Stowaway Survives Flight to Amsterdam in a Plane’s Wheel Bay

The police are investigating how the man got onto the flight from Johannesburg via Nairobi.

#airlines-and-airplanes, #amsterdam-netherlands, #europe, #federal-aviation-administration, #johannesburg-south-africa, #nairobi-kenya

Rich Countries Lure Health Workers From Low-Income Nations to Fight Shortages

Huge pay incentives and immigration fast-tracks are leading many to leave countries whose health systems urgently need their expertise.

#africa, #canada, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #great-britain, #immigration-and-emigration, #labor-and-jobs, #manila-philippines, #nursing-and-nurses, #shortages, #third-world-and-developing-countries, #united-states, #zambia

Fiona Hill: For Russia’s President Putin, It’s Not Just About Ukraine

Vladimir Putin’s aim is bigger than closing NATO’s “open door” to Ukraine and taking more territory — he wants to evict the United States from Europe.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #crimea-ukraine, #eastern-europe, #europe, #european-union, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Europe is in the middle of a messy nuclear showdown

Europe is in the middle of a messy nuclear showdown

(credit: Felix König)

On the last day of 2021, as final preparations were being made for the New Year’s Eve firework display in central Berlin, outside the German capital another era was drawing to a close. It was the beginning of the end of Germany’s decades-long dalliance with nuclear power.

On December 31, Germany shut down three of its six remaining nuclear plants. By the end of 2022, the other three will be shut as well. Two decades after an agreement to eliminate nuclear power became law, the country’s phaseout has been dramatic. In 2002, Germany relied on nuclear power for nearly 30 percent of its electricity. Within a year, that percentage will be zero.

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#climate-change, #eu, #europe, #fission, #france, #germany, #nuclear-power, #radtioactive-waste, #science

How to Retreat From Ukraine

Searching for a non-disastrous way back from American overreach.

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On Ukraine, Biden Flusters European Allies by Stating the Obvious

The president laid bare divisions over Russian meddling in Ukraine, even if they have long been there for all to see.

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Belgium Convicts 18 in People-Smuggling Case Tied to U.K. Truck Deaths

A Belgian court convicted a man said to have been the leader of a human trafficking operation that resulted in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants in 2019. More than a dozen others were also found guilty.

#belgium, #essex-england, #europe, #european-union, #europol, #great-britain, #human-trafficking, #illegal-immigration, #vietnam

Sales of Electric Vehicles Surpass Diesel in Europe, a First

The popularity of battery-powered cars is soaring while the overall auto market stagnates, a worldwide trend.

#electric-and-hybrid-vehicles, #europe, #tesla-motors-inc, #volkswagen-ag

Ukraine Doesn’t Need the West to Defend It. We Need Help Preparing for War.

Talks aren’t simply “talks” when you have a gun to your head.

#crimea-ukraine, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #kyiv-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

While the U.S. and Russia Talk, Ukraine Has a Gun to the Head

Talks aren’t simply “talks” when you have a gun to your head.

#crimea-ukraine, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #kyiv-ukraine, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #war-and-armed-conflicts

The Omicron Shift in Europe: Pandemic or Endemic?

A number of governments have changed their approaches to the coronavirus to one that is more like how we treat the flu. Public health experts say it’s too soon to make that call.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #england, #epidemics, #europe, #great-britain, #italy, #politics-and-government, #spain, #world-health-organization

Fear of Russia Brings New Purpose and Unity to NATO, Once Again

After years of drift, Trumpian ridicule and failure in Afghanistan, Russian demands for a new Iron Curtain in Europe have created unity in the alliance, at least for now.

#baltic-region, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #european-union, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #poland, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Russia and West at Impasse as Ukraine Urges Reversal of Troop Buildup

In a third round of diplomacy on Eastern European security this week, Kremlin officials sounded an increasingly pessimistic note, though they did not close the door on future talks.

