Europe

EU seeks access to US produced AstraZeneca vaccines

The European Union will urge the United States to permit the export of millions of doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine as it scrambles to bridge supply shortfalls, the Financial Times reported. The 27-nation EU also wants Washington to ensure the free flow of shipments of crucial vaccine ingredients needed in… Cyprus Mail …


UK’s Sunak says public finances won’t be fixed overnight

British finance minister Rishi Sunak said he would not try to fix the public finances overnight, days before he announces a budget plan that is expected to pile more borrowing on top of nearly 300 billion pounds ($418 billion) of COVID spending and tax cuts. “Look, this is not something… Cyprus Mail …


UK preparing staged exit from Covid lockdown, pubs to open in May

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is considering a staged exit from COVID-19 lockdown that would see pubs and restaurants reopen in May, and hospitality and domestic holiday industries not fully reopening until July, the Daily Mail reported. Johnson, who will set out the path out of lockdown on Feb. 22,… Cyprus Mail …


Prince Harry launches lawsuit against UK paper, joining wife Meghan

Prince Harry is suing the publishers of a British newspaper for libel, joining his wife Meghan who is separately suing them over breach of copyright and data protection, British media reported on Monday. A spokesman for Harry, grandson of Queen Elizabeth, declined to comment. Associated Newspapers, publishers of the Mail… Cyprus Mail …


Macron says images of police beating Black man shameful for France

By Sudip Kar-Gupta and Dominique Vidalon President Emmanuel Macron said on Friday that images showing Paris police beating up a Black music producer were shameful for France, and that government would have to find a way to restore public confidence in the force. Prosecutors are investigating the violent arrest of… Cyprus Mail …



UK says trade talks with US are intensifying

Britain and the United States are intensifying trade talks, trade minister Liz Truss said on Tuesday, announcing the start of a fifth round of negotiations focused on goods tariffs. Britain has put a trade deal with the United States at the top of its post-Brexit wish list, having cited the… Cyprus Mail …


Police set up traffic controls as Madrid heads back into lockdown

Police set up controls and stopped cars on major roads into and out of Madrid on Saturday as the city went back into lockdown due to surging coronavirus cases. Some 4.8 million people are barred from leaving the capital area, while restaurants and bars must shut early and reduce capacity… Cyprus Mail …


Macron launches crackdown on “Islamist separatism” in Muslim communities

French President Emmanuel Macron pledged on Friday to fight “Islamist separatism”, which he said was threatening to take control in some Muslim communities around France. France has struggled with homegrown Islamist militancy for years, but Macron’s government is increasingly worried by broader signs of radicalisation – often non-violent – within… Cyprus Mail …


German Catholic Church to offer abuse victims compensation

The victims of sexual abuse in Germany’s Catholic Church can apply for compensation payments of up to 50,000 euros from next year, the chairman of the German Bishops’ Conference (DBK) said on Thursday. According to a study from 2018 on abuse in the Catholic Church, at least 3,677 minors were… Cyprus Mail …