4th Dec 2023


Scholz promises to 'look into' new EU debt fund

No formal agreement on new European joint debt was reached by the European Council on Thursday. But leaving the summit German chancellor Olaf Scholz said he would "look into" what is possible, ostensibly changing his strong opposition to new EU joint debt. Mario Draghi, who attended his last EU summit as Italian premier, had strongly insisted on "a considerable common fund...not only for investments, but also to mitigate prices."

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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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