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EU Mulls Military Training Mission for Ukraine

24 Jun 2024  |  www.cnas.org
The EU is considering a military training mission for Ukraine, signaling increased support against Russia. Townsend from the Center for a New American Security emphasizes the importance of training for Ukraine's long-term military strategy, noting the risks of untrained personnel. Ukraine's armed forces have grown significantly, with over a million personnel including national guard, police, and border guard. The expansion highlights the need for proper training to ensure effectiveness and safety on the frontlines.

EU Asylum Applications at 7-Year High

01 Mar 2024  |  www.homelandsecuritynewswire.com
The European Union received over 1.14 million asylum applications in 2023, the highest since 2016, with Germany receiving the most. Far-right parties, like Germany's AfD, are gaining support amid the influx. Syrian and Afghan nationals submitted the most applications, with a significant increase from Turkish citizens. The report excludes 4.4 million Ukrainians under temporary protection. The rise in applications is attributed to global geopolitical instability.

Justice at last for Europe’s king of cocaine and killing

27 Feb 2024  |  www.thetimes.com
Ridouan Taghi, arrested in Dubai and extradited to the Netherlands, is held in a maximum-security prison. Despite his incarceration, he continues to cause disruptions, with his cousin and lawyer arrested for an alleged escape plot and prison officers requesting to wear masks to avoid identification and potential retribution.

Army of angry farmers forces EU to abandon emissions goals

06 Feb 2024  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
The European Union has withdrawn its stringent emissions targets following widespread protests by farmers across Europe. Demonstrations occurred in France, Germany, Poland, and Italy, culminating in a significant protest in Brussels where farmers blocked roads and engaged in acts of defiance, including toppling the statue of industrial revolution figure John Cockerill.

Why Belgian hairdressers are cut up about gender-neutral pricing

05 Feb 2024  |  www.thetimes.com
Belgian hairdressers are facing economic pressures with the proposal of gender-neutral pricing, which suggests a single rate for haircuts regardless of the client's gender. The national hairdressing federation, Febelhair, cannot mandate prices but is providing guidelines for salons. The proposal has been met with resistance from barbers who argue that different styles and services justify varied pricing.

Fertility clinic worker who used own sperm fathered 11 children

11 Jan 2024  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
A Dutch lab worker at the SMCG fertility clinic in Leiden used his own sperm in fertility treatments over five years, resulting in the birth of 11 children who may have inherited a genetic condition from him. The scandal led to the closure of SMCG, and Dr. Arne van Heusden from the Medisch Centrum Kinderwens, which opened afterward, raised concerns about the genetic condition, though its specifics remain confidential.

Geneva Motor Show in Qatar: Festival of Automotive Excellence

25 Oct 2023  |  euronews
The automotive industry, valued at over $4 trillion, is rapidly transitioning from gasoline to electric vehicles, with an expected 14 million electric vehicles to be sold by the end of 2023. At the Geneva Motor Show in Qatar, industry leaders like Toyota and BMW showcased their visions for the future, emphasizing technology, innovation, and sustainability. Kia reported an 87% increase in electric vehicle sales over the past year. The event also featured Voiture Extravert, a company that converts classic cars to electric, highlighting the industry's response to the climate crisis and the ongoing shift towards electric mobility.

EU asylum applications hit 7-year high

10 Oct 2023  |  qoshe.com
In 2023, over 1.14 million people applied for asylum in the EU, the highest number since 2015-2016. Germany received the most applications, followed by France, Spain, and Italy. Syrian and Afghan nationals were the largest groups of applicants. The EU's recent migration law overhaul aims to streamline asylum processes and includes a solidarity mechanism for redistributing asylum seekers. Far-right parties, including Germany's AfD, are leveraging migration issues to gain political support. Experts caution that the new reforms, effective from 2026, may not immediately resolve migration challenges.

End nears for ‘flight mode’ as EU will force airlines to have 5G

05 Oct 2023  |  sg.style.yahoo.com
The European Union plans to eliminate 'flight mode' by requiring airlines to equip aircraft with 5G, allowing passenger phones to connect to ground masts during low-altitude flights and using pico-cells for higher altitudes. EU Commissioner Thierry Breton announced the initiative, emphasizing the potential of high-capacity connectivity. While airlines have offered wi-fi since 2008, the new plan aims to enhance connectivity without compromising safety, as assured by the International Air Transport Association.

