Policy

Johnson’s Brexit Saturday

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Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces an uphill battle on Saturday in his attempt to pass the Withdrawal Agreement he agreed on Thursday through parliament. This is the first meeting on a Saturday since the...

US tariffs on EU goods kick in

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European premium agricultural produce such as cheese, wine, and olives will be subject to a 25% price hike as tariffs kick-in on a record $7.5bn worth of European products on Friday. The US punitive tariffs are...

US mediates 5-day ceasefire between Turkish and Kurdish forces in Syria

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US Vice President Mike Pence, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the commander of the Kurdish SDF forces Mazlum Abdi agreed to a five-day ceasefire in Syria. Pence was in Ankara on Thursday to meet...

The Netherlands and Austria demand an end to ECB’s bond-buying program

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The Netherlands and Austria have challenged the European Central Bank’s bond-buying program on Wednesday, demanding a radical rethink under incoming President Christine Lagarde. Austrian Central Bank President, Robert Holzmann, and the Netherlands, Klaas Knot, questioned...

Germany defies US allowing Huawei to bid for 5G projects

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German regulators released on Tuesday a set of network security guidelines allowing companies developing 5G infrastructure to engage China’s Huawei. Huawei will not be excluded explicitly on the basis of the Federal Network Agency guidelines....

DUP stands in the way of a Brexit deal

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A tentative, technical Brexit deal between the European Union and Britain was nearing conclusion on Wednesday evening, which appeared to have the backing of the British cabinet. By late evening, the deal seemed less...

Enlargement Kaput

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As New Europe wisely predicted in recent weeks, neither Albania nor North Macedonia received a date at the EU Summit to launch negotiations for their EU accession. Both countries needed the date, particularly Albania as...

Georgia’s last hope

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It’s hard to imagine now, but Georgia was once an improbable success story. After the Rose Revolution in 2003, the small South Caucasus country made dramatic strides in dismantling the Soviet legacy of corruption...

EIB to announce new initiatives for climate action and inclusive development

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Europe should address today’s global challenges by following policies that respond to the climate emergency while also building a resilient and inclusive society, according to the core initiatives of the European Investment Bank (EIB). The...

FAO urges that reducing food loss and waste could help achieving the SDGs

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A reduction in food loss and waste at all stages of the food supply chain could contribute to the achievement of a number of Sustainable Development Goals related to food security and environmental sustainability,...

Shipping braces for new regulatory framework on emissions

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New rules regulating shipping emissions are due to come into effect by 2020, a development that could affect the global economy as ships carry 90% of global trade. According to a 2014 International Maritime Organization...

Germany probes Deutsche Bank’s role in Danske-Laundromat scandal

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German prosecutors are investigating whether staff or management at Deutsche Bank sanctioned billions of suspect transactions – actively involved in a cover-up, Reuters reported on Tuesday. Deutsche Bank failed to disclose billions in transactions with...

US sanctions Turkey, UK joins EU arms embargo

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US President Donald Trump called for an immediate halt to Turkey’s incursion to Syria on Tuesday, as Washington slapped sanctions on Turkish officials. By the end of trade on Tuesday, the Turkish Lira surged by...

France defies EU majority on enlargement

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Only days after the leaders of the European Union's main institutions put pressure on the bloc to start accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania by "no later than this month”, France pushed back...

EU resettles 37,000 refugees but falls short of target

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The EU committed in 2017 to provide safe passage and 50,000 refugees but has only resettled 37,000 the German public broadcaster DW reports. German Chancellor Angela Merkel committed Germany to receive 10,200 asylum seekers but...

Catalan separatists sentenced by Spanish court

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Spain’s Supreme Court sentenced nine pro-independence Catalan leaders for sedition and misuse of public funds, handing out sentences ranging between 9 and 13 years in jail. Three more defendants were issued with fines. Those issued...

Ruling conservatives triumph in Poland

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With 72% of the ballots counted by Monday morning, Poland’s incumbent Law and Justice (PiS) party secured just under 46% of the vote, outperforming all polls, according to the National Electoral Commission said. The liberal...

Eliud Kipchoge makes history as first human to break two-hour marathon barrier

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With metronomic precision Eliud Kipchoge raced into history on Saturday, 12 October, in Vienna by becoming the first man to achieve the barrier-breaking sub-two-hour marathon as part of the INEOS 1:59 Challenge. Now undeniably the...

