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29th Mar 2023

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EU tells Hungary to suspend 'dual price' petrol measure

EU internal market commissioner Thierry Breton on Wednesday asked Hungarian authorities for clarifications over the dual-price of petrol in the country, urging Budapest to suspend this measure until it is ensured that it is compatible with EU law. Car owners with non-Hungarian licence plates can only purchase petrol at market prices since last week, which is seen as discriminatory and negatively affecting trade and the free movement of people.

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EU approves 2035 phaseout of polluting cars and vans

The agreement will ban the sale of carbon-emitting cars after 2035. The EU Commission will present a proposal for e-fuels after pressure from German negotiators via a delegated act, which can still be rejected by the EU Parliament.

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What does China really want? Perhaps we could try asking

Perhaps even more surprising to the West was the fact that the Iran-Saudi Arabia deal was not brokered by the United States, or the European Union, but by the People's Republic of China. Since when was China mediating peace agreements?

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Dear EU, the science is clear: burning wood for energy is bad

The EU and the bioenergy industry claim trees cut for energy will regrow, eventually removing extra CO2 from the atmosphere. But regrowth is not certain, and takes time, decades or longer. In the meantime, burning wood makes climate change worse.

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Biden's 'democracy summit' poses questions for EU identity

From the perspective of international relations, the EU is a rare bird indeed. Theoretically speaking it cannot even exist. The charter of the United Nations, which underlies the current system of global governance, distinguishes between states and organisations of states.

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