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[Ticker] Channel Islands 'blockade' threat in UK and France row

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:07
French fishers are threatening to blockade ports in the Channel Islands, in an escalation of a post-Brexit row in which the French maritime minister has backed calls to cut off Jersey's electricity supply, The Guardian reports. France has accused the UK of breaching the terms of the Brexit deal new licensing system, which kicked in on 30 April, by restricting French fishing boats in Jersey's waters.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] French reporter kidnapped by rebels in Mali

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:07
Jihadi rebels kidnapped French journalist Olivier Dubois in early April while he was working in Mali's northern city of Gao, Reporters Without Borders chief Christophe Deloire has announced. A video released Wednesday shows Dubois saying he was kidnapped by the al-Qaida-linked group JNIM, AP reported. Dubois usually works for LePoint Afrique. The French foreign ministry confirmed his disappearance, saying they are in touch with his family and Malian authorities.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Trump's Facebook ban upheld but with caveats

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:07
An independent oversight board for Facebook decided to uphold a ban on former US president Donald Trump. But it was also critical of the severity of the ban, noting that it needs to "justify a proportionate response". "We are telling Facebook to go back and be more transparent about how it assesses these things. Treat all users the same and don't give arbitrary penalties," said co-chair Helle Thorning-Schmidt.
Categories: European Union

Conservatives' Covid-strategy wins in lockdown-fatigue Madrid

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:06
Madrid conservative leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso has become a political phenomenon mainly because of her success in keeping Madrid open during the worst moments of the pandemic. However, critics accuse her of neglecting health services - while only protecting businesses.
Categories: European Union

Conservatives' Covid-strategy wins in lockdown-fatigue Madrid

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:06
Madrid conservative leader Isabel Diaz Ayuso has become a political phenomenon mainly because of her success in keeping Madrid open during the worst moments of the pandemic. However, critics accuse her of neglecting health services - while only protecting businesses.
Categories: European Union

Commission drafts new rules targeting foreign state aid

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:06
As the EU wants to assert its "strategic autonomy" from China and the US, the EU Commission has put forward proposals on how to tackle foreign subsidies that harm fair competition within the bloc.
Categories: European Union

[Opinion] Why Europe should stop worrying about 'sportswashing'

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:06
The UAE's international reputation is steadily being shredded by its own leadership, in moves so blatant that no amount of sporting spin can hide them. Like the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Russia, China will also discover that sportswashing never works.
Categories: European Union

[Opinion] Conference on Future of Europe must listen to local voices

Thu, 05/06/2021 - 07:06
The Conference on the Future of Europe must concretely involve our local communities, regions, cities and villages. This is key to avoid a top-down exercise that would only feed the demagogic and anti-European false narrative of populists and eurosceptics.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] EU scraps Ethiopia election-monitoring plan

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:26
The EU foreign service has scrapped plans to monitor Ethiopia's June elections over a dispute on secure communications. "They [the EU] said they will come with 'V-SAT' communication equipment, which is out of Ethiopia's communication technology system ... Every election area is accessible by the National Telecommunication system, they can use that," an Ethiopian spokesman said Tuesday. The "independence of the [monitoring] mission" could not be guaranteed, the EU said.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Report: Turkish coast guard harassed Frontex boats

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:25
"Very serious" incidents, which violated international regulations, have reportedly taken place involving vessels of the Turkish coast guard and the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Frontex, Ekathimerini writes. According to the newspaper, the incidents occurred off the eastern Aegean island of Chios when Turkish coast guard vessels violated Greek territorial waters and made dangerous manoeuvres very close to Finnish and a Swedish boats patrolling under the umbrella of Frontex.
Categories: European Union

What happens now to the EU's post-Covid recovery fund?

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:18
As the EU Commission gears up to scrutinise EU government plans, we take a look at how the recovery policy and politics will shape the next months.
Categories: European Union

What happens now to the EU's post-Covid recovery fund?

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:18
As the EU Commission gears up to scrutinise EU government plans, we take a look at how the recovery policy and politics will shape the next months.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Right-wing parties in driving seat after Madrid election

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:16
Spanish far-right party Vox is expected to help form a regional government in Madrid with the conservative People's party (PP) following local elections Tuesday, in which the PP won 65 out of 136 seats in the regional assembly, but fell short of a 69-seat majority. The main opposition Socialist party won just 24 seats, while the left-wing Más Madrid won 24. Vox got 13 and the far-left Unidas Podemos 10.
Categories: European Union

EU turns from China to India on free trade

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:15
The EU is suspending plans for a trade deal with China, while reviving those for a pact with India, in a dispute on Chinese human-rights abuses.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] EU approves sale of first insect for human consumption

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:05
Dried yellow mealworm can now be sold across the 27-nation bloc, after a decision from EU governments and a food safety assessment, the European Commission said, Bloomberg writes. EU officials suggest this insect could be used as a protein boost for cookies, pasta or baked goods. The market for edible insects is set to reach €3.8bn by 2027, according to one report earlier this year.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] EU condemns deaths in Colombia tax protests

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:05
The European Commission on Tuesday condemned the deaths of those who killed during ongoing protests in Colombia against a proposed tax reform, Reuters reported. "It is really a priority to stop the escalation of this violence and to avoid any disproportionate use of force by security forces," an EU spokesman said. At least 19 people and one police officer have been killed, while hundreds were injured.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Sturgeon: Only courts can block new Scotland referendum

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:05
Scotland's first minister, Nicola Sturgeon, has claimed the right to hold a second independence referendum by the end of 2024, should the SNP win a majority in the Scottish elections this week. She told Sky TV that Boris Johnson was "not entitled to stand in the way of the democratic choices of the people of Scotland" and would have to go to court to stop the referendum.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Algeria finds six cases of India coronavirus variant

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:05
Algeria has detected its first cases of the coronavirus variant first discovered in India according to the state research centre the Pasteur Institute, the Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reports. Six cases of the variant have been confirmed in the coastal province of Tipaza, some 70km west of the capital, Algiers.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Pfizer expects €22bn in vaccine sales this year

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:04
US drugmaker Pfizer expects to see €22bn in revenues from sales of its Covid-19 vaccine this year, with the product accounting for more than a third of the company's annual income, The Guardian reports. The jab is priced at €32 for two doses in the US and about €25 in the EU. The company said takings from the jab would boost profits.
Categories: European Union

Record number of far-right crimes in Germany in 2020

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:04
The number of crimes committed by far-right extremists in Germany jumped to the highest-level ever recorded last year, including 13 attempted murders and 11 killings.
Categories: European Union

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