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Beatriz Rios is a reporter, broadcast journalist and events moderator based in Brussels, Belgium.
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The Grander Duchy: a nation of 1 million by 2050?

20 May 2024  |  www.luxtimes.lu
Luxembourg's economy and businesses are facing challenges as forecasts predict the population will reach one million by 2050. This growth poses significant implications for the nation's infrastructure, economy, and overall development.

What the ‘barely begun’ green transition needs to succeed

08 May 2024  |  www.luxtimes.lu
The green transition, which is still in its early stages, is essential for adapting lifestyles in the face of climate change. SES expects to maintain its workforce levels post-Intelsat takeover, with Luxembourg remaining the headquarters. Luxair is proactively training pilots to address the anticipated global shortage. The Solistes Européens, under the direction of Christoph König, are preparing for their 35th anniversary season. Luxembourg banks are transitioning to LuxTrust Mobile in compliance with EU online security laws. CK Fitness promotes a holistic approach to fitness training.

What the ‘barely begun’ green transition needs to succeed

08 May 2024  |  www.luxtimes.lu
The green transition, which is still in its early stages, is essential for adapting lifestyles in the face of climate change. SES staff levels will remain stable following the Intelsat takeover, with Luxembourg continuing as the headquarters and securing over 600 jobs despite some redundancies. Luxair is proactively training pilots to address the anticipated global pilot shortage. The Solistes Européens are preparing for their 35th anniversary season, aiming to attract new audiences. Luxembourg banks are transitioning to LuxTrust Mobile in compliance with EU online security laws. The International School of Luxembourg offers guidance on the college admissions process.

‘We need entrepreneurs’: economy minister Lex Delles

02 May 2024  |  www.luxtimes.lu
Economy Minister Lex Delles discusses Luxembourg's attractiveness as a business location and the role of entrepreneurship in driving the economy. The European Parliament is seeking to recruit Luxembourgers, who are underrepresented among its staff. Health concerns persist over the use of cigarettes, with alternatives suggested to reduce harm. The International School of Luxembourg offers guidance on the college admissions process, and CK Fitness promotes a holistic approach to fitness training.

Bullet-riddled body found in Spain was Russian defector, Ukraine says

20 Feb 2024  |  www.adn.com
A bullet-riddled body found in Villajoyosa, Spain, has been identified by Ukrainian officials as Russian defector Maksym Kuzminov, who previously flew a military helicopter to Ukraine. The assassination, suspected to be carried out by Russian special services, has raised concerns about Russian actions within the European Union. Ukrainian and Spanish authorities are investigating, while Russian officials and pro-Kremlin figures have expressed satisfaction over Kuzminov's death, labeling him a traitor.

Bullet-riddled body found in Spain was Russian defector, Ukraine says

20 Feb 2024  |  Stars and Stripes
Maksim Kuzminov, a Russian military pilot who defected to Ukraine in August, was found dead in Spain, riddled with bullets and run over by a vehicle. His death follows a public threat on Russian state television last year. Ukrainian officials confirmed his identity, while Russian officials have not claimed responsibility. The incident raises concerns about potential Russian-ordered assassinations in Europe. The case is reminiscent of other high-profile killings attributed to Russian security services, including the murder of Zelimkhan Khangoshvili in Germany and the poisonings of Alexander Litvinenko and the Skripals in the UK. Spanish authorities are investigating, and Ukraine had previously rewarded Kuzminov for his defection but noted he ignored instructions to stay in Ukraine for his safety.

E.U. reaches deal on landmark AI bill, racing ahead of U.S.

08 Dec 2023  |  www.adn.com
European Union officials have reached a landmark agreement on the AI Act, aiming to set a global standard for AI regulation by enforcing transparency and penalizing noncompliance. The legislation, which emerged after extensive negotiations, includes provisions to ban high-risk AI applications and create exemptions for law enforcement. The act has sparked debate over its potential impact on innovation and competition, with concerns from both European and U.S. stakeholders. The law is expected to influence global AI regulations and will take full effect in two years, requiring EU countries to establish national regulatory bodies.

