Roberta Metsola Elected as President of European Parliament

Roberta Metsola of Malta will succeed David Sassoli, an Italian politician who died last week, at a critical time for the institution.

#democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #elections, #european-parliament, #european-union, #politics-and-government, #roberta-metsola

Brexit Import Rules Begin to Squeeze British Food Importers

For companies depending on fast, small deliveries, the costs of new Brexit trade rules are mounting.

#agriculture-and-farming, #customs-tariff, #european-union, #food, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #greece, #international-trade-and-world-market, #maltbygreek

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

NATO and Russia Talk Frankly, but Past One Another for Now

Four hours of frank and serious discussion between Russia and the 30-member alliance leave unanswered whether Vladimir V. Putin will choose diplomacy or war.

#arms-control-and-limitation-and-disarmament, #defense-and-military-forces, #european-union, #nord-stream-ag, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #organization-for-security-and-cooperation-in-europe, #politics-and-government, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

Is Gruyère Still Gruyère if It Doesn’t Come From Gruyères?

A federal judge says yes, siding with U.S. cheese producers who say gruyère can be produced anywhere, not just in Switzerland and France.

#advertising-and-marketing, #cheese, #delicatessens, #ellis-ts-iii, #european-union, #france, #international-trade-and-world-market, #labeling-and-labels-product, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #switzerland, #united-states

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.

#biden-joseph-r-jr, #borrell-fontelles-josep, #brussels-belgium, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Can the West Stop Russia From Invading Ukraine? Here’s What You Need to Know.

The United States, its NATO allies and Russia meet this week in a whirlwind of diplomacy aimed at averting the largest military action in Europe since World War II.

#belarus, #biden-joseph-r-jr, #defense-and-military-forces, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #geneva-switzerland, #kazakhstan, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations

Putin Would Invite Calamity With a Russian Invasion of Ukraine

Putin’s real concern isn’t the placement of NATO weapons on his country’s borders, but the very existence of a sovereign Ukrainian democracy.

#european-union, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-international-relations, #war-and-armed-conflicts

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

Trump Endorses Viktor Orban, Hungary’s Far-Right Prime Minister

Democracy in Hungary has been backsliding under Mr. Orban, whose efforts to consolidate power have caused consternation in the European Union.

#endorsements, #european-union, #fidesz-party, #hungary, #orban-viktor, #trump-donald-j

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

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

Poland Could Be the Future of Europe

The country is in the vanguard of democratic disintengration and nativist politics.

#european-union, #kaczynski-jaroslaw, #nationalism-theory-and-philosophy, #poland, #politics-and-government, #russia

After Chaotic Evacuation, Afghans in the Netherlands Struggle to Find Stability

Many Afghans evacuated to the Netherlands have been living in tents for months, as they prepare to resettle in a Europe that is wrangling with a heated debate about immigration.

#afghanistan, #afghanistan-war-2001, #european-union, #evacuations-and-evacuees, #immigration-and-emigration, #netherlands, #nijmegen-netherlands, #taliban

When the Boss Says to Chillax

No executives want to see their staff burn out — and some are starting to take mandatory vacations as seriously as they take their work.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #coronavirus-return-to-office, #european-union, #labor-and-jobs, #paid-time-off, #shutdowns-institutional, #travel-and-vacations, #united-states

U.K. Foreign Secretary Inherits Thorny Issue: Northern Ireland Talks

Liz Truss is taking charge of Brexit talks after the surprise resignation of David Frost. If she is successful, it could give her a significant political boost.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #european-court-of-justice, #european-union, #frost-david-1965, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #johnson-boris, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #peace-process, #politics-and-government, #referendums, #truss-elizabeth-1975, #united-states-international-relations

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

After Months, a ‘New’ Dutch Coalition With the Same Leader and Parties

Mark Rutte, who has weathered a scandal and criticism for overstaying his welcome, will be prime minister for a fourth term.

#elections, #european-union, #merkel-angela, #netherlands, #orban-viktor, #politics-and-government, #rutte-mark

Malta Becomes First E.U. Country to Legalize Marijuana

The government said that the new law was aimed at ending the criminalization of people for smoking the drug and at reducing criminal trafficking.