Anger at European Parliament display of ‘gay apostles’ in Jesus artwork

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.com
An exhibit at the European Parliament in Brussels featuring artwork by Swedish artist Elisabeth Ohlson, depicting Jesus surrounded by gay men in leather outfits, has sparked outrage among right-wing politicians from Italy and Poland, who have labeled it as blasphemous. The artwork was displayed by The Left group, consisting of far-left and communist politicians, as part of a controversial exhibition. The reactions from right-wing politicians underscore the divisive nature of the artwork and the differing perspectives on its appropriateness.

EU diplomat on £200k also takes pension

01 Oct 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
The European Union’s top diplomat, Josep Borrell, is receiving a monthly salary of £17,260 plus benefits as the EU’s high representative for foreign affairs, while also drawing from a pension fund that is £345 million in debt. This pension is linked to his previous role in the European Parliament. Concerns have been raised about the insolvency of this voluntary pension fund, with members addressing the issue in a letter to the parliament president, Roberta Metsola.

Argentine name used to harass Falklands, say British officials

20 Jul 2023  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Argentina has been accused of attempting to harass the Falkland islanders by persuading the EU to refer to the archipelago as the Islas Malvinas. British officials criticized Buenos Aires for political posturing ahead of Argentine elections and expressed regret over the EU's choice of words. The controversy arose after the EU signed a joint declaration with Argentina and other Latin American countries, referring to the islands as both the Islas Malvinas and the Falklands.

The Qatari Tourism Sector Aims for a Greener Future

19 Jul 2023  |  es.euronews.com
Qatar's tourism sector is focusing on sustainability, with significant efforts at Hamad International Airport to reduce carbon emissions and recycle resources. Qatar Airways is investing in fuel-efficient aircraft and sustainable practices. European companies like Sonaca are also contributing by producing eco-friendly aviation components. Industry experts are optimistic about the sector's profitability and sustainability efforts.

How the aviation sector is seeking a more sustainable future: the example of Qatar

19 Jul 2023  |  fr.euronews.com
Hamad International Airport in Doha, one of the busiest in the world, is striving to become one of the most sustainable hubs globally. Qatar Airways and other Oneworld alliance members are committed to achieving net zero emissions by 2050 through fleet modernization, operational efficiency, and sustainable aviation fuels. The airport focuses on waste management, greenhouse gas reduction, and energy savings. European companies like Sonaca are also contributing by making aircraft components more sustainable. The aviation sector is currently experiencing high demand and profitability, creating a favorable environment for these sustainability efforts.

Don’t make same mistake with Xi Jinping and China as you did with Putin, EU is warned

04 Apr 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
Emmanuel Macron and Ursula von der Leyen are warned not to repeat past mistakes with China as they did with Putin, ahead of their meeting with Xi Jinping. Critics, including Lithuania's foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis, express concern over Europe's economic partnership approach, citing its failure to contain Russia. Landsbergis criticizes the EU's dependency on China for critical minerals and calls for reducing reliance on totalitarian states. Von der Leyen promises a shift in EU-China relations, while Macron aims to secure trade contracts during the visit. The EU's coherent message to China is questioned due to recent visits by various EU leaders.

Don’t make same mistake with Xi Jinping and China as you did with Putin, EU is warned

04 Apr 2023  |  ca.sports.yahoo.com
Emmanuel Macron and Ursula von der Leyen are warned not to repeat past mistakes in their approach to China, as they prepare for a meeting with Xi Jinping. Critics draw parallels to Europe's failed security partnership with Vladimir Putin. Lithuania's foreign minister, Gabrielius Landsbergis, cautions against emboldening China through economic partnerships. The EU's heavy reliance on Chinese trade, particularly for essential minerals, is highlighted. Macron aims to secure trade contracts, while von der Leyen has spoken of a strategic shift in EU-China relations. The coherence of EU messages to China is questioned amid recent visits by various EU leaders.

Don’t make same mistake with Xi Jinping and China as you did with Putin, EU is warned

04 Apr 2023  |  The Telegraph
Emmanuel Macron and Ursula von der Leyen are cautioned against repeating past mistakes with Vladimir Putin as they prepare to meet Xi Jinping. Lithuanian foreign minister Gabrielius Landsbergis warns that economic partnerships with authoritarian states like China could embolden them, similar to past experiences with Russia. The EU's reliance on Chinese trade, particularly minerals, is highlighted, and von der Leyen emphasizes 'derisking' rather than 'decoupling' from China. Macron aims to secure trade contracts but faces pressure to dissuade China from supporting Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The coherence of EU leaders' messages to Beijing remains uncertain.

