• Freddie Jordan Telegraph logo Feed of articles Saved articles

    Updated: 2021-03-26 19:21:13
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  • [Ticker] EU needs €300bn to compete on 5G

    Updated: 2021-03-26 06:29:09
    The EU needs to invest €300bn in 5G telecoms infrastructure if it wants super-fast internet across the bloc in line with efforts to revive its economy after the pandemic, a study by consulting firm 'BCG' for telecoms lobby 'ETNO' has said. One way to speed things up would be "pursuing new ownership models involving voluntary infrastructure sharing, which can allow faster roll-out," the study said.

  • [Ticker] Suez blockage doubles shipping prices

    Updated: 2021-03-26 06:28:54
    Reeling from the blockage in the Suez Canal, shipping rates for oil-product tankers have nearly doubled this week, and several vessels were diverted away from the vital waterway as a giant container ship remained blocked, Reuters writes. The suspension of traffic through the narrow channel linking Europe and Asia has deepened problems for shipping lines that were already facing disruption and delays in supplying retail goods to consumers.

  • [Ticker] China retaliates with sanctions on UK individuals and entities

    Updated: 2021-03-26 06:24:50
    China sanctioned organisations and individuals in the United Kingdom over what it called "lies and disinformation" about Xinjiang, days after Britain imposed sanctions for human rights abuses in the western Chinese region, Reuters reports. The Chinese foreign ministry said in a statement it sanctioned four entities and nine individuals, including lawmakers such as former Conservative Party leader Iain Duncan Smith and the Conservative Party Human Rights Commission.

  • [Ticker] Poll: Most Scots want to leave UK for EU

    Updated: 2021-03-26 06:20:38
    Some 53 percent of Scottish people would vote for independence, but only if Scotland was guaranteed to join the EU afterward, according to a survey by pollster Survation for the Press and Journal newspaper. Scottish leader Nicola Sturgeon has called for a second vote in the wake of Brexit. But EU countries have in the past been wary of encouraging separatism, for instance in the Spanish region of Catalonia.

  • Frustration at EU summit on slow vaccination

    Updated: 2021-03-26 06:13:45
    EU commission chief said that despite the bumpy start, the first benefits of vaccinations are being felt, amid lower mortality rates.

  • EU leaders grasp Turkey's olive branch

    Updated: 2021-03-26 06:13:04
    EU leaders have offered more refugee aid and customs perks to Turkey at a video-summit also attended by US president Joe Biden.

  • [Ticker] EU Commission pledges organic-farming push

    Updated: 2021-03-26 06:05:28
    Organic framing should cover 25 percent of EU arable land by 2030, up from nine percent today, the European Commission has said, while unveiling a €49m plan to promote the more green option this year. Organic farming reduces CO2 emissions by curbing synthetic fertiliser and protects biodiversity, including bees, by not using chemical pesticides. The commission has also allocated up to €38bn for farming eco-schemes between 2023-2027.

  • EU Parliament endorses Balkan accession talks

    Updated: 2021-03-26 06:05:15
    The European Parliament has called for accession talks to start with Albania and North Macedonia, putting pressure on member states to go ahead.

  • [Ticker] Juncker: Stop fighting 'stupid vaccine war'

    Updated: 2021-03-26 06:04:21
    Former European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker has castigated the way Britain and the EU have handled their vaccine-export dispute. "Nobody in Britain, nobody in Europe understands why we are witnessing, according to the news, a stupid vaccine war ... we are allies," he told the BBC Thursday. EU export bans "could create major reputation damage to the European Union, who used to be the world's free-trade champion," he added.

  • [Ticker] Denmark keeps temporary pause on AstraZeneca vaccine

    Updated: 2021-03-26 06:04:10
    Denmark is not lifting its temporary ban on using AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine, the national health authority said on Thursday. Health officials said they await further data, DPA reported. Denmark stopped using the vaccine on 11 March after a woman died of blood clots after having the jab. Several other countries also suspended the AstraZeneca vaccine, but reinstated use after the European Medicines Agency (EMA) confirmed that it is safe.

