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“Disappointing” results from the COP25 climate change talks

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COP25, the UN's climate conference ended on Sunday, after almost two weeks of talks over the world's response to the climate change, with negotiators having failed to reach an agreement on carbon markets. UN Secretary General,...

Poland asks for more time to align with EU’s climate objectives

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Last week's Council meeting found EU countries but Poland signing up to the bloc’s 2050 net zero carbon target, Ursula's von der Leyen ambitious green plan to make Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050. "In...

Pan-European battery consortium emerges with 7 EU Member States

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An important Project of Common European interest (IPCEI) jointly notified by Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Sweden to support research and innovation in the common European priority area of batteries has been...

New Syrian talks to start in Nur-Sultan

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - On 10-11 December, as part of the Astana process, the 14th high-level international meeting on Syria will be held in Kazakh capital Nur-Sultan, Kazakh Foreign Ministry representative Aibek Smadiyarov told a...

In search of excellence

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The implementation of the New Europe 2030 Agenda is a good example of a strategic vision for a pursuing a newly defined cocept of excellence,  but this is not enough. To make in fundamental,...

Russia commences Power of Siberia pipeline gas supplies to China

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Russia started on 2 December Russian gas pipeline supplies to China via the ambitious Power of Siberia gas pipeline or so-called eastern route. Taking part in a ceremonial event via conference call were Russian President...

German business to help Kazakhstan diversify investments

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - As part of his official visit to Berlin, Kazakh President Kassym-Zhomart Tokayev held a series of meetings with representatives of German business to boost bilateral investments, the presidential press service, Akorda,...

France creates anti-hate crime office amid wave of antisemitism

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In the wake of more than a 100 Jewish graves being desecrated with swastikas in eastern France, the country's interior minister, Christophe Castaner, announced the creation of an office tackling hate crimes. "The office will...

Lagarde quizzed for the first time by EU Parliament

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Christine Lagarde, the new President of Europe's central bank was heard for the first time in her new role, by Members of the Committee on Economic and Monetary Affairs (ECON) of the European Parliament, on Monday. Lagarde​​​​​​​...

Kazakhstan launches first direct flight to Saudi Arabia

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - On November 30, the first direct flight of Kazakhstan's SCAT airline on the Almaty-Jeddah route with 112 passengers on board was launched, the press service of Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry said on...

EU mounts pressure on “golden passport” programs

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The European Commission has asked Malta whether it has acted on recommendations to prevent money-laundering linked to its “golden passport” scheme set up in 2014. Like Cyprus and Bulgaria, the island nation of Malta sells...

London attackers’ profile informs campaign debate

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The 28-year-old British man who killed two people in a stabbing spree on London Bridge on Friday had a previous terrorism conviction and had been released from prison in December 2018. The man was in...

Benin expels EU ambassador citing “interference” in its domestic affairs

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Benin has ordered the European Union’s ambassador to the country, Oliver Nette, to leave, accusing him of meddling in state politics, said a statement from the President's office on Wednesday. Nette has until December 1...

EU sues Denmark over misuse of term ‘feta’ on Danish cheeses

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The European Commission decided on Monday to refer Denmark to the EU Court of Justice for failing to prevent or stop local companies from making and exporting outside the EU white cheese labelled as "feta", a term...

EU police arrest 9 in Spain for football match-fixing

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With the support of Europol's sports corruption experts, the Spanish police arrested on 26 November nine people linked to professional football. They are accused of match-fixing and money laundering during the 2016-2017 season. The arrests...

26 migrants found injured in overturned truck in North Macedonia

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26 injured migrants, including seven minors, have been found on 27 November in an overturned truck on a local road in North Macedonia, police said. Among them were 15 Afghans, 9 Pakistanis and one Iraqi....

Wiewiórowski selected as EU’s data protection watchdog

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Wojciech Wiewiórowski has been selected by the Parliament's Civil Liberties Committee  to serve for a 5-year mandate as European Data Protection Supervisor. The EP committee grilled three candidates in a public hearing on Monday morning to evaluate...

EU hails peaceful presidential election in Guinea-Bissau

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Presidential elections took place on 24 November in the West African nation of Guinea-Bissau. They are expected to bring an end to the country's instability that began in 2015. Two former prime ministers will compete...

European maritime sector gets port cybersecurity guide

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The European Union's Agency for Cybersecurity published on 26 November a guidance for ports to strengthen their cybersecurity. Because of the economic importance of ports in EU trade, they must integrate cybersecurity to ensure their...

