Navalny poisoning, Macron in the Middle East, Schools reopen in EU, Trump & Biden in Kenosha
By Abiodun Ogundairo
20 September 2020 | 8:47 am
It was Wednesday when the German chancellor herself came out to announce it was Novichok. German scientists had determined that Alexei Navalny, the Kremlin's most outspoken critic, was poisoned with the same Soviet-era nerve agent used against former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal two years ago in Salisbury, England. What happens next?
The EU has stopped buying Russian seaborne crude oil as it seeks to deprive Moscow of a key revenue source fueling its war in Ukraine. The move will hurt Russia but not as much as the bloc would have liked.
More than 100,000 people have entered the European Union via the western Balkans without documentation this year. The Obrenovac camp near Serbia's capital, Belgrade, has become a transit point for migrants from around the world, some of whom have spent years on the road.
As Donald Trump eyes a return to the White House, a jury has found the Trump Organization guilty of 17 counts of tax fraud. The company paid less in tax by compensating executives with "off the books" perks such as luxury apartments. In addition to a fine, the Trump Organization will find it harder to get access to financing.
The European Commission wants to ensure that the rights of LGBTQ parents are recognized in all EU countries. But conservative EU member states are expected to push back.
Recent discussions in Europe about a gas price cap are said to have been tough, heated and even ugly. The European Commission has put a proposal on the table, but EU member states are finding it difficult to reach a compromise among themselves – despite giving their political support to a gas price cap in late October.
For years, Brussels has been at loggerheads with the Hungarian government over a host of issues – migrants, the rights of minorities, media freedoms, the independence of the justice system and, most recently, over Russia and Ukraine. Long-standing tensions are coming to a head as Hungary delays a proposed EU aid package to Ukraine, while the EU holds up billions of euros in funding to Hungary over rule-of-law concerns.
The US says it will continue to provide Ukraine with security, economic and humanitarian assistance. Meanwhile, Kyiv claims it has carried out a number of attacks on Russian-occupied territory. DW has the latest.
European leaders have promised aid to Ukraine "for as long as it takes." But the amount of aid promised has not been what has actually arrived in Ukraine. DW's Nick Connolly takes a look at what kind of support has been pledged so far.
The EU has pledged to free a part of the funds earmarked for Hungary in exchange for Budapest allowing joint funding for Ukraine. Hungary has also announced it would start debating Finland's and Sweden's NATO membership.
Leaders from Europe and Southeast Asia are hopeful a summit this week will usher in an era of better economic ties and help European producers in Asia diversify away from China.
EU member states are divided on the cap, with Germany, Austria and the Netherlands skeptical of the policy. Talks will resume on Monday, with France a key player in the final negotiations.
The decision taken by EU general affairs ministers is expected to be endorsed in Brussels on Thursday. The accession of countries from candidate to membership status is a lengthy process that usually takes years.
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