To stay in power, Spain’s Socialists offer amnesty to Catalan separatists

09 Nov 2023  |  stripes.com
Spain's Socialist Party has made a deal to offer amnesty to Catalan separatists from the failed 2017 independence bid in exchange for political support, bringing Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez closer to forming a government after a hung parliament. The amnesty is unpopular and has led to protests and concerns about nationalism and far-right forces. A nationalist political figure, Alejo Vidal-Quadras, was shot in Madrid, though it's unclear if it's related to the amnesty controversy. The amnesty would protect separatists for crimes related to the independence movement from 2012 to 2023. EU officials have expressed concern over the rule of law, and opposition parties plan to challenge the amnesty in the Constitutional Court.

Brussels shootings: Police were told in 2016 Tunisian gunman had a ‘radicalised profile’ and wanted to wage ‘jihad’

18 Oct 2023  |  www.independent.ie
Abdesalem Lassoued, a Tunisian man, was shot dead by police after he killed two Swedish football fans in Brussels. He had arrived in Italy in 2011, spent time there and in Sweden, but was expelled to Italy under the EU's 'Dublin' rules.

Gunman at large after 2 Swedes killed in possible Brussels ‘terror’ attack

16 Oct 2023  |  www.spokesman.com
Two Swedish nationals were killed in Brussels in a shooting incident that Belgian officials are investigating as a possible terrorist attack. The attack prompted a lockdown of a soccer stadium and raised the city's threat level. Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo called the attack 'cowardly' and has been in contact with Sweden's prime minister, expressing a joint commitment to fighting terrorism.

Bullet-riddled body found in Spain was Russian defector, Ukraine says

10 Oct 2023  |  Star Tribune
The bullet-riddled body found in Spain has been identified as Russian defector Maksim Kuzminov, who fled to Ukraine last year. His murder raises suspicions of a Russian-ordered assassination. Ukrainian intelligence confirmed the identity, while Russian officials have not claimed responsibility. The incident follows a history of alleged Russian state-sponsored assassinations in Europe. The killing has sparked concerns about Russian actions within the EU and their broader implications.

As US support for Ukraine wobbles, EU takes up membership question

06 Oct 2023  |  Stars and Stripes
European Union leaders met in Granada, Spain, to discuss the potential membership of Ukraine amidst wavering US financial support. Despite broad consensus on the necessity of expanding the EU to counter Russia, the process remains complex and politically challenging, especially during the ongoing war. Immediate challenges include political shifts in Slovakia, grain trade disputes, and slow battlefield progress in Ukraine. US President Biden reassured allies of continued support, but internal US political turmoil raises concerns. EU officials remain optimistic about American support, but funding delays could jeopardize Ukraine's victory. The EU faces the intricate task of integrating new members while managing existing internal conflicts and ensuring compliance with its rules. The timeline for Ukraine's potential membership remains uncertain, with some experts doubting the feasibility of the 2030 target date.

EU should have fired Frontex head, not let him resign

01 Oct 2023  |  www.luxtimes.lu
The resignation of Frontex head Fabrice Leggeri amid allegations of human rights violations and illegal pushbacks has sparked criticism of the EU's handling of its border management agency. The article argues that Leggeri should have been fired rather than allowed to resign, highlighting the EU's failure to address repeated accusations of misconduct. The piece calls for a reform of the EU's migration policy to ensure transparency, accountability, and respect for human rights. The ongoing investigation by OLAF and the involvement of various EU bodies underscore the complexity and urgency of the issue.

Icelander’s views on Luxembourg cause stir back home

01 Oct 2023  |  www.luxtimes.lu
An Icelander's online comments about Luxembourg's effective handling of immigration have sparked significant reactions in Iceland, where similar immigration policies are being considered. The expat's positive portrayal of the Grand Duchy's approach has resonated strongly, highlighting the contrasting challenges faced by Iceland.

Spanish women’s soccer players continue boycott, demand more change

15 Sep 2023  |  Washington Post
Most players from Spain’s women’s World Cup-winning team are boycotting the squad, demanding further changes from the country’s soccer federation. The turmoil follows an incident where former federation president Luis Rubiales kissed player Jenni Hermoso during the World Cup trophy ceremony, leading to a criminal investigation and Rubiales' resignation. Additionally, World Cup coach Jorge Vilda was fired.

