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EU silent on Amazon's 'zero corporate tax' scandal

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:04
The European Commission declined to comment on the latest tax scandal revelation, where Amazon managed to pay no corporate sales tax in Europe - despite declaring €44bn in sales income.
Categories: European Union

[Opinion] Is Turkey's crackdown on journalists starting to crack?

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:04
With the Biden administration and EU leaders both pressing the reset button on relations with Turkey, could press freedom begin to be restored? Ankara is currently one of the world's biggest jailers of journalists.
Categories: European Union

[Column] 'Sofagate' was more about power than sexism

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:04
Sexism may have played a role, but the deeper meaning of Ursula von der Leyen's humiliation in the palace of Turkish president Erdoğan is political and geopolitical.
Categories: European Union

[Investigation] Moscow using far right to infiltrate EU parliament

Wed, 05/05/2021 - 07:03
There is a is a clear security threat for the European Parliament that needs to be urgently addressed.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] EU regulator begins review of China's Sinovac vaccine

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 15:10
The European Medicine Agency (EMA) has begun reviewing China's Sinovac Covid-19 vaccine, based upon preliminary results from laboratory and clinical studies. "EMA will assess the compliance of [the vaccine] with the usual EU standards for effectiveness, safety and quality," the agency said on Tuesday. The vaccine has shown efficacy rates of between 50 to 90 percent, and has so far been authorised in China, Indonesia, Turkey and Brazil
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Libya urges Turkey to withdraw its 20,000 foreign fighters

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:29
Najla al-Manqoush, the foreign minister of Libya's interim government, urged Turkey to implement UN Security Council resolutions demanding the repatriation of more than 20,000 foreign fighters and mercenaries from Libya, Ekathimerini reports. "We call on [Turkey] to take steps to implement all the provisions of … the Security Council resolutions and to cooperate together to expel all foreign forces and mercenaries from the Libyan territories," she said.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Chinese rocket module in uncontrolled descent

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:29
A 27-metre long and 21-tonne heavy chunk of Chinese rocket flew 260km over southern Spain and Italy at 27,000 km/hour at about 6AM Brussels time, amid scientists' concern that its uncontrolled orbital descent could see it hit a populated area in the end. The Chinese module, part of a rocket launch on 29 April, will pass over Europe again shortly before 8AM, according to a website tracking its path.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Russia reinforces military in Armenia near Azeri border

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:29
Russia's military occupied two new sites in the south of Armenia near the Azeri border as an "additional security guarantee" following last year's conflict, Russian news agencies and Reuters reported, citing Armenia's acting prime minister, Nikol Pashinyan. The move gives Moscow a bigger footprint in a region, where it sent extra troops last year to keep the peace, under an agreement that ended a six-week war between Armenia and Azerbaijan.
Categories: European Union

How 'firm' and 'strong' was EU rebuke to Russian envoy?

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:23
The EU and Russia gave two differing accounts of what happened on Monday, when Russia's ambassador was ordered in for a reprimand over anti-EU sanctions.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Novavax to start delivering EU vaccines 'towards end of 2021'

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:05
Novavax has told the EU it plans to begin delivering its Covid-19 vaccine to the bloc towards the end of this year, under new guidance that could lead to a formal contract being signed as early as this week, Reuters writes. Novavax reached a preliminary deal with the bloc in December, but a final agreement has been delayed because the US company has struggled to source some raw materials.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] German police shut down darknet child sex-abuse platform

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:05
Authorities in Germany have taken down one of the world's biggest child sex-abuse platforms, following a large-scale investigation which led to several arrests in mid-April, Deutsche Welle reports. The platform "Boystown" was active since at least June 2019 and had a membership of over 400,000. It was only accessible via the so-called darknet. Four German citizens were detained in relation to the case.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Mogherini: EU protocol service 'could have avoided' sofagate

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:05
Former EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has commented on 'sofagate', saying she was "angry with the protocol services of the EU" as "they could have avoided this", in Belgian newspaper De Zondag. However, she blamed Turkey the most. Asked what she would have done in the place of Ursula von der Leyen, Mogherini responded: "It is difficult. Probably, I would have asked Michel to join me on the sofa."
Categories: European Union

Denmark on Monday decided to exclude

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:05
Denmark on Monday decided to exclude Johnson & Johnson's jab from its vaccination programme, AFP reported. "The Danish Health Authority has concluded that the benefits of using the Covid-19 vaccine from Johnson & Johnson do not outweigh the risk of causing the possible adverse effect... in those who receive the vaccine," the authority said in a statement. The World Health Organization and EU drug regulator have both authorised the vaccine.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] Fresh polls put German Greens ahead of CDU/CSU

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:04
Latest polls suggest the conservative CDU/CSU coalition, which has governed Germany for the past 16 years, could be ousted as the strongest party in the Bundestag on 26 September, The Guardian reports. Six-out-of-10 polls over the last two weeks show an advantage for the Greens, who were only fifth at the 2017 elections. A survey by Bild am Sonntag gave the Greens a three-point lead, at 27 percent.
Categories: European Union

Brussels wants to ease travel into EU for vaccinated tourists

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:03
Brussels has recommended member states lift restrictions for all non-EU travellers who are fully vaccinated, and to expand the list of countries with a "good epidemiological situation" - in a bid to boost summer tourism.
Categories: European Union

Greece closes humane camp for refugees, sends them to Moria

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:03
A model camp for asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesbos is being shut down by the Greek authorities as residents are being taken to 'Moria 2.0', a lead-contaminated sprawling ghetto perched on the edge of the island.
Categories: European Union

Commissioner floats plan for EU 'media freedom act' next year

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:03
The EU executive wants to have new tools to address the gaps in EU rules so that it can actually tackle the problems that have popped up in member states recently but where the EU executive could do little concretely.
Categories: European Union

[Feature] Is Guiseppe Conte the last gasp for Italy's 5 Star Movement?

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:03
If Giuseppe Conte gives the Five Star Movement a complete revamp, it is likely to destroy the founding ideology and turn it into a mainstream, traditional centrist force, similar to the Democrats on pro-EU, green and equal opportunities policies.
Categories: European Union

[Opinion] The 'non-paper' carving up Balkans and undermining Europe

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 07:02
In spite of all the denials, it seems clear the non-paper "Western Balkans – a way forward" – which explicitly proposes the redrawing of borders in the region according to ethno-national/territorial groupings – exists, though its origins remain in doubt.
Categories: European Union

[Ticker] EU summons Russia ambassador for first time ever

Mon, 05/03/2021 - 14:58
The EU foreign service summoned Russia's ambassador to the bloc, Vladimir Chizhov, to voice its formal complaint on Monday, after Russia blacklisted the EU Parliament president and an EU commissioner on Friday. The move is the first time Chizhov, who has held his post in Brussels for 15 years, was reprimanded in this way. There were "no legal grounds" for Russia's sanctions, which were "purely political", an EU spokesman said.
Categories: European Union

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