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Pakistan: Members of European Parliament call for reform against enforced disappearances, blasphemy
World

Pakistan: Members of European Parliament call for reform against enforced disappearances, blasphemy

From 19 to 21 September, MEPs from the European Parliament's subcommittee on Human Rights (DROI) visited Pakistan

Lights out and cold showers: Life in Europe as it tries to wean off Russian gas
World

Lights out and cold showers: Life in Europe as it tries to wean off Russian gas

If Russia severs the supplies of gas it has already drastically reduced, authorities fear Europe risks becoming a colder, darker and less-productive place this winter

Riding on Ukraine war, NATO gets a new lease of life
World

Riding on Ukraine war, NATO gets a new lease of life

There were nearly 30 countries at this year’s NATO summit in Madrid on 29-30 June, an unprecedented number

PM Modi holds talks with EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen
World

PM Modi holds talks with EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen

Issues such as stronger trade ties, cooperation to mitigate climate change, emerging technologies and cultural linkages were discussed during the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the G7 Summit at Schloss Elmau, Germany

EU to phase out Russian supply of crude oil within six months, refined products by end of the year
World

EU to phase out Russian supply of crude oil within six months, refined products by end of the year

The European Commission has pledged to 'significantly increase' its support for Ukraine's neighbour Moldova, which has seen a series of attacks in a Moscow-backed separatist region, sparking fears the conflict could spread

PM Modi, European Commission President agree to launch EU-India trade and technology council
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PM Modi, European Commission President agree to launch EU-India trade and technology council

The decision to set up a Trade and Technology Council will be the first for India with any of its partners and second for the European Union after it has set up with the US

Explained: What's next for Europe's natural gas during Russia-Ukraine war?
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Explained: What's next for Europe's natural gas during Russia-Ukraine war?

Europe's economy would struggle without Russian gas, although the impact would vary based on how much countries use.

Sanctions against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are targeting the elite, but did that work in Iran?
World

Sanctions against Russia’s invasion of Ukraine are targeting the elite, but did that work in Iran?

If they’re successful, sanctions on Russia might eventually change the course of events through their impact on the circumstances of elite influencers but they also have the potential to cripple the rest of the economy

With Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Europe's geopolitical map is moving again
World

With Russia's invasion of Ukraine, Europe's geopolitical map is moving again

Nudging Ukraine, Europe's second-biggest country, fully into the Western fold against the will of Moscow poses massive problems.

One plug to charge them all: Trouble for Apple as EU demands single charging method for phones
World

One plug to charge them all: Trouble for Apple as EU demands single charging method for phones

The push by the EU will certainly be cheered by the millions of people who have rummaged through a drawer full of cables for the right charger

European Commission inks new pact with Novavax for potential COVID-19 vaccine
World

European Commission inks new pact with Novavax for potential COVID-19 vaccine

Under the new contract, the member states will be able to buy up to 100 million doses of the Novavax vaccine, with an option for 100 million additional doses over the course of 2021, 2022, and 2023

Europe unveils plan to shift from fossil fuels, setting up potential trade spats
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Europe unveils plan to shift from fossil fuels, setting up potential trade spats

The most radical, and possibly contentious, proposal would impose tariffs on certain imports from countries with less stringent climate protection rules

EU to unveil tough rules to combat climate change, including plan to tax foreign firms
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EU to unveil tough rules to combat climate change, including plan to tax foreign firms

The proposals by the European Commission will cover everything from tougher caps on car pollution to new national limits on gases from buildings

Bharat Biotech set for Phase 4 trials but Phase 3 data still not out; all you need to know
India

Bharat Biotech set for Phase 4 trials but Phase 3 data still not out; all you need to know

A peer review of the jab is expected in two to four months after it was given to scientific journals, Raches Ella Project Lead COVID-19 Vaccines at Bharat Biotech said on Wednesday

India story is not over yet: Fast global aid indicates world wants New Delhi's resurgence
India

India story is not over yet: Fast global aid indicates world wants New Delhi's resurgence

For all the challenges India has faced in the last few weeks, news of the demise of the India Story are greatly exaggerated

'Responsible to go the extra mile': EU, UK agree to continue post-Brexit deal talks beyond Sunday deadline
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'Responsible to go the extra mile': EU, UK agree to continue post-Brexit deal talks beyond Sunday deadline

However, Prime Minister Boris Johnson played down hopes of a breakthrough, saying the "most likely" outcome was that the two sides wouldn't reach a deal and would trade on WTO terms

EU asks Amazon, Google, other online platforms to explain search rankings
News & Analysis

EU asks Amazon, Google, other online platforms to explain search rankings

Internet companies will have to share with businesses the information they need to improve the online profile of their goods and services sold via the platforms.

Amazon needs to level the playing field and ensure fair competition
Business

Amazon needs to level the playing field and ensure fair competition

The authorities must make Amazon clear the air on the systems it has put in place to ensure that its online marketplace benefits all sellers equally and does not restrict choices available to customers.

European Union extends Pakistan GSP-Plus status for two years; cash-strapped country to get rebates on duty charges
World

European Union extends Pakistan GSP-Plus status for two years; cash-strapped country to get rebates on duty charges

The European Union has extended the Generalised System of Preferences (GSP) Plus status for cash-strapped Pakistan for two years, allowing the country access to preferential duties on exports to the EU

EU unveils first ever climate law that will help in making all the countries climate neutral by 2050
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EU unveils first ever climate law that will help in making all the countries climate neutral by 2050

To finance the climate transition, the EU plans to dedicate a quarter of its budget to tackling climate change.