Varadkar says no-confidence motion will be defeated by 'significant margin'

23 Mar 2023  |  Irish Examiner
Leo Varadkar, arriving at an EU summit in Brussels, expressed confidence that the upcoming no-confidence motion against the government, tabled by the Labour Party, will be defeated by a significant margin. The government recently won a vote 83-68, despite opposition from Green Party TD Neasa Hourigan, who was subsequently suspended. Varadkar also welcomed Westminster's approval of the 'Windsor Framework' for post-Brexit changes in Northern Ireland, though the DUP's refusal to support it leaves the return of a functioning devolved government in Stormont uncertain. The EU summit will also address ammunition supplies for Ukraine, migration, and the economic situation in the euro area.

From Supply Chains to Supply Networks: Companies Rethink Their Strategy

15 Feb 2023  |  de.euronews.com
Global crises are pushing companies to find more complex solutions for supply chain risks, including conflicts, the COVID crisis, and climate change. The World Economic Forum identifies five key factors affecting global supply chains: soaring inflation, labor unrest, energy shortages, geopolitical uncertainty, and extreme weather. Despite these challenges, companies are innovating and optimizing supply chains, transforming them into supply networks. The GWC Group's CEO, Ranjeev Menon, notes positive signs of recovery and adaptation. The Port of Antwerp is investing in technology to enhance its operations, while GXO Logistics focuses on efficiency and innovation in warehousing. The overall outlook is more optimistic than previously feared, thanks to technological advancements in planning, transportation, and storage.

From chains to webs: how crises have transformed global supply routes

15 Feb 2023  |  www.euronews.com
Global supply chains have faced significant challenges due to conflict, COVID-19, and climate change, prompting companies to rethink their strategies and invest in technology. The World Economic Forum identifies five key factors affecting supply chains: inflation, labor unrest, energy shortages, geopolitical uncertainty, and extreme weather. Despite these challenges, there is optimism as companies adapt by diversifying production and leveraging technology. The Port of Antwerp and GXO Logistics are highlighted for their innovative approaches in digitalization and efficiency, suggesting a more resilient and complex 'supply web' rather than traditional supply chains.

From Chains to Networks, What Supply in Times of Crisis?

15 Feb 2023  |  fr.euronews.com
Global supply chains are being disrupted by conflicts, the COVID-19 pandemic, and the climate crisis, prompting companies to invest in technology to manage increasingly complex networks. The World Economic Forum identifies five key factors impacting supply chains: rising living costs, social unrest, energy shortages, geopolitical uncertainty, and extreme weather events. Despite these challenges, there is optimism about the potential for innovation to optimize supply chains. The article highlights the positive outlook of industry leaders like Ranjeev Menon of GWC and Mark Manduca of GXO Logistics, as well as technological advancements at the Port of Antwerp, which are driving improvements in logistics and supply chain management.

Trial of Islamic State jihadists halted over claims of ‘abuse’ by Brussels police

09 Dec 2022  |  thetimes.co.uk
The trial of ten Islamic State jihadists for their involvement in the 2016 Brussels terror attacks was briefly suspended after defendants complained of abuse by Belgian police and prison authorities. Lawyer Jonathan De Taye requested the suspension, citing the treatment of his client, Ali El Haddad Asufi, as 'worthy of a totalitarian state'.

Hungary’s Viktor Orban prevents €18bn in EU funds going to Ukraine in row over corruption and gay rights

07 Dec 2022  |  independent.ie
Hungary, led by Viktor Orban, blocked €18bn in EU aid destined for Ukraine, leveraging it to pressure Brussels into releasing €13.3bn in EU funds and coronavirus recovery money that were frozen over concerns of corruption, democratic backsliding, and violations of gay and trans rights.

‘A dud’: European Union’s $500,000 metaverse party attracts six guests

02 Dec 2022  |  brisbanetimes.com.au
The European Union's attempt to engage young people through a $500,000 metaverse event was unsuccessful, with only six attendees. The EU Commission's foreign aid department invested in the virtual space, which featured virtual DJs and was aimed at educating 18-35 year olds about EU policies. However, the event was poorly received, with only 44 likes on the promotional video and internal criticism from the European Commission. Jacob Kirkegaard of the German Marshall Fund and others have criticized the EU's investment in the metaverse, which an EU spokesman acknowledged did not meet expectations.

