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Open newsletter – february 21, 2022

from: Al Jazeera, Asia Times, Corriere della Sera, East Asia Forum, Euractiv, Global Times, Reuters, RFE RL, RUSI, TASS, The Interpreter, The Strategist  AFGHANISTAN The United Nations children’s agency says it will pay Afghan teachers a monthly stipend for at least two months. Salaries have been unpaid for months as the country plunged into economic crisis due […]

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EU earmarks €320 million for soil health research to contribute to carbon removal (Julia Dahm, Euractiv)

The European Union is stepping up efforts on soil health research with the announcement of a new Horizon Europe mission, which will also provide key funding for the promotion of carbon farming. EU earmarks €320 million for soil health research to contribute to carbon removal – EURACTIV.com

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Lack of commitment from EU countries curbs equality efforts across the bloc (Silvia Ellena, Euractiv)

European anti-discrimination strategies risk being “empty policies” unless national governments step up their game, civil society representatives have warned. Lack of commitment from EU countries curbs equality efforts across the bloc – EURACTIV.com

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EU Parliament sets out two-year diversity roadmap (Benjamin Fox, Euractiv)

The European Parliament’s leadership adopted on Monday (29 November) a two-year ‘roadmap’ through which it hopes to “intensify efforts to achieve a more inclusive administration”. EU Parliament sets out two-year diversity roadmap – EURACTIV.com

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Democracy expert: CoFoE at risk of being PR exercise (Eleonora Vasques, Euractiv)

The Conference for the Future of Europe is well underway. Still, concerns have been raised from the get-go that citizens’ proposals might not be taken seriously or implemented fully by European lawmakers for various reasons. But there is still time to turn things around and for institutions to demonstrate they are listening to citizens, said […]

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Ministers approve measures on European Research Area and innovation (Molly Killeen, Euractiv)

EU-27 ministers in the Competitiveness Council have approved conclusions on the future governance of the European Research Area (ERA) as well as a pact on research and innovation (R&I). Ministers approve measures on European Research Area and innovation – EURACTIV.com

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Taiwan, Europe must defend democracy together, president tells visiting Baltic MPs (Euractiv)

Taiwan and Europe must work together to defend against authoritarianism and disinformation, President Tsai Ing-wen told visiting lawmakers from the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia on Monday (29 November). Taiwan, Europe must defend democracy together, president tells visiting Baltic MPs – EURACTIV.com

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Robert Habeck: Germany’s new super minister on the block (Nikolaus J. Kurmayer, Euractiv)

Berlin has a new strongman: the Greens’ co-chief and future vice chancellor Robert Habeck, whose pragmatism and track record in Schleswig-Holstein looks tailor-made to drive Germany’s renewable energy expansion. Robert Habeck: Germany’s new super minister on the block – EURACTIV.com

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Policies to mitigate high energy prices should fast-track building renovation (Oliver Rapf, Euractiv)

Finding solutions to address the challenge of rising energy prices will be on the agenda of Energy Ministers next week and will again be discussed by Heads of States & Governments just before Christmas. Progress on the topic has been slow so far. National leaders are under pressure from their constituencies to solve the energy […]

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Venezuela President Maduro brands EU electoral observers ‘spies’ (Euractiv)

Venezuela’s President Nicolás Maduro on Sunday (28 November) denounced members of the EU’s electoral observation mission who monitored voting last weekend as “spies,” and accused them of looking to “stain” the regional elections on their preliminary report. Venezuela President Maduro brands EU electoral observers ‘spies’ – EURACTIV.com

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Surveillance plane to be deployed over Channel to monitor migrants (Euractiv)

The EU’s border agency is to deploy a plane 24-hours-a-day over the Channel coast to monitor migrant crossings, France announced Sunday (28 November) after pushing its European partners for help in cracking down on people-smuggling. Surveillance plane to be deployed over Channel to monitor migrants – EURACTIV.com

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Classified document sheds light on US-Germany Nord Stream 2 conciliation effort (Georgi Gotev, Euractiv)

A classified document which was made public reveals how Berlin is working with Washington to avoid US sanctions over the Nord Stream 2 pipeline. Germany said on Sunday (28 November) it was continuing to work closely with the United States on implementing a deal on the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, which has just been completed […]