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Economy & Jobs 21-01-2022

Germany wants to attract 400,000 skilled workers from abroad each year

Germany's new coalition government wants to attract 400,000 qualified workers from abroad each year to tackle both a demographic imbalance and labour shortages in key sectors that risk undermining the recovery from the coronavirus pandemic.
Politics 20-01-2022

European firms make slow progress in appointing more women to boards

The proportion of women in leading positions at major European companies rose last year, but fell behind schedule to reach the European Commission's proposed target of 40% for 2025, a study by an EU-sponsored non-profit organisation showed on Thursday (19 January).
Global Europe 19-01-2022

Finland’s PM says NATO membership is ‘very unlikely’ on her watch

Finland does not plan to join NATO in the near future but is ready to stand with its European allies and the United States by imposing tough sanctions on Russia if it attacks Ukraine, Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday.

Greece receives first Rafale fighter jets from France

Six new Rafale fighter jets flew low over the Acropolis in central Athens on Wednesday (19 January), the first planes purchased under a defence deal with France that has further stirred tensions with Greece's historic rival and NATO partner Turkey.
Global Europe 19-01-2022

EU border agency must boost transparency of its operations -EU ombudsman

The European Union's border and coast guard agency need to make its operational plans more transparent and carry out more rigorous migrant screening procedures, especially for minors, according to a report published by the EU ombudsman's office on Wednesday (19 January).
Politics 18-01-2022

Athletes warned against speaking up on human rights at Beijing Games

Athletes travelling to next month's Beijing Olympics were warned on Tuesday (18 January) about speaking up on human rights issues while in China for their own safety by speakers at a seminar hosted by Human Rights Watch.
Electric vehicles 18-01-2022

Europe’s EV drive comes with environmental, social risks, Stellantis CEO says

The European Commission's strategy to phase out combustion engines in favour of electric vehicles is a political choice that carries environmental and social risks, Stellantis CEO Carlos Tavares said in an interview with European newspapers.
Digital & Media 18-01-2022

Polish district prosecutor launches proceedings in spyware-hack case

A local prosecutor's office in Poland on Tuesday (18 January) launched proceedings in a case involving a senior opposition figure's phone being hacked by spyware developed by Israel-based NSO Group.
Economy & Jobs 18-01-2022

Britain’s financial watchdog cracks down on EU licence laggards

Britain's financial watchdog said on Tuesday it had stopped four European firms from operating after they failed to provide information showing they had applied for a permanent licence to do business in the country.
Energy 17-01-2022

Europe misspent business energy savings funds, auditors say

More than €2 billion of European Union funding to help businesses save energy contributed little to climate change targets and in some cases funded investments that would have happened anyway, auditors said on Monday (17 January).
Global Europe 17-01-2022

Turkish court keeps Kavala in jail despite European watchdog’s move

A Turkish court on Monday rejected a request to release philanthropist Osman Kavala who has spent more than four years in jail without conviction, despite a European human rights watchdog moving against Ankara over his detention.
Coronavirus 17-01-2022

Return of the flu: EU faces threat of prolonged ‘twindemic’

Influenza has returned to Europe at a faster-than-expected rate this winter after almost disappearing last year, raising concerns about a prolonged "twindemic" with COVID-19 amid some doubts about the effectiveness of flu vaccines.
Aviation 13-01-2022

Commission denies existence of ghost flights amid carrier concerns

Europe's use it or lose it airport slot rule has not created issues for airlines during the COVID-19 pandemic, nor is there any evidence of carriers operating ghost flights because of the rule, a senior European Commission official said on Thursday.
Global Europe 13-01-2022

Erdogan tells EU envoys bloc ignored Turkey’s efforts to improve ties

President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday told ambassadors from the European Union that the bloc had not provided meaningful support in battling migration and that it had not reciprocated Turkey's efforts to improve relations.
Aviation 12-01-2022

Ryanair and Lufthansa clash over EU’s airport slot rules

Two of Europe's largest airlines have revived a spat over the environmental impact of Europe's take-off slot rules, with Ryanair accusing Germany's Lufthansa of exploiting climate concerns to stifle competition.
Economy & Jobs 11-01-2022

Taiwan announces further $1 billion investment for Lithuania amid Beijing pressure

Taiwan announced the launch of a $1 billion credit programme to fund joint projects between Lithuanian and Taiwanese companies in six business categories, a Taiwan government minister said on Tuesday (11 January).
Global Europe 06-01-2022

Russia sends military to Kazakhstan to quell anti-government uprising

On Thursday, Russia sent paratroopers into Kazakhstan to quell a countrywide uprising after deadly violence spread across the tightly controlled former Soviet state.
Health 05-01-2022

COVID-19 cases on the rise across the continent following festive period

From Paris to Podgorica, COVID-19 cases are surging across the continent in the wake of two weeks of festivities and exacerbated by the highly-infectious Omiron variant and challenges in national vaccination campaigns.
Health 30-12-2021

Record COVID-19 infections reported across Europe

Several European countries have reported all-time high daily COVID-19 infection rates one day before New Year's Eve and amid surging Omicron variant cases.

Poland hopes for progress in talks with Czechs over Turow mine

Poland hopes to make progress in negotiations with the new Czech government over the open-pit lignite Turow mine near the border, Poland's prime minister said on Tuesday, referring to the most serious spat between the two European Union members in decades.
Health 27-12-2021

Greece expands restrictions to contain Omicron variant surge

Greece on Monday announced further restrictions effective from Jan. 3-16 to contain a further upsurge in COVID-19 infections including the Omicron variant, targeting mainly night-time entertainment venues.
Digital & Media 24-12-2021

Apple’s App Store broke competition laws, Dutch watchdog says

The Netherlands' top competition regulator on Friday said Apple Inc broke the country's competition laws and ordered changes to the iPhone maker's App Store payment policies.
Economy & Jobs 23-12-2021

Brexit trade trouble increasingly hits UK firms: BCC

British companies found it increasingly difficult over the course of this year to trade with the European Union under the terms of the Brexit trade deal struck with the bloc, a survey showed on Thursday.
Economy & Jobs 20-12-2021

London banking job exodus to EU slows despite Brexit

The number of finance jobs shifting from Britain to the European Union due to Brexit is less than initially expected despite London losing most of its access to EU capital markets, EY consultants said on Monday (20 December).