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Global Europe 23-09-2021

US, Russian military chiefs meet in Helsinki for six hours

The top US military officers from United States and Russia held six hours of talks in Helsinki, in the first face-to-face meeting between them since 2019 as both nations adjust to the US pullout and Taliban takeover in Afghanistan.
EU-China 23-09-2021

European business group calls for China to end self-reliance strategy

China should abandon a top-level strategy promoted by President Xi Jinping to increase self-reliance, or risk harming innovation and growth prospects, said a European business group on Thursday (23 September).
Energy 23-09-2021

US lures Eastern Europe with nuclear power, $23tln clean energy market

The climate crisis presents “a market opportunity for carbon-reducing technologies” such as nuclear power, said US energy Secretary Jennifer Granholm, teasing a $23 trillion market by the end of the decade to countries in Central and Eastern Europe.
Global Europe 23-09-2021

US urges Ireland to take global tax deal

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen urged Paschal Donohoe, the finance minister of Ireland, to take a "once in a generation opportunity" for a global deal that would stop a race to the bottom on corporate tax rates, the Treasury said.
China 23-09-2021

Xiaomi says its smartphones do not censor users following Lithuania report

China's Xiaomi Corp said on Wednesday (22 September) that its devices do not censor users' communications, a day after Lithuania's Defence Ministry recommended that consumers avoid Chinese phones due to a censoring feature in the smartphone giant's flagship phone.
Health 23-09-2021

Biden says US donating ‘historic’ extra 500 million Covid vaccines

US President Joe Biden addressed a Covid-19 summit of world leaders Wednesday (22 September) with a promise to donate a "historic" extra 500 million vaccines to countries struggling to overcome the pandemic.
Health 23-09-2021

‘Mix and match’ approach to COVID-19 vaccines could help boost effectiveness

‘Mix and match’ or heterologous vaccination strategy split the scientists over the usage of different vaccines against covid. While some argue that this would boost the protection others say that more evidence is needed. 
Elections 23-09-2021

Czech far right sets ‘Czexit’ referendum law as price for post-vote talks

The far-right SPD party, which may play a role in forming a new Czech government next month, would demand the cabinet propose legislation that could lead to a referendum on leaving the European Union, party chief Tomio Okamura said.
Global Europe 23-09-2021

Australia submarines: How the ‘contract of the century’ fell apart

Australia's scrapping of a massive multi-billion-euro contract for the purchase of French submarines has led to a diplomatic crisis between France and its erstwhile allies in Canberra and Washington. Here is a timeline of the spat:

Finnish MEP: ‘I’m against the power creep in the EU’s forest strategy’

There is no such thing as a European forest, and those trying to introduce an EU-wide forest strategy that does not take account of regional differences “live in Fantasyland,” Finnish lawmaker Nils Torvalds told EURACTIV.

EU countries buy more time to scrutinise green investment rules

European Union countries on Wednesday (22 September) pushed back their deadline to object to the EU's proposed rule book for green investments, giving themselves another two months to scrutinise the politically sensitive policy.
Electricity 23-09-2021

Why Europe is facing an energy price surge

Prices for gas and electricity are soaring in Europe as winter approaches, forcing governments to react. Here is what's behind the winter increase:
Elections 23-09-2021

German Chancellor Merkel to stick around for a while after polls

As Angela Merkel said goodbye to her Stralsund constituency of 30 years on 21 September and visited Paris one last time as chancellor on 16 September, one might get the wrong impression that she is not long for the international stage.
Circular materials 23-09-2021

Campaigners worry at delays in EU sustainable product policy

Ecodesign and energy labelling rules on everyday products could save consumers billions and help the EU meet its climate targets, but a lack of staff and resources means the European Commission is slow to put them forward, according to a report by environmental organisations.
Enlargement 23-09-2021

The EU’s quest for strategic autonomy in the Western Balkans: Why it flopped

One could cut a long story short and simply note that the EU failed in its dealings with the Western Balkans because it did not put its money where its mouth is. However, this assertion contradicts the accepted narrative in Brussels and most EU capitals, and requires proof, writes Dušan Reljić.
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Economy & Jobs 23-09-2021

BeXt awards recognise sustainability alongside price and quality in consumer products

Recognising the contribution that responsible market players can make to sustainable consumption is an important role for consumer organisations. This month, Euroconsumers will celebrate the consumer brands leading the way on sustainability, price and quality at the third annual BeXt awards.
Eastern Europe 23-09-2021

Digital connectivity can fix the EU’s faltering Eastern Partnership

Relations between the EU and its eastern neighbours a going backwards. But a combination of renegotiated trade agreements and digital connectivity could reverse the tide, writes Dan Dalton.
Active ageing 23-09-2021

Early detection of Alzheimer’s a wish, not yet a reality in Slovenia

Early detection of Alzheimer's disease is a stated objective of health policy in Slovenia, but it remains largely unattained.

La Palma volcano eruption could last up to November, experts warn

The area affected by the lava flow on the Spanish island of La Palma has increased by 50% since the eruption of the volcano three days ago and experts predict it will continue for an average of 55 more days but could last up to 84, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Agrifood 23-09-2021

Ball now in court of German states to protect species in agriculture

Aus Sicht der EU-Kommission soll Deutschland bei der Umsetzung der EU-Agrarreform stärker den Schutz der Biodiversität fördern. Mit welchen Maßnahmen dies geschieht, kommt noch auf die Pläne der Bundesländer an.
Agrifood 22-09-2021

UN experts decry own food summit as putting profit before people

A group of UN human rights experts have joined in the criticism of this week’s UN Food Systems Summit, warning in a statement that instead of having the promised “people’s summit”, the most marginalised and vulnerable risk being left behind.
Elections 22-09-2021

The Brief, powered by EHFG — The rise of the kingmakers

With the new German parliament likely to be more fragmented after the federal election on Sunday (September 26), several small parties are preparing themselves to play a kingmaker role in the subsequent coalition-building talks.
Coronavirus 22-09-2021

EU Commission to buy up to 220,000 COVID anti-body treatments

The European Commission has signed a joint procurement framework contract with the pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly for the supply of monoclonal antibody treatment for coronavirus patients.
Competition 22-09-2021

Illumina/GRAIL: Testing Vestager’s effort to expand EU merger control

The controversial $7.1 billion acquisition of GRAIL by Illumina is developing into a test of the European Commission’s new guidance on merger control, but also of the EU's competition chief Margrethe Vestager's resolve to expand the bloc's supervision of such mergers.

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