Spanish prosecutor accuses Luis Rubiales of coercion, sexual assault

06 Sep 2023  |  washingtonpost.com
Spain’s High Court prosecutor is investigating Luis Rubiales for alleged sexual aggression against Jennifer Hermoso Fuentes. The complaint details an unwanted kiss and subsequent pressure on Hermoso and her circle. The Spanish National High Court has jurisdiction as the crime occurred in Australia. Rubiales, who denies the allegations, has faced calls for resignation and has been provisionally suspended by FIFA. The Sports Administrative Court in Spain found his actions potentially seriously breach Spanish sports law. Coach Jorge Vilda was fired, and the World Cup-winning squad refuses to play under the current federation management.

Spain’s women’s team is finally being heard after years of being ignored

01 Sep 2023  |  Washington Post
Spain's women's soccer team is leveraging their World Cup victory to push for significant changes in the management of women's soccer in the country. The unwanted kiss by Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales has sparked widespread calls for his resignation and highlighted long-standing issues of sexism and poor management within the federation. Despite Rubiales's defiant response, the players, supported by public sentiment, are demanding structural changes and respect for female athletes. The situation has drawn attention to the broader struggle for gender equality in sports.

Spanish soccer president facing sexual assault investigation as mom goes on hunger strike

28 Aug 2023  |  windsorstar.com
Spanish federal prosecutors have initiated a pre-procedural investigation into Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales for an unwanted kiss of Spain midfielder Jenni Hermoso during Spain's World Cup celebration, which was not consensual according to Hermoso. FIFA has provisionally suspended Rubiales for 90 days, and 11 RFEF staff members resigned. RFEF defended Rubiales before retracting their statement. Rubiales's mother, Ángeles Béjar, began a hunger strike to protest what she calls a 'witch hunt' against her son, claiming the kiss was consensual.

Spanish soccer president facing sexual assault investigation as mom goes on hunger strike

28 Aug 2023  |  canoe
Prosecutors are investigating Spanish soccer president Luis Rubiales for potential sexual assault after he kissed player Jenni Hermoso without her consent. FIFA has suspended Rubiales for 90 days, and 11 RFEF staff members have resigned. The RFEF initially defended Rubiales but later retracted their statement. Rubiales' mother has started a hunger strike in protest of her son's treatment. The Spanish government has called for Rubiales' removal, which could lead to Spain's exclusion from international competitions due to FIFA's non-interference rules.

Spanish soccer president facing sexual assault investigation as mom goes on hunger strike

28 Aug 2023  |  calgaryherald.com
Spanish federal prosecutors have initiated a pre-procedural investigation into Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales for a non-consensual kiss of Spain midfielder Jenni Hermoso during a World Cup celebration. FIFA has provisionally suspended Rubiales for 90 days, and RFEF, the governing body of Spanish soccer, held an urgent meeting and initially defended Rubiales before retracting their statement. Rubiales's mother, Ángeles Béjar, has started a hunger strike in protest of her son's treatment, claiming the kiss was consensual. Hermoso has stated she did not consent to the kiss and has faced pressure to support Rubiales.

Spanish soccer president facing sexual assault investigation as mom goes on hunger strike

28 Aug 2023  |  ottawasun
Spanish federal prosecutors have initiated a pre-procedural investigation into Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales following his non-consensual kiss of Spain midfielder Jenni Hermoso during the World Cup celebration. FIFA has provisionally suspended Rubiales for 90 days, leading to the resignation of 11 RFEF staff members. RFEF initially defended Rubiales but later retracted their statement. Rubiales's mother has begun a hunger strike in protest of her son's treatment, while Hermoso has publicly stated that the kiss was not consensual. The Spanish government has called for Rubiales's removal, which could lead to Spain's exclusion from international competitions.

