EU leaders to ask European Commission to name areas of strategic weakness

© Reuters. European Parliament plenary session State of the Union in Brussels BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Union leaders will ask the EU executive next week to name strategic areas where the bloc relies too much on countries such as China and the United States, and to propose ways to make it more independent, according to […]

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EU executive wants tougher 2030 climate target, billions in green bonds

© Reuters. European Parliament president David-Maria Sassoli reacts as European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen addresses her first State of the European Union speech during a plenary session of the European Parliament, in Brussels By Kate Abnett BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s chief executive on Wednesday said the bloc should commit to deeper […]

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EU parliament votes to allow some gas projects to get green transition money

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Members of the European Parliament wait for the start of a plenary session in Brussels By Kate Abnett BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Parliament on Tuesday voted to allow some gas projects to get support from the European Union’s flagship green transition fund, teeing up tough talks with the EU Commission […]

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Yoshihide Suga elected Japan’s new PM, replacing Abe

TOKYO — Japan’s Parliament elected Yoshihide Suga as prime minister Wednesday, replacing long-serving leader Shinzo Abe with his right-hand man. Suga, keeping his straight face, bowed deeply several times when the results were announced first in the lower house, the more powerful of the two parliamentary chambers where he has a seat, as his fellow ruling […]

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President Trump nominated for Nobel Peace Prize by Norwegian official

A member of the Norwegian Parliament has nominated President Donald Trump for the 2021 Nobel Peace Prize, citing his assistance in brokering a peace deal between Israel and the United Arab Emirates, multiple news outlets reported Wednesday morning. The nomination was submitted by Christian Tybring-Gjedde, a four-term member of Parliament who also serves as chairman […]

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Germany police arrest 300 as far-right protesters storm parliament

German police forcibly removed far-right protesters and others who stormed the parliament building in Berlin following a protest against the country’s strict coronavirus restrictions. Police dispersed the protesters after they broke away from a large peaceful demonstration, breached a security barrier and then ran up the steps of the Reichstag late Saturday, according to reports. […]

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Italy PM says to present recovery plan to EU by mid-October

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Italian PM Conte attends a session of the upper house of parliament on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rome MILAN (Reuters) – Italy is working on identifying investment and reform projects to tie in with European Union financial support and will present its recovery plan by mid-October, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte […]

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Italy’s PM says many details still missing in accord with Atlantia-paper

2/2 © Reuters. Italian PM Conte addresses the upper house of parliament on the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Rome 2/2 MILAN (Reuters) – Many details are still missing in a deal between Italy’s government and Atlantia (MI:) to end a long-standing dispute over the infrastructure group’s motorway concession, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said in a […]

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Lebanon activists fear military crackdown under state of emergency declaration

Lebanon’s Parliament approved a state of emergency Thursday following the deadly blast in Beruit, leaving activists worried that sweeping powers granted to the military will forcibly silence anti-government protests. LEBANON’S LEADERS WERE WARNED IN JULY THAT EXPLOSIVES ‘COULD DESTROY’ BEIRUT, REPORT SAYS Anti-government protesters use fireworks against Lebanese riot police during a protest in the […]

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Polish opposition shows rainbow LGBT solidarity at president’s swearing-in

Members of Poland’s parliament on Thursday used the swearing-in ceremony of President Andrzej Duda to make a political statement, forming a rainbow with their clothing to highlight accusations of homophobia against his campaign. Duda referred to LGBT people as “an ideology” — as opposed to individuals — and was condemned by Poland’s left-leaning politicians and international […]

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Twenty years on, Japan government’s digital ambitions still stuck in piles of paper

© Reuters. The Parliament Building is seen in front of office buildings of government ministeries in Tokyo By Tetsushi Kajimoto TOKYO (Reuters) – Two decades after Japan rolled out an ambitious plan to go digital, the COVID-19 crisis has exposed the government’s deeply rooted technological shortcomings as ministries remain stuck in a paper-driven culture that […]

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EU parliament to push for tweaks in recovery plan, long-term budget

© Reuters. Extraordinary plenary session of the EU Parliament in Brussels BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Parliament will push for more of the EU recovery package to be spent on research and development, health and education and for a clearer link between economic aid and observing the rule of law, deputies said on Thursday. In […]

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New revenues agreed for EU a historic feat: EU Commission head

© Reuters. Extraordinary plenary session of the EU Parliament in Brussels BRUSSELS (Reuters) – An agreement by European Union leaders to assign new revenue streams to finance the recovery package is a huge, historic step for the 27-nation bloc, the head of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen told the European Parliament on Thursday. […]

