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How the West can avoid a dangerous and costly confrontation with #China

How the West can avoid a dangerous and costly confrontation with #China

The Institute of Economic Affairs – our British member think tank – has released a new briefing paper, authored by the IEA’s Head of Education Dr Stephen Davies and Professor Syed Kamall, the IEA’s Academic and Research Director, who sat on the European Parliament’s International Trade Committee from 2005-2019. The main conclusions of the report include: Fears are […]

| August 6, 2020

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#EAPM – Orphan Regulation under review by Commission

#EAPM – Orphan Regulation under review by Commission

Welcome one and all – this week’s first update from the European Alliance for Personalised Medicine (EAPM) brings you more news of the EU’s orphan drug legislation, which the European Commission has produced a 400-page review of, for those of you looking for distraction on your jolly hols, please see the following link, writes EAPM Executive […]

| August 11, 2020
Extending UK #Coronavirus furlough would trap people in false hope, finance minister says

Extending UK #Coronavirus furlough would trap people in false hope, finance minister says

Extending Britain’s furlough scheme would leave some workers trapped in false hope that they could return to their jobs after the coronavirus pandemic, British Finance Minister Rishi Sunak (pictured) said on Friday (7 August), write Andy Bruce and Kate Holton.  With redundancies mounting, opposition politicians and think tanks have said Sunak should extend the Coronavirus […]

| August 11, 2020
PM Johnson says he wants to work with French to stop migrant boats

PM Johnson says he wants to work with French to stop migrant boats

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has said he wanted Britain and France to work together to stop boats carrying migrants from crossing the Channel to England, as they have been doing in increasing numbers over the past few days, writes Kate Holton. “We want to stop that, working with the French,” he said. “There is […]

| August 11, 2020
#Huawei says it’s running out of chips for its smartphones because of US sanctions

#Huawei says it’s running out of chips for its smartphones because of US sanctions

Huawei, the world’s biggest smartphone vendor, says it’s running out of processor chips because of US sanctions against the company, The Associated Pressreported. And according to Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei’s consumer business unit, as of next month the Chinese phone manufacturer will no longer be able to make its own Kirin chipsets due to the […]

| August 11, 2020
Risk of #COVID-19 plastic trash pile-up worries Europe

Risk of #COVID-19 plastic trash pile-up worries Europe

Concerns are rising across Europe that the coronavirus-induced slump in oil prices could knock demand for recycled plastics but data is still patchy on how the pandemic has affected the amount of trash piling up, the European Union’s environment chief said, write Kate Abnett and Catarina Demony.   As lockdowns around the world caused a drop […]

| August 11, 2020
#Kazakhstan squeezes #China critics as #Xinjiang anxieties spread

#Kazakhstan squeezes #China critics as #Xinjiang anxieties spread

Masked intentions: Kazakh First Deputy Foreign Minister Shahrat Nuryshev meets Ambassador Zhang Xiao in April (photo: Kazakh Foreign Ministry) Suspicions about an increasingly assertive China show little sign of flagging in Kazakhstan. But authorities are still intent on demonstrating fealty to Beijing by thwarting grassroots activism critical of the Chinese government, writes Chris Rickleton.  Serik […]

| August 11, 2020
Johnson fears loss of UK’s power and magic if #Scotland breaks away

Johnson fears loss of UK’s power and magic if #Scotland breaks away

Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Monday (10 August) that Britain would be weaker if the union that binds its four nations were broken – his latest rejection of a growing push for Scottish independence, write William Schomberg and William James. Disagreements between Britain’s constituent nations – Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and England – over […]

| August 11, 2020
With an additional €30 million, the European Commission promises immediate support for #Lebanon

With an additional €30 million, the European Commission promises immediate support for #Lebanon

As part of the international conference on aid and support for Beirut and the Lebanese people, organized by the French government and the United Nations, the European Commission has pledged new funding of €30 million to meet the needs the most pressing of those affected by the deadly explosion of 4 August in Beirut. This […]

| August 11, 2020
Commission clears €6 billion German scheme to compensate public transport companies for damage suffered as a result of the #Coronavirus pandemic

Commission clears €6 billion German scheme to compensate public transport companies for damage suffered as a result of the #Coronavirus pandemic

The European Commission has cleared a €6 billion German scheme under EU state aid rules to compensate companies providing public passenger transport services regionally and locally in Germany for the damage suffered as a result of the coronavirus pandemic and the emergency containment measures taken by the German authorities to limit the spread of the […]

| August 11, 2020
Commission clears acquisition of joint control over #Keihin, #Showa, #NissinKogyo and #HIAMS by #Honda and #Hitachi