#drug-abuse-and-traffic, #european-union, #law-and-legislation, #malta, #marijuana

Italian Bishop Gives Children Harsh News: There Is No Santa Claus

You’ve been lied to, children heard from a bishop, the latest Catholic clergyman to try to take down Santa Claus and consumerism. Many Italians were not pleased.

#christmas, #european-union, #francis, #italy, #roman-catholic-church, #santa-claus

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

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

Proposal Would Allow E.U. to Retaliate Against Economic Pressure

The European Commission is considering sweeping powers to impose punitive sanctions on those seeking to influence its political policies through economic pressure.

#china, #embargoes-and-sanctions, #european-union, #russia

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

Can Germany’s New Chancellor Revive the Left in Europe?

Olaf Scholz wants to win back workers who defected to the populist far right. Success could make him a model for Social Democrats everywhere.

#appointments-and-executive-changes, #european-union, #germany, #labor-and-jobs, #merkel-angela, #politics-and-government, #scholz-olaf-1958, #social-democratic-party-germany, #socialism-theory-and-philosophy, #voting-and-voters

In Cyprus, Pope’s Plea for Migrants Clashes With Island’s Tensions

As he celebrated Mass, Pope Francis urged Cypriots to welcome refugees and embrace their home’s history as a crossroads of cultures. But the government says it is overwhelmed.

#asylum-right-of, #cyprus, #european-commission, #european-union, #francis, #greece, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #roman-catholic-church, #united-nations

Dear People of 2021: What Can We Learn From Hindsight?

For the first series from the Headway initiative, we followed up on forecasts from decades past to ask what the passage of time has revealed.

#acquired-immune-deficiency-syndrome, #democracy-theory-and-philosophy, #europe, #european-union, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-open-access, #new-york-city, #poverty, #united-nations, #united-states, #water

Europe Met a Climate Target. But Is It Burning Less Carbon?

The European Union promised to reduce its emissions 20 percent by 2020. Did it happen?

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #carbon-caps-and-emissions-trading-programs, #european-union, #global-warming, #greenhouse-gas-emissions, #internal-open-access, #united-nations-framework-convention-on-climate-change

E.U. Interpreter Says Greece Expelled Him to Turkey in Migrant Roundup

The man’s story echoes complaints from human-rights groups that Greek authorities often expel asylum seekers indiscriminately and violently.

#asylum-right-of, #european-union, #frontex, #human-rights-and-human-rights-violations, #immigration-and-emigration, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government

Europe Looks to Nuclear Power to Meet Climate Goals

While wind and solar ramp up, several countries, including France and Britain, are looking to expand their nuclear energy programs. Germany and others aren’t so enthusiastic.

#alternative-and-renewable-energy, #electric-light-and-power, #electricite-de-france-edf, #europe, #european-union, #great-britain, #japan-earthquake-and-tsunami-2011, #macron-emmanuel-1977, #nuclear-energy, #nuclear-wastes, #rolls-royce-plc

A Wine Rack on Rails? U.K. Businesses Seek Solutions to Shortages.

Two months after concerns about gas and food stocks caused ripples of anxiety, Britain continues to face problems in its supply chain. Distributors and retailers are looking for creative fixes.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #european-union, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-trade-and-world-market, #politics-and-government, #shortages, #supermarkets-and-grocery-stores, #trucks-and-trucking

Iraqis Return From Belarus, but Some Say They Will Try Again to Reach the E.U.

“If I find a better and safe route, I will definitely try again,” said one of the more than 600 Iraqi migrants who came home on the government’s latest evacuation flights.

#baghdad-iraq, #belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #erbil-iraq, #europe, #european-union, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #kurds, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government

European Union Drug Regulator Approves the Pfizer Vaccine for Young Children

The move, which applies to children 5 to 11, comes as Europe is experiencing a Covid surge.