Spanish soccer president facing sexual assault investigation as mom goes on hunger strike

28 Aug 2023  |  theprovince.com
Spanish federal prosecutors have initiated a pre-procedural investigation into Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales for a non-consensual kiss with Spain midfielder Jenni Hermoso during the World Cup celebration. FIFA has suspended Rubiales for 90 days, leading to the resignation of 11 RFEF staff members. The RFEF initially defended Rubiales but later retracted their statement. Rubiales' mother has started a hunger strike in protest of her son's treatment. The Spanish government has called for Rubiales' removal, which could lead to Spain's exclusion from FIFA and UEFA competitions.

Spanish soccer president facing sexual assault investigation as mom goes on hunger strike

28 Aug 2023  |  leaderpost.com
Spanish federal prosecutors have initiated a pre-procedural investigation into Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales for a non-consensual kiss with Spain midfielder Jenni Hermoso during the World Cup celebration. FIFA has suspended Rubiales for 90 days, leading to the resignation of 11 RFEF staff members. RFEF initially defended Rubiales but later retracted their statement. Rubiales's mother has started a hunger strike in protest of her son's treatment. Hermoso has publicly stated that the kiss was not consensual and that she faced pressure to support Rubiales.

Spanish soccer president facing sexual assault investigation as mom goes on hunger strike

28 Aug 2023  |  thestarphoenix
Spanish federal prosecutors have initiated a pre-procedural investigation into Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales for a non-consensual kiss with Spain midfielder Jenni Hermoso during the World Cup celebration. FIFA has suspended Rubiales for 90 days, leading to the resignation of 11 RFEF staff members. RFEF initially defended Rubiales but later retracted their statement. Rubiales's mother has started a hunger strike in protest of her son's treatment. The Spanish government has called for Rubiales's removal, risking Spain's expulsion from FIFA and UEFA competitions.

Spanish soccer president facing sexual assault investigation as mom goes on hunger strike

28 Aug 2023  |  edmontonsun
Spanish federal prosecutors have initiated a pre-procedural investigation into Spanish soccer federation president Luis Rubiales for a non-consensual kiss with Spain midfielder Jenni Hermoso during the World Cup celebration. FIFA has suspended Rubiales for 90 days, leading to the resignation of 11 RFEF staff members. The RFEF initially defended Rubiales but later retracted their statement. Rubiales's mother has started a hunger strike in protest of her son's treatment. The Spanish government has called for Rubiales's removal, risking Spain's potential expulsion from FIFA and UEFA competitions.

European Commission bans TikTok from staff phones

24 Feb 2023  |  www.afr.com
The European Commission has prohibited its staff from using the Chinese-owned social media app TikTok on work devices due to security concerns, mirroring actions taken in the United States amidst escalating tensions between China and the West. Staff are required to remove TikTok from both official and personal devices that have work-related apps installed.

EU must dangle enlargement carrot to counter Russian sway

23 Jan 2023  |  www.luxtimes.lu
The European Union is urged to expedite its enlargement process to prevent Western Balkan countries from seeking support from Russia. The article highlights the strategic importance of offering EU membership as a countermeasure to Russian influence in the region.

Let 2023 be the EU’s year of transparency. Please.

12 Jan 2023  |  www.luxtimes.lu
Qatar-gate underscores the urgent need for the European Union to address corruption and enhance transparency, not just within the Parliament but across the entire institution.

Letter bombs strike Spain, including premier’s office, U.S. and Ukraine embassies

01 Dec 2022  |  www.adn.com
Spain has heightened security around public buildings and diplomatic missions following a series of letter bombs, including one that injured an employee at the Ukrainian Embassy. Targets included the U.S. Embassy, the prime minister’s office, the Defense Ministry, and the arms manufacturer Instalaza. The National Police are investigating the incidents, which appear to have originated within Spain. Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba has called for increased security at embassies and urged Madrid to investigate the attacks. Spain has been a strong supporter of Ukraine amid the Russian invasion, providing arms, financial aid, and taking in refugees.

Macron's European Political Community brings in skeptical Ukraine and U.K.