  • [Ticker] Germany to require Covid-19 tests for all flight arrivals

    Updated: 2021-03-26 06:03:58
    Germany will require everyone entering the country by plane to have already taken a Covid-19 test, starting from Sunday. Previously, only travellers from high-risk areas were required to present a negative test, Deutsche Welle reported. Travellers will be required to take a Covid-19 test before departure, regardless of infection rates in their country of origin. Airlines will only be allowed to let passengers onboard with proof of a negative test.

  • Conference on the Future of Europe - how it will work

    Updated: 2021-03-26 06:03:44
    A multilingual digital platform will be launched next month) so citizens can start contributing to the conference "without delay".

  • MEPs could sue EU Commission over rule-of-law tool

    Updated: 2021-03-26 06:03:32
    Behind the convoluted procedural bickering lies a fierce battle for the efficacy of the new rule-of-law tool agreed by legislators last November.

  • Sherelle Jacobs Telegraph logo Feed of articles Saved articles

    Updated: 2021-03-25 08:41:42
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  • [Ticker] Germany eases citizenship rules for Nazi victims' relatives

    Updated: 2021-03-25 06:16:36
    "This is not just about putting things right, it is about apologising in profound shame," German interior minister Horst Seehofer said Wednesday after easing rules for descendants of Nazi victims to claim citizenship. "It is a huge fortune for our country if people want to become German, despite the fact that we took everything from their ancestors," Seehofer added. Jewish groups called the move a "gesture of decency".

  • [Ticker] European club shames Portugal on racism

    Updated: 2021-03-25 06:15:59
    The Council of Europe, a multilateral club in Strasbourg, has said "further efforts are necessary for Portugal to come to terms with past human-rights violations to tackle racist biases against people of African descent inherited from a colonial past and historical slave trade". Its annual report comes amid a toxic political debate in Lisbon on how the country, which currently holds the symbolic EU presidency, should memorialise its colonial history.

  • Bulgaria's spat with North Macedonia goes to MEP vote

    Updated: 2021-03-25 06:06:06
    MEPs in the European Parliament are set to vote on a report on North Macedonia. Some MEPs are demanding Bulgaria stop issuing "provocative statements" against the Balkan state.

  • [Ticker] Sweden to end travel ban on Norway and Denmark

    Updated: 2021-03-25 06:05:53
    Sweden announced on Wednesday that its travel ban for people coming from Norway and Denmark will end on 31 March. People will need a negative Covid-19 test to enter the country, however, Reuters reported. "This means, among other things, that Norwegians and Danes can travel to their holiday homes in Sweden and that families and friends across borders can meet each other," said minister of the interior, Mikael Damberg.

  • [Ticker] EU starts 30 days of talks on green transition with Africa

    Updated: 2021-03-25 06:05:28
    The Portuguese presidency of the EU Council, together with the European Investment Bank, are hosting 30-days of talks with African political leaders on the energy transition and green investment needed in the continent. These dialogues started on Wednesday and will end on 23 April, when a forum will be held in Lisbon. These dialogues are part of the preparation for the next summit between the EU and the African Union.

  • EU sharpens vaccine export tool, amid third wave

    Updated: 2021-03-25 06:05:17
    The UK seems to be targeted as it has received 10m vaccines since January from the EU but has not exported back. Several EU countries are cautious about the tighter curbs fearing it could harm global supply chains.

  • [Ticker] UK government to introduce tougher asylum system

    Updated: 2021-03-25 06:05:04
    Britain will introduce new rules for those seeking asylum, making it more difficult for refugees entering illegally to stay in the country, UK interior minister Priti Patel said, Reuters reports. "Under our new plan for immigration, if people arrive illegally, they will no longer have the same entitlements as those who arrive legally, and it will be harder for them to stay," Patel said in a statement.

  • [Ticker] UN to investigate Belarus post-election torture allegations

    Updated: 2021-03-25 06:04:54
    The UN human rights council agreed to set up a team of investigators to gather evidence about the alleged brutality and torture by authorities in Belarus during their post-election crackdown on protesters, Reuters writes. "We must show our support to the people of Belarus and hold perpetrators of grave human rights violations accountable to end the vicious cycle of impunity," Portugal's ambassador Rui Macieira, speaking for the EU, said.

