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The EU is developing plans to require airlines to track and report their contribution to climate change from January 2025 – not only from carbon dioxide, but also soot, nitrogen oxides and water vapour.

EU drafts plan to exempt long-haul flights from new emissions rules

The European Commission has drafted plans to exempt long-haul flights from rules on monitoring their non-CO2 emissions, after international carriers lobbied for an opt-out

“For oats, this average is 2.440,56 tonnes,” the European Commission said in a press release on Tuesday (18 June). Imports since the beginning of 2024 “are above this volume,” the bloc’s executive added, announcing the reintroduction of the tariff quota from the 2016 free trade agreement with Ukraine.

The EU triggers emergency brake on oats imports from Ukraine

The cereal is the first agricultural product that will no longer be exempted from duties as of Wednesday

The EU executive announced that so-called “excessive deficit procedures” (EDP) will be initiated against Belgium, France, Italy, Hungary, Malta, Poland, and Slovakia, whose deficits exceeded the bloc’s fiscal limit of 3% of annual GDP in 2023.

EU Commission ups pressure on seven countries’ public spending; spares Estonia for defence investment

The European Commission issued formal warnings to seven member states for violating the bloc’s budget rules

Nasrallah said his Iran-backed group had been informed that Israel could use airports and bases in Cyprus if Hezbollah struck Israeli airports.

Hezbollah threatens war against Cyprus if Nicosia keeps helping Israel

Hezbollah chief Hassan Nasrallah warned “no place” in Israel would be spared in case of full-blown war against the Lebanese group, and threatened Cyprus if it opened its airports to Israel

If current trends continue, Muslims will make up 26.4% of the world’s total projected population of 8.3 billion in 2030 – up from 23.4% of the estimated 2010 world population of 6.9 billion.

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Indeed, Egypt has been a European partner for the better part of several millennia, as little of European history can dispense with the ancient civilisation which has been both a progenitor of many elements of European civilisation as well as a trade and economic partner for most of European history.

World

A Case For Closer Cooperation With Egypt

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Writing over at Foreign Affairs, Stephen Kotkin stresses that powers such as China and Russia do not necessarily see themselves as characters in Shaw’s Pygmalion

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Russia’s war in Ukraine is putting big pressure on EU member states to boost defense spending, revamp the EU’s enlargement policy, and counter the Kremlin’s pervasive disinformation campaigns.

Europe

The Timely Revival of the Weimar Triangle

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

These are uncertain times for the EU

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At a strategic level, no one can deny Africa’s towering importance and the short-sightedness of European policies there. Its mineral resources and agricultural potential are vast, and in manpower terms it is already beginning to dwarf China and India.

Analyses

Why Europe is losing Africa to Moscow and Beijing

Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Europe is retreating from Africa in what seems likely to be the greatest shift of all in the 21st century’s new era of tectonic geo-political change

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‘We have a unique civil service system’, Willem-Alexander emphasised, ‘The fact that a civil servant is loyal to whom so ever is the political boss, is a fantastic system that I strongly support. But, of course, everyone is free to look for another job if that does not suit his or her conscience. And to use his or her qualities elsewhere’.

Europe

Dutch King: civil servants who do not want to work for Wilders’ ministers can look for another job

Monday, June 17, 2024

King Willem-Alexander of The Netherlands has responded to the unrest amongst government officials about the possible participation of the PVV

While Macron as the Commander-in-Chief could probably still send existing weapons (or possibly even soldiers) to Ukraine, parliament could deny him the funds for any major new initiative.

Europe

Macron/Le Pen: Cohabitation in France?

Friday, June 14, 2024

The outcome of the snap elections to the French parliament, to be held in two rounds on June 30th and July 7th, is uncertain

In April, the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg issued an unprecedented judgment that said Bern had violated the human rights of a group of older Swiss women, the KlimaSeniorinnen, by failing to tackle climate change.

Europe

Swiss parliament snubs European court climate ruling

Thursday, June 13, 2024

The lower house of the Swiss parliament voted to reject a ruling ordering Switzerland to do more to combat global warming

Stoltenberg’s visit comes as Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orban said last month he was seeking to “redefine” the terms of his country’s NATO membership over opposition to the alliance’s military support to Ukraine.

World

NATO chief to visit Hungary, expected to define Budapest’s opt-out on Ukraine support

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

After Hungary requested exemption from military support to Ukraine in return for unblocking key alliance decisions, all eyes are on NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg

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Of all the election results, Germany is probably the most worrying. For the first time in the European Parliament’s history, politicians with the most extreme right-wing views, harking back to the 1930s, will sit in the very Chamber that was designed precisely to avoid the resurgence of a right-wing ideology.

Analyses

A sad reflection that the Social Contract in Europe might be broken, or in urgent need of repair and renewal

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The atmosphere and tone of the European Union will change, and will be charged by a political battlefield on its values and principles

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This influence is now called into question with a fresh political crisis in France and elections scheduled for 30 June and 7 July, where the far-right Rassemblement National is expected to perform well.

Europe

Resurgent ALDE moves to retake Liberal lead from defeated French

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

France’s influence within the liberal Renew Europe group is under threat with the Renaissance delegation down 10 seats

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This week underlines Ukraine’s dilemma of simultaneity: it needs to deal with fighting a war, advancing its recovery, and pursuing EU membership at the same time.

Europe

Zelensky’s Diplomatic Offensive

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

The different dimensions of Russia’s war against Ukraine will be at the forefront this week in a series of events around the Ukraine Recovery Conference in Berlin

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On 11 June in Brussels, the European Parliament’s Conference of Presidents (CoP), comprised of party group leaders, will meet to assess the election results. After jostling for recruits and defectors, the final formation of the House will not be settled until the new Parliament opens its first plenary session on 16 July.

Europe

EU how further? A British look at it

Saturday, June 8, 2024

At this moment of instability, the European Union is looking for new leaders

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Starting today and until June 9, voters in twenty-seven EU member states will be heading to the polls to elect the next European Parliament

Europe

De-Europeanization in the EU’s Neighborhood

Thursday, June 6, 2024

It is election season in Europe

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EU Commission ups pressure on seven countries’ public spending; spares Estonia for defence investment

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