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European Commission imposes €60.5 million on Teva and Cephalon

European Commission imposes €60.5 million on Teva and Cephalon

| November 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

By EU Reporter Correspondent The European Commission has fined the pharmaceutical companies Teva (€30 million) and Cephalon (€30.5 million) a total of €60.5 million for a ‘pay for delay’ agreement it maintained for over six years. Executive Vice-President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “It is illegal if pharmaceutical companies agree to buy-off […]

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Azerbaijan’s victory in Nagorno-Karabakh creates space for continued EU influence in the region

Azerbaijan’s victory in Nagorno-Karabakh creates space for continued EU influence in the region

| November 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Guest contributor On November 8th 2020, as Azerbaijani troops entered the strategically important town of Susha, after a fierce three-day battle, Nikol Vovayi Pashinyan, prime minister of Armenia and instigator of the aggression in Nagorno-Karabakh, would have realised that he had met his Waterloo. The issue of Nagorno-Karabakh, Azerbaijani territory populated and governed mostly […]

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European dual-nationals and Iranian hostage diplomacy

European dual-nationals and Iranian hostage diplomacy

| November 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Guest contributor Since its inception, the Islamic Republic has treated dual-citizens and foreign nationals as bargaining chips in its negotiations with the West, imprisoning individuals on spurious charges while using their detainment as diplomatic leverage, writes United Against Nuclear Iran. Tehran refuses to recognise dual citizenship, acknowledging instead only the Iranian identity of the […]

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Political scientist: COVID-19 will not become a brake for Kazakhstan election

Political scientist: COVID-19 will not become a brake for Kazakhstan election

| November 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Guest contributor Kazakhstan is holding parliamentary elections on 10 January, expected to further bolster the soft democratic reform process in the Central Asian country. In a wide-ranging interview, political scientist Mukhit-Ardager Sydyknazarov explained the political landscape and the stakes ahead of the ballot, writes Georgi Gotev. Mukhit-Ardager Sydyknazarov (pictured) is a doctor of political […]

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EU and Australian leaders to hold videoconference focussing on the coronavirus recovery, bilateral relations and global challenges

EU and Australian leaders to hold videoconference focussing on the coronavirus recovery, bilateral relations and global challenges

| November 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

By EU Reporter Correspondent Today (26 November), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, European Council President Charles Michel, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison (pictured), will hold a videoconference call. Building on the close relationship between the EU and Australia, which was formalized through a bilateral Framework Agreement in 2017, leaders are set to […]

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Schengen: Strengthening the functioning of the Schengen area

Schengen: Strengthening the functioning of the Schengen area

| November 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

By EU Reporter Correspondent The Commission is reporting on the implementation of the Schengen rules over the past five years and suggests operational measures for improving the Schengen evaluation mechanism, ahead of the Schengen Forum taking place with Members of the European Parliament and Home Affairs Ministers on 30 November. The current Schengen Evaluation and […]

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President von der Leyen sets out the Commission’s priorities ahead of the December European Council at the European Parliament

President von der Leyen sets out the Commission’s priorities ahead of the December European Council at the European Parliament

| November 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

By EU Reporter Correspondent On 25 November, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (pictured) addressed the European Parliament Plenary ahead of the European Council meeting which will take place in two weeks, on 10-11 December. The president updated MEPs on Brexit and the current situation regarding the Multiannual Financial Framework and NextGenerationEU: “These are […]

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India calls for action as world remembers anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks

India calls for action as world remembers anniversary of Mumbai terror attacks

| November 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

By EU Reporter Correspondent This week marks the 12th anniversary of a date forever etched on the minds of Indian people: the murderous 2008 attacks in Mumbai. The atrocity was likened to the 2001 terrorist attacks on the twin towers in New York and, while the scale was not quite the same, some 166 people […]

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Germany plans Christmas curbs as COVID-19 deaths hit record

Germany plans Christmas curbs as COVID-19 deaths hit record

| November 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Reuters Germany reported a record 410 COVID-19 deaths in the last 24 hours, before the 16 federal state leaders and Chancellor Angela Merkel were due to meet on Wednesday (25 November) to discuss restrictions for the Christmas and New Year holidays, writes Kirsti Knolle. The number of confirmed coronavirus cases increased by 18,633 to […]

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EU must not relax COVID-19 measures too quickly, chief executive says

EU must not relax COVID-19 measures too quickly, chief executive says

| November 26, 2020 | 0 Comments

By Reuters European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (pictured) warned on Wednesday (25 November) against relaxing coronavirus lockdown measures too quickly, telling the European Parliament there was a risk of a third wave of infections,write Marine Strauss and Robin Emmott. “I know that shop owners, bartenders and waiters in restaurants want an end to […]

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