EU, South Korea deepen defence cooperation

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The European Union and South Korea held their third security and defence dialogue on 26 November in Seoul. Stressing the importance of their strategic partnership, both sides discussed ways to deepen defense and shared their...

Facial recognition technology sparks fundamental rights concerns

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The European Union's Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA) published a new paper that analyses the fundamental rights implications of relying on live facial recognition technology. The study explores the use of facial recognition technology for law...

Europe moves step closer to building first supercomputers

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The European Union signed on 26 November in Strasbourg the hosting agreements, to allow the procurement process for its first supercomputers, that will support researchers, industry and businesses in developing new applications in many...

Simplified Schengen visa regime for Kazakh citizens discussed in Nur-Sultan

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Representatives of the EU Council Working Group on Eastern Europe and Central Asia (COEST) are in Kazakhstan for a two-day visit, Kazakhstan’s Foreign Ministry said on 27 November. During the visit, they...

Thirteen French soldiers killed in helicopter crash in Mali

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Thirteen French soldiers were killed on 25 November in a collision between two helicopters during an operation against jihadist militants in northern Mali. French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his "deep sadness" at the deaths, sharing...

European Commission ready to be seated without UK nominee

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The members of the EU have given the green-light to the incoming European Commission to take over on December 1 without a UK representative, a decision that will likely open the door for further...

German business confidence rebounds

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Business confidence bounced back in November in Europe’s largest economy, the Ifo economic institute said on Monday. According to the Munich-based economic think tank, Germany’s domestic market has proved resilient and is offsetting a decline...

Kazakhstan steps up the construction of integrated gas-chemical complex

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Construction of the integrated gas-chemical complex Kazakhstan Petrochemical Industries in western Kazakhstan is half completed, the press service of the Samruk-Kazyna Foundation said on 25 November. “The project will be completed by...

Europe needs common ESG standards to prevent greenwashing

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France’s top financial regulator, Robert Ophele, has urged Europe to set common standards for environmental, social, and governance to prevent widespread "greenwashing". Ophele added that regulators needed to be subject to "a common doctrine on...

Kazakhstan and Switzerland start new level of business cooperation

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Six memorandums to launch new joint projects in tourism, banking, transport and agriculture were signed following the Kazakh-Swiss business forum as part of the official visit of Swiss President Ueli Maurer...

Labour Party pro​po​ses systemic overhaul of the British economy

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The British Labour Party published its economic manifesto on Thursday, promising systemic reforms that would reinforce far-reaching state intervention in the economy, a model of governance the UK abandoned in the1980s under Margarette Thatcher. The...

LUKOIL and Russia’s Nizhny Novgorod region boost energy cooperation

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In Nizhny Novgorod, LUKOIL President Vagit Alekperov and the envoy of the Russian Federation President to the Volga Federal District, Igor Komarov, and Nizhny Novgorod Region Governor Gleb Nikitin discussed on 18  November the...

Gazprom fills both strings of TurkStream with gas

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Russian gas monopoly Gazprom said on 19 November that start-up and commissioning process is in its final stage at the TurkStream or Turkish Stream gas pipeline, which is going to be brought into operation...

Varhelyi joins Breton and Valean as EU Commissioner

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Oliver Varhelyi struck a reassuring note with the EU's parliamentarians during his confirmation hearing when he told MEPs that "a Commissioner cannot take instructions from the national government of a Member State and reiterated...

Targets acquired: NATO open to new nuke deals with Russia, China

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NATO is open to new arms control agreements with Russia and China, Ambassador Kay Bailey Hutchison, US Permanent Representative to NATO, told a telephonic press briefing on 18 November. Asked by New Europe, if she...

Crans Montana “African Women’s Forum” hosted in Brussels

The city of Brussels hosted on 14 - 16 November the African Women's Forum, organised by the Crans Montana Forum, in association with the New Leaders for Tomorrow. Important personalities extending beyond the African landscape, took...

Commission launches infringement proceedings against UK

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The UK's failure to nominate a new commissioner for the duration of its extension of membership as a result of its upcoming national elections in December has pushed the European Commission to launch infringement...

.ευ : Commission enables domain names in full Greek script

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After 7 years of preparation, the European Registry for Internet Domains (EURid) launches .ευ, the Greek equivalent of .eu top-level domain name. Users will have the opportunity to create a domain name in full Greek...