EU spent $640,000 on party in the metaverse

01 Dec 2022  |  nzherald.co.nz
The European Union's attempt to engage young people through a metaverse event, costing nearly 640,000 NZD, was unsuccessful with only six attendees. The EU Commission's foreign aid department had hoped to educate youth about its policies through a virtual concert. However, the event received minimal interest, with only 44 likes on its promotional video. Critics, including Devex correspondent Vince Chadwick and Jacob Kirkegaard from the German Marshall Fund, labeled the initiative a waste of resources. An EU spokesperson acknowledged the metaverse's shortcomings, while Maria Jose Romero from the European Network on Debt and Development questioned the EU's spending, suggesting it could be better used to address poverty and inequality. Despite the failed launch, the EU metaverse remains online with sparse activity.

EU throws 'party' in the metaverse - but just six people turn up

01 Dec 2022  |  sg.style.yahoo.com
The European Union's attempt to engage young people through a virtual 'party' in the metaverse ended in failure, with only six attendees. The EU Commission's foreign aid department spent £332,000 on the event, which was part of the 'Global Gateway' investment plan, intended to compete with China's Belt and Road Initiative. The metaverse's poor performance and the EU's spending on it have been criticized by various EU watchers and organizations, with concerns about the misuse of development funds.

EU’s €387,000 metaverse party attracts just six guests

01 Dec 2022  |  www.independent.ie
A European Union initiative to host a virtual party in the metaverse aimed at engaging young people in its policies failed, with only six attendees. The EU Commission's foreign aid department invested €387,000 in creating the metaverse for this event.

End nears for ‘flight mode’ as EU will force airlines to have 5G

25 Nov 2022  |  The Telegraph
The European Union plans to eliminate 'flight mode' by requiring airlines to equip aircraft with 5G, allowing passenger phones to connect to ground masts during low-altitude flights and using pico-cells for higher altitudes. EU Commissioner Thierry Breton announced the initiative, emphasizing the potential of high-capacity connectivity. While airlines have offered wi-fi since 2008, it typically incurs extra costs and is limited to long-haul flights. The International Air Transport Association supports the EU's plan, citing safety assurances as the 5G networks will operate on frequencies above those used for cockpit communications.

Varadkar pledges support with energy bills into 2023

09 Sep 2022  |  Irish Examiner
Leo Varadkar has pledged continued support for energy bills into 2023, emphasizing the need for dynamic and ongoing assistance. The government is preparing to provide a third energy credit after Christmas, with concerns about the sustainability of large financial interventions. EU energy ministers are proposing measures to cap gas prices and redistribute energy company profits, with Ireland showing support for these unprecedented market interventions. Micheál Martin highlighted the upcoming Budget's broad measures to reduce costs and protect jobs and businesses affected by the energy crisis.

Flat-out lying is honest work for village champion

24 Aug 2022  |  www.thetimes.com
Zarko Pejanovic won the 12th annual lying-down competition in Montenegro by lying down for 60 hours, earning €350 and various prizes. The competition, held in an ethno village near Niksic, humorously addresses the stereotype of Montenegrins as lazy. Pejanovic's family friend Vuk Koljensic came in second, and last year's winner, Dubravka Aleksic, holds the record with 117 hours. Pejanovic later had a dispute with the Dan newspaper over being called a 'layabout,' the title given to the competition winner.

Tweets of the Week: Sanctions part 6, Poland, Croatia and Denmark’s Tales

03 Jun 2022  |  euractiv.com
EU leaders agreed to a partial Russian oil ban, which Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban leveraged to his advantage, demanding a carve-out and the removal of Patriarch Kirill from the EU sanctions list. The EU Commission is divided over Poland's 36 billion-euro aid, with some commissioners voting against it due to rule of law concerns. Denmark voted to join the EU defence policy, and Croatia made progress towards adopting the euro.

