EU: COP27 agreement ‘not enough’ for the planet
23 November 2022 | 12:20 pm
The EU and other critics were frustrated by the lack of progress to cut emissions that cause climate change. Germany's Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock blamed "a number of large emitters and oil producers.''
Leaks in Nord Stream gas pipelines likely 'sabotage,' European leaders say. Leaders of several Western countries have said leaks in two Russian gas pipelines are likely the result of sabotage, vowing a strong response as investigations continue.
EU policymakers remain divided over how best to deal with the ongoing energy crisis. High prices are affecting households and businesses across the bloc, including Italy's storied textiles industry, as our correspondents report.
The latest data shows that inflation rose on average to 10.9% across the European Union. The figures come as inflation in the UK hit a 40-year high.
EU ambassadors have agreed on a new package of sanctions against Iranian officials in response to recent drone strikes in Ukraine. Tehran has denied supplying Russian forces with arms.
Catherine Nicholson interviews Stefano Sannino, the head of the EU's global network of 144 ambassadors and heads of delegation. The Secretary General of the European External Action Service addresses the West's concerns about the latest joint Russian-Belarusian military activities, warning that further EU sanctions against Minsk could be on the way.
Speaking to FRANCE 24, Vera Jourova, a Vice-President of the European Commission, strongly condemned what Russia says are evacuations of civilians in the Kherson province of southern Ukraine. "I come from Czechoslovakia and this is the old playbook," she told Catherine Nicholson. "The Soviet military invasion of 1968 was presented as brotherly help."
Rebuilding Ukraine is a "generational task that must begin now," said Germany's Olaf Scholz and the EU's Ursula von der Leyen. Ukrainian and German experts are meeting in Berlin to discuss support for the reconstruction.
The coronavirus pandemic has meant progress on gender equality in the European Union is slower than hoped, the Gender Equality Index reports. The domains of work, education and health were hardest hit.
The EU wants to reduce dependence on incoming Chinese investment. But given the geopolitical turmoil unleashed by the war in Ukraine and technological demands, many ask if it can realistically lay down the law to China.
Kazakhstan is actively seeking closer European Union ties as a result of the war in Ukraine and the ambition is reciprocated by Brussels. But can Astana seize the moment without angering Moscow?
The EU aims for zero harmful pollution in its air, water and soil by 2050. By 2030, the bloc wants to tighten rules that most members already struggle to follow. Critics warn it's still short of WHO guidelines.
Created to reduce the gaps and inequalities between the different regions of the European Union, the bloc's cohesion policy was caught out by the unexpected arrival of Covid-19. But did it fail to act against the pandemic? We take a closer look.
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