May 14, 2021

Tag: Italy

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Biden makes the EU look like the bad guys – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article At first glance, transatlantic relations look rosier since Donald Trump left the White House. In public, there’s no longer a U.S. president who attacks German cars and accuses Angela Merkel of not paying her NATO bills. But look closer, and it turns out that on everything from trade […]

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Birth rates keep sliding in pandemic-battered Italy – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article ROME — In Italy, the coronavirus pandemic is supercharging concerns over a long-running demographic challenge: Falling birth rates.  As the country tries to recover from a punishing third wave of disease, officials are fretting that this latest public health setback could further sap enthusiasm to start a family […]

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How Brussels wants to make your shopping woke – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article You’re strolling down the aisles of your supermarket, and every item you see is responsibly sourced from A to Z. You can rest assured that your Argentine steak didn’t cause deforestation, or that your zucchini were picked by farmworkers who are treated fairly. This is Brussels’ plan, at […]

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EU preparing ‘rapid’ assistance to COVID-hit India – POLITICO

The EU is preparing rapid assistance to help India as it tackles a spiralling COVID-19 resurgence, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Sunday. “Alarmed by the epidemiological situation in India. We are ready to support,” she wrote on Twitter. “The EU is pooling resources to respond rapidly to India’s request for assistance.”  European […]

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Europe slips in media freedom rankings amid rising violence – POLITICO

Europe’s journalists are in trouble.  While EU leaders often pledge their support for press freedom, the on-the-ground realities for European journalists are getting more grim, according to the latest World Press Freedom Index from the watchdog group Reporters Without Borders.  Across the bloc, the media freedom rankings for Germany, Estonia, Luxembourg, Slovakia, Slovenia, Poland, Greece, […]

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Biden’s Afghan pullout triggers unease among NATO allies – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Joe Biden’s decision to pull U.S. forces out of Afghanistan by September 11 this year gave NATO allies their marching orders — they had little choice but to salute smartly and declare their troops will follow suit. Some officials from the NATO countries most involved in Afghanistan said they appreciated the consultation undertaken […]

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Italy fears mob has infiltrated vaccination campaign – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article ROME — The Italian mafia is diverting vaccines away from those who need them the most, lawmakers fear. With Italy struggling to get its faltering vaccination campaign on track, the parliament’s anti-mafia commission is investigating whether crime syndicates are redirecting vaccines to their friends at the expense of […]

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Regulators walk fine line assessing AstraZeneca vaccine – POLITICO

The issues never stop with the Oxford/AstraZeneca vaccine. After all the fights over contracts and deliveries, the latest challenge is one facing European regulators: Whether to recommend that national governments don’t give the vaccine to younger people, citing a rare but sometimes fatal form of blood clotting.  Several countries have already taken that step and […]

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