Belgian Prime Minister: Your foreign policy can only survive if the middle class can defend it

27 May 2022  |  tr.euronews.com
The Ukrainian war dominated discussions at the World Economic Forum in Davos, with Belgian Prime Minister Alexander de Croo emphasizing the importance of NATO solidarity and efficient defense spending. He highlighted the need for European industrial programs and societal benefits from defense investments. De Croo supported the EU's sixth sanctions package against Russia but stressed minimizing its impact on Europe. He discussed the challenges of high energy prices and the importance of market intervention. On Ukraine, he advocated for continued support and reconstruction efforts post-war, while acknowledging the lengthy EU membership process. De Croo also noted Russia's increasing isolation and Ukraine's growing global influence.

EU sanctions should not hurt the middle class, warns Belgian PM Alexander De Croo

25 May 2022  |  www.euronews.com
Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo warned that EU sanctions should target Russia more than European citizens, emphasizing the need for the middle class's support for foreign policy. During an interview at the World Economic Forum in Davos, De Croo addressed the stalled proposal for an EU-wide ban on Russian oil imports, acknowledging the economic concerns of landlocked countries like Hungary. He advocated for market intervention to adjust electricity prices, which he believes do not reflect reality, and discussed the need for support in Ukraine's post-war reconstruction, considering the use of common EU debt for investment purposes.

Tweets of the Week: Interpretive CoFoE, Finlandisation and Eurovision

13 May 2022  |  EURACTIV.com
The Conference on the Future of Europe concluded with calls for permanent citizen panels at the EU level. Emmanuel Macron proposed a new political European community to include Ukraine, which faced criticism. Finland and Sweden are moving towards NATO membership, marking a significant shift in European security due to Russia's invasion of Ukraine. The article also highlights the start of Eurovision 2022, noting the war's impact on the event.

Amber Heard says first time Johnny Depp 'hit her' it 'changed her life'

05 May 2022  |  The Telegraph
Amber Heard testified in Fairfax, Virginia, describing the first time Johnny Depp allegedly hit her, which she said changed her life. She recounted a whirlwind romance that turned violent, detailing specific incidents of abuse, including a cavity search for drugs. Depp, who is suing Heard for defamation, did not look at her during her testimony. Heard has counter-sued, claiming Depp called her a liar. The trial continues.

Ukraine could train British soldiers once war with Russia ends, says Ben Wallace

04 May 2022  |  www.telegraph.co.uk
UK Defence Secretary Ben Wallace suggested that Ukrainian troops could train British forces post-war, sharing valuable combat experience against Russian forces. During a visit to British troops in Finland, Wallace emphasized mutual training benefits and the importance of learning from Ukraine's tactics. He also reaffirmed the UK's support for Finland amidst discussions on NATO membership and responded to a recent Russian airspace violation. Wallace highlighted the lack of full-throated support for Russia from expected allies like China and Belarus, noting China's concern over Russia's path to isolation. He also addressed the nuclear threat in the conflict, asserting NATO's nuclear capabilities. The article also mentions the EU's debate over a Russian oil embargo and the unity within NATO.

Viktor Orban blocks EU plan for total ban on Russian oil

04 May 2022  |  The Telegraph
Hungary has rejected an EU plan to ban all oil imports from Russia, causing a split within the bloc over new sanctions aimed at pressuring Vladimir Putin. Hungarian Foreign Minister Peter Szijjarto stated that the ban would jeopardize Hungary's energy security, demanding a total exemption for oil imports through pipelines. The European Commission, led by Ursula von der Leyen, proposed the embargo as part of the EU's sixth round of sanctions against Russia, which also includes removing Sberbank from the Swift payment system and banning Russian media outlets. The rejection by Hungary, which relies heavily on Russian oil, has raised questions about the feasibility of the proposed sanctions. The EU's measures are seen as part of a long-term strategy to reduce dependency on Russian fossil fuels.

Britain sanctions Russian war correspondents in crackdown on propaganda

04 May 2022  |  The Telegraph
Britain has sanctioned three Russian war correspondents and six media organizations to combat disinformation supporting the Kremlin's war efforts. Foreign Secretary Liz Truss and other officials emphasized the moral imperative of these sanctions, which include banning British services to Russia. The measures aim to increase economic pressure on the Kremlin and support Ukraine.

