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Eastern Europe 24-09-2021

Fifth migrant dies on Poland-Belarus border

An Iraqi migrant has died in Poland after being found near the border with Belarus, bringing to five the death toll this week on this eastern EU frontier.
Global Europe 13-08-2021

Taliban near gates of Kabul as embassies prepare for evacuations

The Taliban seized more major cities on Friday as they raced to take full control of Afghanistan and inched closer to Kabul, with the United States and Britain deploying thousands of troops to evacuate their citizens from the capital.
Digital & Media 13-08-2021

Discovery group threatens legal action over Polish media law

US group Discovery has threatened legal action against Poland if it approves a controversial media ownership law that the opposition says will curb press freedom.
Digital & Media 12-08-2021

Brussels slams Polish bill, urges EU media freedom act

European Commision vice-president for values and transparency Vera Jourová slammed Poland's planned new media law on Thursday and called for an EU act to protect press freedom.
Global Europe 12-08-2021

Nordic countries to offer asylum for Afghan staff as France suspends expulsions of migrants

Roughly 45 Afghans employed by Denmark in the conflict-hit country will be offered temporary asylum as international troops withdraw, with other Nordic countries set to follow suit.
EU-China 11-08-2021

EU condemns sentencing of Canadian for spying in China

The European Union on Wednesday decried the jailing of Canadian businessman Michael Spavor for 11 years in China for spying, saying he had been denied a "fair trial".
Europe's East 10-08-2021

EU sees ‘significant decrease’ in Lithuania arrivals

The European Union on Tuesday said there had been a "significant decrease" in migrants crossing the border from Belarus into Lithuania after Iraq halted flights to Minsk.
Climate change 09-08-2021

EU countries boost fire-fighting help to Greece

EU countries are stepping up their help to Greece to fight forest fires devastating its mainland and some islands, the European Commission said on Monday as it coordinated the assistance.
Climate change 05-08-2021

Human action blamed for most of Italy’s summer fires

More than 70 percent of fires that have swept Italy this summer are caused by human action, aided by climate change, a government minister said Thursday.
Global Europe 05-08-2021

EU condemns Taliban attacks, demands Afghan ceasefire

The European Union on Thursday condemned the Taliban's latest deadly attacks in Afghanistan and demanded "an urgent, comprehensive and permanent ceasefire".
Global Europe 05-08-2021

EU summons Belarus envoy over migrant influx

The EU diplomatic service has summoned Belarus's representative in Brussels to demand an end to the "instrumentalisation" of migrants crossing into Lithuania, a spokeswoman said on Thursday.
Global Europe 05-08-2021

New Iranian president to take oath before parliament

New President Ebrahim Raisi takes the oath before parliament Thursday, with Iran facing an economy battered by US sanctions, a grinding health crisis and thorny negotiations on the 2015 nuclear deal.
Climate change 04-08-2021

EU sends help to fight fires in Greece, Italy

Fire-fighting resources from EU nations are on their way to Greece, Italy, Albania and Northern Macedonia to help fight forest blazes, the EU crisis management commissioner said on Wednesday.
Climate change 04-08-2021

Turkey saves power plant from ‘unprecedented’ wildfires

Rescuers used helicopters and water cannon Wednesday to beat back fires encircling a Turkish power plant in the second week of deadly blazes testing the leadership of President Recept Tayyip Erdogan.
Coronavirus 03-08-2021

Half of EU vaccinated as Covid returns to China’s Wuhan

Half of the European Union's population has now been fully vaccinated against Covid-19, an AFP tally showed Tuesday, as China's Wuhan said it would test all 11 million residents after the virus returned to where it first emerged.
Global Europe 03-08-2021

NATO warns Iran to respect shipping after tanker attack

The NATO alliance Tuesday condemned a deadly attack on an Israeli-operated tanker last week, and urged Iran to respect international shipping rules.
Global Europe 02-08-2021

EU sanctions Nicaraguan leader’s wife, son over repression

The EU imposed sanctions Monday on Nicaraguan President Daniel Ortega's wife Rosario Murillo, who is his vice president, as well as one of his sons and six more officials.
Climate change 02-08-2021

EU sends help to Turkey as wildfire toll reaches eight

The European Union sent help to Turkey on Monday and volunteers joined firefighters in battling a week of violent blazes that have killed eight people and put pressure on President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Legal split looms between EU and Poland, Brussels ‘deeply concerned’

As the EU's highest court and the Polish Constitutional Tribunal remained at loggerheads over bloc law, the European Commission warned Warsaw on Thursday (15 July) it would act to ensure that member states respect the precedence of EU law over their national systems.
Transport 08-07-2021

EU slaps Volkswagen, BMW with antitrust fines

The EU's antitrust authority fined German auto giants Volkswagen and BMW €875 million on Thursday (8 July) for colluding on the development of anti-pollution technology for diesel cars.

EU takes Poland to court over law ‘undermining’ judges

The European Commission said on Wednesday (31 March) it is taking Poland to the European Court of Justice over a reform it says undermines the country's judicial independence. Poland brushed it off, saying it had "no legal or factual justification".
Aviation 17-02-2021

Ryanair vows to appeal EU court loss in airline bailouts case

Ryanair lost on Wednesday (17 February) two EU court challenges to massive public bailouts of rival companies such as Air France and SAS designed to help them get through the coronavirus pandemic - an outcome the company immediately said it would appeal.

EU border agency suspends operations in Hungary

The EU border agency on Wednesday (28 January) suspended all operations in Hungary after the EU’s top court said the country had broken the law by preventing some migrants from seeking asylum. “Frontex has suspended all its operational activities on...

China to launch carbon emissions trading scheme next month

China's delayed carbon trading system will start operating in February, the environment ministry has said, as the world's biggest polluter takes steps towards decarbonising its economy by 2060.