15 Feb 2022

JET nuclear fusion reactor shatters record for energy production

Nature has reported that the Joint European Torus (JET) fusion reactor in Oxford, UK, has produced the highest level of sustained energy ever produced from an atom fusion. The reactor produced 59 megajoules of energy on December 21, 2021, during a pulse that lasted just five seconds. This figure represents

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18 Nov 2021

Belarus Moves Some Migrants Away From Poland’s Border

According to officials from Poland’s Interior Ministry, the number of migrants camped out on the Belarusian side of the country’s eastern border has fallen. This may mark a sign of de-escalation in the multi-faced confrontation between the European Union and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. According to authorities. Belarusian officials have

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11 Nov 2021

Belarus threatens EU gas as bloc considers sanctions

Amid heightened tensions, Belarus has threatened to cut off gas supplies to Europe if sanctions are imposed due to an escalating migrant crisis at the country’s border with Poland, where thousands of people are enduring freezing conditions in hopes of crossing into the EU. Western officials have accused Belarus of

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22 Oct 2021

EU leaders lambast Poland over its challenge to union

The European Union lawmakers are pressuring the European Union to withhold funds to Poland due to the ruling by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal that claims Poland’s laws and constitution have precedence over some of the European Union laws. The European Parliament condemned this ruling on Thursday. The ruling threatens to undermine

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08 Oct 2021

‘You are playing with fire’: EU faces crisis after Polish court ruling

A Polish court challenged the supremacy of European Union law and caused a crisis on Friday. The crisis raised the possibility of Poland leaving the bloc and caused discomfort for politicians across Europe as the legal pillar of the EU could be undermined by the court. Ursula von der Leyen,

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03 Aug 2021

Amazon Fined 746 Mn Euros in Luxembourg Over Data Privacy

In Luxembourg, Amazon has been fined $880 million by authorities due to allegations that the company violated the EU’s data protection rules. The company announced the fine on Friday of last week. The fine was allegedly issued on July 16 by the Luxembourg National Commission for Data Protection after an

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12 Jul 2021

Europe Makes the Case to Ban Biometric Surveillance

Recently, the European Data Protection Board, tasked with helping countries implement GDPR consistently, has called for a total ban on utilizing artificial intelligence (AI) technology to conduct facial recognition. The European Data Protection Supervisor joined the former entity in making a push for a ban on the controversial technology. The

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25 Jun 2021

French-German plan for EU-Putin talks collapses

The European Union failed to agree on a French-German proposal for direct talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. On Thursday, Berlin and Paris called for the bloc to resume talks with the Russian leader after US President Joe Biden’s meeting with Putin in Geneva. Some critical member states denounced the

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25 Jun 2021

Belarus Transfers Opposition Figure to House Arrest

A Belarusian dissident, Roman Protasevich and Sofia Sapega were arrested after their airliner was forced to land in Minsk. They have been transferred to house arrest on Friday in response to sanctions implemented by the European Union.  78 people and critical sectors of the economy were sanctioned after the “hijacking”

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23 Jun 2021

Covid-19 Delta Variant Threatens to Set Back Europe’s Recovery

The Delta variant of Covid-19 is spreading across continental Europe, increasing the risk of a rebound in infections and subsequent delay to the region’s economic recovery. The variant was first discovered in India late last year. The Delta variant’s spread has prompted Portugal to seal off its capital city of

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