EU should embrace federalism, says Mario Draghi

04 May 2022  |  The Telegraph
Italy's Prime Minister Mario Draghi advocates for the European Union to adopt federalism in response to the war in Ukraine, emphasizing the need for pragmatic federalism in defense, foreign policy, and economics. He suggests revising EU treaties and eliminating the veto power of individual member states on foreign policy issues. Draghi's proposals aim to make the EU more decisive and credible. The article also highlights the potential challenges and resistance from member states, particularly Hungary, and notes a recent move towards federalization with the European Parliament's vote on transnational election lists.

Loyal Serbia’s choice: Russia or the West?

03 Apr 2022  |  www.thetimes.com
Serbia's loyalty to Russia, exemplified by President Vucic's symbolic gift to President Putin and his statements of support, has persisted despite the invasion of Ukraine. Serbia remains the only major European nation not to impose economic sanctions over the war, contrasting with the actions of Britain, the United States, the European Union, and other powers. Vucic is on course to win a second term.

EU import duties on steel divide the industry

11 Nov 2021  |  www.dw.com
The extension of EU measures to protect the steel industry is causing a division within the sector, with processing firms in Europe reporting increased prices as a result.

France fishing row: Paris delays tough new checks at ports after UK legal threat

02 Nov 2021  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
The British scallop trawler Cornelis Gert Jan, detained by French authorities for allegedly fishing without a license, remains held despite claims by UK Environment Secretary George Eustice that it had been released. The captain faces a potential criminal trial and a fine. Downing Street later confirmed the vessel's continued detention, attributing the situation to an administrative error.

Netherlands in danger as sea level rises faster than forecast

27 Oct 2021  |  www.thetimes.co.uk
Dutch scientists have issued a warning that sea levels are rising faster than previously expected, posing a significant threat to the Netherlands. Research from the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute indicates that sea levels off the Dutch coast could rise by up to 2 meters between 2000 and 2100, a significant increase from the 1-meter rise predicted in 2014. The accelerated melting of the Antarctic ice sheet is a major contributing factor. The findings are supported by the latest study from the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. With 50% of the Netherlands' land mass just 1 meter above sea level and Amsterdam situated 2 meters below sea level, the country faces severe risks.

Italy’s plea to keep Ferraris free of net zero clampdown

07 Sep 2021  |  smh.com.au
Italy has requested the European Union to exempt its supercars, including brands like Ferrari, Lamborghini, and Maserati, from upcoming laws mandating zero emissions for all cars sold from 2035. Roberto Cingolani, Italy's minister for ecological transition, believes there will be no problem obtaining exemptions for these niche market vehicles. The EU's

High probability Northern Ireland protocol will be extended to avoid sausage wars II

06 Sep 2021  |  telegraph.co.uk
Ireland's Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar indicated a high probability that grace periods allowing free movement of goods between the UK and Northern Ireland will be extended beyond October to avoid exacerbating the 'sausage wars.' The Northern Ireland Protocol, which keeps Northern Ireland in the EU's single market for goods, is causing issues that could worsen without negotiation. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has stated there will be no renegotiation of the protocol, while British Brexit minister Lord Frost emphasized the need for substantial changes. The UK is also planning to impose import taxes on EU goods in October, which could influence renegotiations.

British holidaymakers will have to pay €7 to enter Europe under EU plans

03 Aug 2021  |  uk.news.yahoo.com
The European Union is advancing plans to introduce the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), which will require non-EU travelers, including British holidaymakers, to pay €7 for pre-screening before entering the Schengen area. The system, similar to the US ESTA, aims to enhance internal security by conducting security checks against existing databases. Over 95% of applications are expected to result in automatic approval. The ETIAS, proposed in 2016 and confirmed on Tuesday, is set to be implemented by the end of 2022 and will allow multiple entries over three years. The UK is also considering a similar system, expected to launch in 2024.

British holidaymakers will have to pay €7 to enter Europe under EU plans

03 Aug 2021  |  The Telegraph
British travelers to Europe will need to pay €7 for entry under the European Travel Information and Authorisation System (ETIAS), similar to the US ESTA. The system, confirmed on Tuesday, aims to enhance security by pre-screening travelers and is expected to be implemented by the end of 2022. The UK is considering a similar system for non-British nationals, potentially requiring health and vaccination status declarations.

