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EU-Africa must be a ‘fair partnership’ of equals, say NGOs

EU-Africa must be a ‘fair partnership’ of equals, say NGOs

EU-Africa must be a ‘fair partnership’ of equals, say NGOsBy |This article is part of our special report .African civil society groups want to be part of drawing up a new ‘strategic partnership’ between the EU and the African Union, in a bid to overhaul a process which many believe is deeply dysfunctional.More than two thirds of civil society organisations from Africa and Europe believe that cooperation between the two continents “does not work well” or “not at all”, according to a survey of over 360 representatives of civil society organisations from Africa and Europe by VENRO, the...

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NATO seeks ways of protecting undersea cables from Russian attacks

NATO seeks ways of protecting undersea cables from Russian attacks

NATO seeks ways of protecting undersea cables from Russian attacksBy | (updated: )NATO defence ministers on Thursday (22 October) discussed the protection of critical infrastructure such as submarine cables under the Atlantic, amid growing concerns those could be cut or tapped.Military officials have in recent years noted and raised the possibility that Moscow could seek to damage cable networks during a potential conflict.Attacks of this kind could be part of hybrid warfare, a mixture of open and covert acts of war.NATO’s military leadership has warned that the Russian navy is aggressively...

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Abortion due to foetal defects unconstitutional in Poland

Abortion due to foetal defects unconstitutional in Poland

Abortion due to foetal defects unconstitutional in PolandBy and | andA ruling by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal on Thursday has rendered existing laws that allow abortions due to foteal defects unconstitutional, making abortion almost illegal in Poland.Once the ruling enters into force, ending a pregnancy in the largely Catholic country will be permissible only in cases of incest, rape or a threat to the mother’s health, which make up only about 2% of legal terminations conducted in recent years.A group of MPs from the ruling Law and Justice (PiS) party and other right-wing parties had...

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French McDonalds employees give 'chilling' testimonies of discrimination and harassment

French McDonalds employees give 'chilling' testimonies of discrimination and harassment

French McDonalds employees give ‘chilling’ testimonies of discrimination and harassmentBy | | translated byLanguages:Though McDonalds’ French ad campaign continues to be ‘Come as you are’, 114 employee testimonials collected recently in France tell a different story. They include racism, sexism, harassment and even sexual violence. .The revelations by French independent media and on 12 October had already damaged the group’s image. The two media recorded 38 testimonies of McDonald’s employees in France, in addition to the 40 already collected by the MacDroits collective, made up of...

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Xi invokes Chinese military might with US in mind

Xi invokes Chinese military might with US in mind

Xi invokes Chinese military might with US in mindPresident Xi Jinping issued a sharp warning Friday (23 October) to potential “invaders” of Beijing’s military resolve, speaking on the 70th anniversary of his nation’s entry into the Korean War, the only time Chinese forces have fought US rivals.In a long speech, heavy on patriotism and flecked by anecdotes of heroism by Chinese forces, Xi said victory in the 1950-53 conflict was a reminder that his nation stood ready to fight anyone “creating trouble… on China’s doorstep”.Beijing frequently uses war anniversaries to fire thinly covered...

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Finland considers EU to be a means to foster security

Finland considers EU to be a means to foster security

Finland considers EU to be a means to foster securityBy |Finland sees the EU increasingly as a means to enhance the country’s security and a barricade against geo-economic threats, according to a new research paper published on Thursday by the Finnish Institute of Foreign Affairs (FIIA). The report marks the country’s 25-year-long EU membership.The publication entitled “Finnish Foreign Policy during EU Membership – Unlocking the EU’s Security Potential” claims that Finland’s foreign policy focus during its early years of membership was supporting Russia’s democratization and enhancing the...

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EU, UK slap sanctions on Russian spies for hacking German parliament

EU, UK slap sanctions on Russian spies for hacking German parliament

EU, UK slap sanctions on Russian spies for hacking German parliamentThe EU and Britain imposed sanctions Thursday (22 October) on senior Russian intelligence officers for their alleged role in hacking the computer network in the German parliament in 2015.The head of the GRU military intelligence agency, Igor Kostyukov, and intelligence officer Dmitri Badin have been banned from EU soil and are subject to an asset freeze.A GRU unit, alleged to be responsible for cyber-attacks, has also been added to the EU sanctions list.Britain, which formally left the EU in January, said it was joining the...

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Germany's tentative crackdown on Russia: A hint of strategy

Germany's tentative crackdown on Russia: A hint of strategy

Germany’s tentative crackdown on Russia: A hint of strategyBy | | translated by (updated: )Languages:After years of balancing pressure and dialogue with Russia, Germany is becoming noticeably more confrontational, a process that was sparked a year ago by a shooting in Berlin. But the country still lacks a long-term strategy. EURACTIV Germany .Germany seems to be losing its hesitancy to confront Russia. Poisoned opposition figurehead Alexei Navalny was welcomed in Berlin for lifesaving treatment by Angela Merkel, fully aware that the Kremlin could be connected to the attack.In Brussels, the...