#defense-and-military-forces, #eastern-europe, #europe, #lavrov-sergey-v, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #organization-for-security-and-cooperation-in-europe, #poland, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ryabkov-sergei-a, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

What Putin Really Wants From the Ukraine Crisis

He wants to break NATO’s back. And he might succeed.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #trump-ukraine-whistle-blower-complaint-and-impeachment-inquiry, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Over Half of Europe Could Be Infected With Coronavirus Soon, W.H.O. Says

The agency cautioned against treating the virus like the seasonal flu, since much remains unknown, particularly regarding the severity in areas with lower vaccination rates.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #eastern-europe, #europe, #kluge-hans, #vaccination-and-immunization, #world-health-organization

How European Royals Once Shared Their Most Important Secrets

Recent research highlights the use of letterlocking techniques by Queen Elizabeth, Catherine de’ Medici and Mary Queen of Scots.

#archives-and-records, #electronic-british-library-journal, #elizabeth-i-queen-of-great-britain, #europe, #france, #great-britain, #history-academic-subject, #letters, #mary-queen-of-scots, #medici-family, #research, #royal-families, #scotland, #your-feed-science

U.S.-Russia Talks Have Echoes of the Cold War

The Cold War echoes of the negotiations unfolding this week in a series of meetings between Russia and the West are a reminder that there is nothing permanent about Europe’s security arrangements.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #cold-war-era, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ryabkov-sergei-a, #sherman-wendy-r, #ukraine, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations

A Widening Web of Undersea Cables Connects Britain to Green Energy

Linking one nation’s power grid with another’s is considered essential as more electricity is generated from solar and wind.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #energy-and-power, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #hydroelectric-power, #norway, #wind-power

How the European Union Allowed Hungary to Become an Illiberal Model

After years of complacency and wishful thinking, Brussels is finally trying to rein in the country’s pugnacious leader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

#europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #treaty-of-lisbon-2007

How the E.U. Allowed Hungary to Become an Illiberal Model

After years of complacency and wishful thinking, Brussels is finally trying to rein in the country’s pugnacious leader, Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

#europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #treaty-of-lisbon-2007

Europe Plans to Say Nuclear Power and Natural Gas Are Green Investments

The draft proposal could help unleash a wave of investment, but critics say both sources of energy cause damage to the environment.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #natural-gas, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-wastes, #politics-and-government

In the Tinderbox of Bosnia, a Serb Nationalist Lights a Match

Bosnia’s fragile multiethnic government is facing its greatest crisis since the Balkan wars. The Serb nationalist leader, Milorad Dodik, is threatening to tear the country apart.

#bosnia-and-herzegovina, #dodik-milorad, #eastern-europe, #europe, #european-union, #karadzic-radovan, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #republika-srpska-bosnia-and-herzegovina, #russia, #united-nations, #war-crimes-genocide-and-crimes-against-humanity

A Divided World United to Launch the James Webb Space Telescope

“I’ve always seen space as an area where we cooperate, through all the trying times,” said a professor who oversaw mission control for the global effort to launch a $10 billion telescope into space.

#baltimore-md, #belgium, #california, #canadian-space-agency, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-space-agency, #european-union, #french-guiana, #germany, #great-britain, #james-webb-space-telescope, #national-aeronautics-and-space-administration, #planets, #politics-and-government, #science-and-technology, #space-and-astronomy, #stars-and-galaxies, #telescopes-and-observatories

Spurred by Omicron, Europe Sets Covid Infection Records Every Day

The surge of cases is causing chaos as people scramble to obtain tests, businesses grapple with staff shortages and New Year’s festivities are thrown into question.

#bergamo-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #denmark, #england, #europe, #france, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #tests-medical, #world-health-organization

Spurred by Omicron, Europe Is Setting Coronavirus Infection Records Every Day

The surge of cases is causing chaos as people scramble to obtain tests, businesses grapple with staff shortages and New Year’s festivities are thrown into question.