EU vaccine rollout row flares after French official brags about Ireland ‘surpassing’ UK

02 Aug 2021  |  The Telegraph
The EU-UK vaccine rollout dispute has resurfaced after Thierry Breton, France's EU Commissioner, boasted about Ireland surpassing the UK in double-jabbed adults. This follows previous tensions over AstraZeneca's vaccine delivery failures to the EU. The article highlights the UK's high vaccination rates and the EU's mixed progress, with specific mentions of Ireland, Malta, and Belgium reaching herd immunity levels. The piece also touches on domestic reactions in France to vaccine mandates and travel restrictions.

Hungary could reassess EU membership by end of decade

02 Aug 2021  |  The Telegraph
Hungary's finance minister, Mihály Varga, suggests the country may reassess its EU membership by the end of the decade, especially if it becomes a net contributor to the EU budget and if 'attacks' from Brussels persist. Hungary, which joined the EU in 2004, is currently in a dispute with the European Commission over delayed pandemic recovery funds, linked to concerns over rule of law and corruption. The Dutch prime minister, Mark Rutte, has questioned Hungary's place in the EU.

Women fined for wearing burkinis at French swimming pool

22 Jul 2021  |  The Telegraph
French authorities fined five women for wearing burkinis at a Grenoble swimming pool in a protest against anti-Muslim discrimination. The women, part of the Citizen’s Alliance, were banned from public pools for two months. The protest highlights ongoing tensions over burkini bans in France, with political figures like Florian Philippot and Eric Piolle weighing in on the issue.

Women can be sacked for wearing a hijab, highest EU court rules

15 Jul 2021  |  uk.news.yahoo.com
The European Union Court of Justice has ruled that employers can dismiss women for wearing hijabs if it's necessary to present a neutral image to customers or prevent social disputes. This decision reaffirms a 2017 judgment and sets a precedent across the EU. The ruling has been criticized by the EU Muslim Network and the European Anti-Racism Network for potentially increasing Islamophobia and failing to protect Muslim women from discrimination. The cases involved two German women who began wearing hijabs after parental leave and faced suspension and reassignment. The ruling also contrasts with a 2013 European Court of Human Rights decision that wearing religious symbols at work is a fundamental right.

Women can be sacked for wearing a hijab, highest EU court rules

15 Jul 2021  |  The Telegraph
The EU's highest court has ruled that employers can dismiss women for wearing hijabs under certain conditions to maintain a neutral image. The ruling, which stems from two German cases, has sparked criticism from organizations like the EU Muslim Network and the European Anti-Racism Network, who argue it could fuel Islamophobia and fails to protect Muslim women from discrimination. The decision sets a precedent for similar cases across the EU's 27 member states and reaffirms a 2017 judgment on religious symbols in the workplace. The ruling contrasts with a 2013 European Court of Human Rights decision that upheld wearing a cross at work as a fundamental right.

At least 60 dead and dozens missing as severe floods strike Europe

15 Jul 2021  |  The Telegraph
Severe floods across Europe, particularly in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands, have resulted in at least 60 deaths and many missing persons. The floods, caused by record rainfall, have led to significant destruction, with residents clambering to rooftops for safety and emergency services working tirelessly. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and other political figures have linked the extreme weather to climate change, calling for accelerated climate protection measures. The floods have disrupted transportation and necessitated evacuations, with significant impacts on local communities and infrastructure.

Irish PM accuses UK Government of ‘let it rip’ approach to lifting Covid restrictions

12 Jul 2021  |  The Telegraph
Ireland's Prime Minister Micheál Martin criticized the British Government's 'let it rip' approach to easing Covid restrictions, advocating for a more cautious strategy. While the UK plans to lift mask mandates and other restrictions, Ireland maintains stricter measures, allowing limited indoor dining for vaccinated individuals and keeping other restrictions in place. Martin emphasized the importance of caution, citing the prevalence of long Covid among young people. Ireland has imposed some of the world's strictest lockdowns and has a lower vaccination rate compared to the UK.

Apple: Our climate goals are 'more aggressive' than those of governments

02 Jul 2021  |  euronews.com
Apple's VP of Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives, Lisa Jackson, discusses the company's ambitious climate goals, including achieving full carbon neutrality by 2030. Apple has made strides in renewable energy usage and is working towards a circular economy, with initiatives like the disassembly robot Daisy. Despite facing criticism over supply chain practices, particularly concerning cobalt mining in the Democratic Republic of Congo, Apple is committed to responsible sourcing and aims to use only recycled and renewable materials. The company's efforts have been recognized by organizations such as Greenpeace and the UN.

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