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Russia, China fail at UN in bid to shut down Bosnia peace envoy

Fri, 2021-07-23 06:00
Russia and China failed on Thursday in a bid to get the U.N. Security Council to strip some powers from an international envoy overseeing implementation of a 1995 Bosnia peace accord and shut down the envoy’s office in one year....
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Cars damaged in floods may endanger Slovak market

Fri, 2021-07-23 05:59
Slovakia’s car dealership market is worried that sellers from Germany, Belgium and the Netherlands, countries which import tens of thousands of cars to Slovakia each year, could be selling cars damaged by the floods, the TASR news agency reported. After the floods,...
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Firearm ownership rights embedded into Czech constitution

Fri, 2021-07-23 05:57
The Czech Senate this week approved the right to own weapons to defend oneself and others under legal conditions to be embedded in the constitution. This comes as a reaction to the EU’s tendency to regulate firearms acquisition and possession....
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Draghi: Anti-vaccine is ‘appeal to die’

Fri, 2021-07-23 05:54
Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi has said that people pushing anti-vaccine messages are spreading a deadly appeal. “The appeal not to get vaccinated is an appeal to die, basically. You don’t get vaccinated, you get sick, you die. Or you...
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Greece opens door to mandatory general vaccination

Fri, 2021-07-23 05:53
The conservative Greek government (New Democracy, EPP) has opened the door to obligatory vaccination for all, by allowing the health minister to expand the categories of professions in which compulsory vaccination may be imposed. The new powers granted to health...
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Irish health minister: ICUs need to prepare for COVID surge

Fri, 2021-07-23 05:50
The department of health is preparing for a surge in ICU capacity in hospitals because of the “roaring” growth in COVID-19 cases, according to Health Minister Stephen Donnelly, the Irish Times reports. Donnelly compared the possible fatality rates to those in the...
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Austrian coalition in disagreement over climate protection

Fri, 2021-07-23 05:50
After Austria’s Greens pushed a re-evaluation of the CO2 intensity of various road construction projects through parliament, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has criticised the party’s stance on climate protection. Climate protection should not be “a way back to the stone age,”...
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Merkel calls on Germans to get vaccine in final press conference

Fri, 2021-07-23 05:50
German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for Germany’s citizens to get vaccinated in a bid to halt the spread of the Delta variant on Thursday, in what is likely to be her last press conference as chancellor before she steps down...
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Weber: Nord Stream 2 detrimental to Europe as a whole

Fri, 2021-07-23 05:49
Manfred Weber, the conservative EPP leader in the European Parliament, has described as “important” an agreement struck between Germany and the US over Nord Stream 2 as it sends a signal to the Russian leadership not to abuse the controversial pipeline...
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Newer EU members support Associated Trio as ‘champions’

Fri, 2021-07-23 05:22
Though vast majority of EU countries welcome deeper integration with Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, their "Associated Trio" initiative finds more support within Eastern and Central Europe, while the Commission and Western member states remain hesitant to adopt the term.
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Electric vehicles sales in France tripled in past two years

Fri, 2021-07-23 05:13
Plug-in hybrids and electric cars have increased in popularity in France, rising from 2.5% of all vehicles sold in 2019 to 7.5% today. The increase in sales is partly linked to the electric bonuses granted under the country's recovery plan, dubbed France Relance. EURACTIV France reports.
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Von der Leyen rejects UK bid to reopen Irish protocol

Fri, 2021-07-23 05:10
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday (22 July) insisted that the EU would not reopen the controversial Northern Ireland protocol, a key part of the Brexit agreement with the UK, just a day after Boris Johnson’s published a paper setting out its plans to renegotiate it.
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More than 230 migrants jump fence into Spain’s Melilla

Fri, 2021-07-23 05:06
Over 230 migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa arrived in Melilla in the early hours of Thursday after jumping the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish North African enclave. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
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Preparing for curtain calls, Merkel too busy to think about life after office

Fri, 2021-07-23 05:03
Germany's Angela Merkel made clear she would keep working on issues such as climate change till her last day as chancellor but, inscrutable as ever, gave little away about her plans once she leaves office after the 26 September election.
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How to reconcile the different interests in the “Fit for 55” package? [Promoted content]

Fri, 2021-07-23 05:00
Though all Member States backed EU’s higher target of a net domestic reduction of greenhouse gases emissions by at least 55% until 2030 compared to 1990, recently proposed regulatory solutions may deepen a division between countries, when it comes to...
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Argentina complains to Russia over vaccine delivery

Fri, 2021-07-23 04:57
Argentina has complained to Russia about delays in delivering second doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in a letter warning of breach of contract repercussions, the government in Buenos Aires said Thursday (22 July).
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Half of Europeans vaccinated as Germany warns on rising virus cases

Fri, 2021-07-23 04:38
More than half of all European adults are now fully vaccinated, the EU said on Thursday (22 July), as countries across Europe and Asia battled fresh outbreaks blamed on the fast-spreading Delta variant.
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The Brief – Too many cooks in the foreign policy kitchen?

Thu, 2021-07-22 14:51
In the Georgian Black Sea resort Batumi, taxi drivers, who usually talk about the likes of football superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, are currently talking about European Council President Charles Michel. In Georgia’s political crisis following the last parliamentary election in October...
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China, the new Atlantis between the United States and Europe?

Thu, 2021-07-22 14:04
During the recent tour of US President Joe Biden to Europe, EU nations continued to resist taking sides, its leaders instead repeating the term “strategic autonomy”, writes Joël Ruet.
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France’s climate law takes aim at fertilisers, meat on school menus

Thu, 2021-07-22 13:04
France's long awaited climate law will introduce a series of measures impacting the agricultural sector, including to reduce the use of nitrogen based fertilisers and to encourage more vegetarian menus in school canteens. EURACTIV France reports.
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