06 Oct 2022  |  www.recordpatriot.com
French President Emmanuel Macron's concept of a European Political Community, aimed at uniting EU members with other democracies, was met with skepticism from Ukraine and the UK, who seek full EU membership and independence from EU entanglements, respectively. Despite doubts, leaders from 27 EU states and 17 non-EU countries met in Prague. Ukrainian President Zelensky and British Prime Minister Truss addressed the gathering, emphasizing the need for European solidarity against Russian aggression and strategic challenges. Macron's proposal, which has faced criticism for potentially sidelining EU expansion, reflects his vision for a sovereign Europe. The format will continue, with Moldova, Spain, and Britain set to host future meetings.

Macron’s European Political Community brings in skeptical Ukraine and U.K.

06 Oct 2022  |  Washington Post
French President Emmanuel Macron's concept of a 'European Political Community' was symbolically realized in Prague with leaders from 27 EU member states and 17 non-EU countries attending, excluding Russia and Belarus. Macron emphasized the importance of cooperation in Europe. Ukrainian President Zelensky, via video link, saw the group as a chance to restore peace and framed Russian aggression as anti-European. The EU has granted Ukraine candidate status, but full membership is a lengthy process. Britain's Prime Minister Liz Truss, initially skeptical, participated, emphasizing Europe's unity against strategic challenges. Macron's proposal, seen by some as a way to manage EU expansion, aligns with his vision of a sovereign Europe. The format will continue, with Moldova, Spain, and Britain hosting future meetings.

NATO chief adds response to condemnations of Russia’s partial mobilization

21 Sep 2022  |  Stars and Stripes
Russian President Vladimir Putin's announcement of a partial mobilization of troops has been widely condemned by U.S. and European officials as a dangerous escalation and a sign of weakness. NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and other leaders, including U.S. Ambassador to Ukraine Bridget Brink and British Defense Secretary Ben Wallace, criticized the move and reiterated their support for Ukraine. The article highlights the international community's united stance against Russia's actions and the ongoing support for Ukraine's defense efforts.

E.U. proposes suspension of $7.5 billion in funding for Hungary

18 Sep 2022  |  www.spokesman.com
The European Commission has proposed suspending $7.5 billion in funding for Hungary due to corruption concerns, marking a significant move that could escalate tensions between Brussels and Budapest. The suspension targets 65% of funding from three programs, but Hungary has the opportunity to implement reforms to retain the funds. This unprecedented action follows the European Parliament's declaration of Hungary as an 'electoral autocracy' and years of conflict with Prime Minister Viktor Orban's government. The EU's new conditionality mechanism aims to protect its budget by linking funding to adherence to democratic principles. Reactions are mixed, with some viewing the suspension as insufficient and others as a positive step towards accountability.

Even as a candidate, Ukraine won’t join the EU soon

17 Aug 2022  |  www.luxtimes.lu
Neither the European Union nor Ukraine are prepared for Ukraine's membership, regardless of the outcome of an EU summit on Thursday and Friday.

Grim Bucha images to haunt EU sanctions meeting

06 Apr 2022  |  www.luxtimes.lu
EU finance ministers are expected to convene in Luxembourg to discuss imposing stricter sanctions on Moscow, influenced by the harrowing images from Bucha. The meeting underscores the EU's response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine and the potential for increased punitive measures against Russia.

EU to tread fine line with China's Xi over Putin's war

28 Mar 2022  |  www.luxtimes.lu
During an online EU-China summit, EU leaders will confront China's President Xi Jinping about accusations of China aiding Russia in circumventing Western sanctions and supporting the war against Ukraine. The EU is skeptical of China's claimed neutrality, especially with evidence of potential high-tech component supply to Russia. The summit aims to balance economic ties with China while opposing Russia's actions. The EU's approach to human rights violations and trade deals is critiqued as potentially naïve. The article also touches on the EU's response to the refugee crisis caused by the war and the upcoming Hungarian elections, which could see Viktor Orban's Fidesz party remain in power despite his close ties with Putin and refusal to send weapons to Ukraine.

Macron sets his ambitious agenda for the EU

10 Jan 2022  |  www.luxtimes.lu
French President Emmanuel Macron is set to push for legislative action within the European Union while domestic elections in France are on the horizon. His agenda aims to influence EU policies significantly.
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