29th Nov 2023


Lithuania raises army alert level after Russia's military call-up

Lithuania on Wednesday increased alert levels of its army "to prevent any provocations from Russia," the country's defence minister Arvydas Anusauskas wrote on Facebook, after Moscow announced on the same day a partial military mobilisation for the war in Ukraine. "As Russia's military mobilisation will also be carried out in the Kaliningrad region, our neighbourhood, Lithuania cannot merely watch," he said, asking that support for Ukraine be increased.

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The EU's 'no added sugars' fruit-juice label sleight-of-hand

The Food Information to Consumers package would have finally regulated the health or nutrition claims companies make on their products, claims like "heart-healthy" "30-percent less fat" or "no added sugar". Legislation on these claims is now 15 years overdue.

Member states stall on EU ban on forced-labour products

More than two years after the EU Commission first proposed a law on forced labour, inter-institutional negotiations have not started because member states cannot reach agreement — risking the text's adoption before the 2024 European Parliament elections.

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