Where are ‘desperate’ EU countries turning for Covid vaccines?
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban wearing face mask
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Where are ‘desperate’ EU countries turning for Covid vaccines?

Europeans look to Russia and China, as well as private fraudsters, for much-needed doses
1 Mar 2021
EU under fire amid warnings of ‘no major breakthroughs’ on jabs
Düsseldorf vaccination centre
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EU under fire amid warnings of ‘no major breakthroughs’ on jabs

European leaders holding emergency meeting as calls for urgent action grow
25 Feb 2021
How Belgium succumbed to the highest Covid death rate in the world
A nurse cares for a ventilated patient at the University Hospital of Charleroi
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How Belgium succumbed to the highest Covid death rate in the world

Regional divisions and flawed reporting of deaths put EU nation at the top of the table nobody wants to lead
24 Feb 2021
Has ‘scaremongering’ about the Oxford jab undermined EU’s vaccination campaign?
Emmanuel Macron gestures as he speaks during a video conference meeting.
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Has ‘scaremongering’ about the Oxford jab undermined EU’s vaccination campaign?

People in Germany and France are refusing to be inoculated with the UK-developed vaccine
23 Feb 2021
French academics clash with minister over ‘Islamo-leftism’ inquiry
French Minister of Higher Education Frédérique Vidal
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French academics clash with minister over ‘Islamo-leftism’ inquiry

Row over allegations of extremism in universities stokes growing culture war
22 Feb 2021
Has Johnson ‘trolled’ the EU over vaccine rollout ahead of G7 meeting?
Boris Johnson speaks at a virtual press conference
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Has Johnson ‘trolled’ the EU over vaccine rollout ahead of G7 meeting?

PM calls on Europe to deploy its ‘collective ingenuity’ to speed up vaccine development
19 Feb 2021
‘Party prince’ sues son over €1 sale of German castle
Marienburg Castle
Stranger than fiction

‘Party prince’ sues son over €1 sale of German castle

Ernst August of Hanover has launched legal bid to regain control of ancestral seat from state
18 Feb 2021

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MEPs urge EU to take ‘concrete’ action over Hungarian media crackdown
Viktor Orban addresses the Hungarian parliament in Budapest
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MEPs urge EU to take ‘concrete’ action over Hungarian media crackdown

Demand comes as Viktor Orban strips last independent radio station of broadcast license
15 Feb 2021
European countries split over use of medical-grade face masks
Angela Merkel puts on a FFP2 face mask
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European countries split over use of medical-grade face masks

Germany and Austria mandate use of expensive FFP2 masks while WHO backs fabric coverings
15 Feb 2021
Elite university drawn into France’s sex abuse scandal
Former director of the Institute of Political Studies Frederic Mion in 2018
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Elite university drawn into France’s sex abuse scandal

Hundreds of students are sharing allegations implicating top educational establishment
12 Feb 2021
Swedish towns ban face masks despite mounting Covid death toll
Stockholm
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Swedish towns ban face masks despite mounting Covid death toll

Vetoes follow a string of anti-mask statements by nation’s top officials
11 Feb 2021
EU facing pressure to follow UK lead on delaying second vaccine
Ursula Von Der Leyen gives a speech about the European Union's vaccine strategy
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EU facing pressure to follow UK lead on delaying second vaccine

World Health Organization backs decision to leave eight to 12 weeks between doses
11 Feb 2021
Is Germany too close to Russia for its allies’ comfort?
Angela Merkel and Vladimir Putin in 2020
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Is Germany too close to Russia for its allies’ comfort?

Clash over planned pipeline reignites concern over soft stance towards Moscow
10 Feb 2021
Fact check: the Oxford vaccine and older people
An NHS nurse vaccinates a patient
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Fact check: the Oxford vaccine and older people

New data suggests jab may reduce Covid transmissions by 67%
3 Feb 2021
Can ‘super’ Mario Draghi rebuild Italy’s government?
Mario Draghi arrives at the Quirinal Palace to meet with Italian President Sergio Mattarella
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Can ‘super’ Mario Draghi rebuild Italy’s government?

Former European Central Bank chief accepts mandate to form new coalition
3 Feb 2021
Will Ursula von der Leyen’s career survive the EU vaccine crisis?
Ursula Von Der Leyen gives a presser on vaccine strategy in Brussels
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Will Ursula von der Leyen’s career survive the EU vaccine crisis?

European Commission president is facing second procurement scandal in as many years
2 Feb 2021
Poll suggests Emmanuel Macron could lose presidency to far-right
Emmanuel Macron attends a video conference at the Elysee Palace.
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Poll suggests Emmanuel Macron could lose presidency to far-right

Marine Le Pen’s National Rally party is rising in popularity ahead of next year’s election
29 Jan 2021
Was EU solidarity to blame for bloc’s poor vaccination campaign?
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council President Charles Michel address reporters in Brussels
Today’s big question

Was EU solidarity to blame for bloc’s poor vaccination campaign?

