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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.
Energy 22-12-2020

Norway’s top court rejects climate challenge to Arctic oil exploration

Norway's Supreme Court struck down a challenge from environmental groups trying to stop oil exploration in the Arctic, after a historic battle over the country's climate change commitments on Tuesday (22 December).

Poland eyes hard split with coal

Coal-dependent Poland aims to shut its last mine by the EU's 2050 target, but experts warn the move to go green comes late and faces many hurdles.
18-11-2020

Slovenia PM backs Hungary, Poland in EU rule of law row

Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa on Wednesday (18 November) backed the criticisms made by Poland and Hungary when they vetoed the EU budget over plans to tie funding to respect for the rule of law. “Some political groups… are openly...
Global Europe 28-10-2020

Huge anti-France rally in Bangladesh as Macron backlash widens

Tens of thousands of protesters marched through the Bangladesh capital on Tuesday (27 October) in the biggest anti-France rally since President Emmanuel Macron defended cartoons depicting the Prophet Mohammed.
Global Europe 05-10-2020

Europe’s pushback of migrants ‘shameful’: UN refugee chief

The UN refugee chief lambasted on Monday (5 October) countries which close their doors to desperate migrants and Europe's "shameful" refusal to allow migrants stranded at sea to disembark quickly.
Azerbaijan 28-09-2020

Death toll rises in Karabakh clash despite calls for calm

Fierce fighting raged between Azerbaijani and Armenian forces on Monday, sparking bellicose rhetoric from regional power Turkey despite international pleas for a halt in fighting between the long-time enemies.
Enlargement 04-09-2020

Serbia, Kosovo sign economic pact at White House

Former Balkan foes Kosovo and Serbia have agreed on a historic pact to normalise economic relations, US President Donald Trump announced at the White House on Friday (4 September), hailing the agreement as "historic".
Global Europe 14-08-2020

EU approves Belarus sanctions, debates Turkey crisis

EU foreign affairs ministers agreed on Friday (14 August) to draw up a list of targets in Belarus for a new round of sanctions in response to strongman Alexander Lukashenko's post-election crackdown.
Politics 14-08-2020

Belarus, Turkey on agenda as Macron and Merkel meet

French President Emmanuel Macron will host German Chancellor Angela Merkel next week at his Mediterranean holiday retreat to discuss the coronavirus pandemic, the post-election protests in Belarus and growing tensions with Turkey, the presidency said Friday (14 August).

‘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.