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Macron’s G7 initiative resisted in both Tehran and Washington

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A French initiative to salvage the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) is met with resistance both in Iran and Washington. The EU has so far been unable to counterbalance US economic sanctions in...

Germany to phase out glyphosates in blow to Bayer/Monsanto

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The German government has joined Austria, Belgium, Croatia, Cyprus, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, and Malta in recognising the need to phase out glyphosate-based weed killers by 2023. The decision announced on 4 September is a major...

Iran to release members of captured British tanker crew

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Iran will release seven members of the Swedish-owned and British-flagged tanker Stena Impero, captured by the Islamic Revolutionary Guards on July 19 as it passed the Strait of Hormuz. In a statement to Iran’s state...

US defence department diverts funding to Wall project along the Mexican border

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US Defense Secretary Mark Esper has approved the diversion of €3.28bn from existing military projects for the construction of the controversial wall on the border with Mexico. The Pentagon approved plans to 282km along the...

House of Commons instructs Johnson to ask for Brexit delay

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Τhe UK parliament voted on Wednesday to prevent Prime Minister Boris Johnson from leading the UK out of the EU on October 31 without a deal; Johnson is seeking to trigger an election by...

Conte II government confirmed

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The Five Star Movement (MS5) has ratified an agreement with the centre-left Partito Democratico (PD) and will form a new government under prime minister Giuseppe Conte. On Wednesday, Conte is expected to meet President Sergio...

Johnson loses working majority in parliament

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Opposition lawmakers in the UK applied for an emergency debate on Tuesday, launching a campaign to thwart a no-deal Brexit: it was granted and led to a vote that took away from prime minister...

Rutte and Mitsotakis discuss migration and investments in The Hague

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“We discussed about migration, but also talked about how we could boost growth, investment opportunities, climate change, green growth and jobs,” said the Dutch premier Mark Rutte, welcoming the Greek prime minister, Kyriakos Mitsotakis...

Russia’s Novatek obtains the Soletsko-Khanaveyskoye gas field in Yamal

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As Russian tries to boost liquefied natural gas production, the country’s largest independent gas producer Novatek announced on 30 August that Arctic LNG 1, a wholly owned subsidiary, won the auction for geological survey,...

UK launches “Get Ready for Brexit” campaign

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The British government has launched a public information campaign called "get ready for Brexit" on Sunday. The £100 million campaign was launched on the website  gov.uk/brexit. The website begins with a survey, leading to recommended actions...

Incumbents widen their lead in Spain and Portugal

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Polling suggests that socialist governments in Spain and Portugal have seen their electoral influence surge. Spain’s Socialist party extended its lead in two opinion polls published on Monday, amid a failure to negotiate a coalition...

Beijing files US tariff case at WTO

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China has lodged a complaint against the United States at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over U.S. import duties on Monday. The United States began imposing 15% tariffs on $125bn worth of Chinese goods on...

AfD gains big in Saxony and Brandenburg elections

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The Eurosceptic Alternative for Germany (AfD) party tripled its share of the vote in Saxony and doubled in Brandenburg on Sunday. In Dresden, Saxony, AfD reaped a 27% of the vote, with the CDU shedding...

EU remains in contact with Greece and Turkey as migration flow increases

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With scenes of Greek aid workers carrying out an emergency operation to evacuate 1,400 migrants from a dangerously overcrowded camp in the wake of the arrival of new refugees  on the North Aegean island...

Tokayev announces plan to guide Kazakhstan through new stage of political evolution

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Nearly three months after being elected in a poll deemed fair and democratic by the international community, Kazakhstan's president, Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev announced on 2 September that he plans to set in motion a series...

Brussels concerned by deadly Saudi airstrike in Yemen

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A Saudi airstrike in Yemen's southwestern province of Dhamar on 1 September killed at least 100 people and wounded dozens more, an incident that the European Union said was troubling development before expressing in...

Boris Johnson faces parliaments’ last-ditch attempt to avert no-deal Brexit on Tuesday

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Boris Johnson’s government is preparing to resist the parliaments’ last attempt to stop a no-deal Brexit. The two prevailing scenarios are that MPs will attempt to push the government to ask for an extension...

Germany facilitates access to citizenship for Nazi regime refugees

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Germany moved on Friday to enforce two decrees that will allow descendants of refugees fleeing Nazi Germany, mainly Jews, to reclaim citizenship. Applications for German citizenship spiked after the British 2016 EU membership referendum. The...

