Is Europe At War With Journalism?

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Photo by Brian Wangenheim on Unsplash A new report has voiced real concern about a current “war on journalism” in parts of Europe. In 2022, since Russia’s launched its war of aggression against Ukraine, at least 12 journalists and media workers were killed and 21 injured while performing their professional duties, says a new report, published on Tuesday….

Extra Sanctions on Russia

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Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash EU member states have decided to impose restrictive measures on an additional 87 Russian individuals and 34 entities.  This was decided in response to the gravity of what the EU calls the “continued Russian full-scale invasion and military aggression against Ukraine” which was launched on 24 February. A statement by Josep Borrell, High Representative for…

EU-New Zealand Trade

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Photo by Nati Melnychuk on Unsplash The EU-New Zealand trade agreement has taken a big step towards ratification, with the Commission sending it to Council for signature.  Sending the draft decisions to the Council on the signature and conclusion of the agreement is a major step. Once the Council gives its green light, the EU and New Zealand…

EU Stands Resolutely with Ukraine


Ahead of the summit between the European Union and Ukraine, EU Member States adopted assistance measures under the European Peace Facility (EPF) that provide further military assistance to the Armed Forces of Ukraine.  These consist of a seventh package worth €500 million, and a new €45 million assistance measure supporting the training efforts of the European Union Military Assistance Mission…

EU Sanctions Against Russia Extended

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Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash EU Member States have decided to prolong by six months, until 31 July the restrictive measures targeting specific sectors of the economy of the Russian Federation. The move was announced in a statement today Friday 27 January. The sanctions, first introduced in 2014 in response to Russia’s actions destabilising the situation in…

Sanctions Against Iran

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Photo by Tianlei Wu on Unsplash EU member states have decided to add 18 individuals and 19 entities to the list of those subject to restrictive measures in the context of the existing Iran human rights sanctions regime.  This is in view of their role in what the EU calls the “widespread and disproportionate use of force against non-violent protestors following the death…

EU Sanctions Against Russia

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Photo by Ehimetalor Akhere Unuabona on Unsplash EU member states have taken action “in response to Russia’s continuing war of aggression against Ukraine and the gravity of the current escalation against civilians and civilian infrastructure.” On Friday, they adopted a ninth package of new measures intended to step up pressure on Russia and its government. “After food and…

EU Action Against North Korea

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The EU is taking further action against North Korea in another sign of growing concern about its development of ballistic missiles. On Monday, the council issued a statement setting out the latest action. It read, “In light of the continued development of ballistic missiles by the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) in violation of the relevant…

Paschal Donohue praises the “brave people of Ukraine”

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Eurogroup president Paschal Donohue has praised the “brave people of Ukraine” He spoke after meeting the treasury secretary of the U.S. Afterwards, the Irishman said, “The meeting that we had had one item on the agenda.  “That item was the transatlantic macroeconomic outlook and risks. And understandably, this discussion here today focused on the respective…

8th Package of Sanctions Against Russia

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The Commission said on Thursday that it welcomes the Council’s adoption of an eighth package of hard-hitting sanctions against Russia for its aggression against Ukraine.  The package – which has been closely coordinated with our international partners – responds to Russia’s “continued escalation and illegal war against Ukraine, including by illegally annexing Ukrainian territory based…