European leaders signed a series of vaccine deals but are lagging behind with rollouts
28 Jan 2021
How German media misrepresented the AstraZeneca jab
Boris Johnson with a vial of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine
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How German media misrepresented the AstraZeneca jab

Political briefings - not facts and figures - may explain ‘incorrect’ claims
27 Jan 2021
Portugal bans remote learning for private schools
Portuguese Prime Minister Antonio Costa
Stranger than fiction

Portugal bans remote learning for private schools

Expat children unable to learn from home after criticism of state school online teaching
27 Jan 2021
AstraZeneca CEO hits back at ‘aggravated’ EU
Pascal Soriot has been CEO of AstraZeneca since 2012
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AstraZeneca CEO hits back at ‘aggravated’ EU

Pharmaceutical boss denies claim doses have been sold to higher bidder
27 Jan 2021
Will the EU’s vaccine shortage threaten the UK supply?
Boris Johnson with a vial of the AstraZeneca/Oxford University vaccine
Today’s big question

Will the EU’s vaccine shortage threaten the UK supply?

Bloc to tighten exports of Pfizer jab following AstraZeneca deliveries warning
26 Jan 2021
AstraZeneca delivery delays threatens EU’s Covid vaccination target
European Council President Charles Michel addresses the European parliament
In Brief

AstraZeneca delivery delays threatens EU’s Covid vaccination target

Fresh setback to bloc’s bid to inoculate 70% of adults by summer
25 Jan 2021
UK refusing to give EU ambassadors full diplomatic status
Dominic Raab removes his protective face mask.
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UK refusing to give EU ambassadors full diplomatic status

Foreign Office ignoring calls to grant the usual privileges and immunities to the bloc’s representative
22 Jan 2021
Incest allegation triggers French national reckoning
Olivier Duhamel pictured in 2016
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Incest allegation triggers French national reckoning

Waves of testimonies flood social media as member of Paris establishment faces abuse allegations
19 Jan 2021
Europe scrambles to impose Covid-19 restrictions
Residents at a care home in Belgium receive the Covid vaccine
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Europe scrambles to impose Covid-19 restrictions

France introduces curfew as Germany considers tougher measures after deaths hit record high
15 Jan 2021
Why Italy’s government is on the verge of collapse
Matteo Renzi holds a press conference
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Why Italy’s government is on the verge of collapse

Political crisis triggered as ex-PM withdraws party from governing coalition
14 Jan 2021
EU says it is safe to eat worms
Salted mealworms served on toast
Tall Tales

EU says it is safe to eat worms

And other stories from the stranger side of life
14 Jan 2021
Brexit could see Britons avoid EU speeding fines
A spanish police officer controls cars at a traffic checkpoint
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Brexit could see Britons avoid EU speeding fines

Britain’s departure from the EU cancelled agreement on motoring offences
13 Jan 2021
Who will succeed Angela Merkel?
German Chancellor Angela Merkel  arrives for the beginning of the weekly meeting of the German Federal cabinet.
In Focus

Who will succeed Angela Merkel?

German chancellor’s CDU party will elect a new leader this week
12 Jan 2021
Germany ‘violates’ EU joint vaccine scheme by buying 30 million extra doses
Angela Merkel pictured wearing a white face mask.
In Focus

Germany ‘violates’ EU joint vaccine scheme by buying 30 million extra doses

Berlin had promoted pact that no members of the bloc would strike separate deals to secure jabs
11 Jan 2021
Is Sweden on the verge of a coronavirus U-turn?
A passenger wearing a face mask on a subway train in Stockholm
In Focus

Is Sweden on the verge of a coronavirus U-turn?

Stockholm passes lockdown law as infection and death rates continue to outstrip those of Nordic neighbours
8 Jan 2021
Merkel considers bringing Russian Covid-19 vaccine to EU
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a weekly meeting of the German Federal cabinet.
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Merkel considers bringing Russian Covid-19 vaccine to EU

German chancellor and Vladimir Putin discuss joint production of jab as criticism of Berlin’s vaccinations rollout intensifies
7 Jan 2021
France’s Covid vaccine rollout flounders amid anti-vax backlash
Emmanuel Macron removes a protective face mask to take a drink of water.
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France’s Covid vaccine rollout flounders amid anti-vax backlash

Just 516 people given Pfizer jab in first week of mass vaccination scheme as doctors face bureaucratic chaos
5 Jan 2021