10th Jun 2023


River Oder mystery after thousands of fish found dead

Scientists are investigating the cause of a "catastrophic" mass death of fish in the River Oder, between Poland and Germany, the Guardian reported. Polish scientists have traced high salt levels, but rejected German claims of mercury pollution, but with both governments suspecting an untraced chemical spillage. German authorities have banned fishing and bathing in the river. Some 2,000 police, 300 firefighters and 200 soldiers have been deployed to remove carcasses.

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Negotiations on asylum reform to start next week, says MEP

The European Parliament is seeking to launch negotiations on key asylum reforms with member states as early as next week. The demand follows Thursday's breakthrough political agreement in Luxembourg among EU interior ministers.

EU gig workers compromise dubbed ‘a disaster for workers’

After several attempts to reach a common position, the EU Council could finally reach an agreement on the platform workers' rules at the upcoming ministerial meeting — but disagreements over the employment status of these workers remain sharp.

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.

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