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Recent articles by Raf:

Jailed Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny wins top EU prize

BRUSSELS (AP) — Imprisoned Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny, President Vladimir Putin's main critic, was awarded the European Union's top human rights prize on Wednesday. In a sign of open criticism of the Kremlin, the leaders of the European Parliament picked the Russian politician for the Sakharov Prize. Other candidates had been a group of Afghan women, and imprisoned Bolivian… → Read More

EU says exports of COVID-19 vaccines now top 1 billion mark

The European Union says it now has exported over 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world → Read More

EU says exports of COVID-19 vaccines now top 1 billion mark

The European Union says it now has exported over 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines to the rest of the world → Read More

EU-UK talks, fishing threat kick Brexit back into high gear

The Brexit brawl has kicked into high gear, almost a year after a deal on a free trade agreement was supposed to have officially sealed the separation between the European Union and the United Kingdom → Read More

Great Brexit brawl: EU offers to improve N Ireland deal

The great Brexit brawl is heading into its next standoff as European Union concessions to improve trade in Northern Ireland are likely to be deemed insufficient by the United Kingdom → Read More

Christmas comes early: EU, UK back to Brexit wrangling

The European Union and Britain are back to quarreling less than a year after finalizing Brexit → Read More

Same goal, different paths: US, EU seek max vaccine rates

Officials in both the U.S. and the European Union are struggling with the same question → Read More

EU earmarks 30 billion euros for health crisis agency

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union said Thursday that it will fund its new health preparedness and rapid response agency to the tune of 30 billion euros ($35 billion) over the next six years, even pushing it higher if individual efforts from the member nations and private sector are taken into account. Caught off guard by the sudden onset of the COVID-19 pandemic last year, the 27-nation bloc… → Read More

EU earmarks 30 billion euros for health crisis agency

The European Union says it will fund its new health preparedness and rapid response agency to the tune of 30 billion euros over the next six years → Read More

EU pledges 200 million more COVID vaccine doses to Africa

The European Union is committing 200 million more vaccine doses to Africa to help curb the COVID-19 pandemic on a global scale → Read More

EU pledges 200M more COVID-19 vaccine doses to Africa

The European Union's top official said that ramping up COVID-19 vaccinations in low-income nations around the world was the No. 1 priority right now. → Read More

US allies churn out Biden criticism following Afghanistan collapse

BRUSSELS (AP) — Well before U. S. President Joe Biden took office early this year, the European Union's foreign policy chief sang his praises and hailed a new era in cooperation. So did almost all of Washington's Western allies. The EU's Josep Borrell was glad to see the end of the Trump era, with its America First, and sometimes America Only policy, enthralled by Biden's assertion that he would… → Read More

After UN climate report, individuals seek to do their part

Days after the alarming warning of UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres that there was a “code red for humanity,” with global warming threatening to choke the planet, individuals are seeking to play their part → Read More

Once lagging, Europe catches up to the US in vaccinations

The European Union has caught up to the once-vaunted U.S. coronavirus vaccination effort despite a sluggish start → Read More

Experts: Europe floods shows need to curb emissions, adapt

BRUSSELS (AP) — Just as the European Union was announcing plans to spend billions of euros to contain climate change, massive clouds gathered over Germany and nearby nations to unleash an unprecedented storm that left death and destruction in its wake. Despite ample warnings, politicians and weather forecasters were shocked at the ferocity of the precipitation that caused flash flooding that… → Read More

European Union puts digital levy plans on hold in face of U.S. criticism

In a gesture of goodwill to the United States, the European Union on Monday put work on plans for a digital tax levy on hold for the moment to concentrate on finalizing the historic tax decision endorsed by the Group of 20 nations over the weekend. → Read More

EU eyes Belarus sanctions targeting sectors close to leader

BRUSSELS (AP) — European Union nations sketched out plans for new sanctions Thursday against Belarus that will target economic sectors close to its authoritarian president, as they sought to strike back at him for the forced diversion of a passenger jet to arrest a dissident journalist. → Read More

Belarus' isolation grows after journalist's dramatic arrest

Belarus’ isolation is deepening as commercial planes avoid its airspace and the European Union works up new sanctions → Read More

EU leaders agree on Belarus sanctions after plane diversion

European Union leaders have agreed on a set of sanctions against Belarus, including banning its airlines from using the airspace and airports of the 27-nation bloc → Read More

West condemns plane’s diversion to arrest Belarus journalist – Daily News

BRUSSELS (AP) — Western outrage grew and the European Union threatened more sanctions Monday over the forced diversion of a plane to Belarus in order to arrest an opposition journalist. The d… → Read More