Benin’s President faces human rights scrutiny on Paris visit

Patrice Talon, President of Benin, is visiting Paris to address MEDEF International’s France-West Africa Business Council tomorrow on Tuesday 30 August 2022. President Talon hopes to have an economic focus to his visit. However NGOs and human rights groups are voicing concerns over the regression that has taken place in Benin since 2016 in terms…

EU Aid to Flood Victims in Pakistan

Lenarcic

The EU is providing €1,800,000 humanitarian aid to families affected by flash floods across large parts of Pakistan.  The aid funding will assist affected people in some of the hardest-hit districts of Sindh, Balochistan, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provinces.  Commissioner for Crisis Management, Janez Lenarčič, said: “Unusually heavy monsoon rains led to deadly flash floods in…

Germany and Morocco Adopt Joint Declaration

Bourita and Baerbock

Germany has welcomed the reforms carried out by Morocco under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI for a more open and dynamic society and economy. Germany and Morocco have adopted a joint declaration after talks in Rabat between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Cooperation and Moroccans Abroad, Nasser Bourita, and the German…

Parliament Mission to Latin America

Iratxe García

The leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Iratxe García, will lead a mission to Latin America aimed at strengthening cooperation with leaders in three key countries: Brazil, Chile and Argentina. Iratxe García will be travelling with S&D vice-president for foreign affairs Pedro Marques; S&D MEP Javi López, co-chair of the Euro-Latin…

The Hero City that Endured: the Stories from Ukrainian Chernihiv

Museum of Civilian Voices

Chernihiv is located in the north of Ukraine, close to the borders with Russia and Belarus. It became one of the first cities where Russian troops tried to break through. But the Ukrainian defenders held the defense of the city with incredible efforts, restraining the aggressive attack. However, the city remained surrounded and was mercilessly…

The Rubens House in Antwerp

This autumn, work will commence on the new garden of the Rubens House.  A new museum gallery, albeit one without a ceiling, is set to be added to the master’s house.  It is an opportunity to enjoy colour 365 days a year, thanks to Dries Van Noten, who helped choose a colour scheme and plant…

Murder in Moscow

On 20 August, all major news outlets and information platforms across social media in Russia carried the shocking news of the murder of Daria Dugina, the daughter of the mastermind of the infamous “Russian world” concept, Alexander Dugin. She was blown up in the suburbs of Moscow in her Land Cruiser. It has been suggested…

Europe’s Video Games Sector

Top Ten Video Games

A comprehensive picture of Europe’s video games sector has been published. It was compiled with data provided by Ipsos, GSD and EGDF-ISFE members for the Video Games Industry Insights report.   Responding, ISFE Chair Olaf Coenen said: “Our revenue remains stable after the exceptional increase between 2019 and 2020, owing to video games’ role in helping millions of people…

Council President Praises Bravery of Ukraine

Charles Michel

EU council president Charles Michel has praised the “bravery” of Ukraine in its war with Russia. He was speaking at the Crimea Platform Summit on Tuesday. The former Belgian PM said, “Crimea is Ukraine. I start with the same, clear message I had the opportunity to convey last year when I took part in the…

Senior MEP Calls on the EU to Stop Granting Visas to Russian Citizens,

Anna Fotyga

Anna Fotyga was commenting on the current question of whether Russian citizens should be banned from entering the European Union. ECR Coordinator for Foreign Affairs Fotyga said:”We need to understand that this war is not Putin’s war alone.”  “It is unacceptable that citizens of an aggressive country enjoy themselves in the EU while their troops kill…