  • EU fears 'alarming' third wave, as bloc back in lockdown

    Updated: 2021-03-25 06:04:43
    The European Commission has raised concerns about the "alarming" epidemiological situation in some member states, warning that it could worsen in the coming weeks as a third wave of the pandemic hits the continent.

  • [Ticker] Saudi official threatened French UN investigator on Khashoggi

    Updated: 2021-03-24 06:21:30
    Agnès Callamard, a French former UN investigator, has told The Guardian newspaper that a senior Saudi official twice threatened her UN colleagues that he would have her killed if she did not stop digging into Saudi Arabia's 2018 murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Callamard would be "taken care of," the Saudi official said. It was "a death threat. That was how it was understood," she told the British newspaper Monday.

  • [Ticker] US president Biden to join European summit

    Updated: 2021-03-24 06:08:24
    European Council president Charles Michel announced on Twitter that US president Joe Biden will join the video-summit of EU leaders on Thursday. "Looking forward to welcome @POTUS at this week's European Council meeting", Michel said. "I have invited the president of the US to join our meeting for him to share his views on our future cooperation. Time to rebuild our transatlantic alliance," he added.

  • [Ticker] Belgian emergency meeting on new corona measures

    Updated: 2021-03-24 06:06:01
    Belgian prime minister Alexander De Croo will hold an emergency meeting on Wednesday morning to decide on new measures to halt the rise of infections and hospitalisations, Le Soir writes. On the table is a strict lockdown of three weeks, with the closure of schools, non-essentials shops and malls. Bars and restaurants are already closed, with a curfew of 10PM in Brussels and midnight in the rest of the country.

  • [Ticker] Over 250 MEPs and MPs call for vaccine-patents waiver

    Updated: 2021-03-24 06:05:42
    More than 250 MEPs and national parliamentarians on Tuesday urged the EU to support the temporary waiver of certain obligations under the Agreement on Trade-Related Aspect of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS). India and South Africa first call for a temporal patents waiver. Increasing the accessibility and availability of vaccines would "require wider sharing of proprietary technology and know-how…especially with low- and middle-income countries," they said in a statement.

  • [Ticker] Spain to lift travel ban from UK

    Updated: 2021-03-24 06:05:28
    Spain on 30 March will be lifting a travel ban from the UK, the Spanish government said. The move comes amid a relatively rapid vaccination rollout in the UK. However, the UK has for the moment imposed a travel ban to all foreign destinations but is set to review the policy in April. A Spanish government spokesperson said flight restrictions from Brazil and South Africa would be lifted 13 April.

  • [Ticker] France and Germany summon China's ambassadors

    Updated: 2021-03-24 06:05:12
    Both France and Germany summoned China's ambassadors to their respective countries over recent sanctions against EU officials imposed by Beijing. In a statement, Germany's foreign ministry described the sanctions as "an inappropriate escalation that unnecessarily strains ties between the EU and China." An unnamed French official made similar remarks to Reuters news agency amid a brewing Twitter spat and insult slinging with China's ambassador in Paris.

  • EU against 'outright ban' of vaccine exports before summit

    Updated: 2021-03-24 06:04:53
    "We are not seeking an outright ban on vaccine exports but we expect manufacturers to live up to their contractual obligations," EU Commission vice president Maroš Šefčovič said.

  • 'Marked divergences' remain in CAP reform showdown

    Updated: 2021-03-24 06:04:40
    The 'super trialogue' on the knotty issue of Common Agriculture Policy reform later this week aims to give a rough approximation of the different institutions positions. However, there are still big differences between national capitals and the European Parliament.

  • [Ticker] Cyprus: EU draft report on Turkey 'totally unacceptable'

    Updated: 2021-03-24 06:04:28
    Cyprus has rejected a draft prepared by EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell for a summit of EU leaders this week, which seeks to deepen trade ties with Turkey, describing it as "totally unacceptable," Ekathimerini writes. The offer of closer economic links, mixed with threats, reflects the complex relationship between Turkey, an EU candidate, and the world's largest trading bloc, which have drifted apart but are now seeking improved ties.

