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Debate: EU: scrap the unanimity principle? - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 12:19
A group of nine EU members is calling for national veto rights to be abolished and replaced by majority decisions in foreign and defence policy in order to speed up decision-making processes. Hungary and Poland are apparently among the countries that want to stop the initiative, but others may follow.
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Debate: Prigozhin warns of revolution in Russia - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 12:19
Wagner boss Yevgeny Prigozhin is well known for his criticism of the Russian military leadership. But in a recent interview he used words that are unusually harsh even for his standards. An incompetent military elite has "fucked up" the war in Ukraine, and there could now even be a revolution, he said. After the Pyrrhic victory in Bakhmut commentators ask just what the mercenary leader could be getting at.
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Debate: Will Estonia legalise same-sex marriage? - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 12:19
The legal extension of marriage to same-sex couples in Estonia was already part of the coalition negotiations between election winner Kaja Kallas' Reform Party, the Social Democrats and the centrist Estonia 200 party. The new government has introduced a proposal to this effect in parliament, where it is now the subject of heated debate. We take a look at the comments in the national press.
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Debate: Simply the best: mourning Tina Turner - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 12:19
The world has lost one of its great singers of rock and soul music. Tina Turner died on Wednesday at the age of 83 after a long illness at her home in Küsnacht, Switzerland. Commentators mourn the loss of a strong woman.
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[Investigation] Europe's missing mails - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 12:01
How the EU Commission and national governments delete official emails and text messages — creating areas of decision-making without oversight and control.
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One year to European elections: a final window of opportunity [Promoted content] - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 12:00
Elections are nothing without voters. With 12 months to the next European Parliament elections, European politicians and political parties are approaching the final window of opportunity to engage with citizens and encourage them to make their voices heard, writes Didrik...
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Vaccine manufacturing key for Africa not to lose vaccination race again - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 11:32
Billions of COVID-19 vaccines reached Africa only when rich countries' populations were vaccinated, but building up manufacturing capacities in Africa could ensure African countries are not left behind. 
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OpenAI CEO’s backtracks on quitting EU threat - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 11:03
Sam Altman, CEO of Microsoft-backed OpenAI, has backtracked on recent comments that the company might leave the EU if the bloc ‘overregulates’ Artificial Intelligence which provoked frustration from EU lawmakers. OpenAI is best known for being the provider of ChatGPT,...
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Ukraine shouldn’t use US weaponry inside Russia, US general says - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 08:11
The United States has long asked Ukraine not to use US-provided military equipment to carry out attacks inside Russian territory, the top US general said on Thursday (25 May), following released footage showing that pro-Ukrainian militia used US armored vehicles.
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What’s the beef? Vote on industrial farming emissions splits EU Parliament - Fri, 26/05/2023 - 08:04
The European Parliament’s environment committee has adopted its position on EU rules to slash industrial emissions, including from the largest farms, which is in direct contrast to that of their agricultural counterparts, who may now table their own amendments for the final vote.
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