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Raf Casert

The Associated Press

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Recent articles by Raf:

EU law targets Big Tech over hate speech, disinformation

The European Union has reached a landmark deal to take aim at hate speech, disinformation and other harmful content online → Read More

EU law targets Big Tech over hate speech, disinformation

Big tech companies like Google and Facebook parent Meta will have to police their platforms more strictly to better protect European users from hate speech, ... → Read More

EU nations OK new Russia sanctions, including on coal

European Union countries have approved new punishing sanctions against Russia, including an EU embargo on coal imports in the wake of evidence of torture and killings emerging from war zones outside Kyiv → Read More

EU proposes new rules to discourage disposable fast fashion

The European Union plans to counter the polluting use of fast fashion and is warning consumers to stop using their clothes like disposable facial tissues → Read More

Ukraine war drives US, EU deal to undercut Russian energy

U.S. President Joe Biden is offering a major expansion of natural gas shipments to Europe amid the risks from Russia’s war in Ukraine → Read More

Ukraine war drives U.S., EU deal to undercut Russian energy

With stunning speed, Russia's war in Ukraine is driving Western Europe into the outstretched arms of the United States again, and the embrace was especially apparent when President Joe Biden offered a major expansion of natural gas shipments to his European Union counterpart Friday. → Read More

EU agrees on Russia sanctions so far, but energy divides

The European Union has preserved a sense of rarely seen unity through four rounds of unprecedented sanctions against Russia over its invasion of Ukraine → Read More

Putin's demand for ruble payments? No way! say EU nations

President Vladimir Putin’s threat to have “unfriendly” countries pay for Russian natural gas exports only in rubles from now on has got the not-so-friendly treatment from European Union nations → Read More

EU wants gas storage topped up to curb reliance on Russia

The European Union’s executive arm has proposed that all gas storage facilities in the 27-nation bloc are topped up to at least 80% capacity for next winter → Read More

EU moves toward joint natural gas purchase to curb shortages

The European Union is moving toward the joint purchase of natural gas and ensuring its storage facilities are nearly full to try to avoid another crisis tied to its dependency on Russian energy → Read More

Car runs into carnival revelers in Belgium, killing 6

BRUSSELS (AP) — A car slammed at high speed into carnival revelers in a small town in southern Belgium early Sunday, killing six people and leaving 10 more with life-threatening injuries. Several dozen were more lightly injured. “What should have been a great party turned into a tragedy,” said Belgian Interior Minister Annelies Verlinden. The […] → Read More

Six people killed in southern Belgium after car slams into carnival crowd

Officials said in the early stages of the investigation there were no elements to suspect a terror motive, and two locals were arrested at the scene in Strepy-Bracquegnies. → Read More

Google, Meta face EU, UK probes into ad bidding agreement

British and European regulators have threatened to crack down on an agreement between Google and Facebook parent Meta for online display advertising services, saying the deal may breach the bloc’s rules on fair competition → Read More

Europe faces pressure to join US, British ban on Russian oil

Europe faces a rough choice: is it worth a recession to choke off oil and gas money to Russia while it fights a war in Ukraine → Read More

With Ukraine war, Europe's geopolitical map is moving again

Russia has lost influence and friends since the collapse of the Soviet empire in 1989 → Read More

EU commit to phasing out dependency on Russian fossil fuels

The European Union is seeking to fully phase out its dependency on Russian energy “well before 2030” to ensure the 27-nation bloc no longer faces difficult decisions about hurting their own economies in geopolitical crises like the invasion of Ukraine → Read More

EU to commit to phasing out dependency on Russian energy

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union is seeking to fully phase out its dependency on Russian energy “well before 2030” to ensure the 27-nation bloc no longer faces difficult decisio… → Read More

One Putin move and behold: West's unity tightens overnight

Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved in days what remained out of the grasp of the European Union for many years and decades → Read More

One Putin move and behold: West's unity tightens overnight

BRUSSELS (AP) — Within days, Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved what remained out of the grasp of the European Union for many decades — to jointly buy and send weapons to a war zone — and restored something that was broken for years — trans-Atlantic unity. → Read More

One Putin move and behold: West's unity tightens overnight

BRUSSELS (AP) — Within days, Russian President Vladimir Putin has achieved what remained out of the grasp of the European Union for many decades — to jointly buy and send weapons to a war zone — and restored something that was broken for years — trans-Atlantic unity. → Read More