  • [Ticker] Germany imposes strict lockdown over Easter

    Updated: 2021-03-24 06:04:17
    German federal and state leaders have agreed on a even-tighter shutdown over the Easter holidays, Deutsche Welle reports. "We are in a new pandemic" due to the spread of coronavirus variants, chancellor Angela Merkel said. Germany is extending its current lockdown through to April 18, and will impose an even stricter lockdown from April 1 to April 5 when shops, including grocery stores, will largely have to close.

  • [Opinion] EU minimum wage directive risks legal quagmire

    Updated: 2021-03-24 06:04:03
    The one key question that needs to be asked is – will this proposed new legislation aid the required economic recovery or could it have an actual negative effect?

  • [Ticker] US health officials cast doubt on AstraZeneca trial

    Updated: 2021-03-23 10:08:25
    Federal health officials said in a statement on Tuesday that results from the recently-published US trial of AstraZeneca's vaccine could have relied on "outdated information" that "may have provided an incomplete view of the efficacy data". AstraZeneca announced on Monday that their vaccine was 79 percent effective against Covid-19 - after concluding a trial involving 32,000 people. The AstraZeneca vaccine has not been approved in the US yet.

  • [Ticker] Britain blocks EU holidays until at least July

    Updated: 2021-03-23 06:26:16
    Britain has banned people from going on holiday abroad until at least July to avoid Europe's third wave of corona "washing up on our shores", prime minister Boris Johnson said Monday. Violators can be fined £5,000 (€5,900). "The possibility lies that we will have to red-list all of our European neighbours", Lord Bethell of Romford, a health minister, also said, raising the prospect of a ban on all EU travel.

  • [Ticker] Sweden to introduce green-tax on plane travel

    Updated: 2021-03-23 06:22:57
    Sweden is preparing to tax high-polluting aircraft in what its government has called a European and world's first such move on climate change. "This means that takeoff and landing fees can be more significant when a plane's climate impact is higher and they can be reduced when the climate impact is lower," the Swedish infrastructure ministry said Monday, referring primarily to choice of fuel, including biofuels.

  • [Ticker] Polish novelist risks jail for calling president a 'moron'

    Updated: 2021-03-23 06:22:22
    A Polish novelist could face three years in prison for insulting Polish president Andrzej Duda on Facebook. "Andrzej Duda is a moron," Jakub Zulczyk said, commenting on Duda's reaction to the US election back in January. Prosecutors charged him with "offensive" language under laws that protect also the Polish flag and foreign flags. The Polish ruling party, Law and Justice, has politicised courts in a battle against opponents.

  • [Ticker] Belgian virologists plead for full lockdown

    Updated: 2021-03-23 06:17:05
    Several key virologists in Belgium are pleading for the country to go back into a full lockdown in order to turn the trend of rising infections and hospitalisations. According to top virologist Steven Van Gucht, the situation in Belgium shows "a dangerous cocktail". VUB professor Dirk Devroey said Belgium needs a full lockdown of four weeks, meaning "schools will be closed, workers cannot go to their work ..."

  • [Ticker] EU launches 'expert group' on sea rescues

    Updated: 2021-03-23 06:16:45
    The European Commission on Monday announced the first meeting of its so-called European Contact Group on Search and Rescue for migrants and refugees. Although search-and-rescue is a national prerogative, the commission say it wants the group "to bring clarity" on ways to help. "What we need to improve is our coordination," said EU home affairs commissioner, Ylva Johansson.

  • [Ticker] Hungary approves two more vaccines from outside EU

    Updated: 2021-03-23 06:16:30
    Hungary gave the initial approval to two more Covid-19 vaccines from outside the EU's procurement program, officials said Monday. The medicines regulator gave emergency approval to Convidecia, a vaccine produced by China's CanSino Biologics, and to India's Covishield vaccine, a version of the British-Swedish AstraZeneca vaccine. Hungary was the first in the EU to begin using vaccines from Russia and China, and has the second-highest vaccination rate in the EU.

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