Publication of ECB minutes unveils deep policy polarisation

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The European Central Bank’s deep division over the second wave of quantitative easing decided on September 12 was known, not least from public statements by the Governors of the Netherlands, France, and Germany. On Thursday,...

The eurozone gets a mini-budget

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Following two years of continuous negotiations, EU finance ministers agreed on Thursday on €17bn budget to be spent over seven years. This was even less than the widely floated €20bn. The budget is meant to...

Sweden, Italy and Luxembourg question the need for an EU development bank

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Italy, Luxemburg, and Sweden have questioned the need for a new institution to fund development projects outside the EU, the Luxemburg Times reports. The report presented to finance ministers at the Economic and Financial Affairs...

EU condemns Turkish incursion to Syria

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Turkish troops started advancing into northern Syria on Wednesday, having reached Tel Abyad and Ras al-Ain by Thursday, according to the UK based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. Turkish air force was bombing the...

Brussels intensifies its analysis of third-party cybersecurity threats in 5G networks

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5G networks are a key asset for Europe as it hopes to become a global leader in the cellular network technology sector as fifth-generation mobile networks become the backbone for a wide range of...

EU states divided over OECD’s online taxation plan

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The OECD has proposed on Wednesday a global shake-up of corporate online taxation. The plan would see digital groups such as Facebook, Apple, Amazon, Netflix and Google pay in the country of operation rather than...

Attack against Synagogue in Halle

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A shooting outside a synagogue in Halle, East Germany, Wednesday afternoon has left two people dead. Police detained one person after multiple suspects fled the scene. He was later referred to by the police as...

Tsipras’ alternate justice minister faces pre-trial committee for abuse of power

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Greece's former Alternate Justice Minister Dimitris Papangelopoulos has been referred to the Parliament’s Pre-Trial Committee following a decision on 8 October in the Greek parliament plenary. Papangelopoulos may not be well known outside Greece's...

60% of Europeans are unaware of EU-funded regional projects

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Major deficiencies in the communication process between the EU, the bloc's 28 national governments, and the local authorities recently came to light when a Eurobarometer survey revealed that a whopping 60% of those who...

Britain and France worst hit by US tariffs

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According to a report by the Foreign Trade Institute in New York (ICE), France and the UK will be the hardest hit member states by US retaliatory tariffs. According to the ICE report, the brunt...

EU fails to seal migrant redistribution deal

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An EU interior minister meeting on migrants in Luxembourg does not appear to have yielded a final deal on migrant redistribution. Earlier on Tuesday, French EU Minister Amélie de Montchalin said 10 countries were ready...

Europe needs to move quickly towards sustainability

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The EU must immediately move towards sustainability, according to the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC), which also raised the alarm about the lack of political action and the slow pace in achieving the...

Welsh nationalists aim for an independence referendum by 2030

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The leader of the Welsh Nationalist Party (Plaid Cymru) Adam Price predicts that a Welsh independence referendum will take place by 2030 last week. In an interview with BBC Radio Wales, he argued that "the...

Germany greenlights weapon exports to UAE

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Germany's Federal Security Council headed by Chancellor Angela Merkel authorized the export of military equipment to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), despite the country’s involvement over the war in Yemen, Germany's public broadcaster DW...

Vestager plans second wave of measures against digital monopolies

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In her second term as EU Commissioner Margrethe Vestager is bracing for a second wave of anti-trust measures against US digital monopolies, beginning with chipmaker Broadcom, the Financial Times report. Emboldened by her authority as...

Belgrade to take the lead : Interview with Dejan Ralevic

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Interview with Dejan Ralevic, Serbia’s Deputy Assistant Minister for EU Affairs After having gained the backing of four European Union members from Eastern Europe for accelerated accession talks, Serbia’s point man for EU affairs sat...

Migration solutions begin and end with Turkey

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EU depends on Greece for stability Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan threatened several weeks ago that he would “open the gates” for migrants to cross into Europe if the international community did not accept his...

Mycenaean engineers built chariot highways

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Road remnants remain from ancient times, show skill CORINTHIA, Greece – The Dutch hiker that led the way across a rugged path in the mountains and traced one of the ancient Mycenaean highways, stopped to...

Will Austria turn Green?

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The result of the parliamentary elections in Austria on 29 September brought two surprises - the right-wing party FPÖ, which entered a government lead by the conservative ÖVP as junior partner n 2017, suffered...