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China 05-03-2021

EU warns China against Hong Kong election rules change

The European Union warned China on Friday (5 March) that it may take "additional steps" in response to Beijing's move to grant itself a veto over the selection of Hong Kong lawmakers.
05-03-2021

Global Europe Brief: Military mobility on the move

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU from the global perspective. You can subscribe here. /// EDITOR’s TAKE Military mobility has been seen as the ‘silver bullet’ for EU-NATO defence cooperation, meant to ensure seamless movement...
05-03-2021

Foreign fighters: Belgium to repatriate children and some mothers held in Syria

Belgium will repatriate children detained in a Syrian refugee camp to meet a 2019 court order, along with some mothers on a case by case basis, Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo said on Thursday (4 March).
05-03-2021

Kremlin urges France and Germany to stop Ukraine conflict crossing ‘dangerous line’

The Kremlin on Thursday (4 March) urged France and Germany to use their influence with the Ukrainian government to make sure that events in the part of eastern Ukraine controlled by Russian-backed rebels did not “cross a dangerous line”.
05-03-2021

Australia asks European Commission to review Italy’s vaccine block

Australia has asked the European Commission to review a decision by Italy to block a shipment of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine, while stressing on Friday (5 March) the missing doses would not affect the rollout of Australia's inoculation programme.
05-03-2021

Myanmar diplomatic revolt against junta widens after violent crackdown

Myanmar's junta lost a tug of war over leadership of its UN mission in New York and the United States unveiled new sanctions targeting military conglomerates after the deaths of dozens of civilians protesting against last month's coup.
05-03-2021

Israel, Denmark, Austria agree deal for vaccine development

Leaders from Israel, Austria and Denmark announced Thursday (4 March) in Jerusalem an alliance for the development and production of future generation coronavirus vaccines, a deal that has already sparked criticism in Europe.

‘The EU cannot defend Europe’: NATO chief

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg warned Thursday (4 March) that Europe's defence depends on close transatlantic bonds and not on a quest for the continent's strategic autonomy.
04-03-2021

Turkey has stopped insulting us but action still needed, France says

Turkey has stopped insulting France and the European Union, providing some reassurance, but ties will remain fragile until it takes concrete action, France's foreign minister said.
Energy 04-03-2021

Athens and Cairo mull changing the route of EastMed pipeline

Greece and Egypt are discussing the possibility of changing the route of East-Med gas pipeline in order to tackle the technical difficulties of the project as well as respond to the question of its economic viability.
China 04-03-2021

US hails German plan to send warship in China Sea

The United States on Wednesday (3 March) hailed plans by NATO ally Germany to sail a warship across the contested South China Sea, calling it welcome support for a "rules-based international order" in the region.
04-03-2021

Israeli critics warn EU against legitimising Palestinian ‘vaccination apartheid’

A group of prominent Israelis have warned Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen and Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz not to cooperate with Israel on vaccines, citing what they termed vaccination “apartheid” vis-à-vis the country’s Palestinian population.
Central Asia 03-03-2021

‘Clumsy’ resolution risks alienating EU from Kazakhstan, MEP says

The European Parliament's recent resolution on Kazakhstan is "clumsy" and detrimental both for the bilateral relations and the credibility of the EU, Bulgarian MEP Ivo Hristov (S&D) told EURACTIV on Wednesday (3 March).

Political commitments not enough to ratify EU-Mercosur deal, says French minister

Mere "political commitments" will not be enough to ratify the agreement between the European Union and Mercosur countries, a French cabinet minister told the informal foreign affairs trade council on Tuesday (2 March), citing environmental and agricultural concerns. EURACTIV France reports.
03-03-2021

Russia warns West after ‘unacceptable’ sanctions

Moscow hit back at Western countries Wednesday for sanctioning senior Russian officials over the poisoning of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, warning its foes "not to play with fire".
03-03-2021

UN advance team arrives in Libya to monitor ceasefire

The advance team of a UN observer mission has arrived in Libya, which after a decade of conflict and chaos plans to hold elections in December, informed sources said Wednesday (3 March).
03-03-2021

EU ambassador leaves Venezuela after expulsion order

The EU’s ambassador to Venezuela left the South American country on Tuesday (2 March) after she was expelled last week over a diplomatic spat related to new sanctions. Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, who is Portuguese, left Venezuela aboard a Turkish Airlines...
03-03-2021

US, EU impose sanctions on Russia for Navalny poisoning, jailing

The United States on Tuesday (2 March) imposed sanctions to punish Russia for what it described as Moscow’s attempt to poison opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent last year, in President Joe Biden’s most direct challenge yet to...
Eastern Europe 02-03-2021

EU to assess progress in Georgia mediation talks on 15 March

After his unexpected visit to Tbilisi to mediate the deepening political crisis in Georgia, European Council President Charles Michel said progress in talks between the ruling party and the opposition will be assessed in two weeks.
02-03-2021

US to impose sanctions on Russia for Navalny poisoning: report

US President Joe Biden's administration is preparing to impose sanctions on Russia for the poisoning and imprisonment of Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny, CNN reported Monday.
EU-Africa 01-03-2021

EU-Ethiopia diplomatic feud intensifies over Tigray criticism

Ethiopian diplomats have stoked a growing diplomatic feud with the European Union after the bloc’s foreign affairs chief, Josep Borrell, and his envoy, Finland’s Pekka Haavisto, harshly criticised the government’s handling of the conflict in the northern Tigray province.
Eastern Europe 01-03-2021

Michel seeks to mediate Georgian political crisis

In an unusual move, European Council President Charles Michel invited Georgia's ruling and opposition parties for talks under his mediation over dinner during his visit to Tbilisi on Monday (1 March).
01-03-2021

Navalny’s penal colony, a Kremlin weapon to ‘break’ him

Until last week, the provincial town of Pokrov outside Moscow, lined with Soviet-era residential blocks and teetering wooden homes, had only one claim to fame: a monument to chocolate.
01-03-2021

EU audits Indian vaccine maker as AstraZeneca looks to boost supplies to the bloc

Europe’s drug regulator is auditing the manufacturing site of the Serum Institute of India (SII), a source with knowledge of the matter said, a necessary step before AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine made there can be exported to the bloc.
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