• Hundreds dismiss the Dutch “corona pass”

      Hundreds dismiss the Dutch “corona pass”

      Hundreds protesters marched on Saturday in the streets of major cities in the Netherlands in a protest against the introduced "corona pass" which is equivalent to proof of Covid-19 vaccination and became compulsory to get into bars, restaurants, theatres and other public venues, Reuters reported. Only few hours after the new requirements took effect, the government of caretaker Prime Minister Mark Rutte fired a deputy minister who had publicly questioned the measures.

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    • EC urges Poland to let Frontex to Belarus border

      EC urges Poland to let Frontex to Belarus border

      The European Commission urged Poland to allow officers from Frontex to guard the Border with Belarus and thus save the lives of migrants. At least three migrants died on the Polish side of the border and one more just inside Belarus earlier this week while they were making attempts to cross into Poland, Reuters elaborated. The causes of death have not been officially revealed. A fifth death of an Iraqi man just inside Poland, probably from a heart attack was reported earlier on Friday.

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    • Lava spills again from Cumbre Vieja volcano

      Lava spills again from Cumbre Vieja volcano

      The volcano eruption on Spanish island La Palma is far from over as renewed rivers of hot lava spilled again provoking new evacuation of thousands of people. The new eruption of Cumbre Vieja volcano endangers the banana crop on the island in addition to several buildings in the near villages, Reuters reported.

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    • French Greens choose nominee to enter presidential race

      French Greens choose nominee to enter presidential race

      Yannick Jadot, Greens MEP is seen as the only potential nomination of the fractured French Left able to unite the opposition ahead of the country’s presidential elections. Seven months before the polls, Yannick Jadot, a 54-year-old member of the European Parliament, faces 49-year-old economist Sandrine Rousseau in the second round of the primary of Europe Ecologie Les Verts, AFP reported.

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    • Eurostat: Migrant waves flood the EU

      Eurostat: Migrant waves flood the EU

      The number of people who are first-time asylum seekers to the European Union has more than doubled over the spring months, Reuters reported, quoting official information from Eurostat. Almost 103,900 first-time asylum seekers applied for international protection in EU countries between in the second quarter of 2021, according to Eurostat, up 115% compared to the same period of 2020. Over the three months, Syrians represented around a fifth of first-time applicants which is the largest group. They were followed by Afghans at 13% and Pakistanis at 4%.

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    • Hungary committed to contentious LGBT law

      Hungary committed to contentious LGBT law

      The right-wing populist government in Hungary is attracting conservative thinkers from the United States who admire its approaches to migration, LGBT issues and national sovereignty - all matters that have put the country at odds with its European partners, who see not a conservative haven but a worrying erosion of democratic institutions on multiple fronts. Hungary’s top diplomat has a few things to say about that.

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    • ECB: Soaring prices are worse than the Covid-19 shock

      ECB: Soaring prices are worse than the Covid-19 shock

      The crisis with surging prices of energy sources is worse and will take longer to be resolved compared to the Covid-19 pandemic slowdown and the supply bottlenecks for major industries, European Central Bank President Christine Lagarde said in an interview for CNBC. The Eurozone has been badly impacted, like many other regions worldwide, by disruptions in supply chains brought about by the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent social restrictions.

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    • EC proposes a common charger for electronic devices

      EC proposes a common charger for electronic devices

      The European Commission puts forward legislation to establish a common charging solution for all electronic devices. With the proposal for a revised Radio Equipment Directive, the charging port and fast charging technology will be harmonised: USB-C will become the standard port for all smartphones, tablets, cameras, headphones, portable speakers and handheld videogame consoles. The Commission also proposes to unbundle the sale of chargers from the sale of electronic devices.

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    • German chancellor candidates plead for stronger Europe in final TV debate

      German chancellor candidates plead for stronger Europe in final TV debate

      The two top candidates running neck-and-neck to replace Angela Merkel as German chancellor called for a stronger European Union on Thursday in a final TV debate that did little to shake up a race expected to end in lengthy coalition negotiations, news wires reported. With days to go before the general election on Sunday that will see Merkel step aside after 16 years in power, her conservative CDU-CSU alliance is playing catch-up with the center-left Social Democrats (SPD) in the polls, narrowing the gap to just 2%.

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