27th Feb 2024


Cyprus to hold trial after EU-passport sale scandal

Cyprus has ordered a trial of four men accused of corruption on EU passport sales in a sting by the Al Jazeera broadcaster in 2020. The group — Cyprus' former parliament speaker, an ex-MP, a lawyer, and a real-estate agent — offered to expedite a passport for a reporter posing as an Asian buyer with a criminal record. Cyprus sold 7,000 passports between 2007 and 2020, Reuters reports.

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For Ukraine's sake, pass the EU due diligence directive

The EU Commission's 2022 CSDDD proposal did not include provisions incorporating "conflict due diligence", they were added, after the Russian invasion, by the European Parliament and Council into the final directive text — for Ukraine's sake, vote for it.

Angry farmers block Brussels again, urge fix to 'unfair' prices

Following weeks of demonstrations across Europe, farmers returned to Brussels to protest over unfair competition in prices, as EU agriculture ministers met just a few metres away to discuss a response. The police used water cannon and tear gas.

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