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There’s still time to change EU-Africa agenda, say activists

There’s still time to change EU-Africa agenda, say activists

There’s still time to change EU-Africa agenda, say activistsBy |As policy-makers in Brussels and Addis Ababa plough ahead with plans for what is billed as an ambitious ‘strategic partnership’ between the EU and Africa, civil society groups complain that they have been repeatedly shut out from having any influence over EU-African relations.“We have never been asked to participate (in AU-EU summits) and we don’t know the agendas,” Million Belay, co-ordinator of the Alliance for Food Sovereignty in Africa, told EURACTIV on the sidelines of an event organised by VENRO, the Association of German...

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Official: EU taking first steps to bring forestry into carbon market

Official: EU taking first steps to bring forestry into carbon market

Official: EU taking first steps to bring forestry into carbon marketBy | (updated: )This article is part of our special report .The first step to bring forestry under the EU’s emissions trading scheme is to ensure that every tonne of carbon dioxide in the forest is counted so that a certification system for carbon removals can be put in place, Artur Runge-Metzger told EURACTIV.Artur Runge-Metzger is the director at the European Commission’s department for climate action, where he is in charge of climate strategy, governance and emissions from non-trading sectors. He spoke to EURACTIV’s...

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45 lawmakers urge US to boycott Saudi-hosted G20

45 lawmakers urge US to boycott Saudi-hosted G20

45 lawmakers urge US to boycott Saudi-hosted G20Forty-five American lawmakers have urged the US government to boycott next month’s G20 summit in Riyadh unless Saudi authorities address key human rights concerns, according to correspondence released Wednesday (21 October).The letter from US Congress members to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo comes after European lawmakers passed a resolution this month calling for the European Union to downgrade its attendance at the summit, also over human rights.European Parliament urges leaders to snub— Sarah Leah Whitson (@sarahleah1)The developments are...

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Irish town cuts ties with 'LGBT-free' Polish twin in growing culture war

Irish town cuts ties with 'LGBT-free' Polish twin in growing culture war

Irish town cuts ties with ‘LGBT-free’ Polish twin in growing culture warThe Irish town of Fermoy has cut ties with its Polish twin Nowa Deba over a motion opposing “LGBT ideology”, in the latest European bid to counter Poland’s increasing homophobic stance.All six councillors in Fermoy in southern County Cork voted to sever the town’s 14-year relationship with the eastern Polish town, which had included exchange visits and cultural events, said Noel McCarthy, the councillor who proposed the vote.“We terminated because we felt that their local authority had discriminated against the LGBT...

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German municipalities prevented taking in refugees

German municipalities prevented taking in refugees

German municipalities prevented taking in refugeesBy |German municipalities renewed their call for a rapid admission of refugees from Greek camps, especially from Moria, which burned to the ground last month.But while a number of cities and municipalities have expressed readiness to take in refugees for humanitarian reasons, the federal government repeatedly made it clear that it wants to “rely on European solutions”.At a virtual summit between Chancellor Angela Merkel and local politicians, both sides were unable to agree on the admission of further refugees.>>Read the Capitals Special...

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China is this year’s biggest investor in Montenegro

China is this year’s biggest investor in Montenegro

China is this year’s biggest investor in MontenegroBy |China has become by far the largest investor in Montenegro with €70 million direct investments in the period from the beginning of the year to the end of August. In a central bank report published yesterday, more detailed data on the investments were marked as confidential, daily .Total foreign investments for these eight months amounted to €468 million, while these reached €515 million in the same period last year.Chinese investments in the country include the investments or purchases of companies in Montenegro, as well as the purchase...

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Juncker backs sanctions against Turkey

Juncker backs sanctions against Turkey

Juncker backs sanctions against TurkeyBy | (updated: )Former EU commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said in an interview with Ta Nea that he has never been in favour of sanctions as a way to solve a political problem. “But if Turkey and Erdogan do not change their behaviour, then we should impose sanctions,” he said.Greece had also pushed for an EU arms embargo against Turkey, which was blocked by other EU partners.Currently, there is no unanimity among EU member states to impose sanctions against Ankara. At a summit last week, EU leaders called on Turkey to reverse unilateral actions and...

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Preserving biodiversity in Europe: Is sustainability the answer?

Preserving biodiversity in Europe: Is sustainability the answer?

Preserving biodiversity in Europe: Is sustainability the answer?(updated: )While most of the world is focusing on climate change and the steps needed to curb it, another critical environmental aspect – that of biodiversity – is failing to get the attention it deserves.A growing number of reports show that biodiversity and ecosystems are deteriorating rapidly in Europe and around the world. This suggests that tackling nature and biodiversity problems is becoming more urgent than ever if we want to preserve our planet as it is today.The European Commission adopted a new in June, with an...

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European Parliament calls for ban on unpaid internships

European Parliament calls for ban on unpaid internships

European Parliament calls for ban on unpaid internshipsBy |With youth unemployment on the rise across the EU, and aggravated further by the fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic, EU lawmakers called upon the European Commission and member states last week to increase their support for young people in precarious working conditions.In a adopted on Thursday (8 October) with 574 votes to 77 and 43 abstentions, EU lawmakers urged member states to ensure that young people who enrol for the Youth Guarantee schemes are offered “good-quality, varied and tailored job, training, apprenticeship or...

