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With anti-Semitism on the rise, #Auschwitz liberation commemorated

With anti-Semitism on the rise, #Auschwitz liberation commemorated

| January 27, 2020

World leaders joined ageing Holocaust survivors in Poland today (27 January) to mark 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by Soviet troops, amid concerns over a global resurgence of anti-Semitism, write Justyna Pawlak and Joanna Plucinska. More than 1.1 million people, most of them Jews, perished in the camp’s gas chambers […]

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EU announces post-Brexit ambassador to the UK

EU announces post-Brexit ambassador to the UK

| January 27, 2020

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Josep Borrell, announced that Mr João Vale de Almeida will be the first Head of the future EU Delegation to the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. He will take up his new functions on 1 February 2020. As the United Kingdom will be […]

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EU and 16 countries agree on interim WTO appellate body following US blockage

EU and 16 countries agree on interim WTO appellate body following US blockage

| January 27, 2020

The EU and ministers from 16 Members of the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreed to develop a multi-party interim appeal arrangement (24 January) that will allow the participating members to preserve a functioning, two-step dispute settlement system at the WTO in disputes among them, following the US blockage of new appointments to the appellate body […]

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#Brexit – Signed, sealed, and not quite delivered

#Brexit – Signed, sealed, and not quite delivered

| January 24, 2020

This morning (24 January), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel signed the Agreement on the Withdrawal of the UK in Brussels, writes Catherine Feore. The European Parliament’s plenary will hold a vote on the agreement on 29 January. Once the European Parliament has given its consent, the Council […]

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Britain must change how land is used to meet #ClimateGoal – advisers

Britain must change how land is used to meet #ClimateGoal – advisers

| January 24, 2020

Britons should plant many more trees, eat less meat, cut food waste and restore peatlands if the country is to meet its climate target of reaching net zero emissions by 2050, the government’s climate advisers said on Thursday (23 January), writes Susanna Twidale. Britain last year became the first member of the Group of Seven […]

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#MobilityPackage – Transport Committee backs deal with EU ministers

#MobilityPackage – Transport Committee backs deal with EU ministers

| January 23, 2020

Mobility package: Transport MEPs approve deal on road transport sector reform A deal between Parliament and Finnish Presidency negotiators on reforming the road transport sector was approved by the Transport and Tourism Committee on Tuesday (21 January). The revised rules for posting of drivers, drivers’ rest times and better enforcement of cabotage rules (i.e. transport of […]

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#TradeAgreements will create jobs and protect human rights in #Vietnam

#TradeAgreements will create jobs and protect human rights in #Vietnam

| January 22, 2020

The EPP Group wants to use the Trade and Investment Agreements between Vietnam and the EU as a door opener to access other Asian markets. At the same time, the agreements shall raise environmental, labour and human rights standards in Vietnam. “The Trade and Investment Agreements with Vietnam can boost our trade and therefore create growth […]

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