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Boris Johnson · Northern Ireland

Johnson 'optimistic' Northern Ireland protocol changes could happen 'rapidly'

100% Left coverage: 3 sources
British prime minister Boris Johnson said parliament could pass legislation this year to scrap parts of the post-Brexit trade agreement on Northern Ireland. Johnson said: "Yes, I think we could do it very fast, parliament willing". The bill is now in the lower house, but can expect some hurdles in the upper house, where concerns have been expressed.See the Story
Europe · Lithuania

Amnesty report details alleged abuse of migrants in Lithuania | DW | 27.06.2022

Coverage: 2 sources
Amnesty International released a report Monday detailing the treatment of people who crossed from Belarus to Lithuania. The 65-page report revealed accounts of violent pushbacks, torture and sexual violence. Asylum-seekers arriving from Belarus were also placed in overcrowded facilities with little access to basic necessities.See the Story

Anti-NATO protesters take to streets of Madrid ahead of pivotal summit

Coverage: 2 sources
Between 2,000 and 5,000 people protested in Madrid on Sunday ahead of a Nato summit on Tuesday. Protesters called for lower Western spending on defence and for US troops in Europe to go home. The summit will discuss Russia's threats to European interests in Africa as well as the Ukraine war.See the Story

[Ticker] Norway police call for Pride cancellation 'until further notice'

100% Left coverage: 1 sources
Norwegian police call for all pride events in the country to be delayed "until further notice" Police argue that security might not be guaranteed after a weekend shooting at a popular gay bar. A major pride event programmed for Monday in Oslo was already cancelled. The terrorism threat level of the country was raised after Saturday's attack.See the Story

[Ticker] EU watchdog concern over Europol extended mandate

100% Left coverage: 1 sources
The European Data Protection Supervisor regretted that the expansion of the EU police agency's mandate was not accompanied by "strong" data protection provisions. The watchdog expressed concerns over Europe being able to process very large datasets. Individuals' personal data with no criminal record will be treated in the same way as those who have criminal records.See the Story
Europe · Eu

[Ticker] EU environment agency chief: 'extremely limited' resources

100% Left coverage: 1 sources
The EU environment agency is working with "extremely limited resources" for its responsibilities under the Green Deal. "There are resources flowing to agencies, but not to all of them& and this is a political choice," says agency's chief Hans Bruyninckx. The Green Deal has not been adequately translated into "appropriate resources," he adds.See the Story
Europe · Hungary

[Ticker] Hungary's forint hits record low, piling pressure on Orbán

100% Left coverage: 1 sources
The Hungarian forint fell to a record low against the euro on Monday, piling pressure on prime minister Viktor Orbán to reach a deal with the EU over funds held up due to rule-of-law concerns. The forint's weakening comes on top of double-digit inflation,...See the Story
Europe · France

[Ticker] French energy giants urge homes, business to reduce usage

100% Left coverage: 1 sources
Engie, EDF and TotalEnergies, France's three main energy companies, called on Sunday on households and businesses to reduce their energy consumption. "We need to work collectively to reduce our consumption in order to regain room to manoeuvre," they said in an open letter. French gas storage facilities are currently at 59-percent capacity.See the Story

[Ticker] Russia defaults on Taiwanese-held bonds

100% Left coverage: 1 sources
Russia failed to pay interest due to Taiwanese bondholders late on Sunday according to reports. Some of the euro-denominated bonds "cannot be paid in roubles instead," a Taiwanese source told Reuters. Russia struggles to make foreign currency payments due to US and EU-imposed economic sanctions.See the Story

[Opinion] Expect Czech EU presidency to downgrade V4 priorities

100% Left coverage: 1 sources
The Czech Republic is gearing up for its presidency of the EU, starting on 1 July. It is already dealing with a range of domestic challenges, and implicated in recent corruption scandals. The continued war in Ukraine looks set to shape its second stint at the helm of the bloc.See the Story

[Opinion] [Opinion] Big polluters should have no role in planning EU energy policy

100% Left coverage: 1 sources
Energy company lobbyists made up the largest delegation at last November's UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow. European Commission has met with big polluters almost every working day since it assumed office in 2019. EU has a chance to get off Russian gas by 2025 without replacing it with any other fossil fuel, yet it chooses the opposite path.See the Story
Europe · Ukraine

[Agenda] G7, Nato, gas anxiety and Ukraine top This WEEK

100% Left coverage: 1 sources
The G7 summit this years is hosted by the German presidency at the Schloss Elmau in Bavaria. Leaders of the G7 nations on Monday (27 June) will focus on the war in Ukraine. Ukraine was granted EU candidate status last week, along with Moldova, in a historic response to Russia's war on Europe's eastern flank.See the Story

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