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Migrants in limbo again after landing in Italy

One hundred and forty seven migrants who disembarked on Italy's Lampedusa island were again in limbo Wednesday (21 August) as a European deal to redistribute them failed to materialise and Madrid said it could hit the Spanish charity with a huge fine for rescuing them.
Digital 22-08-2019

Amazon, Microsoft, ‘putting world at risk of killer AI’, Dutch NGO warns

Amazon, Microsoft and Intel are among leading tech companies putting the world at risk through killer robot development, according to a report that surveyed major players from the sector about their stance on lethal autonomous weapons.
Brexit 22-08-2019

Johnson to hold Brexit talks with Macron after Merkel offers glimmer of hope

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Paris on Thursday (22 August), a day after Berlin offered a glimmer of hope that an agreement could be reached to avoid a chaotic "no deal" Brexit.

Pressure mounting on EU to end ivory trade

Amid growing calls for an outright ban, the European Union has come under increasing pressure to help protect African elephants by ending the trade of ivory within its borders.
Global Europe 21-08-2019

Trump unsettles G7 with support for Russia return

President Donald Trump on Tuesday (20 August) gave a foretaste of his convention-wrecking diplomacy at next weekend's G7 by calling for Russia - expelled from the group of democracies - to be readmitted.

Rescued migrants disembark as Italy justice probes Salvini

Eighty-three migrants rescued at sea by the Open Arms disembarked early Wednesday (20 August) from the charity rescue vessel in Italy's Lampedusa island, television images showed, after Italian justice ordered they be brought ashore.
Brexit 21-08-2019

Johnson, Merkel to face off in first Brexit talks

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson visits Berlin on Wednesday (21 August) to kick off a marathon of tense talks with key European and international leaders as the threat of a chaotic no-deal Brexit looms.
Brexit 20-08-2019

Johnson tells EU he wants Brexit deal but without Irish backstop

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson wrote Monday (19 August) to European Council President Donald Tusk reaffirming his desire to conclude a Brexit deal as well as his opposition to the controversial "backstop" on Ireland.
Global Europe 20-08-2019

Macron, Putin see chance on Ukraine but clash on Syria

French President Emmanuel Macron and Russia's Vladimir Putin on Monday (19 August) agreed changes in Ukraine had bolstered the chances of peace in its east but clashed on Syria, as the Russian leader made a rare bilateral visit to a key EU power.
Future EU 19-08-2019

Merkel meets Orban on Iron Curtain anniversary amid new divides

German Chancellor Angela Merkel recalled the importance of a "humane" Europe Monday (19 August) as she took part in commemorations in Hungary to mark the 30th anniversary of a pivotal moment in the fall of the Iron Curtain in 1989.
Climate change 16-08-2019

July 2019 hottest month on record for planet, US agency finds

July 2019 temperatures were the hottest ever recorded globally, the US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) said Thursday (15 August), confirming earlier observations by the European Union.
Future EU 16-08-2019

EU’s von der Leyen bids Germany goodbye with Scorpions hit

EU president-elect Ursula von der Leyen chose the Scorpions' smash hit "Wind of Change", which has become an anthem for the fall of the Berlin Wall, for her official departure ceremony in Berlin on Thursday evening (15 August).
Global Europe 16-08-2019

Six EU countries ready to take in migrants stranded off Italy

A 'coalition of the willing' of six EU member states have agreed to take some of the 147 migrants stranded on a rescue ship near the Italian island of Lampedusa, Rome announced Thursday (15 August), amid an immigration row between Italy's interior minister and premier.
Enlargement 14-08-2019

West urges Kosovo, Serbia to restart talks ‘with urgency’

Western powers on Tuesday (13 August) urged foes Serbia and Kosovo to reboot their stalled dialogue "with urgency", warning that the lack of progress is hindering their dreams of joining the European Union.
Politics 13-08-2019

Italy recalls Senate as no-confidence vote looms

Italy's political crisis edged forward on Monday (12 August) after party leaders decided to recall the Senate to vote on a timetable that could include a no-confidence vote and spell the end of the populist coalition.
Global Europe 13-08-2019

Greece calls on EU for fairer distribution of migrants

Greece on Monday (12 August) called on the EU for a fairer sharing of the migrant burden amid deep concern over a sharp increase in arrivals on some islands in recent weeks.
Global Europe 13-08-2019

UN expert chides France over jihadist captives in Iraq

A UN investigator rebuked France on Monday (12 August) for its possible role in the transfer of seven suspected jihadists from Syria to Iraq, but Paris dismissed her concerns as speculation.
China 12-08-2019

Trump security adviser to urge tougher UK stance on Iran and China

John Bolton, US President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, arrived in London on the weekend for talks at which he is expected to urge Britain to toughen its stance on Iran and Chinese telecommunications firm Huawei.

UN warns Italy over tough law on migrant rescue boats

The UN voiced concern on Tuesday (6 August) over a law approved by Italy's parliament that imposes stiffer penalties on NGO migrant rescue boats in the Mediterranean, demanding humanitarian work "not be criminalised or stigmatised."
Global Europe 07-08-2019

US warns off Venezuela allies at Lima Group meeting

Washington warned China and Russia on Tuesday (6 August) to avoid doing business with the Venezuelan regime of Nicolas Maduro, as delegates from some 60 countries met in Lima to discuss ways of ending the crisis in the South American nation.
Economy & Jobs 07-08-2019

Romania defies EU shipping sheep in summer heat

Under the burning sun in Romania's Midia port on the Black Sea, the Lady Maria stands ready to embark its passengers - thousands of sheep to be shipped to Libya for the Eid al-Adha holiday.
Europe's East 07-08-2019

Lithuania wants EU to bar east Ukraine’s Russian passports

Lithuania is working with the European Union to establish a common policy not to recognise Russian passports issued in east Ukraine, currently controlled by Moscow-backed separatists, Vilnius said Tuesday (6 August).
Brexit 07-08-2019

British beer waits to see what’s brewing with Brexit

Britain's beer industry is in limbo, waiting to see what is in the pipeline for brewers, pubs and drinkers after Brexit - but the glass is by no means half-empty.
Global Europe 06-08-2019

EU border force Frontex accused of allowing abuse of migrants

The EU's border force Frontex has allegedly been turning a blind eye to ill treatment of refugees by guards at EU external borders, according to media reports on Monday (5 August).

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