3rd Dec 2023


Report: EU to raise price of Russian visas

EU foreign ministers, meeting in Prague Tuesday, are to suspend a Russia visa-facilitation agreement, making it harder and more expensive for Russians to obtain a travel permit, the FT reports, citing an EU official as saying it was "inappropriate for Russian tourists to stroll in our cities". Estonia and Finland had earlier called for a Russia tourist-visa ban, but this was rejected by Germany and the EU foreign service.

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Brussels denies having no 'concern' on Spain's amnesty law

The Spanish government remains secretive about its negotiations with pro-independence Catalans, but claims the EU Commission has "zero concerns" about their proposed amnesty law for Catalan separatists. The EU executive denies that.


Dubai's COP28 — a view from the ground

Discussion of the biggest existential threat humanity has ever faced is barely mentioned on billboards or signage in Dubai — yet visitors are made aware quite quickly that t world rugby sevens tournament is imminent.

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