Author: Lena Tomalik

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Is Kurz breaking up EU solidarity over his vaccine politics?

Kurz is creating an Us (Eastern bloc plus Austria) vs. Them (western states like France, Germany) in the EU in his fight for the solidarity clause that should allow for a fairer distribution of vaccine doses to deprivileged countries. The problem: his own country is not actually suffering as much as others. With a vaccine progress of around 15.4% having received the first shot, Austria fares better than Germany, currently at 12.9%, and lies above EU average. So why is he doing this? And what exactly is happening anyway? 

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Enough is enough – EU sues UK for breaching the Brexit agreement

The European Commission announced on Monday that it has sent a letter of formal notice to the government of the UK for the violation of the Protocol on Ireland and Northern Ireland, as well as the good faith obligation, which is part of the Brexit Withdrawal Agreement. With this step, the Commission has started the infringement procedure, which might eventually bring the UK before the European Court of Justice – if it does not take the necessary actions to prevent this.

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WHAT WAS THE HOT TOPIC OF THIS YEAR’S #IWD2021? A RUN-DOWN

Last Monday marked this year’s international women’s day – a good opportunity for groups in the European Parliament to show where they stand on gender equality and women’s rights. And because we can imagine you don’t want to spend a full evening researching all the different groups, going through their Twitter accounts, reading their press releases and clicking on every link they’ve posted, we did so for you.

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Another round of EU sanctions hit Russia

In response to the treatment of Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny since his return to Russia, EU foreign ministers decided on Monday to impose a new set of sanctions on individuals in the country. The heads of state and government will likely agree in their next European Council meeting, and when they do, at least four more individuals will be hit by asset freezes and entry bans to the EU.

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Veggie meat marketing saved

On 23 October, the European Parliament (EP) voted on amendments to a law designed to reform the EU’s common organisation of the agricultural markets, which is one large component of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP), the EU’s most budget-intensive policy The amendments in question dealt with a hotly debated issue: the labelling of meat and dairy substitutes…