#coronavirus-2019-ncov, #europe, #european-union, #vaccination-and-immunization

Lithuania Welcomes Belarusians as It Rebuffs Middle Easterners

People fleeing repression in Belarus are processed quickly and given visas. Middle Eastern migrants passing through Belarus to the E.U. face a harsher fate.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #lithuania, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #refugees-and-displaced-persons

How Fake News on Facebook Helped Fuel a Border Crisis in Europe

Social media worsened a migrant crisis on the border of Belarus and Poland and helped smugglers profit off desperate people trying to reach Europe.

#belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #european-union, #facebook-inc, #kurdistan, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #news-and-news-media, #poland, #social-media, #telegram-llc

Limping and Penniless, Iraqis Deported From Belarus Face Bleak Futures

Hundreds of desperate Iraqis are being sent home after becoming political pawns in Belarus’s quarrel with its European Union neighbors.

#belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #deportation, #erbil-iraq, #european-union, #kurdistan, #kurds, #lithuania, #poland

The U.K. and France, Once More Unto the Breach

The Hundred Years’ War isn’t over. Let’s go for another hundred.

#european-union, #france, #great-britain, #great-britain-withdrawal-from-eu-brexit, #international-relations, #parties-social, #politics-and-government, #submarines-and-submersibles, #united-states-international-relations

On Putin’s Strategic Chessboard, a Series of Destabilizing Moves

In the stretch of Europe from the Baltic Sea to the Black Sea, where Moscow and the West have competed for influence for decades, the threat of a new military conflict is growing.

#belarus, #defense-and-military-forces, #eastern-europe, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #navalny-aleksei-a, #north-atlantic-treaty-organization, #politics-and-government, #putin-vladimir-v, #russia, #ukraine, #united-states-defense-and-military-forces, #united-states-international-relations, #zelensky-volodymyr

How Belarus Manufactured a Border Crisis

A political gamble by the nation’s desperate leader has become a diplomatic and humanitarian crisis.

#audio-neutral-informative, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #eastern-europe, #european-union, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #politics-and-government

The Belarus-Poland Border Chaos Is Partly of Europe’s Own Making

The chaos at the Belarus-Poland border is partly of the European Union’s making.

#belarus, #border-barriers, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #poland

Belarus Clears Migrant Camp, Easing Border Standoff With Poland

Throngs of people, mainly from the Mideast, who had been living in freezing conditions on the border, have been moved to a giant warehouse. Their fate is uncertain.

#belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland

Risk for Leader of Belarus: Migrants He Lured May Want to Stay

President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus, whom the E.U. accuses of engineering a migrant crisis on the border with Poland, could face a serious headache if asylum seekers try to stay in his country.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #belarus-poland-border-crisis-2021, #european-union, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #poland, #politics-and-government

Boris Johnson Battered in Parliament as Scandal Puts Him on Defense

Reversals and broken promises have eroded his party’s lead in the polls, and the prime minister faces a low-grade mutiny from Conservatives angry over a proposal to limit their options for extra income.

#conservative-party-great-britain, #european-union, #johnson-boris, #labour-party-great-britain, #legislatures-and-parliaments, #politics-and-government, #polls-and-public-opinion, #starmer-keir

How the Belarus Standoff Is Unlike Recent Migrant Crises

The images at the Belarus-Poland border look familiar, but this emergency has little in common with previous waves of people from Syria, Myanmar and Afghanistan.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #iraq, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #syria

Greece to Put Aid Workers Who Helped Migrants on Trial on Espionage Charges

The country’s conservative government is toughening its stance on migration and on groups working with migrants, aligning itself with a hardening climate across Europe.

#european-union, #greece, #humanitarian-aid, #illegal-immigration, #immigration-and-emigration, #mardini-sarah, #mardini-yusra-1998, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #politics-and-government, #refugees-and-displaced-persons, #smuggling

A Green Light at the Window for Migrants

An unofficial network of local residents, activists and volunteer medics in Poland has been working to support those who have made it across from Belarus in freezing conditions.

#asylum-right-of, #belarus, #european-union, #immigration-and-emigration, #law-and-justice-poland, #lukashenko-aleksandr-g, #middle-east-and-africa-migrant-crisis, #poland, #right-wing-extremism-and-alt-right