Viktor Orban Pulls Hungary’s Ruling Party From Conservative E.U. Alliance

Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary withdrew his party from the center-right grouping in the European Parliament, heading off a move to expel them over democratic backsliding at home.

#brussels-belgium, #europe, #european-parliament, #european-peoples-party, #european-union, #fidesz-party, #hungary, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government

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The Ugly Divorce Between Britain and Brussels Is Just Getting Started

As trade disputes pile up, the blame game evident in the early months of the split suits domestic political needs on both sides.

#brussels-belgium, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #macron-emmanuel-1977

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Brexit Deal Is a Pretty Good One for the E.U.

The Brexit pact preserves crucial E.U. principles like the single market, and lets the bloc look ahead to its future without Britain.

#brussels-belgium, #customs-tariff, #europe, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market

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Britain and E.U. Scramble to Reach Brexit Deal Before Christmas

With a deadline closing in fast, negotiators were racing to strike a deal, with an agreement said to be imminent.

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China-E.U. Talks Hit Another Snag as Biden Camp Objects

Beijing and Brussels were on the brink of an agreement to roll back restrictions on investment. But the deal’s fate is uncertain amid growing animosity toward China and increasingly vocal opposition.

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Greece Wants Him in Prison. Instead, He’s in the E.U. Parliament.

Leaders of the neo-fascist Golden Dawn party were convicted of running a criminal group. But one is living free in Brussels, immune from extradition as a European Parliament member.

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E.U. Agrees to Cut Emissions by 2030 in New Climate Deal

The agreement calls for European Union countries to cut their collective greenhouse gas emissions by 55 percent from 1990 levels, a more substantial reduction than previously proposed.

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Boris Johnson Once Mocked the Eurocrats of Brussels. They Haven’t Forgotten

As a newspaper reporter decades ago, he made plenty of enemies there with his inflammatory articles. Now, those officials may determine his political fate.

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Hungarian Politician Resigns After Brussels Party Is Raided by Police

Jozsef Szajer, a top politician with the conservative Fidesz party, will leave the European Parliament after attending a gathering in Brussels that violated coronavirus restrictions.

#brussels-belgium, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #diplomatic-immunity, #european-parliament, #fidesz-party, #hungary, #politics-and-government

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A Holocaust Survivor Lifts Neighbors in Dark Times

Simon Gronowski escaped the Nazis as a child and went on to write and speak widely about his experiences. In April, he began brightening lives by playing jazz tunes from his apartment window.

#brussels-belgium, #content-type-personal-profile, #gronowski-simon, #holocaust-and-the-nazi-era, #jazz, #music, #quarantine-life-and-culture

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Lous and the Yakuza Makes Music From Her Life’s Darkness

At 24, the songwriter, singer and rapper has fled one war and lived through the aftermath of another. Now, bridging continents, she tells an autobiographical story with her debut album.

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U.S. Diplomat Coughs Online, and European Allies Wonder if They Were Exposed

A senior State Department official who tested positive for the coronavirus after a trip to Europe has angered other diplomats and irritated foreign officials whom he could have infected.

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How a Savior of Rwanda, Paul Rusesabagina, Became Its Captive

Paul Rusesabagina went from the world’s most famous Rwandan to a prisoner of his political nemesis, President Paul Kagame, whose government accuses the coolheaded hotelier of murder, arson and terrorism.

#brussels-belgium, #cheadle-don, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #kagame-paul, #rusesabagina-paul, #rwanda, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

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When Covid-19 Hit, Many Elderly Were Left to Die

Warnings had piled up for years that nursing homes were vulnerable. The pandemic sent them to the back of the line for equipment and care.

#belgium, #brussels-belgium, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #elderly, #hospitals, #nursing-and-nurses, #nursing-homes, #protective-clothing-and-gear

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Slowly, Italy Is Waking From the Coronavirus Nightmare

This is a very strange, subdued summer for a country with an economy that relies heavily on tourism and merrymaking. But E.U. aid is on the way.

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Couples Separated by Europe’s Travel Bans Fight to Be Reunited

As some restrictions are lifted on who can enter, unmarried couples are calling on European countries to make it possible for them to be together again.

#brussels-belgium, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #dating-and-relationships, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #travel-and-vacations, #travel-warnings

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Belgium’s King Sends Letter of Regret Over Colonial Past in Congo

The first acknowledgment by the royal family of the European country’s brutal actions in central Africa stopped short of an outright apology. It comes as Belgium begins to publicly reckon with the abuses.

#africa, #belgium, #brussels-belgium, #colonization, #congo-democratic-republic-of-congo-kinshasa, #discrimination, #george-floyd-protests-2020, #leopold-ii, #philippe-king-of-belgium, #politics-and-government, #tshisekedi-felix

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With Brexit Trade Talks at an Impasse, Boris Johnson Finally Engages

The British prime minister held talks with European Union leaders and agreed to accelerate negotiations on a future trading relationship to try to avoid a brutal break at the end of December.

#barnier-michel, #brussels-belgium, #european-union, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #johnson-boris, #london-england

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Pressured by China, E.U. Softens Report on Covid-19 Disinformation

A revised report shows how Beijing reacts swiftly and effectively to tamp down Western criticism of its pandemic response.

#brussels-belgium, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #politics-and-government, #propaganda

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