Policy

US envoy to Serbia-Kosovo talks to become Acting Director of National Intelligence

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President Donald Trump has named Richard Grenell, the US Ambassador to Germany and concurrently Special Envoy to Serbia and Kosovo, to become the acting Director of National Intelligence (DNI), an election-year organisational realignment which...

Turkey probes judges who acquitted activists including Kavala

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Turkey’s Council of Judges and Prosecutors has launched an investigation into three judges who acquitted rights activist Osman Kavala and eight other activists of terrorism charges, local media reported. The panel of three judges on...

Lewandowski to EU governments: No take-it-or-leave-it Budget proposal for Parliament

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STRASBOURG – Following a debate on EU’s key Multiannual Financial Framework (MFF) for 2021-2027 in Strasbourg on 12 February and ahead of a special EU summit starting on 20 February, New Europe sat down...

Pompeo concludes Africa trip with a challenge to Chinese economic influence

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US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo capped his three-country visit to Africa where he pitched strengthening economic relations with the United States as the path towards “true liberation” for all African nations. Pompeo warned that...

Spain moves forward with new digital tax on tech giants despite US warning

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Spain’s government approved the introduction of new taxes on digital business and stock market transactions. The move has angered United States’ authorities and brought a threat of tariffs by Washington. Other European countries, including France,...

CoR president warns EU budget risks being a failure, gift to populism

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Two days prior to EU Council's emergency summit on the bloc's long-term budget, Apostolos Tzitzikostas, the recently elected President of the Committee of the Regions (CoR) stressed the need to safeguard European funds that...

Michel’s budget proposal for 1.074% of EU’s GNI “disappointing” says Chair of EP’s Budget...

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With EU leaders expected to gather in Brussels for an emergency meeting on 20 February aiming at resolving EU's 2021-2027 budget stalemate, debate around the bloc’s long-term budget has been heated up after Charles...

Britain tells EU that Supervision is ‘not acceptable’ in post-Brexit deal

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The UK’s chief Brexit negotiator David Frost said during a visit to Brussels that the EU has totally missed the point of Britain's decision to quit the European Union if the EU thinks that...

US House speaker Pelosi warns allies against working with Huawei

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US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi warned NATO allies against allowing Chinese tech giant Huawei into their 5G networks. During her visit to Brussels, where she met with leaders of the EU and NATO,...

France confirms first coronavirus death outside Asia

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France on Saturday reported the first coronavirus death outside Asia. The victim was an 80-year-old Chinese tourist who was initially turned away by two French hospitals and had a serious lung infection. The man tested...

Xi Jinping knew about the coronavirus outbreak nearly two weeks before going public

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China’s strongman, Communist leader Xi Jinping knew of the outbreak of the coronavirus in the city of Wuhan almost two weeks prior to publicly acknowledging the epidemic on January 20. In an internal statement published...

EU Ombudsman to investigate Commission’s backing of gas projects

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European Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly announced on Thursday she has opened an investigation into the European Commission’s so-called list of Projects of Common Interest (PCIs), as the EC gave last week its formal backing on 32 major...

Munich Bacchanalian surprises

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At the Munich Security Conference 2020, two reality-altering messages were sent back to Southeastern Europe, which incidentally was not the core focus of this year’s conference. One of those shocks was a US-sponsored agreement to...

Europe’s rising homeless problem

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Social exclusion across the European Union is following a declining trend but inequalities persist that expose less advantaged residents to various economic and social risks. Homelessness, a phenomenon that leaves no country unaffected, is...

No beer hall bacchanalia and oompah band sing-alongs in Munich

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Dubbed the Davos of Global Security, the 2020 Munich Security Conference began on February 14 with the conflicts in Libya, Syria, and Yemen high on the agenda along with the future of Europe's security...

Europe’s pledge to eradicate Female Genital Mutilation worldwide

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Europe's commitment to the fight against the brutal practice of female genital mutilation that thousands of young girls find themselves the victims of remains unquestioned, however, ending female circumcision is a huge challenge for...

Unemployment rates in Southern Europe remain high despite EU-wide positive trends

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Overall unemployment across the EU is falling to the lowest levels since 2000, but significant disparities continue to linger in Southern Europe where the jobless rate is far hight than Northern Europe’s average. According to...

Top politicians gather in Munich for security summit

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Heads of state and government, security leaders and diplomats gathered for the 56th annual Munich Security Conference, which runs from 14-16 February. This year’s summit comes amid rising global tensions, conflicts and disagreements over...

Von der Leyen calls for an EU budget that “delivers” on European concerns

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"Ι will not accept any result which does not guarantee that at least 25% of the budget is devoted to the fight against climate change," Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission said...

