July 2020

Police face off against protesters in Wong Tai Sin, Hong Kong, during a general strike on August 5, 2019, as simultaneous rallies were held across seven districts. Photo: Anthony Wallace / AFP
Police face off against protesters in Wo […]

EU to restrict exports to Hong Kong over security law

The European Union has agreed to limit exports to Hong Kong of equipment that could be used for surveillance and repression after Beijing imposed a controversial new security law
Plastic waste lies on the beach of Ko Sih Chang, an island in the Gulf of Thailand. Photo: Christoph Sator/dpa +++ dpa-Bildfunk +++
Plastic waste lies on the beach of Ko Si […]

Study: most plastics in European waters accumulate on sea floor

A recent study by Oceana, an environmental organization, has found that plastic waste found on the beaches is not to be compared with the amounts of plastic that land at the bottom of the ocean threatening sea life in European oceans.
A submerged car pictured in Mytholmroyd, northern England, on February 9, 2020, as flood water covers the roads after the River Calder burst its banks following Storm Ciara. Photo: Oli Scarff / AFP
A submerged car pictured in Mytholmroyd, […]

Europe flooding period worst in 500 years: study

Europe has been struck by more frequent and widespread flooding in recent decades than at any other time in the past 500 years, according to a sweeping analysis of the continent's flood history
(L-R) Dutch PM Mark Rutte, European Council President Charles Michel, French President Emmanuel Macron and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen participate in a last roundtable discussion following a four-day European summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, early July 21, 2020. Photo: Stephanie Lecocq / Pool / AFP
(L-R) Dutch PM Mark Rutte, European Coun […]

EU leaders agree to link funds to rule of law

EU leaders have for the first time agreed to link payment of funds to a member state with respect for the bloc's legal norms -- though Poland and Hungary say they blocked tougher planned measures
European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen (L) and European Council President Charles Michel bump elbows after a news conference following a four-day European summit at the European Council in Brussels, Belgium, early July 21, 2020. Photo: Stephanie Lecocq / Pool / AFP
European Commission President Ursula Von […]

EU’s virus recovery plan: historic but imperfect

The 750-billion-euro coronavirus recovery deal struck by EU leaders may be a historic landmark, but analysts are already warning it comes with substantial flaws
Spain's PM Pedro Sanchez (L), French President Emmanuel Macron (C) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) read documents during an EU summit in Brussels on July 20, 2020, as EU leaders held their first face-to-face summit over a post-virus economic rescue plan. Photo: John Thys / Pool / AFP
Spain's PM Pedro Sanchez (L), French Pre […]

Five things to know about the EU virus recovery plan

The European Union's 27 member states emerged from an intense four-day and four-night summit brandishing a huge coronavirus recovery plan and a trillion-euro long-term budget