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Social and economic differences across EU less important for citizens - survey

Social and economic differences across EU less important for citizens - survey

Social and economic differences across EU less important for citizens – surveyBy |An increasing number of Europeans living in border regions of the EU say social and economic differences are not problems affecting cooperation between their home and neighbouring country, a new shows.Now more than a half (52%) of Europeans surveyed do not see social and economic differences between their countries as affecting cross-border cooperation at all, a 6% increase since 2015, according to a poll of 41,091 citizens living in regions close conducted by Gallup International on behalf of the European...

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EU condemns Turkey 'provocations' in eastern Med

EU condemns Turkey 'provocations' in eastern Med

EU condemns Turkey ‘provocations’ in eastern MedEU leaders on Friday (16 October) condemned “unilateral actions and provocations” by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, where it is locked in a standoff over energy resources with Greece and Cyprus.European leaders discussed the dispute at a summit in Brussels, after Turkey sent a research ship back to contested waters in defiance of international calls to withdraw.The European Union “deplores renewed unilateral and provocative actions by Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean, including recent exploratory activities,” the 27 leaders said in...

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EU countries warm up recovery fund engine

EU countries warm up recovery fund engine

EU countries warm up recovery fund engineBy (updated: )The Capitals brings you the latest news from across Europe, through on-the-ground reporting by EURACTIV’s media network. You can subscribe to the newsletter .The news you deserve to know. Welcome to The Capitals by EURACTIV.In this Special Edition of the Capitals, the EURACTIV Network provides you with the EU member states’ main priorities for their national recovery plans, whether they intend to rely on loans, grants or both, and whether they will be submitting their plans to the European Commission on time.On Thursday (15 October), EU...

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Moscow withdraws from MH17 talks with Netherlands, Australia

Moscow withdraws from MH17 talks with Netherlands, Australia

Moscow withdraws from MH17 talks with Netherlands, AustraliaRussia said Thursday (15 October) it would withdraw from consultations with the Netherlands and Australia over the MH17 flight shot down over Ukraine in 2014, complaining of “vicious” attempts to pin blame on Moscow.“Hostile acts by the Netherlands have made any continuation of the trilateral consultations and our participation senseless,” Russia’s foreign ministry said in a statement.The three countries have since 2018 held discussions aimed at uncovering the cause of the disaster, in which a Malaysia Airlines Boeing 777 on its...

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US and Chinese tech giants welcomed into 'EU sovereign' cloud project

US and Chinese tech giants welcomed into 'EU sovereign' cloud project

US and Chinese tech giants welcomed into ‘EU sovereign’ cloud projectBy and | (updated: )Languages:Global technology giants including Google, Microsoft, and IBM, in addition to Chinese players in the market, are welcome to take part in the EU’s ambitious cloud infrastructure project Gaia-X, German Economy Minister Peter Altmaier said on Thursday (15 October).While international firms have been involved since the inception of Gaia-X, Altmaier’s comments run counter to the notion of establishing a ‘sovereign’ EU cloud services infrastructure that would primarily be operated by firms emanating...

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Russia rejects 'unacceptable' US conditions to extend nuclear arms treaty

Russia rejects 'unacceptable' US conditions to extend nuclear arms treaty

Russia rejects ‘unacceptable’ US conditions to extend nuclear arms treatyBy |With less than four months until the New START Treaty expires, the US said on Tuesday (13 October) it had reached an “agreement in principle” with Russia on extending the last remaining bilateral nuclear arms-control accord between Washington and Moscow. The Russian side, however, rejected the conditions as “unacceptable”.“We are in fact willing to extend the New START treaty for some period of time provided that they, in return, agree to a limitation – a freeze – on their nuclear arsenal,” said US Special Envoy...

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French and Dutch call for 'regulating access to users' for Big Tech giants

French and Dutch call for 'regulating access to users' for Big Tech giants

French and Dutch call for ‘regulating access to users’ for Big Tech giantsBy | (updated: )Forthcoming EU rules to rein in the dominance of the Big Tech giants should include measures to regulate platform giants from accumulating too many users at the disadvantage of smaller competitors, a position paper from France and the Netherlands says.The document, on Thursday (15 October), suggests that market failures have arisen in the digital economy stemming from “users’ inability to shop around on the market.”This occurrence leads to a situation where is it “easier for a platform with a large...

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Close EU-Africa relations more important than ever, says Socialist group leader

Close EU-Africa relations more important than ever, says Socialist group leader

Close EU-Africa relations more important than ever, says Socialist group leaderBy | (updated: )The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of strong EU-African relations, Iratxe García, the leader of the Socialist and Democrat group in the European Parliament, told EURACTIV as her political group launched its Africa week (13-15 October).Iratxe García spoke with EURACTIV’s Benjamin Fox.We were expecting the EU-African Union summit to take place this month. Has the COVID-19 pandemic underscored the importance of close EU-African relations?Indeed! The pandemic shows that this...

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