Europe's East 11-08-2020

Belarusian opposition leader Tikhanovskaya taken to Lithuania

Belarusian opposition politician Svetlana Tikhanovskaya has travelled to Lithuania from Belarus amid the protests and is safe, Lithuania’s Foreign Minister Linas Linkevicius said in a Twitter post on Tuesday (11 August). Tikhanovskaya emerged as Alexander Lukashenko’s main rival at Sunday’s...
Global Europe 11-08-2020

Lebanon’s leaders warned in July about explosives at port, documents reveal

Lebanese security officials warned the prime minister and president last month that 2,750 tonnes of ammonium nitrate stored in Beirut’s port posed a security risk and could destroy the capital if it exploded, according to documents.
Global Europe 11-08-2020

Turkey’s Erdogan urges talks to defuse gas row with Greece

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for dialogue on Monday (10 August) while still pushing ahead with a contentious Mediterranean gas development plan that has outraged Greece and alarmed NATO and the EU.
Competition 11-08-2020

Facebook, Microsoft gripes with Apple’s App Store on EU’s antitrust radar

Facebook and Microsoft's grievances over how their gaming apps appear on Apple's App Store may feed into an EU investigation into the iPhone maker's business as EU antitrust regulators said such concerns are on their radar.
Non-discrimination 11-08-2020

Time for Europe to face uncomfortable truths about racial inequality

Europeans are uncomfortable talking about structural racism. But it is the lived reality of millions of people of colour on the continent, and needs to be addressed honestly, writes Amelie Glauber.
Global Europe 11-08-2020

Trump escorted from briefing after shooting near White House

The US Secret Service abruptly escorted President Donald Trump out of the White House press room in the middle of a briefing on Monday (10 August) because of a shooting outside the White House.
Economy & Jobs 10-08-2020

Algeria wants to ‘reassess’ EU trade deal

Algeria's president has requested the country's trade minister reassess a deal with the EU, ahead of a free trade agreement due to come into effect on 1 September.

Migration flow rises across Channel to Britain as political tension rises

British border agents brought ashore migrants in the port of Dover on Monday (10 August) after picking them up from an inflatable boat as they crossed the Channel, the latest in a surge of crossings that is causing political tensions with France.

Germany bristles at US sanctions threat over Russia pipeline

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday (10 August) he had expressed "displeasure" to his US counterpart Mike Pompeo about Washington's threat of sanctions against a German port over a gas pipeline from Russia.
Elections 10-08-2020

It’s high time for the EU to take the side of the Bulgarian citizens

EU leaders have to make up their minds and understand that they only have two options - to act on the side of Bulgarian citizens in their fight for a decent and modern European country, or to passively watch the failure of a member state, writes Radan Kanev.
Europe's East 10-08-2020

Poland calls for extraordinary EU summit following tainted Belarus election

Poland on Monday (10 August) called for an emergency European Union summit on the situation in Belarus after clashes in the night in Minsk following a disputed presidential election.
Europe's East 10-08-2020

Europe must not allow Lukashenko to continue his manipulations

The EU must shape at least two different policies towards Belarus - one for the regime that stole the elections and one for the civil society, writes Urmas Paet.
Europe's East 10-08-2020

What is happening in Belarus cannot be called elections

After 9 August Belarus will have a totally illegitimate president, and the West must be prepared for the perspective of the illegitimate Lukashenko, writes Andrius Kubilius.
Europe's East 10-08-2020

Belarus police crackdown on mass protests against strongman president after election

Belarus police fired water cannons, tear gas and stun grenades in a crackdown on protests that erupted on Sunday (9 August) as President Alexander Lukashenko was set to claim another election win in the face of the biggest challenge in years to his grip on power.
Global Europe 10-08-2020

Afghanistan to release 400 ‘hard-core’ Taliban prisoners in bid for peace

The Afghan government agreed on Sunday (9 August) to release 400 “hard-core” Taliban prisoners, paving the way for peace talks aimed at ending almost two decades of war.
Global Europe 10-08-2020

World pledges €250 million to Lebanon, to be delivered ‘directly’ to population

World leaders on Sunday (9 August) pledged more than €250 million for disaster-struck Lebanon, conference host France said, with the emergency aid to be delivered "directly" to a population reeling from the deadly port blast in Beirut.
Global Europe 10-08-2020

Turkey navy ops in eastern Med ‘extremely worrying’: EU

Turkey's resumed search for oil and gas in the eastern Mediterranean is "extremely worrying", the EU said Sunday (9 August) after Greece and Egypt set up an exclusive economic zone in the region.

UK armed forces asked to help deal with migrant boats crossing Channel

Britain's armed forces have been asked to help deal with boats carrying migrants across the Channel from France, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday (8 August) after a spate of arrivals on the southern English coast.
Economy & Jobs 10-08-2020

Italy seeks €28.5 billion in EU’s SURE unemployment aid

Italy has asked the European Union to tap its SURE unemployment scheme for €28.5 billion after extending furlough support to help the economy withstand the hit from the COVID-19 crisis.

EU commission urges states to allow unmarried partners to travel

The European Commission on Friday (7 August) urged member states to allow EU entry for unmarried partners of European citizens and residents by exempting them from travel restrictions targeting some countries.
Global Europe 07-08-2020

Paris, Berlin and Warsaw urge ‘free and fair’ Belarus vote

France, Germany and Poland on Friday (7 August) called on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to ensure a "free and fair" election in the former Soviet republic Sunday as fears of irregularities mounted.
Global Europe 07-08-2020

EU chief Michel heading to Beirut on Saturday

President of the European Council Charles Michel will head to Beirut on Saturday (8 August), ahead of a major donors conference to raise funds for the blast-damaged Lebanese capital Beirut.
Brexit 07-08-2020

UK says it’s confident of Brexit trade deal as EU changing tone

Britain's top minister overseeing Brexit talks said on Friday (7 August) he was confident a free trade deal would be clinched with the EU as there had been a distinct change of tone from the bloc in recent weeks.

Belgian court rejects extradition of Catalan separatist

A Belgian court on Friday (7 August) rejected the extradition of a former Catalan regional minister to face charges in Spain related to the banned 2017 independence referendum, prosecutors said.

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