08 Feb 2021

EU, UK and U.S. to speak with Navalny team after Russia expels diplomats

The European Union (EU) is planning on convening for a video conference on Monday to speak with allied of the jailed Kremlin critic and opposition figure Alexei Navalny. The EU will be joined by spokespeople from the US, Canada, Ukraine, and Britain to discuss Russia’s handling of an extremely volatile

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28 Jan 2021

Germany facing ’10 tough weeks’ of vaccine shortages

Germany is currently facing a shortage of Covid-19 vaccines that could last up to ten weeks, according to the country’s health minister Jens Spahn. The pace of Germany’s vaccine rollout has been less than ideal, failing to meet many of its own daily vaccination targets. Mr. Spahn’s commentary on Twitter

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27 Jan 2021

AstraZeneca-EU row escalates over vaccine shortage

The European Union is calling on pharmaceutical company and vaccine producer AstraZeneca to publish their vaccine contract. The move comes amid frustration at the vaccine vendor due to delivery shortfalls. The EU has been dissatisfied with the production delays but is unable to release details of the deal due to

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14 Jan 2021

Australian Home Affairs Minister takes issue with EU Electronic Communications Code

On December 21, 2020, a new communications code was introduced in the European Union with hopes of harmonising the legal framework for electronic communications. However, the Australian government and governments from Canada, New Zealand, the UK and the US have unveiled undesired, unintended consequences of the new code. The code

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28 Dec 2020

Europe launches mass vaccination program as countries race to contain new variant

Yesterday, the European Union began its Covid-19 vaccination program after approving the Pfizer and BioNTech vaccine on December 21. The vaccine has now been delivered to all EU countries, according to European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen. December 27, 28, and 29 have been declared EU vaccination days, although

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22 Dec 2020

Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 Vaccine Is Cleared for Use by EU Drug Agency

The Pfizer and BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine has been cleared by the European Union, a major step for Europe in combatting the pandemic. Europe has been battling with economic hardship and a deadly winter surge, combined with fear over a new mutation in the virus found in Britain. The vaccine has

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10 Dec 2020

UK and EU extend Brexit talks to Sunday

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have decided to extend Brexit trade talks until Sunday following an extensive in-person discussion in Brussels. The conversation occurred on Wednesday evening and concluded with the idea that the two entities must find common ground. The future

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11 Nov 2020

EU Agrees on Tighter Rules for Surveillance Tech Exports

On Monday, the European Union agreed to implement stricter regulations on the sale and export of cyber-surveillance technology. EU lawmakers reached a deal on new restrictions for dual-use goods like facial recognition technology, biometric data tech, and spyware to prevent spreading them to areas in which they may be used

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06 Nov 2020

UN and EU slam Israel after West Bank demolition leaves 73 Palestinians homeless

The United Nations and the European Union have heavily condemned the demolition of a large portion of a Palestinian community on behalf of the Israeli military. The community, which is located in the West Bank, has left 73 people, including 41 children, homeless during a pandemic. The UN criticized the

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13 Oct 2020

EU to Sanction Russia Over Poisoning and Belarus Leader Over Crackdown

On Monday, the European Union agreed to impose sanctions on Russian officials after the poisoning of opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent known as Novichok. The sanctions will target entities that were allegedly involved in the poisoning, however, officials stated that the move will likely not undercut Europe’s

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