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Berlin repeats support for EU human rights sanctions

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 12:42
German EU presidency "ready" to move ahead with new EU sanctions against human rights abusers, but internal bickering could delay them into next year.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] EU scorns Lukashenko's ceremony

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:22
EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell has said Belarusian president Alexander Lukashenko's secret inauguration ceremony in Minsk on Tuesday had no meaning because he had "falsified elections". "The so-called 'inauguration' of 23 September 2020 and the new mandate claimed by Aleksandr Lukashenko lack any democratic legitimacy," Borrell said Thursday. The tough rhetoric comes despite the EU's inability to agree sanctions on his regime due to a Cypriot veto.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Corona gatecrashes EU trade meeting

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:17
EU trade commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis, German economy minister Peter Altmaier have gone into quarantine after an Irish delegation member at this week's informal trade ministers' meeting in Berlin tested positive for coronavirus. Irish trade minister Leo Varadkar is also in self-isolation, but several ministers attended by video-link. The EU recently cancelled a summit after Council president Charles Michel's bodyguard also tested positive, as Europe begins to feel a second wave.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Swiss to vote on ending EU free movement

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:16
Swiss people are voting in a referendum on Sunday on whether to end free movement with the EU, after the far-right Swiss People's party (SVP) called for the move. Polls indicate 63 percent of Swiss people want to maintain the status quo, even though a quarter of Switzerland's 8.6 million population has become foreign. "Migrants change our culture," and make "trains and streets become less safe", the SVP campaign said.
Categories: European Union

[Analysis] China's carbon pledge at UN sends 'clear message' to US

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:15
China's pledge to become carbon neutral before 2060 is "good news" for Europe, but it sends a clear message to Washington ahead of the US election - in which climate change has become a significant aspect for voters.
Categories: European Union

[Coronavirus] Far right using pandemic to win friends in Germany

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:14
Far-right zealots in Germany are using the pandemic to "build bridges" with mainstream corona-deniers, in a sign of the political damage caused by Covid-19 in Europe.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Commission urges enforcement of Covid-19 measures

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:14
The EU health commissioner called on member states to communicate better, and enforce social distancing and hygiene rules to halt a new wave of coronavirus. "In some member states, the situation is now even worse than during the peak in March. This is a real cause for concern," Stella Kyriakides said on Thursday, adding that all countries need to enforce measures "at the very first sign of potential new outbreaks."
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Russia froze Navalny's bank accounts while in coma

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:14
Bank accounts belonging to Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny were frozen just days after the politician was apparently poisoned with Novichok and transported to Germany, said Navalny's spokeswoman Kira Yarmush on Thursday, Deutsche Welle writes. While Navalny was in coma, Russian bailiffs also placed an "arrest order" on Navalny's home, meaning his Moscow flat "cannot be sold, donated, or mortgaged," according to Yarmush.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] France to take in 1,000 Greece-based migrants

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:14
"France will welcome around 1,000 people, half of whom are minors," said France's European affairs minister Clement Beaune. He had also told French broadcaster RTL that they will take in 500 unaccompanied minors from Moria, the EU hotspot on the Greek island of Lesbos. "France has already made a precise commitment for 350 minors and we are going to make a commitment for 150 more minors," he said.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Italian president hits back at Johnson over virus jibe

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:13
Italy's president, Sergio Mattarella, said Italians "also love freedom, but we also care about seriousness", in a response to British prime minister Boris Johnson's suggestion that the UK's rate of coronavirus infection was worse than both Italy and Germany's because Britons loved their freedom more, the Guardian writes. Johnson's remarks, apparently linking Italy and Germany's current rates of infections with historical experiences of totalitarianism, have been widely reported in Italy.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] France endorses new EU migration pact

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:13
France's interior minister Gerald Darmanin on Thursday issued a statement in support of the European Commission's new pact on migration and asylum. "Each member state must do its part in a common effort, whether it is relocations or other exceptional measures through other types of mandatory contributions," he said.
Categories: European Union

Visegrad countries immediately push back on new migration pact

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:13
Central European countries were quick to point out to the EU Commission president that they do not like her migration proposal. The asylum overhaul hit its first hurdle just 24 hours after it was announced.
Categories: European Union

[Opinion] Why no EU progress on Black Lives Matter?

Fri, 09/25/2020 - 07:12
Months after Black Lives Matter erupted, for many EU decision-makers the problems of racism in policing and criminal legal systems - the issues that sparked the George Floyd protests - are still 'over there', across the Atlantic.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Belgium: Masks no longer mandatory from October

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:29
Belgian Prime Minister Sophie Wilmes has said that wearing face masks will no longer be compulsory from October 1. "Wearing a mask is very important in the management of the epidemic. However, there is no point in imposing it everywhere all the time," she said. The national security council also eased some other measures, despite the increasing number of infections.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Report: China built 380 Muslim internment camps

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:28
China has built nearly 380 internment camps for Muslims in the Xinjiang region, with construction on dozens of the continuing over the last two years, even as Chinese authorities said their "re-education" system was winding down, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute has found, the Guardian reports. The network of camps in China's far west are used to detain Uighurs and people from other Muslim minorities.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Belgian government formation in final phase

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:27
Belgium's King Philip appointed two "co-formateurs" to create a government Wednesday, pushing the process into its final phase one year and five months after elections. The two were Alexander De Croo (from the Open Vld party) and Paul Magnette (PS). The so-called Vivaldi coalition (named after the composer's 'Four Seasons' masterpiece) will contain the socialists, liberals and greens from both sides of the language border, and the Flemish christian democrats.
Categories: European Union

EU migration pact to deter asylum

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:23
The EU commission's newest pact on migration and asylum seeks to deter people from claiming asylum by speeding up procedures and sending most of them back home.
Categories: European Union

'Era of EU naivety ends', MEP pledges on foreign meddling

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:08
The special committee, only created in June, will start its hearings on Thursday with experts from the EU's foreign service on hybrid threats and disinformation.
Categories: European Union

[Coronavirus] Anti-mask protesters pose challenge for EU authorities

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:08
Recent weeks have seen a sudden flare-up in anti-mask protests and coronavirus-denial - posing questions on how to regulate social media.
Categories: European Union

[Coronavirus] EU 'failed' to safeguard civic freedoms during pandemic

Thu, 09/24/2020 - 07:07
A new report details how the Covid-19 pandemic triggered bans on protests and demonstrations, censorship of free speech, denial of access to information and the weakening of democratic oversight on many of policy-making procedures.
Categories: European Union

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