#bergamo-italy, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #denmark, #england, #europe, #france, #tedros-adhanom-ghebreyesus, #tests-medical, #world-health-organization

Why So Many People Are Unhappy With Democracy

The most pervasive and perhaps deepest challenge facing virtually all Western democracies is the political fragmentation of democratic politics.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #boehner-john-a, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #europe, #germany, #great-britain, #politics-and-government, #united-states, #united-states-politics-and-government

For U.K. Companies Brexit Meant Higher Costs and Endless Forms

While the worst of the Brexit trade disruptions are over, British exports to the European Union are down and companies are frustrated.

#customs-tariff, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #relocation-of-business, #shopping-and-retail

Fears of Omicron’s Rapid Spread Are Tempered by Signs of Milder Illness

“We can’t stop it,” Israel’s prime minister said of the Omicron variant, but that warning was blunted by early signs of potentially less-severe illness than with earlier coronavirus iterations.

#bennett-naftali, #castex-jean, #centers-for-disease-control-and-prevention, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #england, #europe, #israel, #national-health-service

Germany Wants Its Russian Pipeline. German Allies Aren’t Sure It’s a Good Idea.

The Nord Stream 2 Russia-to-Germany pipeline could offer plentiful natural gas. But tensions with Vladimir Putin are keeping it out of reach.

#cruz-ted, #energy-and-power, #europe, #gazprom, #germany, #international-trade-and-world-market, #natural-gas, #nord-stream-2, #nord-stream-ag, #pipelines, #politics-and-government, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #russia, #scholz-olaf-1958, #ukraine

As Russian Threat Looms, Ukraine’s Government Is No Laughing Matter

President Volodymyr Zelensky, a former actor, has surrounded himself with advisers from his old comedy troupe. No kidding.

#bakanov-ivan, #comedy-and-humor, #defense-and-military-forces, #europe, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #servant-of-the-people-ukrainian-political-party, #shefir-serhiy, #stefanchuk-ruslan, #ukraine, #war-and-armed-conflicts, #yermak-andriy, #zelensky-volodymyr

We’re in Omicron Lockdown in the Netherlands. It Shouldn’t Have Happened.

The failure to vaccinate more people, start a booster campaign earlier and spin up free testing capacity quickly have created a crisis.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #europe, #netherlands, #politics-and-government, #vaccination-and-immunization

From the ‘Silent Majority’ to the Unvaxxed Minority

What Covid has done to Europe’s far right.

#austria, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #freedom-party-of-austria, #germany, #neo-nazi-groups, #politics-and-government, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

Europeans Ponder Living With, Not Defeating, Covid

On the eve of the biggest holidays in Europe, exhaustion with the pandemic is rising. So is resignation that the virus is endemic.

#christmas, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #europe, #italy, #madrid-spain, #quarantines, #vaccination-and-immunization

Omicron Is Turning Europe’s Busy Season Silent

European businesses are demanding government help, again, as another virus surge is driving customers away.

#coronavirus-omicron-variant, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe

Omicron Response Divides Europe as Cases Surge

As some nations impose tough restrictions in the face of soaring cases, others, including France, are lying back for the moment.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #europe

Novavax’s Covid Vaccine Is Authorized in Europe

The vaccine will be the fifth to become available in the E.U., which already has ample supplies.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #drugs-pharmaceuticals, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #novavax-inc, #vaccination-and-immunization

Omicron Is an Economic Threat, but Inflation Is Worse, Central Bankers Say

Within 24 hours, the Federal Reserve, Bank of England and European Central Bank all stepped forward to deal with price increases.

#bailey-andrew-1959, #banking-and-financial-institutions, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #great-britain, #inflation-economics, #interest-rates, #lagarde-christine, #powell-jerome-h, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #quantitative-easing, #united-states

Iran Agrees to Replace Cameras at Nuclear Site but Blocks Images

Iran’s failure to allow the U.N. nuclear agency to fully monitor its nuclear program is hindering talks in Vienna on restoring the 2015 nuclear deal.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #israel, #nuclear-weapons, #united-nations, #united-states, #united-states-international-relations, #uranium

E.U. Proposes Changes That Would Chip Away at Borderless Model

The plan would institutionalize internal border controls to respond to emergencies, suspending some protections for asylum seekers.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #europe, #european-commission, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #politics-and-government

Across the World, Covid Anxiety and Depression Take Hold

It is still unclear how much of a threat the fast-spreading Omicron variant poses, but fear and a sudden revival of restrictions have added to an epidemic of loneliness.

