21st Feb 2024


Biden and EU heads to attend UK queen's funeral

US president Joe Biden has confirmed he will attend queen Elizabeth II's funeral in London on 19 September, among other world leaders including from the EU (Austria, Germany, Italy, Lithuania, and Poland), as well as further afield, such as Australia, Brazil, New Zealand, South Korea, and Sri Lanka, Reuters reports. Royal families will attend from Belgium, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Sweden in what is becoming a diplomatic extravaganza.

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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]."

'Nightmare' 2024 sees Orbán struggle ahead of EU elections

Viktor Orbán admits that 2024 "could not have started any worse" for his government. The sex-abuse scandal that led to the resignation of the president provides an opportunity for Hungary's opposition — but their fragmentation could be a major obstacle.

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