The Swiss expect ‘no deal’ with the EU before 2020

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Switzerland is unlikely to sign its own trade agreement with the EU prior to Brexit, according to Economy Minister Guy Parmelin. In a statement to Sonntags Zeitung, Parmelin expressed pessimism as social partners – unions,...

Argentina moves to restructure debt and introduces capital controls

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Following a technical default on its debt payment on Friday, Argentina has begun the process of restructuring its $101bn debt. Furthermore, the government moved on Sunday to introduce capital and exchange rate controls: individuals...

EU says Ukrainian pipeline still key conduit for Russian gas

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The European Union fully supports Ukraine as a stable and reliable transit route and will do its utmost to ensure that Ukraine remains an important transit route also after 2020, a EU energy spokeswoman...

WHO warns of dramatic jump of measles cases in Eastern Europe

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The World Health Organization has warned of a "dramatic resurgence" in measles with over 90,000 cases in 48 countries over the first six months of 2019. The head of WHO's European Regional Verification Commission for...

Asian economies showing signs of weakness and instability

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The markets of Asia that allowed the EU to drive an export-led economic recovery following the 2008 crisis are now faced with a recession. The US-China trade war is taking its toll on Hong Kong,...

Online selling VAT fraud could see a Brexit headache for UK’s HMRC

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Officials are preparing for an uptick in VAT compliance problems as the UK leaves the European Union. Online platforms like Amazon Marketplace and eBay are already under pressure to make sellers pay their share...

Sweden bans facial recognition technology in schools

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The Swedish Data Protection Authority (DPA) has issued a ban on facial recognition technology in schools after one of the country's high-school students attempted to use the controversial software to keep track of attendance. Sweden's...

Argentina’s peso is in free-fall

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The century-old saga of Argentina's boom-bust economy has taken another ominous turn as the Argentine peso is now trading at 57.95 per US dollar on Wednesday, which is equal to a 22% loss of...

Italy is heading towards a second Conte-led government

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Italy is moving towards forming a second Giuseppe Conte-led government following an agreement between the 5-Star Movement and the centrist Democratic Party after Conte - who is widely regarded as a pro-business centrist and a...

No-deal Brexit likely as Boris Johnson suspends parliament

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Boris Johnson landmark decision to suspend parliament has been nothing short of an earthquake for Britain's political establishment. Some MPs have called Johnson out violating the spirit of the UK's 800-year-old constitutional tradition. Johnson, however,...

Macron proposes Sylvie Goulard as France’s European Commissioner candidate

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The French president belatedly made public his proposal for a French commissioner: Sylvie Goulard, the ex-MEP to cope back to Brussels. Emmanuel Macron’s belated announcement comes a couple of days late, as the European Commission...

Finland asks EU to utilise full toolkit on Amazon fires

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Ahead of Thursday’s Informal Foreign Affairs Council in Helsinki, Finland urges the EY to use all the tools at its disposal to stop fires in the Amazon rainforest. The Nordic nation, which currently holds the...

Brazil rejects G7 assistance in dealing with Amazon wildfires

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Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro rejected €20 million pledge by the G7 summit in France to fight the Amazon forest wildfire. The money was pledged by Italy, Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the UK and the...

German economy contracts by 0.1% in second quarter

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The German economy - the fourth-largest in the world after the US, China, and Japan - received troubling news when the country's the Federal Institute of Statistics reported that the economy contracted by 0.1%...

Johnson says Britain will not pay Brussels for no-deal Brexit

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The UK does not intend to pay £39 billion for a divorce settlement with the EU in the event of a no-deal Brexit, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson told the press on 26 August. “I...

G7 to provide €17.9 million in emergency funding to combat Amazon wildfires

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French President Emmanuel Macron and Chilean President Sebastián Piñera announced that the G7 nations agreed to provide €17.9 million in emergency funding to fight the Amazon fires.he flames rolling in the Amazon, the heads...

Siemens Gamesa to install new wind turbines in India

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Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy said the company has secured its first order in India with Alfanar for the supply of 206 units of the SG 2.2-122 wind turbines for two wind farms, totalling 453...

Acquisition of Stavro Vind wind park by NAEV, Siemens and KEPCO gets EU nod

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The European Commission said the EC has approved the acquisition of Stavro Vind of Sweden by NAEV SOLVENTUS, controlled by NAEV Infrastructure Funds of Germany, Siemens, and Korea Midland Power Co. (KoMiPo), a subsidiary...

EU Commission says UK must pay Brexit divorce bill even at no deal scenario

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The UK must pay its Brexit divorce bill even if it leaves the EU without a deal, the chief spokeswoman of the EU said Monday, warning that future ties would be threatened if London...