Georgia’s ‘foreign agent’ bill undermines EU hopes
08 March 2023 | 12:18 pm
Georgian authorities are backing a "foreign agents" bill despite criticism from Brussels and Washington. The bill is widely seen as emulating a repressive Russian law that allows the Kremlin to crush its critics.
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The European Parliament has given a green light to a plan to halt sales of petrol and disel cars from 2035. It's a crucial part of the bloc's plan to become a "climate neutral" economy by 2050. Also in the show - US inflation remains hotter than expected, putting pressure on Federal Reserve policymakers, and Air India announces a record-breaking deal for 470 planes from Airbus and Boeing.
The European Commission has proposed a drop of 90% in emissions in heavy vehicles by 2040 as compared to 2019. From 2030, new city buses should be zero-emission vehicles.
Germany is among eight EU members that have been referred to the European Court of Justice for failure to implement the bloc's directives on protecting whistleblowers.
Is the EU’s clean tech plan enough to keep up with America's green subsidies, outlined in the US Inflation Reduction Act? Kate Moody speaks to Gwenaëlle Avice-Huet, chief strategy and sustainability officer at Schneider Electric - a French multinational firm that specialises in digital automation and energy management.
Rights groups have slammed the dialogue, labeling it "meaningless," but the EU says it is important "to have a frank discussion."
Europe is becoming more aware of itself as an economic and trading power – that’s the message from France’s secretary of state for European affairs, Laurence Boone. She talks about the new tools the EU has given itself to take on unfair competition, especially from Chinese companies, but she also downplays the warnings of a possible conflict with the United States over subsidies.
"We will stand by Ukraine's side as long as it takes," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen tells DW.
Brussels stopped short of labeling Revolutionary Guards a terrorist group in its latest raft of Iran sanctions. Meanwhile, the UK summoned a top Iranian diplomat over alleged threats to UK-based reporters.
Moldova's foreign minister told DW he believes "corrupt oligarchs" are working "shoulder to shoulder" with Russia to destabilize his country. Nicu Popescu called for the European Union to sanction those accused.
Estonia wants Brussels to find and fund more ammunition for Kyiv. The European Commission believes its recent experience with COVID vaccines will work for much-needed missiles for Ukraine.
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