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[Ticker] EU 'deplores' Russian ban on Czech diplomats

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:11
The EU has "deplored" Russia's designation of the Czech Republic as an "unfriendly state" in April, saying the move went against the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations and would cause "further deterioration" in relations. Russia's listing means it can ban the Czech embassy from posting diplomats and hiring local staff. It follows diplomatic expulsions by both sides over a lethal Russian bomb attack in the Czech Republic in 2014.
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[Ticker] UK to stop locking up EU travellers without visas

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:11
The British government has instructed border guards to stop locking up EU nationals who entered without a visa in migrant detention centres, following several cases of harsh treatment publicised in UK media. "We have updated our guidance to clarify that overseas nationals, including EU citizens, who have been refused entry to the UK and are awaiting removal, should be granted immigration bail, where appropriate," a Home Office spokesman said.
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[Ticker] Karadžić being moved from Hague to UK jail

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:10
The UK has agreed to host Serbian war criminal Radovan Karadžić in a high-security prison for the rest of the 75-year old's life sentence, despite fears, voiced by his lawyer, that Muslim inmates in Britain would target him for revenge attacks. The deal between the international tribunal in The Hague and London is the sixth of its type. The UK did not say when or where he would be moved.
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[Interview] EU impunity for Israel creating 'horror' in Gaza

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:09
Impunity from international sanctions is allowing Israel to create "horror" in Gaza, Hanan Ashrawi, a former top Palestinian official has said.
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Internal paper lays out EU splits on 'returning' migrants

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:04
An internal document from January outlines the divisions among EU states when it comes the European Commission's proposal on "return sponsorships". Although positions may have since shifted, the document provides a glimpse into the Council's thinking.
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[Agenda] Israel-Palestine and travel certificates in focus This WEEK

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:04
Negotiators from the European Parliament, the council of member states, and the EU Commission will push for an agreement this week on the Covid-19 travel certificate so that safe travel can pick up during the summer.
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MEPs rethink EU Parliament future after Covid-19 pandemic

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:04
The European Parliament president David Sassoli has invited MEPs to reflect on the institution's future, opening a broad debate about the best way forward after the Covid-19 pandemic. What will the post-Covid-19 parliament be like?
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East Europe will see EU's oldest and fastest-declining population

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:03
By 2050, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovakia, Poland and the Baltic countries will all see the age of their populations increase by at least eight years, according to latest Eurostat projections.
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[Feature] The activists calling out racism In Italy's media

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:03
Italian activists are collating a growing Instagram collection of racist, sexist and homophobic content in the media. But their battle to stop the use of the n-word, blackface and offensive content on Italian TV means standing up to ingrained racism.
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[Opinion] Online privacy for adults means more internet child abuse

Mon, 05/17/2021 - 07:02
The impact of the EU's e-privacy directive was not theoretical. Since the rule passed, there was a 58 percent decrease in EU-related reports of child sexual exploitation online.
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[Ticker] No EUobserver newsletter on Friday 14 May

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 16:42
On Friday (14 May) there will be no EUobserver morning newsletter. The EUobserver follows the official holiday calendar of Belgium in which Thursday (13 May) is an official public holiday. You can expect our next newsletter on Monday (17 May).
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EU aims at 'zero pollution' in air, water and soil by 2050

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 16:36
The European Commission unveiled a plan to reduce pollution to levels that are no longer harmful to human health and natural ecosystems by 2050 - including reducing the number of premature deaths caused by air pollution by 55 percent.
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French police arrest Luxembourg former top spy

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 16:15
French police have arrested a former Luxembourg spy chief, who was suing EUobserver for libel, in an unrelated US fraud case.
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Vaccine drives spur better-than-expected EU economic recovery

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 15:57
Economy commissioner Paolo Gentiloni warned that despite the economic rebound, the risk of worsening poverty, social exclusion, and inequality "is very real".
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Slovenia causing headaches for new EU anti-graft office

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 14:51
Slovenia was supposed to nominate a delegated prosecutor for the new European Public Prosecutor Office, in charge of cracking down on corruption of EU funds. Ljubljana finalised procedures in December but has yet to send nominations, causing headaches.
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'No place to hide' in Gaza, as fighting escalates

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 07:06
UN workers in Gaza feel at risk from airstrikes, as violence continues to spread across Israel and occupied territories.
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[Ticker] Germany stops Facebook gathering WhatsApp data

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 07:06
The German privacy regulator banned Facebook on Tuesday from gathering data on WhatsApp users, citing an update to its privacy policy that breaches EU data protection rules by allowing access to a lot more information on the chat app's users, AP reported. WhatsApp users were confronted "with non-transparent conditions for far-reaching data transfer," the regulator said. WhatsApp denied the update is connected with any expansion of data-sharing with Facebook.
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[Ticker] Italy rebuts reports of EU deal with Libya

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 07:06
Italy's prime minister rebutted media reports of proposed plans to secure an EU deal with Libya to stop migrants crossing the Mediterranean Sea. The Italian press claimed Mario Draghi wanted the EU to propose a deal with Libya similar to one it has with Turkey. "At the moment there is no initiative regarding creating a similar deal to what was done with Turkey," an official told Reuters.
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[Ticker] MEPs demand EU states protect women's reproductive rights

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 07:06
MEPs in the women's rights and gender-equality committee passed on Tuesday a report calling on member states to protect and enhance women's sexual and reproductive health and rights. They also said that the violations of these rights are "a form of violence" that hinders progress towards gender equality. A Polish court ruled last year that all almost abortions, including those for severe and irreversible foetal abnormalities, were unconstitutional.
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[Ticker] At least nine dead in Russia school shooting

Wed, 05/12/2021 - 07:05
At least nine people, mostly children, were killed after a lone teenage gunman opened fire at a school in the Russian city of Kazan, regional officials said, according to The Moscow Times. President Vladimir Putin has ordered an "urgent" tightening of gun controls in the wake of the shooting, which took place on the first day back to school after a 10-day holiday.
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