Cyprus, Portugal among states rebuked by EU over delays in money-laundering reforms

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Legal warnings have been sent to Cyprus, Portugal, the Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain over delays in turning anti-money laundering rules into national laws, the European Commission said on Wednesday. The 27 EU states adopted the 5th...

Commission calls on Romania, Greece and Malta to adopt national air pollution control programmes

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Romania, Greece and Malta need to adopt their first national air pollution control programmes to limit their annual emissions, according to a warning issued by the European Commission on Wednesday. So far, the three countries have failed...

North Macedonia takes a small step forward and one backwards this week

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Since being installed in early January in preparation for the country’s April 6 elections, Caretaker Government Labour Minister Rashela Mizrahi, from the ultranationalist VMRO-DPMNE party, has repeatedly appeared in front of an old backdrop...

Parliament chief says EU won’t approve deep budget cuts

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STRASBOURG, France - European Parliament President David Sassoli warned the 27 national governments of the EU member states that MEPs would not support any agreement that cuts key programmes that Europeans rely on. “The new...

EU’s foreign policy chief Borrell warns of violence if Israel annexes Jordan Valley

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EU's Foreign Policy chief Josep Borrell urged Israel on Tuesday not to annex the Jordan Valley, warning of Palestinian protests if it went ahead. "This may happen ... You can be sure it’s not going...

WHO convenes experts to develop coronavirus drugs, vaccines

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The World Health Organization gathered 400 scientists yesterday for a two-day meeting, in an effort to speed the development of tests, treatments and vaccines against the coronavirus. The outside experts will try to find out...

EU to suspend some of Cambodia trade benefits over human rights

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The European Union will partially suspend the Everything But Arms (EBA) trade privileges Cambodia is enjoying because of systematic violations of human rights, the European Commission said on Wednesday. Cambodia will lose about 20% of the...

MEPs approve EU-Vietnam trade deal, despite human rights concerns

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The European Parliament backed on Wednesday an EU trade deal with Vietnam which aims to eliminate almost all tariffs over the next ten years, but was heavily criticised over human rights concerns in the...

EU clears the acquisition of OLT by SNAM and FSI

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The European Commission said on 12 February the acquisition of joint control over OLT Offshore LNG Toscana (OLT) of Italy by SNAM of Italy and First State Investments International (FSI) of the UK complies...

Acquisition of Eneco by Mitsubishi Corporation gets EU approval

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The acquisition of Eneco Group of the Netherlands by Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) of Japan complies with EU merger regulation, the European Commission said on 10 February. Eneco is active in the production and storage of...

Greek government offer details about closed facilities for migrants

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The Greek government has opted to speed up the process for establishing closed facilities on the country’s islands that are still dealing with the ongoing migration crisis. As the situation is becoming more precarious...

Egypt arrests human rights advocate who ctiticised government

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An Egyptian researcher and activist has been arrested at Cairo's international airport upon his arrival from Italy. 27-year-old Patrick George Zaki had been in Bologna since August for his postgraduate studies. According to the Egyptian...

Brussels chief Brexit negotiator slams UK PM for backlashing on EU rules

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Michel Barnier, the EU's chief Brexit negotiator heavily criticised UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson for saying that he will not follow "high-alignment" EU rules now that the country has officially left the bloc. Barnier said...

Trump ready to negotiate ‘very seriously’ with EU on trade

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US president Donald Trump said the time has come to pursue trade negotiations with the European Union. “Europe has been treating us very badly”, Trump said at a White House event with US state governors...

EU’s health chief Kyriakides meets China’s ambassador to the EU for updates on Coronavirus

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While the number of confirmed cases of human-to-human transmission of Coronavirus still remains low across the bloc, the EU's health chief, Stella Kyriakides met on Monday with the Head of China's Mission to the EU,...

Croatian PM Plenković tells Michel he wants MFF negotiations concluded during the country’s Presidency

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Negotiations on the bloc's long-term budget should be concluded within 2020's first half, said Andrej Plenković, the Prime Minister of Croatia during a meeting with Charles Michel, EU Council's President. Croatia took over the EU Council Presidency...

Pope Francis to visit region poisoned by toxic waste dumping

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Pope Francis will visit an Italian region where illegal toxic-waste dumping by the mob has polluted the environment for decades. Francis’ 24 May visit to the area near Naples, called “Land of Fires”, will mark...

NASA astronaut Koch returns to Earth after record-breaking space mission

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NASA astronaut Christina Koch returned to Earth safely on Thursday after breaking the spaceflight record for female astronauts with a stay of almost 11 months aboard the International Space Station. She returned along with European...