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Coronavirus 27-01-2022

Denmark says farewell to COVID curbs in return to ‘life as we knew it’

Denmark will remove virtually all COVID restrictions from next Tuesday (1 February) despite record infections, counting on a high vaccination rate to cope with the milder Omicron variant, the government said.
Global Europe 26-01-2022

Putin sweet-talks Italian firms despite Ukraine tensions

Russian President Vladimir Putin addressed a virtual meeting with top Italian executives on Wednesday (26 January), despite Rome's opposition due to escalating tensions over Ukraine.
Global Europe 26-01-2022

Latvia accuses Russia of COVID ‘pretext’ to cancel arms control inspections

Latvia's defence ministry on Tuesday (25 January) accused Moscow of using the "pretext" of Covid to cancel a scheduled arms inspection in two regions in western Russia this week.
Digital & Media 25-01-2022

EU auditors worry about divergent policies on 5G suppliers

Discordant rules among EU countries over the vetting of suppliers of 5G technology pose a security risk to the bloc, the European Court of Auditors (ECA) said in a report Monday (24 January).
Digital & Media 25-01-2022

Facebook trumpets massive new supercomputer

Facebook's parent company Meta announced on Monday (24 January) it was launching one of the world's most powerful supercomputers to boost its capacity to process data, despite persistent disputes over privacy and disinformation.
Global Europe 25-01-2022

Taliban hail Oslo meet as success ‘in itself’

On their first visit to Europe since returning to power, the Taliban held landmark talks with Western diplomats in Oslo over the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, a meeting the Islamist regime's delegation called an "achievement in itself".
Transport 24-01-2022

Volkswagen hits 2021 EU emissions target after 2020 miss

German car giant Volkswagen said Monday it beat the European Union's target for cutting carbon emissions on its new vehicles in 2021, having missed the mark last year.
Global Europe 24-01-2022

France keen on EU-Russia talks but against Western ‘division’

France is pushing for direct EU-Russia security talks in addition to an ongoing dialogue between the United States and Moscow, France's Europe minister said Sunday (23 January), while warning against divisions in the Western alliance.

EU ministers mull carbon border tax, argue over nuclear’s green credentials

European Union environment ministers gathered in France Thursday (20 January) to mull climate policy and the merits of a carbon border tax, while airing differences on whether nuclear energy can be classified as "green".
Global Europe 21-01-2022

UK to warn Russia of Ukraine ‘quagmire’

Russia risks becoming embroiled in a "terrible quagmire" if it invades Ukraine, British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss will warn Friday (21 January) in a speech in Sydney.
Global Europe 21-01-2022

EU re-establishing ‘minimal presence’ in Kabul

The European Union on Thursday (20 January) announced it had begun re-establishing a "minimal presence" in Kabul to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian aid in Afghanistan.
Global Europe 19-01-2022

Will France quit Mali? Crunch time nears as junta defies Paris

As relations between France and Mali sour rapidly, Paris is wondering whether it is time to stop providing military backup to a country run by a junta that has defied the international community.
Energy 19-01-2022

Austria gears up to fight EU ‘green’ nuclear energy plan

As the EU moves to label energy from nuclear power and natural gas as "green" investments, Austria is gearing up to fight this, including with a legal complaint.
Global Europe 19-01-2022

14 dead as Saudi coalition bombs Yemen after UAE attack

The Saudi-led coalition killed 14 people in air strikes on Yemen's rebel-held capital, a medical source said Tuesday (18 January), after an attack by Huthi insurgents on the United Arab Emirates sent regional tensions soaring.
Economy & Jobs 18-01-2022

Chip crisis pushes European car sales to new low

EU car sales fell to a new low last year as the auto sector was hobbled by the Covid pandemic and a shortage of computer chips, industry figures showed Tuesday (18 January). Registrations of new passenger cars in the EU...
Economy & Jobs 18-01-2022

Germany, France show divisions on EU budget rules

Germany and France laid out differing visions for the future of the European economy Monday (17 January), signalling a fight later this year to overhaul the bloc's strict rules on government spending.
Elections 17-01-2022

‘Wine time Fridays’ leave British PM with new hangover

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson witnessed weekly drinking sessions by his staff throughout the pandemic, according to a report Saturday (15 January) that stoked fresh calls from his own party for the embattled leader to quit.

Iraq says almost 4,000 repatriated from Belarus borders

Baghdad has repatriated almost 4,000 of its citizens stuck on the Belarus borders with European Union members Poland, Lithuania and Latvia in recent weeks, Iraq's foreign minister said Sunday (16 January).
Economy & Jobs 14-01-2022

Croatia’s population drops nearly 10 percent in a decade

Croatia's population has shrunk by nearly 10% in the last decade due to an exodus fuelled by a flagging economy, the latest census showed Friday (14 January).
Global Europe 14-01-2022

Russia brands key Navalny aides ‘terrorists’

Russia has branded two key allies of jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny "terrorists and extremists", a government database showed Friday (14 January), days ahead of the anniversary of the opposition leader's arrest.

Safety concerns raised for third French nuclear plant

France's nuclear regulator said Thursday (13 January) that a possible safety problem had been identified at a third nuclear plant, increasing concerns about the country's power capacity at the height of winter.
Climate change 13-01-2022

Last nine years all among 10 hottest-ever, says US

The nine years spanning 2013-2021 all rank among the 10 hottest on record, according to an annual report a US agency released Thursday, the latest data underscoring the global climate crisis.
Global Europe 13-01-2022

France urges EU sanctions against Mali

France is to press the European Union to agree sanctions against Mali after its military-dominated leadership shelved a timetable for elections, the French foreign minister said on Wednesday (12 January).
Global Europe 13-01-2022

More tense Ukraine talks loom at OSCE meet in Vienna

The permanent council of the world's largest security body will meet in Vienna on Thursday (13 January), hoping to push Russia, the United States and its European allies towards dialogue to defuse the mounting crisis on Ukraine's border.