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[Ticker] Schäuble: Germany must protect Jews from antisemitism

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:29
German parliament speaker Wolfgang Schäuble has said people who attacked synagogues in protest at Israel's bombing of Gaza should face "the full force of the law". Israel could be "sharply criticised," he told the Bild newspaper Monday, but "there is no justification for antisemitism, hatred, and violence," he added. Germany must give "the greatest possible protection for Jewish communities and institutions," Schäuble said, after a series of protests turned violent.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] French row on far-right EU fraud gets ugly

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:23
French far-right politician Marine Le Pen has accused president Emmanuel Macron of leaking a police report on her embezzlement of EU funds to harm her bid in next year's French elections. The newspaper which ran it was "the official organ of Macron", she said. "So I phoned up the police to ask them to leak this story? It's a lie, it's a scandal," France's justice minister Eric Dupond-Moretti said Sunday.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] UK: Indian variant to become dominant strain within days

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:22
The Covid variant first detected in India is set to be the dominant strain in the UK within days, experts have said, with the government and health teams struggling to contain cases, which have risen by more than 75% since Thursday, The Guardian reports. The rapid spread of the more transmissible Indian variant is threatening to reverse moves to ease the lockdown.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] More than 5,000 migrants breach fortress Spain in Morocco

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:14
More than 5,000 migrants entered from Morocco into the Spanish exclave of Ceuta on Monday, including 1,000 minors, mothers cradling children, and whole families, Spanish media reported. One reportedly died while trying to swim around Ceuta fortifications, El País said. About 100 migrants also breached Ceuta in late April. Spain has a deal with Morocco to expel them en masse without hearing asylum claims, but unaccompanied minors can stay.
Categories: European Union

[Analysis] What does EU want for Kosovo visa-free travel?

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:12
Kosovo has been dangled a potential breakthrough on visa-free travel, but what does the EU really want in return?
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Scientists question Sputnik V results in The Lancet

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:05
In an open letter to the leading medical journal The Lancet, an international group of scientists has reiterated "serious concerns" over the findings in the clinical research behind Russia's Sputnik V vaccine, The Moscow Times reports. The scientists blasted Russia's interim research showing an efficacy of 91.6 percent for their coronavirus jab, blaming the vaccine's developers for "data discrepancies," "numerical inconsistencies" and "substandard reporting" of the clinical trial results.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] UK asks EU for more time on Northern Ireland border

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:05
The UK has asked the European Union for more time to deal with the post-Brexit Northern Irish border, proposing to phase in checks on food from October, the BBC reports, while the Republic of Ireland said the deal needed to be made to work. Some fear the dispute over the Northern Ireland protocol, designed to prevent a hard border, could spill over into more violent protests in the coming months.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] EU Commission appoints first ever anti-racism coordinator

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:05
The European Commission on Monday appointed former basketball player Michaela Moua as its first-ever anti-racism coordinator. Moua, who has worked recently at the ministry of justice in Finland, will be in charge of liaising with people with a minority racial and ethnic background, reporting back to the EU executive. She will also cooperate with MEPs, member states, NGOs and academia.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Frontex: Irregular border crossings 'on rise'

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:05
The EU border agency Frontex says it detected 36,100 irregular border crossings in the first four months of 2021, a third higher when compared to the same period last year. "In April, the number of illegal border crossings reached over 7,800, a four-fold rise from the record low recorded in the same month of last year," it said.
Categories: European Union

EU and US reach steel truce in effort to reset relations

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:05
Under the agreement reached over weeks of talks, the EU will not go ahead with increasing retaliatory tariffs, scheduled for next month.
Categories: European Union

EU unveils roadmap to green maritime activities

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:05
The European Commission unveiled new rules to green economic activities at sea, which employ more than four million people in the bloc. These include tightening ship-recycling rules and new targets to restore damaged marine ecosystems.
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[Opinion] We Palestinians are looking to the EU to uphold our rights

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:04
As European foreign ministers meet to talk about Israel and Palestine, Palestinians from both sides of the Green Line will be looking to the EU, Israel's main trade partner, to take the moral, legal and political steps required.
Categories: European Union

EU criticises Israeli bombing of Gaza Strip media office

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:04
EU speaks out against Israeli rocket attacks against media building in Gaza Strip. Refrains from commenting on calls to launch an investigation and says first priority is to stop violence.
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[Podcast] First aid for Polish democracy

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:04
Parallels with the Soviet era are increasingly evident in Poland - where the ruling coalition hounds judges and captures courts.
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[Stakeholder] 40 years of AIDS is more than enough

Tue, 05/18/2021 - 07:03
Each week, in sub-Saharan Africa, 4,500 girls and young women aged 15-24 are infected with HIV. AIDS-related illness is among the leading causes of death among women of reproductive age globally.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Pandemic conspiracies pose security threat in France

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:26
US-origin conspiracy theories about the pandemic are spreading on social media and pose a security risk in Europe, according to an AFP investigation. Some 30,000 people in France follow the 'DeQodeurs' conspiracy group on Telegram, another 100,000 follow German demagogues Attila Hildmann and Xavier Naidoo, and 150,000 follow UK conspiracist Charlie Ward. "People are organising in clandestine cells. Obviously it is a threat," French national intelligence coordinator Laurent Nunez said.
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[Ticker] EU laws on vans and CO2 too weak, NGO says

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:26
Sales of vans between 2017 and 2020 showed no reduction in CO2 emissions because EU laws were so weak manufacturers could meet them without selling a single electric-powered vehicle, according to green NGO Transport & Environment. "With pathetic CO2 targets, the boom in e-commerce is becoming a nightmare for our planet," it said. Hybrid vehicles, which should stop being made, see owners rely almost exclusively on fossil-fuel engines, it added.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Unicef urges rich countries to donate vaccines

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:25
Unicef executive director Henrietta Fore urged the G7 countries and the EU to donate 150 million vaccines to the Covax vaccine-sharing scheme to bridge the gap in supplies caused by curbs imposed by Indian authorities, as the country battles one of the deadliest coronavirus outbreaks, Deutsche Welle reports. "Sharing immediately available excess doses is a minimum, essential and emergency stop-gap measure, and it is needed right now," Fore said.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Belgium voices Chinese spy fears over airport hub

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:13
Belgian politicians have raised security concerns over plans by state-owned Chinese firm Alibaba to build a €100m logistics centre at an airport in the town of Liège. "Chinese intelligence officers could have access to sensitive and secure areas of the airport … The future economic importance of Liège airport to China can't be underestimated," Belgian justice minister Vincent Van Quickenborne said at a parliamentary hearing last week.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] EU: Over 5 million people risk 'starvation' in Ethiopia

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:12
The humanitarian situation in Ethiopia's Tigray region is worse than ever since the conflict began last November, with 5.2 million people needing "emergency food assistance" to "avoid starvation", the EU foreign service has said. Blocking "humanitarian aid as a weapon of war is a grave violation of international humanitarian law", it added, amid previous EU threats to hold Ethiopian officials accountable by putting them under EU visa-bans and asset-freezes.
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