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‘Love is not tourism’: hope for couples kept apart by virus

Coronavirus travel restrictions have kept lovers and unmarried couples apart since the outbreak, but governments around the world are now introducing measures to allow a happy and long-awaited reunion.
Global Europe 13-08-2020

Jailed Belarus protester dies during crackdown

Belarus on Wednesday (12 August) confirmed the death of a jailed protester as demonstrators took to the streets for the fourth night of clashes with riot police over a disputed presidential election.
Global Europe 11-08-2020

Turkey’s Erdogan urges talks to defuse gas row with Greece

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called for dialogue on Monday (10 August) while still pushing ahead with a contentious Mediterranean gas development plan that has outraged Greece and alarmed NATO and the EU.
Economy & Jobs 10-08-2020

Algeria wants to ‘reassess’ EU trade deal

Algeria's president has requested the country's trade minister reassess a deal with the EU, ahead of a free trade agreement due to come into effect on 1 September.

Germany bristles at US sanctions threat over Russia pipeline

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said Monday (10 August) he had expressed "displeasure" to his US counterpart Mike Pompeo about Washington's threat of sanctions against a German port over a gas pipeline from Russia.
Global Europe 07-08-2020

Paris, Berlin and Warsaw urge ‘free and fair’ Belarus vote

France, Germany and Poland on Friday (7 August) called on Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko to ensure a "free and fair" election in the former Soviet republic Sunday as fears of irregularities mounted.
Global Europe 07-08-2020

EU chief Michel heading to Beirut on Saturday

President of the European Council Charles Michel will head to Beirut on Saturday (8 August), ahead of a major donors conference to raise funds for the blast-damaged Lebanese capital Beirut.
Transport 05-08-2020

Italy threatens to ban Ryanair over coronavirus rule-breaking

Italy's national civil aviation authority ENAC threatened on Wednesday to suspend Ryanair's permit to fly in the country over alleged non-compliance with coronavirus safety rules.
Competition 04-08-2020

EU launches ‘in-depth’ probe of Google bid for Fitbit

The European Commission launched an "in-depth investigation" on Tuesday (4 August) into whether US tech giant Google's planned €1.7 billion purchase of smartwatch maker Fitbit would give it an unfair market advantage.
Agrifood 03-08-2020

In southern Spain, fruit pickers ditched as virus spreads

Lamine Diakite has been on the street for two weeks since the Spanish shantytown he was staying in burnt down, one of the hundreds of fruit pickers abandoned as coronavirus cases soar.
Non-discrimination 03-08-2020

EU chief marks Roma Holocaust Memorial Day with call for solidarity

EU chief Ursula von der Leyen marked Roma Holocaust Memorial Day on Sunday (2 August) with an appeal to EU member states to protect today's minorities from discrimination and racism.

Polish government plays down moves to quit domestic violence treaty

Poland's right-wing government on Monday (27 July) played down a bid by its justice minister to withdraw from a landmark international treaty combating violence against women.
Europe's East 10-06-2020

Following arrests, free elections are ‘key’ for EU-Belarus relations, Commission says

The EU has called for the release of a vlogger arrested in Belarus in May, as the challenges to the more than 25 year-long rule of the country’s strongman Alexander Lukashenko mount in the run-up to the presidential election in...

Top EU court says Hungarian ‘transit zone’ amounts to detention

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said on Thursday (14 May) that holding migrants and asylum seekers in a transit zone is detention, and challengers must have their day in court at least once. 
Global Europe 09-04-2020

UN searching for new Libya envoy after US blockage

UN Secretary-General António Guterres has begun searching for a new envoy to Libya, diplomatic sources said Wednesday (8 April), after the United States refused to endorse the previous candidate.
Coronavirus 19-03-2020

ECB unveils €750 billion stimulus against coronavirus

The European Central Bank unexpectedly announced just before midnight on Wednesday (18 March) that it would spend €750 billion in bond purchases to calm down sovereign debt markets, in the strongest signal in the euro area to date that it was ready to fight against the economic fallout of the coronavirus.
04-03-2020

Detentions in Kazakhstan following civil activist’s death in prison

Kazakh police detained dozens of people in the country's largest city Almaty on Sunday (1 March), after the death of an imprisoned civil activist triggered anti-government rallies and diplomatic concerns.
EU-China 15-01-2020

Former EU official suspected of spying for China

German prosecutors said they were investigating on Wednesday (15 January) three people who allegedly spied for China, including a former EU diplomat, according to media reports.
Europe's East 30-12-2019

Polish PM condemns Putin for ‘lies’ about Second World War

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Sunday (29 December) condemned Russian President Vladimir Putin for blaming Poland for the outbreak of the Second World War, saying Moscow was lying to deflect attention from recent failures.
Global Europe 26-12-2019

Russia’s Putin says Poland colluded with Hitler

President Vladimir Putin upped the ante in a war of words with Europe on Tuesday, accusing Poland of colluding with Hitler and of anti-Semitism.
Politics 23-12-2019

EU charts path for ‘challenging’ post-Brexit UK deal

EU will keep engaging with the UK through the WTO and the UN as both sides work out a deal on their future ties once Britain leaves the bloc, according to the top Brexit negotiator in Brussels, Michel Barnier.
Energy 23-12-2019

Berlin expects US sanctions to slightly delay Nord Stream 2

The US sanctions slapped on controversial Russian gas pipeline to Europe will likely delay the project's completion by several months to the second half of 2020, a top German official said Monday (23 December).
Agrifood 03-12-2019

Austria on course to become first EU country to ban glyphosate

Austria is set to be the first EU country to ban glyphosate, having completed the EU’s single market notification procedure on Friday.
Health 21-11-2019

Prisoners not receiving adequate health care, says WHO

Prisoners incarcerated across Europe are not receiving adequate health care so their medical conditions usually go undiagnosed and they are often released without adequate support, the World Health Organisation said on Thursday (21 November).
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