful after all

Large Language Models could give the powers trained data-journalists wield, to regular boring journalists like me — who don't know how to use Python. And that makes me tremendously excited, to be honest.

Polish abortion rights activist vows to appeal case

Polish abortion rights activists Justyna Wydrzyńska was last week sentenced for giving abortion pills to a 12-week pregnant woman. She will appeal. But with a court stacked by politically-appointed judges, her chances of overturning it are slim.

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