New Brand of Activist Takes Aim at Ukraine War and Climate Crisis, Together

Led by young women from Eastern Europe, they are cornering Europe’s leaders and pressing them for a total energy embargo on Russia — to end the fighting and to save the planet.

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Forces Battle for Ukraine City, as E.U. Ratchets Up Responses

As Russian forces advanced into Sievierodonetsk, Ukraine’s allies promised increased aid, a sharp drop in Russian oil imports and efforts to ship Ukrainian grain out of the country.

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Strongmen in Turkey and Hungary Stall Unity in NATO and the E.U.

Russia benefits as Turkey slows down Swedish and Finnish applications to NATO and Hungary continues to block an E.U. embargo on Russian oil.

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Yellen Calls on Europe to Boost Ukraine Aid

The Treasury secretary warned that Ukraine did not have enough funding to sustain its government and fend off Russia.

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Treasury Secretary Yellen Looks to Get Global Tax Deal Back on Track

The Treasury secretary is traveling to Warsaw, Brussels and Bonn, Germany, this week at an uncertain time for the global economy.

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Peace Talks May Be Little More Than Russian Tactics, Analysts Say

As signs of progress emerged during the peace talks, some saw them as Russia buying time to regroup its military forces before another offensive push in Ukraine.

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E.U. Weighs Energy Market Interventions and Storage Options

The European Commission laid out proposals for how the bloc could secure and store enough fuel for the winter.

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In Ukraine Crisis, Putin Faces a Stark Choice

Russia can seize control over Ukraine or keep strong economic ties to Europe. It will be hard to do both.

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U.S. and Russia Will Discuss European Security, but Without Europeans

The coming talks in Geneva are bilateral, reviving old fears that the two Cold War powers will forge a deal on their own.

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NATO Vows United Response to Russian Aggression Against Ukraine

Foreign ministers from the alliance, meeting Friday, hope that Moscow will choose diplomacy and de-escalation instead, amid skepticism that Russia is sincere in wanting substantive talks.

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How This Changing Brussels Neighborhood is Trying to Leave The Stigma of Terrorism Behind

Molenbeek was where a terrorist cell planned attacks that killed 162 in Paris and Brussels. Six years later, residents are trying to reinvent the area as a trial rekindles an awful association.

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In Brussels, a Designer’s Home Awash With His Own Vibrant Creations

Christoph Hefti makes — and lives with — ebullient carpets and textiles inspired by magical realism and Latin American design.

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Russia Breaks Diplomatic Ties with NATO

Moscow’s decision to end its diplomatic mission to the alliance will end a long post-Cold War experiment in building trust between militaries.

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Why Is Poland Fighting the Supremacy of European Union Courts?

Poland argues that its courts should supersede the bloc’s top court. The E.U. sharply disagrees.

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He Sees Migrants as ‘Modern Slaves,’ and Has Devoted His Life to Helping Them

The Rev. Daniel Alliët, for whom Jesus was a “political revolutionary,” has made it his life’s mission to fight for the rights of undocumented migrants, to the chagrin of some other clergy members.

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China, Its Military Might Expanding, Accuses NATO of Hypocrisy

In a sign of rising tensions, Beijing deployed 28 Chinese fighter jets and other aircraft over waters south of Taiwan hours after a U.S. carrier group sailed into the South China Sea.

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Biden Is Embracing Europe, but Then What? NATO and the E.U. Have Concerns.

After the Trump trauma, Europe will welcome Biden’s warm words, but tough topics remain, from China and Russia to trade disputes, Covid-19 vaccine diplomacy and transitions to carbon-neutral economies.

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E.U. Leader Says Bloc Willing to Discuss Patent Waiver for Covid Vaccines

The head of the European Commission said the E.U. would consider proposals regarding waiving intellectual property rights following the Biden administration’s reversal of U.S. policy.

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Iran and U.S. Agree on Path Back to Nuclear Deal

In indirect talks in Vienna, the U.S. and Iran agreed to try to synchronize Washington’s lifting of sanctions and Iran’s limiting of uranium enrichment.

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Where Europe Went Wrong in Its Vaccine Rollout, and Why

While Washington went into business with the drug companies, Europe was more fiscally conservative and trusted the free market.

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Europe Says Britain Is Violating International Law Over Northern Ireland

Brussels says Britain has broken its legal agreement governing trade with Northern Ireland. Britain has denied breaking the deal, saying its move is a temporary measure to relieve bottlenecks.

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E.U. Exports Millions of Vaccine Doses Despite Supply Crunch at Home

The bloc is a major producer of shots but has struggled with its rollout, fueling disputes with Britain and other allies. In a sign of the frustration, Italy recently blocked a shipment to Australia.

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E.U. Pushes Companies to Close Gender Pay Gap

Under a proposed law, companies in Europe could be punished if they fail to pay women and men the same salaries.

#brussels-belgium, #europe, #european-union, #gender, #labor-and-jobs, #women-and-girls, #womens-rights

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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