21st Feb 2024


Germany mulls gas levy on households and industry

Germany is preparing a bill to impose a levy on households and industry for their gas consumption to help suppliers facing skyrocketing prices, Reuters reported on Thursday. The levy will enter into force on 1 October, affecting all consumers with long-term contracts until the end of September 2024. The tax would be between 1.5 cents and five cents per kilowatt hour, according to German economy minister Robert Habeck.

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Ukraine refugees want to return home — but how?

Fewer than one-in-ten Ukrainian refugees intend to settle permanently outside Ukraine, according to new research by the associate director of research and the director of gender and economic inclusion at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.


EU-Israel trade agreement must be on table to stop Rafah attack

The EU-Israel association trade agreement enabled €46.8bn of trade last year. Exports rose for both parties by around 20 percent in 2022. As the bloc's foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said: "Yes, we have the capacity to influence [Israel]."

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