Commission clears acquisition of joint control over #Keihin, #Showa, #NissinKogyo and #HIAMS by #Honda and #Hitachi

The European Commission has approved, under the EU Merger Regulation, the acquisition of joint control over Keihin, Showa, Nissin Kogyo and HIAMS, by Honda and Hitachi, all of Japan. Keihin provides electrification systems for hybrid and electric vehicles, products for fuel cells and engine management systems. Showa manufactures components for automobiles, motorcycles and outboard motors. […]

| August 11, 2020
Commission approves €38 million Czech scheme to support health SPA facilities affected by #Coronavirus outbreak

Commission approves €38 million Czech scheme to support health SPA facilities affected by #Coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has found a CZK 1 billion (€38 million) Czech scheme to support providers of SPA medical procedures and curative rehabilitation treatments that were impacted by the coronavirus outbreak to be in line with EU state aid rules. The public support will take the form of direct payments to cover discounts applied by […]

| August 11, 2020
UK steps up plans to tackle migrant Channel crossings with new commander

UK steps up plans to tackle migrant Channel crossings with new commander

Britain appointed a commander on Sunday (9 August) to lead its response to illegal small boat crossings across the Channel and said it was exploring tougher action after a spate of migrant arrivals, writes Sarah Young. Taking advantage of calm sea conditions, hundreds of people including children and pregnant women have made the dangerous crossing […]

| August 11, 2020
#Coronavirus – UK says getting children back to school is a national priority

#Coronavirus – UK says getting children back to school is a national priority

It is a national priority for children to return to school after months away from the classroom due to the coronavirus pandemic, a junior British health minister said on Monday (10 August), write Guy Faulconbridge and Kate Holton. “Sadly we have seen children from more disadvantaged backgrounds (are) more likely to fall behind during this […]

| August 11, 2020
#FreeMahmoud – Israel extends BDS co-ordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa’s detention by eight days

#FreeMahmoud – Israel extends BDS co-ordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa’s detention by eight days

Ignoring Amnesty International’s call for his immediate and unconditional release, an Israeli military judge on 9 August extended by eight days the detention of Palestinian human rights defender and BDS co-ordinator Mahmoud Nawajaa (pictured) for continued interrogation, according to Addameer Prisoner Support and Human Rights Association. Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, which is interrogating […]

| August 10, 2020
Commission approves €6 billion German scheme to compensate public transport companies for damages suffered due to #Coronavirus outbreak

Commission approves €6 billion German scheme to compensate public transport companies for damages suffered due to #Coronavirus outbreak

The European Commission has approved, under EU state aid rules, a €6 billion German scheme to compensate companies providing regional and local public passenger transport services in Germany for the damage suffered due to the coronavirus outbreak and the emergency containment measures introduced in Germany to limit the spread of the virus. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, […]

| August 10, 2020
#Belarus election: ‘Hundreds detained’ amid protest as early results indicate Lukashenko landslide

#Belarus election: ‘Hundreds detained’ amid protest as early results indicate Lukashenko landslide

Clashes broke out as early election results indicated Alexander Lukashenko (right) had won in a landslide against Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya (left)   –   Copyright  Sergei Grits/AP Photo Thousands of protesters have been dispersed by Belarusian police as they flooded the streets in opposition of early election results that indicate longtime authoritarian leader Alexander Lukashenko has secured a landslide victory, writes Rachael Kennedy with AP. State […]

| August 10, 2020
Forget Samsung – #Huawei new China problem suddenly confirmed

Forget Samsung – #Huawei new China problem suddenly confirmed

Huawei is still celebrating overtaking Samsung to become the world’s number one smartphone maker for the second quarter this year, but that might be short lived. The global sales numbers were driven by the phased coronavirus recovery of Huawei’s and Samsung’s respective key markets—China versus the U.S. and elsewhere. But when it comes to sales numbers, […]

| August 10, 2020
#Kazakhstan – Authorities see #COVID-19 improvement, but tighten restrictions

#Kazakhstan – Authorities see #COVID-19 improvement, but tighten restrictions

Keeping an eye on things: Lockdown has been extended until mid-August. (Photo: Government handout) Kazakhstan’s health ministry has said it is managing to get on top of the coronavirus outbreak, but authorities have nonetheless extended the existing lockdown regime and brought in stricter rules on where and when masks must be worn, writes Almaz Kumenov.Health […]

| August 10, 2020

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