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China rejects genocide charge in Xinjiang, says door open to UN

China 23-02-2021

China on Monday (22 February) rejected “slanderous attacks” about conditions for Muslim Uighurs living in Xinjiang, as European powers and Turkey voiced concerns and called for UN access to the remote western region.

China 26-02-2021

Chinese coronavirus jab brings relief, and concern in Hungary

We should be happy to get any vaccine," said Laszlo Cservak, a pensioner queueing in Budapest for China's Sinopharm Covid-19 vaccine shot after Hungary became the first EU member to start using it.
China 26-02-2021

Dutch parliament: China’s treatment of Uighurs is genocide

The Dutch parliament on Thursday (25 February) passed a non-binding motion saying the treatment of the Uighur Muslim minority in China amounts to genocide, the first such move by a European country.
Global Europe 25-02-2021

Diplomats say Borrell apologised for Moscow visit, Commission denies

The EU's chief diplomat Josep Borrell admitted to EU foreign ministers at a meeting earlier this week that he had mishandled the recent visit to Moscow, diplomatic sources have told EURACTIV. The European Commission did not confirm this but stressed there had been broad support for the veteran Spanish diplomat.
Development Policy 25-02-2021

Scaling up vaccination to save lives worldwide

It is time for Europe to show real vaccination solidarity to ensure that COVID vaccines are available to the Global South and COVAX in the volumes required and at cost price, write Udo Bullmann and Conny Reuter.
Global Europe 24-02-2021

Russia’s Lavrov slams West for pandemic ‘selfishness’

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov lambasted the West for failing to unite globally in the fight against the pandemic and its economic fallout, in an address to the UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday (24 February).
Global Europe 24-02-2021

Russia increases fines for protest violations after Navalny rallies

Russian President Vladimir Putin approved legislation on Wednesday (24 February) beefing up fines for offences committed during street protests after thousands were detained at unsanctioned rallies in support of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Global Europe 24-02-2021

US pressure drives 18 European companies away from Nord Stream 2

The US government is confident its sanctions against the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline connecting Russia and Germany will have an impact. In a document obtained by EURACTIV Germany, the State Department lists 18 European companies that have already ended their cooperation with the project. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 24-02-2021

San Marino turns to Russia’s Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine

San Marino on Tuesday (23 February) received a first batch of Russia's Sputnik V coronavirus vaccines, government officials said, allowing the tiny state landlocked inside Italy to start its immunisation campaign.
Global Europe 24-02-2021

EU says it does not need Nord Stream 2, but only Germany can block it

The European Union does not need the Nord Stream 2 pipeline for its energy security but any decision to stop the project carrying Russian natural gas to Germany would have to come from Berlin, a senior European Commission said.
Digital 24-02-2021

Twitter removes hundreds of accounts linked to Iran, Russia, Armenia

Twitter said on Tuesday (23 February) it had taken down 373 accounts which it said had ties to Russia, Armenia and Iran and had breached its platform manipulation policies.
Global Europe 23-02-2021

Ukraine takes Russia to Europe court over ‘targeted assassinations’

Ukraine has accused Russia of targeted assassinations of "perceived opponents" in a case lodged at the European Court of Human Rights, the latest salvo by Kyiv in a barrage of legal complaints against Moscow.
Global Europe 23-02-2021

US urges Iran to comply ‘fully’ with nuclear verification

The United States on Monday (22 February) urged Iran to comply "fully" with verification of its nuclear program, voicing concern about a temporary arrangement worked out with the International Atomic Energy Agency.
Global Europe 23-02-2021

US sees progress against Nord Stream 2 amid calls for more action

The United States said Monday (22 February) it had seen progress from European companies moving out of the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany, but critics urged stronger action.
Global Europe 23-02-2021

Russia blasts EU sanctions over Navalny crackdown

Russia's foreign ministry on Monday (22 February) blasted the European Union's decision to impose sanctions on Russian officials over the crackdown on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and his supporters.
Europe's East 23-02-2021

Ukraine accuses Russian networks of new massive cyber attacks

Ukraine on Monday (22 February) accused unnamed Russian internet networks of massive attacks on Ukrainian security and defence websites, but gave no details of any damage done or say who it believed was behind the assault.
Global Europe 22-02-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLIA – Russian roulette

EU ministers are meeting today (22 February) to discuss sanctions ranging from putting individual people on a blacklist to the “full monty” of more economic sanctions.
Global Europe 22-02-2021

Hit Putin where it hurts, Navalny’s associates say

The EU should target Russian President Vladimir Putin's close circle of people and 'hit him where it hurts', two close associates of imprisoned Kremlin critic Alexey Navalny said on Monday (22 February). They also warned of the increasing influence of corrupted Russian money in Europe.
Global Europe 22-02-2021

EU ministers set to sanction Russia, speak with Blinken

EU foreign ministers are meeting on Monday (22 February) to agree on fresh restrictive measures in relation with Russia’s crackdown on Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny and his supporters, having to chose between targeted sanctions and ‘the full Monty’, including economic...
Global Europe 22-02-2021

Iran, IAEA thrash out ‘temporary solution’ ahead of deadline

UN nuclear watchdog chief Rafael Grossi said Sunday (21 February) he had negotiated a "temporary solution" after two days of talks with Iranian officials to allow the agency to continue its inspections work in the country.
Global Europe 22-02-2021

Biden declares America, transatlantic alliance ‘back’

President Joe Biden declared the "transatlantic alliance is back" Friday (19 February) in a powerful speech seeking to reestablish the United States as leader of the West against what he called a global assault on democracy.

Portugal wants EU defence, security partnership with UK

The European Union should create “broad structures of partnership” with the United Kingdom on defence and security policy, Portuguese defence minister João Gomes Cravinho said on Friday (19 February).
Global Europe 19-02-2021

US offers to meet Iran, reverses Trump steps in push to save nuclear deal

US President Joe Biden's administration offered talks with Iran led by European allies and reversed two largely symbolic steps against Tehran imposed by Donald Trump, as it sought to salvage a nuclear deal on the brink of collapse.
Global Europe 19-02-2021

Biden makes international debut at G7 with vaccines, economy and China in focus

Joe Biden will attend his first meeting as US president with Group of Seven leaders on Friday (19 February) to discuss plans to defeat the novel coronavirus, reopen the battered world economy and counter the challenge posed by China.
Global Europe 19-02-2021

Slovak party derails plan to buy Russian vaccine without EU registration

Slovakia has dumped a plan to negotiate with Russia to buy the Sputnik V vaccine, after a junior coalition partner vetoed buying a product which has not been registered by the European Medicines Agency, Prime Minister Igor Matovič said.
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