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EU mishandling corona-travel, Belgian expert says

The EU ought to make better use of regional data on coronavirus travel, a Belgian expert has said, amid a patchwork of national-level rules.

"It would be very interesting to have European coordination both on the opening and closing of borders, and on the colour-coding of risk areas," the ...

yesterday 09:05 open_in_new
France wants rule of law sanctions on recovery budget

France says it will press for rule-of-law sanctions under the new €750bn EU budget recovery fund.

In an interview with the Financial Times on Sunday (2 August), France's minister for European affairs Clément Beaune said the stimulus aid should be conditional.

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yesterday 08:02 open_in_new
The three 'Elephants in Room' in EU-India relations

The EU-India virtual summit took place last month with three 'elephants in the room'.

The largest elephant was China. Both India and the EU have traditionally followed policies of cooperation with China, but ties have plumbed new depths during the pandemic.

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yesterday 08:02 open_in_new
First use of new EU sanctions against Russia, China hackers

The EU has imposed new-model sanctions on Russian and Chinese cybercriminals, but fresh revelations of Russia-linked media-hacking indicate it might need to go further.

The EU asset-freezes and visa bans, imposed Thursday (30 July), targeted four officers from Russia's military ...

2020-07-31 10:38 open_in_new
EU's new Security Union Strategy is a good first step

Brussels is a place where security strategies of different kinds proliferate.

Long-time followers of the EU will remember the 2003 European Security Strategy and its 2008 implementation report.

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2020-07-31 09:35 open_in_new
Six 'LGBTI-free' Polish cities left out of EU funding

The European Commission has rejected grants under a twinning programme for six Polish cities which declared their communities "free" from lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans and intersex communities (LGBTI).

"Our treaties ensure that every person in Europe is free to be who they are, live where ...

2020-07-31 09:35 open_in_new
US 'cavalry' leaving Germany to go back home

The US is to pull thousands of combat soldiers out of Germany back to America in a political blow by president Donald Trump.

The 2nd Cavalry Regiment, a battle-hardened, 4,500-strong infantry-force based in Vilseck, in south-east Germany, will be moved back to the US in the first retreat ...

2020-07-30 10:29 open_in_new
Why is building renovation 'Cinderella' of EU Green Deal?

It's unfortunate that it took a pandemic to see something so obvious. Energy efficiency is the Cinderella of climate solutions: virtuous and unassuming, but too often overlooked.

Most people focus on her glamorous siblings – renewables and electric vehicles. Is it finally time for ...

2020-07-30 10:29 open_in_new
Von der Leyen keen to hire more black EU officials

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has pledged to hire more people from racial minorities after meeting anti-racist MEPs on Tuesday (28 July).

Her institution had "not [been] able to create the [right] environment" to attract more diverse staff and "has to change", she ...

2020-07-30 10:29 open_in_new
The Hagia Sophia and the global battle of symbols

Actually, I don't care if the Hagia Sophia is a church, a mosque or a museum.

As a Byzantinist, I am particularly interested in the building as a Byzantine masterpiece and as a place of 1,500 years of history. In addition, the new mosque guests will no doubt not change an inch of the ...

2020-07-30 10:29 open_in_new
EU secures remdesivir supplies for 30,000 patients

The European Commission announced on Wednesday (29 July) that batches of remdesivir, which can help recovery from Covid-19, will be made available to member states plus the UK from early August.

The commission this week signed a €63m contract with the US-based biopharmaceutical ...

2020-07-30 10:29 open_in_new
Von der Leyen keen to hire more black EU officials

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen has pledged to hire more people from racial minorities after meeting anti-racist MEPs on Tuesday (28 July).

Her institution had "not [been] able to create the [right] environment" to attract more diverse staff and "has to change", she ...

2020-07-29 10:20 open_in_new
Migrant healthcare must not be forgotten during Covid-19

Before Covid-19 ever reared its ugly head, migrants across Europe were suffering from overcrowded conditions and a lack of basic healthcare in refugee camps.

In the ensuing chaos surrounding Covid-19, they have been neglected by the media and policymakers alike. Yet the migrant crisis is ...

2020-07-29 10:20 open_in_new
Turkey's new social media bill under immediate fire

Turkey's parliament passed early on Wednesday (29 July) a bill regulating social media which aims to further strengthen state control of online platforms and users' data in the country.

Leading human rights groups voiced immediate concerns about the "far-reaching" amendments to the law in ...

2020-07-29 10:20 open_in_new
Spain fears tourism blow amid 'second wave' measures

Several European countries are now warning citizens not to visit Spain, after the country experienced a spike in Covid-19 cases over the past few weeks.

France and Belgium are recommending citizens to cancel summer plans in the region of Catalonia, one of the new hotspots for coronavirus ...

2020-07-28 10:11 open_in_new
Inequalities and poverty on the rise in post-Covid-19 Italy

"My sister was a waitress in a restaurant. When she lost her job because of Covid-19, she came to stay with me. She used to work off the books, so didn't get any help from the government" says M.

She works as a waitress too, in a bar of Vicenza, a city in northern Italy. She has a ...

2020-07-28 10:11 open_in_new
Facebook cries foul on EU request for internal documents

Facebook, a US tech giant known for abusing its users' private data, has said the European Commission was now attempting to do the same to Facebook employees' data.

The firm filed its complaints at the EU court in Luxembourg, after the commission asked to see internal documents containing ...

2020-07-28 10:11 open_in_new
Time to revive Juncker's EU 'Blue Card' scheme

The United States might be a nation of immigrants, but most legal paths of US immigration have now been closed, including the well-known H1-B and J1 visa.

Strikingly, US Immigration and Customs enforcement also decided that foreign students whose autumn classes have been moved online can ...

2020-07-27 10:02 open_in_new
Poland might still uphold gender-violence treaty

Poland might uphold an international treaty against domestic violence after all, following an outcry by the EU and Council of Europe, its ruling party has said.

"Decisions have not been taken. This is not our common stance," a spokeswoman for the Law and Justice (PiS) party, Anita ...

2020-07-27 10:02 open_in_new
EU five-year security plan to focus on critical infrastructure

The European Commission unveiled on Friday (24 July) its new strategy for internal and external security over the next five years - which focusses particularly on critical infrastructures, cybersecurity, terrorism, child abuse and drugs.

It puts forward new rules on the protection and ...

2020-07-27 10:02 open_in_new
The Hagia Sophia and the global battle of symbols

Actually, I don't care if the Hagia Sophia is a church, a mosque or a museum.

As a Byzantinist, I am particularly interested in the building as a Byzantine masterpiece and as a place of 1,500 years of history. In addition, the new mosque guests will no doubt not change an inch of the ...

2020-07-27 10:02 open_in_new