EU’s Sefcovic ‘appeals to UK to return to negotiations’ over N. Ireland Protocol
22 May 2022 | 7:08 am
As the British government indicates it is preparing to deviate from the Northern Ireland Protocol – a key part of the Brexit deal – the European Commissioner overseeing EU-UK relations tells FRANCE 24 he is "appealing to the UK government to come back to the negotiating table". Maros Sefcovic spoke to our Europe editor Catherine Nicholson.
The European Court of Justice has dismissed "the action brought by Poland" against an EU copyright directive. Warsaw argued the 2019 directive violated freedoms of expression and raised concerns about "upload filters."
During his tour of Europe, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will need to walk a fine line between building ties and maintaining India's neutral stance on Russia's war in Ukraine.
The oil embargo could be upheld for years, the German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock said. Her Green ally Robert Habeck said complete independence from Russian oil was possible by late summer.
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As EU member states push for a Russian oil embargo, Germany's PCK Schwedt refinery is facing an uncertain future. It runs wholly on Russian imports, and many locals aren't so sure alternatives can be found in time.
As EU member states consider tightening restrictions on Russian energy imports, Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi is among those calling for closer European integration. He says the bloc needs “structural solutions” to deal with soaring energy prices. Meanwhile, Italy and the UK take different stances over “windfall taxes” for energy giants as they reap record profits, and India's heatwave pushes electricity consumption to a record high.
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Brussels are at odds again. Hungary refuses to support the planned oil embargo against Russia. But now even former allies such as Poland are turning their backs.
More European businesses in China are looking to shift their investments due to the country's strict coronavirus lockdowns, according to the European Chamber of Commerce.
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The 27 EU member states are deliberating a gradual ban on Russian oil imports. Some countries, such as Hungary, Slovakia and Cyprus, are concerned about the repercussions of such a move on their economies.
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