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Future EU 29-09-2020

Europe is ‘screwed’ if its parliament sits only in Brussels, says Macron

Europe is "screwed" if the European Parliament ceases sitting in the French city of Strasbourg once a month and convenes only in Brussels, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday (29 September).
Europe's East 29-09-2020

In Vilnius, Macron vows ‘pragmatic’ European support for Belarus people

French President Emmanuel Macron met Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya in Vilnius on Tuesday (29 September), the second day of a visit to Baltic countries meant to reassure them about French commitment to their security. In a private meeting that...
Global Europe 29-09-2020

US, Greece call for peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in east Mediterranean

The United States and Greece called on Monday for a peaceful resolution of maritime disputes in the east Mediterranean as US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo began a two-day trip to Greece amid increased regional tension over energy resources.
Global Europe 29-09-2020

US, Belgium strike ‘preclearance’ deal for air passengers

The United States and Belgium said on Monday (28 September) they had reached an agreement that will allow US-bound passengers from Brussels to undergo US customs and immigration checks before departing Europe.
Global Europe 29-09-2020

In Baltics, Macron defends French dialogue with Russia

French President Emmanuel Macron insisted on Monday (28 September) that Europe should cooperate with Russia to build peace in Europe, despite calls among European Union peers to review his stance towards Moscow after the poisoning of a Russian opposition leader.
Non-discrimination 29-09-2020

Ambassadors to Poland call for ‘environment of tolerance’ for LGBT+ people

Fifty ambassadors to Poland have written an open letter calling on Warsaw to help forge "an environment of non-discrimination, tolerance and mutual acceptance" as international concerns grow over the treatment of LGBT+ people in the country.

Britain, Canada, EU throw weight behind 2030 biodiversity protection goal

Britain and Canada on Monday (28 September) joined the European Union in pledging to protect 30% of their land and seas by 2030 to stem "catastrophic" biodiversity loss and help galvanise support for broader agreement on the target ahead of a UN summit.
Brexit 28-09-2020

Wealthy Britons step up citizenship shopping to thwart Brexit

The number of British entrepreneurs looking to "buy" citizenship from countries offering visa-free access to the European Union has risen sharply, investment migration firms say, as prospects of a post-Brexit trade deal between Britain and the bloc darken.
Global Europe 28-09-2020

Trump paid almost no federal income taxes in years before presidency – New York Times

President Donald Trump paid just $750 in federal income taxes in both 2016 and 2017, after years of reporting heavy losses from his business enterprises to offset hundreds of millions of dollars in income, the New York Times reported.
Elections 28-09-2020

Romania’s Social Democrats lose ground in municipal vote

Romania's ruling centrist Liberals emerged as the leading party in a municipal ballot on Sunday (27 September), including in the capital, exit polls showed, bolstering their chances of forming the next government after a 6 December parliamentary election.

Cyprus watchdog raps cash-for-passport process

Cyprus's audit office said on Thursday (24 September) thousands of passports could have been granted without proper authorisation under the island's citizenship-for-investment scheme - a programme critics fear could be used by money-launderers and other criminals.
Climate change 25-09-2020

Kenya’s WTO candidate says she will focus on climate change if selected

Kenya's candidate to become the next head of the World Trade Organisation pledged on Thursday to integrate climate change issues into the WTO agenda if selected.
EU-China 25-09-2020

Chinese business group reacts to EU plan against state-backed foreign buyers

The European Commission's plan to fence off the EU's industrial crown jewels from state-backed foreign buyers may breach WTO rules, lobbying group the China Chamber of Commerce to the EU said in its feedback on the proposal.
Climate change 25-09-2020

UN, Britain plan online climate summit in December

The United Nations and Britain will host an online climate summit in December, the fifth anniversary of the Paris climate agreement, in a last-ditch bid to have countries meet a deadline to upgrade their emissions-cutting pledges.
Global Europe 25-09-2020

EU mission visits Venezuela in run-up to parliamentary vote

The European Union has sent a mission to Venezuela in the run-up to parliamentary election scheduled for December, the EU said, as the country prepares for a vote that will likely be boycotted by much of the population.
Global Europe 25-09-2020

Cyprus says committed to reunification talks, but not at gunpoint

Cyprus is committed to reunification talks with estranged Turkish Cypriots but not at gunpoint, its president said on Thursday (24 September) on a dispute which has deepened Greece-Turkey tensions and stymied European Union policy-making on Belarus.
Energy 25-09-2020

Poland should not phase out coal before 2060, unions say

Poland should not phase out coal before 2060, mining trade unions said on Thursday (24 September), as talks with the government continued on the restructuring of the industry, which generates most of the country's electricity.
Digital 24-09-2020

EU proposes first bloc-wide ‘passport’ for crypto-assets

The European Commission on Thursday (24 September) set out plans to create what its officials described as the world’s most comprehensive set of rules for crypto-assets and their underlying blockchain technology.
Climate change 24-09-2020

China’s carbon neutral pledge could curb global warming by 0.3°C, researchers say

President Xi Jinping's pledge that China will achieve carbon neutrality before 2060 is the most significant climate policy move for years and, if achieved, could curb likely global warming by 0.2-0.3 Celsius this century, researchers said.

EU considers allowing more state aid to boost green projects

European Union governments may be allowed to grant more state aid to projects that help the bloc achieve its climate goals, Europe’s antitrust chief Margrethe Vestager said on Tuesday (22 September), calling such an incentive a “green bonus”.
Global Europe 23-09-2020

Huawei’s supply chain has been ‘attacked’, says chairman

Huawei Technologies will do everything it can to strengthen its supply chain which has been “attacked”, its rotating Chairman Guo Ping said on Wednesday (23 September).
Batteries 23-09-2020

Tesla’s value drops $50 billion as cheaper batteries three years away

Investors slashed $50 billion from Tesla Inc's market value on Tuesday (22 September) despite CEO Elon Musk's promise to cut electric vehicle costs so radically that a $25,000 car that drives itself will be possible, but not for at least three years.
Aviation 23-09-2020

Airlines call for virus tests before all international flights

Global airlines called on Tuesday (22 September) for airport COVID-19 tests for all departing international passengers to replace the quarantines they blame for exacerbating the travel slump.
China 23-09-2020

US-China tensions take centre stage at UN, Guterres warns against a new ‘Cold War’

US President Donald Trump told the United Nations General Assembly that China must be held accountable for having “unleashed” COVID-19 on the world, prompting Beijing to accuse him of “lies” and abusing the UN platform to provoke confrontation.
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