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Economy & Jobs 27-10-2020

WTO members greenlight EU sanctions against US over Boeing aid

World Trade Organisation members gave the green light Monday (26 October) for Brussels to slap tariffs on $4.0 billion in US imports annually in retaliation for illegal American aid to plane maker Boeing.
Global Europe 27-10-2020

Erdogan plans picnic at reopened Cypriot ghost town

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Monday (26 October) said he would visit on 15 November a beach resort sealed off for decades in northern Cyprus before it controversially reopened this month.
Brexit 26-10-2020

Brexit talks no closer to a deal, say insiders

Britain and the European Union are still a long way from a post-Brexit trade deal, several European sources told AFP Sunday (25 October), as both sides prepared to resume talks this week.
Climate change 16-10-2020

EU leaders to decide tougher climate goal in December

EU leaders on Thursday (15 October) said they will decide on a more stringent climate target for 2030 at a summit in December, leaving more time to forge a united European response to climate change.
Global Europe 14-10-2020

US, Germany warn Turkey not to squander trust in Mediterranean

After the United States used strong language slamming Turkey's renewed push to send a vessel to carry out seismic surveys in the eastern Mediterranean, Germany urged Ankara not to dispel the "climate of trust" needed to de-escalate tensions with Greece.
Azerbaijan 30-09-2020

UN Security Council calls for Karabakh clashes to end ‘immediately’

The UN Security Council on Tuesday (29 September) called on Armenian and Azerbaijani forces to "immediately stop fighting" over the breakaway region of Nagorno-Karabakh, after three days of deadly clashes, according to a statement seen by AFP.

Merkel doesn’t rule out Nord Stream fallout over Navalny

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will not rule out consequences for the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline project if Russia fails to thoroughly investigate opposition leader Alexei Navalny's poisoning, her spokesman said Monday (7 September).
03-09-2020

EU condemns ‘in the strongest possible terms’ Navalny’s poisoning

The European Union condemned "in the strongest possible terms" on Wednesday (2 September) the poisoning of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and called on Russia to thoroughly investigate the assassination attempt and bring those responsible to justice.
Politics 27-08-2020

EU trade chief resigns over COVID-19 ‘golfgate’ controversy

Phil Hogan quit as the EU's trade commissioner late on Wednesday (26 August) after days of pressure over allegations he breached COVID-19 guidelines during a trip to his native Ireland, saying it had become clear the controversy was a distraction from his work.
Europe's East 12-08-2020

EU says Belarus vote not free, threatens sanctions

The European Union declared Tuesday (11 August) that the Belarus presidential election that returned authoritarian president Alexander Lukashenko to office had been "neither free nor fair".
Coronavirus 11-08-2020

COVID-19 cases in Spain overtake Britain, EU urges action to curb virus resurgence

Spain's government defended its response to the coronavirus pandemic on Monday (10 August) after official data showed the country had overtaken Britain to register the highest total number of cases in Western Europe.
Agrifood 02-07-2020

Malaysia vows WTO lawsuit against EU over palm oil

Malaysia will file a lawsuit at the World Trade Organisation over the European Union's plans to end the use of palm oil-based biofuels, a minister said Wednesday (2 July).
Brexit 02-07-2020

Merkel kicks off EU presidency with Brexit warning

The European Union must prepare for the possibility that talks with Britain on their post-Brexit relationship could fail, Chancellor Angela Merkel warned Wednesday (1 July) as Germany took the helm of the bloc's rotating presidency.
Global Europe 30-06-2020

China passes feared Hong Kong security law, enters tit-for-tat with US

China passed a sweeping national security law for Hong Kong on Tuesday (30 June), a historic move that critics and many western governments fear will smother the finance hub’s freedoms and hollow out its autonomy. The legislation was unanimously approved...
Elections 28-06-2020

Polish President to face liberal rival in tight election run-off

Poland's nationalist incumbent Andrzej Duda won the first round of a presidential election on Sunday (28 June) but will have to face the centrist mayor of Warsaw in a run-off on July 12, in a race that could transform the nation's ties with the European Union.
19-06-2020

EU leaders launch talks on €750 billion virus recovery plan

EU leaders launch fraught negotiations Friday (19 June) on a multi-billion recovery fund to revive a European economy ravaged by the coronavirus outbreak, deeply divided on the way forward.
Economy & Jobs 12-06-2020

Visegrad leaders call for ‘fair’ EU recovery fund

Four central European prime ministers called for a "fair" distribution of the EU's massive recovery fund on Thursday (11 June), at what has been dubbed the bloc's first major face-to-face political meeting since the coronavirus lockdown.
Global Europe 29-05-2020

Borrell: US ending nuclear waivers means harder to check Iran

The European Union's foreign policy chief on Thursday (28 May) condemned Washington's move to end sanction waivers for countries remaining in the Iran nuclear accord, warning it would make it harder to keep Tehran in check.
Economy & Jobs 30-04-2020

EU recovery fund should hit €1.5 trillion, Gentiloni says

The European Union's proposed coronavirus recovery fund to help repair the massive economic damage caused should total around €1.5 trillion, EU Economic Affairs Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni said Wednesday (29 April).

Activists concerned over increase in waste smuggling in Romania

Peacocks may not be the first thing visitors expect to see at a cement plant. But a factory in the Romanian town of Fieni has built a spacious aviary for the birds in a bid to convince the public of its environmental credentials.
Global Europe 07-04-2020

Iran says European INSTEX barter system ‘good omen’ but insufficient

Iran on Monday (6 April) welcomed the launch of a European barter system to bypass US sanctions as a "good omen" but said it was insufficient in light of the Europeans' commitments.

Hungary seeks to clamp down on transgender rights, sparking EU protests

A draft Hungarian law to bar citizens from legally changing their gender sparked protest on Thursday (2 April) with EU lawmakers and the Council of Europe warning of greater discrimination if it passes.
Global Europe 12-03-2020

Trump suspends travel from Schengen area to US in coronavirus crisis

President Donald Trump on Wednesday (11 March) suspended travel from Europe to the United States for 30 days in an "aggressive" effort to halt the spread of the novel coronavirus pandemic that has sparked a run on the stock market and is rapidly multiplying.

EU to unveil trillion-euro ‘Green Deal’ financial plan

The European Commission will propose on Tuesday (14 January) how the EU can pay for shifting the region's economy to net-zero CO2 emissions by 2050 while protecting coal-dependent regions from taking the brunt of changes aimed at fighting climate change.
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