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Ukraine’s central bank seen cutting rate from 6% under new governor: Reuters poll

© Reuters. Italy’s Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte addresses the upper house of parliament following the EU summit on the recovery fund, in Rome By Natalia Zinets KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s central bank is likely to cut its key interest rate from 6% on Thursday at the first monetary policy meeting since a new governor took […]

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Ukraine’s new central bank governor promises to maintain independence, rate cuts

© Reuters. Head of state-run Ukrgasbank Shevchenko attends a session of parliament in Kyiv By Natalia Zinets and Pavel Polityuk KYIV (Reuters) – Ukraine’s new central bank governor promised on Monday to maintain the independence of the central bank and cooperation with the International Monetary Fund while continuing to cut interest rates. Governor Kyrylo Shevchenko’s […]

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Britain publishes plans to keep internal trade flowing after Brexit

© Reuters. European Union flags are seen outside the Houses of Parliament in London LONDON (Reuters) – Britain publishes plans on Thursday to keep trade flowing freely between its constituent nations when regulatory powers are reclaimed from the European Union at the end of the year and redistributed to devolved governments in Scotland, Wales and […]

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UK parliament meeting hilariously interrupted by Rojo the cat: ‘Put your tail down’

A virtual U.K. parliament meeting was hilariously interrupted by an unexpected guest. The face of John Nicolson, a parliament member for Ochil & South Perthshire speaking about the benefits of putting subtitles on children’s television, was temporarily blocked Tuesday as his cat’s tail waved across the screen. “I apologize for my cat’s tail,” Nicolson first told his colleagues as the feline walked in front of the camera. BORIS […]

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Germany’s Scholz: EU will reach compromise on budget, recovery fund

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Session at the lower house of German parliament, Bundestag, in Berlin BERLIN (Reuters) – German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz on Friday voiced optimism that EU member states will reach a compromise on the bloc’s long-term budget and economic recovery fund after European Council president sought to bridge differences. “From my point […]

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Violent clashes erupt in Serbia after new coronavirus curfew announced

Serbians angry over a looming coronavirus curfew stormed the country’s parliament building during a series of violent clashes with police that now have officials wondering whether they should proceed with the measures. The chaos that erupted in Belgrade on Tuesday came after health officials reported the highest single-day death toll of 13, as well as 299 new COVID-19 cases. Serbian police say 23 people […]

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EU must emerge stronger, more united from corona-crisis, Merkel says

© Reuters. German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a plenary session at the European Parliament in Brussels BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Preserving basic rights, fostering solidarity, protecting the climate, digitalisation, and Europe’s role in the world are Germany’s top priorities during its six-month presidency of the European Union, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Wednesday. “We want Europe […]

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Exasperated Merkel backs widening boardroom quota for women

© Reuters. German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a session of the lower house of parliament Bundestag, in Berlin BERLIN (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed her support on Wednesday for setting a quota for women on the executive boards of Germany’s top listed companies, building on a 30% quota for women on supervisory boards introduced […]

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Micheal Martin Becomes Ireland’s Prime Minister as Rival Parties Ally

DUBLIN, Ireland — Ireland’s Parliament appointed Micheal Martin, a center-right politician, as the country’s prime minister on Saturday as the country deals with the headwinds of the coronavirus outbreak and fallout from a housing crisis. Mr. Martin replaces Leo Varadkar, a doctor who drew acclaim for his handling of the coronavirus outbreak but who has […]

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EU to focus on rebuilding after pandemic in next 18 months: Germany

2/2 © Reuters. German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the lower house of parliament Bundestag, in Berlin 2/2 BERLIN (Reuters) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed with her counterparts in Portugal and Slovenia that the EU should focus on rebuilding the bloc economically and socially after the coronavirus crisis in the next 18 months when they […]

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Italy readies 15-20 billion euros of new stimulus, pushing deficit beyond 11% of GDP: source

© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Italian lower house of parliament holds a confidence vote in the new government By Giuseppe Fonte ROME (Reuters) – Italy is preparing a new spending package worth 15-20 billion euros to help its battered economy through the coronavirus crisis, which will push its budget deficit beyond 11% of national output, a […]

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EU parliament wants new EU taxes to finance recovery fund, EU budget

2/2 © Reuters. Special session of EU Parliament on coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Brussels 2/2 BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Parliament wants European Union governments to assign new sources of revenue to the bloc to repay European Commission borrowing for the recovery and finance the next long-term budget, the head of the European Parliament said. […]

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