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Economy & Jobs 16-09-2021

EU sweetens its Blue Card for foreign professionals

The EU's Blue Card giving eligible foreign professionals the right to live and work in the bloc is being made more attractive under modifications approved Wednesday (15 September) by the European Parliament.
Global Europe 15-09-2021

African Union slams vaccine manufacturers for restricting access

The African Union on Tuesday (14 September) accused manufacturers of COVID-19 vaccines of denying African countries a fair chance to buy them, and urged manufacturing countries - in particular India - to lift export restrictions on vaccines and their components.
Global Europe 01-07-2021

Russia COVID-19 deaths hit new record as EU eyes tourism reboot

Russia's Covid-19 death toll reached a record on Wednesday (30 June) as the country battled the highly infectious Delta variant, even as Europe prepared to launch an EU-wide Covid certificate to boost its devastated tourism industry.
Economy & Jobs 07-06-2021

Steam rises as India and Pakistan take basmati battle to EU

From biryani to pilau, Pakistan and India's shared culinary landscape is defined by basmati, a distinctive long-grain rice now at the centre of the latest tussle between the bitter nuclear rivals.
Development Policy 17-05-2021

WHO urges rich countries to donate shots instead of vaccinating children

The World Health Organization urged rich countries on Friday (14 May) to reconsider plans to vaccinate children and instead donate COVID-19 shots to the COVAX scheme that shares them with poorer nations. The WHO is hoping more countries will follow...
Global Europe 13-05-2021

Independent expert panel blasts early pandemic failures

An expert panel on Wednesday (12 May) blamed bad coordination as well as dithering by national governments and international organisations for the failure to tackle Covid-19 before it became a full-blown pandemic, as India's death toll topped 250,000.
Global Europe 13-05-2021

EU Commission urges limiting travel from India

The European Commission on Wednesday (12 May) urged EU member states to work together to restrict travel from India in order to limit the spread of a Covid-19 variant that has ravaged the Asian country.
Global Europe 12-05-2021

India’s COVID deaths cross quarter million mark, no sign of peak

India said a record number of people were killed by the coronavirus, pushing its death toll over a quarter million, while a leading virologist said it was too early to say if infections had reached a peak.
Coronavirus 05-05-2021

India posts record daily rise in coronavirus deaths

India’s coronavirus deaths rose by a record 3,780 during the last 24 hours, a day after it became the second country to cross the grim milestone of 20 million infections after the United states.
Global Europe 03-05-2021

Blinken in UK as G7 foreign ministers discuss in-person Russia, China

Britain this week hosts the first face-to-face meeting of G7 foreign ministers in two years, joined by US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, as world powers tackle pandemic recovery plus growing tensions with Russia and China.
Global Europe 26-04-2021

Vaccine doses pass one billion mark globally, but many nations lag behind

The number of Covid-19 jabs administered globally surpassed the one billion mark on Saturday (24 April), offering hope even as the number of virus cases worldwide hit a new daily record mainly due to an explosion of infections in India.
Global Europe 26-04-2021

Global pledges of help for Covid-stricken India

The European Commission has activated its EU Civil Protection Mechanism and is seeking to send oxygen and medicine to virus-hit India after receiving a request from Delhi. Several Western nations have also pledged help.
Global Europe 23-04-2021

India logs record new infections as Europe hopes peak may be over

India posted a record rise in new coronavirus cases in an alarming surge being blamed on a "double mutant" variant and super-spreader events, even as countries in Europe prepare to ease restrictions, hoping the peak may have passed.

India’s PM Narendra Modi will not attend Porto summit

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will not attend the EU-India summit scheduled for 8 May in Porto, a source from the Portuguese presidency of the Council of the European Union told Lusa on Monday (19 April). “The preparatory work for...
Global Europe 19-03-2021

US Defense Secretary on mission to deepen India ties, warn against Russia

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin was urged by a senior US senator to convey Washington’s opposition to India’s proposed purchase of Russian air defence systems as he headed to New Delhi on Friday for talks aimed at deepening security ties.

UK gives priority to Indo-Pacific region as part of foreign policy revamp

The UK is set to shift its focus from Europe to the Indo-Pacific region as part of a planned revamp of its foreign, trade and defence policy announced on Tuesday (16 March), which made scarce references to a future EU-UK...
Global Europe 16-03-2021

UK’s Johnson to visit India at end of April as part of policy ‘tilt’

Prime Minister Boris Johnson will visit India at the end of April in what will be his first major international trip after Britain's exit from the EU as part of efforts to boost UK opportunities in the region.

UK to increase nuclear stockpile

Britain is to announce an increase to its nuclear weapons stockpile as part of a wide-ranging review of security, defence and foreign policy, two newspapers said on Monday (15 March).
Economy & Jobs 11-03-2021

Rich countries block push by developing nations to waive COVID vaccine patents rights

Richer members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) blocked a push by over 80 developing countries on Wednesday (10 March) to waive patent rights in an effort to boost production of COVID-19 vaccines for poor nations.
Global Europe 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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Global Europe 26-02-2021

Reimagining diplomacy in the post-COVID world: An Indian perspective

We enter 2021, hoping to put the COVID-19 pandemic behind us. While each society has dealt with it uniquely, global diplomacy will nevertheless focus on common concerns and shared lessons. Much of that revolves around the nature of globalization.
Development Policy 25-02-2021

First vaccines delivered under global Covax scheme

Ghana became the first country to receive India-made vaccines from the global Covax scheme, paving the way for poorer nations to catch up with inoculation drives in wealthier parts of the world to stamp out the coronavirus pandemic.
Europe's East 24-02-2021

Ukraine starts its COVID-19 vaccination campaign with India-made jab

Ukraine started its COVID-19 vaccination campaign on Wednesday (24 February), with doctors the first to be inoculated.

Commission wants to ‘explore options’ for India trade, investment

The European Commission said on Thursday (18 February) that it wants to "explore options" for expanding the EU’s trade and investment with India, notably ahead of the summit scheduled for May in Porto as part of Portugal's presidency of the Council of the EU.