#africa, #anxiety-and-stress, #bolsonaro-jair-1955, #brazil, #china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-delta-variant, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #depression-mental, #europe, #johnson-boris, #quarantine-life-and-culture

Workers in Europe Are Demanding Higher Pay as Inflation Soars

Prices are rising at the fastest rate on record, and unions want to keep up. Policymakers worry that might make inflation worse.

#economic-conditions-and-trends, #europe, #european-central-bank, #france, #leroy-merlin, #lvmh-moet-hennessy-louis-vuitton-sa, #organized-labor, #prices-fares-fees-and-rates, #sephora, #wages-and-salaries

Putin, Patron of European Unity? At This Art Exhibition, He Is.

Russia’s president is an unlikely backer for a roving art show that asks questions about what it means to be European — and whether Russia really is.

#art, #europe, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #steinmeier-frank-walter, #tretyakov-gallery

Macron and Scholz Meet and Call for More ‘European Sovereignty’

The new German chancellor made his first foreign stop in Paris, where the two leaders discussed a more independent, bolder Europe.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #defense-and-military-forces, #economic-conditions-and-trends, #elections, #europe, #european-union, #france, #germany, #international-relations, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #paris-france, #politics-and-government, #united-states-international-relations

Gig Worker Protections Get a Push in European Proposal

A proposal with widespread political support would entitle drivers and couriers for companies like Uber to a minimum wage and legal protections.

#car-services-and-livery-cabs, #deliveroo-roofoods-ltd, #delivery-services, #europe, #european-commission, #labor-and-jobs, #politics-and-government, #regulation-and-deregulation-of-industry, #uber-technologies-inc, #wages-and-salaries

U.S. Threat to Squeeze Russia’s Economy Is a Tactic With a Mixed Record

Sanctions, like aiming to cut oil exports, could also hurt European allies. “It’s a limited toolbox,” one expert said.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #natural-gas, #nord-stream-ag, #oil-petroleum-and-gasoline, #pipelines, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #swiftsociety-for-worldwide-interbank-financial-telecommunication, #united-states-international-relations, #united-states-politics-and-government

With Olaf Scholz at the Helm in Germany, a New, Uncertain Chapter

After 16 years, Angela Merkel handed over the German chancellery to Olaf Scholz, leaving behind a changed country and a polarizing legacy.

#alternative-for-germany, #appointments-and-executive-changes, #berlin-germany, #europe, #european-union, #germany, #merkel-angela, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right, #scholz-olaf-1958, #social-democratic-party-germany

Spike in Omicron Variant Cases Puts Europe on Edge

With cases of the Omicron variant rising in Europe, there are worries that even tougher restrictions are looming over a holiday period that many had hoped would be a return to some normalcy.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-omicron-variant, #denmark, #europe, #great-britain, #quarantines, #travel-warnings

Chinese Tourists Aren’t Coming Back Any Time Soon

Even before Omicron’s arrival, China was discouraging its citizens from traveling abroad. That has had a huge impact on global tourism.

#china, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-reopenings, #europe, #far-east-south-and-southeast-asia-and-pacific-areas, #paris-france, #rome-italy, #travel-and-vacations

Biden Can Do Better on Covid

The administration has been a victim of events. But it has also cooperated in its own victimization.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #germany, #public-private-sector-cooperation, #trump-donald-j, #united-states, #vaccination-and-immunization

Iran Nuclear Talks Head for Collapse Unless Tehran Shifts, Europeans Say

In Vienna talks, the new hard-line Iranian government has staked out positions that are incompatible with the 2015 deal, European negotiators say.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #blinken-antony-j, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #europe, #international-atomic-energy-agency, #iran, #lavrov-sergey-v, #nuclear-weapons, #uranium