February 2021

Italian economist Mario Draghi gives a speech after being awarded the Federal Cross of Merit during a ceremony at the presidential Bellevue Palace in Berlin on January 31, 2020. - Months after the end of his term as president of the European Central Bank (ECB), Mario Draghi received Germany's highest honour, drawing attacks from critics of his easy-money policy. (Photo by Tobias SCHWARZ / AFP)
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How long will Italy’s honeymoon with Draghi last?

In Italy, politicians left, right and centre are rallying behind Mario Draghi's attempt to form a unity government -- but will an unusually broad coalition make his job harder?
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen gives a speech at the European Parliament on the EU's vaccine strategy, in Brussels, on February 10, 2021. Photo: Johanna Geron / Pool / AFP
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Vaccine production must catch up to science: von der Leyen

Europe's race to manufacture Covid-19 vaccines must accelerate to catch up to scientific breakthroughs and outpace emerging variants, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen says
European Union High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Josep Borrell attends a press conference with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (R) after their meeting. The European Union's highest-ranking diplomat Josep Borrell has repeated the bloc's call for Russia to release anti-corruption campaigner Alexei Navalny.
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EU still smarting over expulsion of diplomats seen at Navalny demo

The tension grows between Russia and the European Union as Russia expells three EU diplomats - from Germany, Poland and Sweden - for their alleged participation in rallies supporting jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny.
Austrian police work on November 3, 2020 at Morzinplatz, one of the areas of the multiple shootings that occured on the eve in the center of Vienna, Austria. - A huge manhunt was under way November 3, 2020 after gunmen opened fire at multiple locations across central Vienna, killing at least three people and wounding several more in what the Austrian Chancellor described as a "repulsive terror attack". One of the suspected killers, identified as an Islamic State group sympathiser, was shot dead by police who said they were searching for at least one more assailant still at large. (Photo by ALEX HALADA / AFP)
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Austria attack highlights Europe’s jihadist dilemma

The fallout from November's shootings in Vienna has shone a light on Europe's dilemma in dealing with jihadists, particularly the continent's struggles to deradicalise individuals
People attend a 2020 protest against the decriminalization of euthanasia in front of the Portuguese Parliament in Lisbon on February 20, 2020. Photo: Patricia De Melo Moreira / AFP
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Euthanasia: Where it’s legal in Europe

Where is euthanasia legal in Europe? Portugal's parliament has passed a law allowing medically assisted dying, putting it on course to become the fourth country in Europe to legalise the practice
A health worker prepares an injection of the AstraZeneca/Oxford Covid-19 vaccine at the Mignot Hospital in Le Chesnay near Paris on February 7, 2021. Photo: Alain Jocard / AFP
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Vaccine rollout raises real-world questions

As several Covid vaccines are rolled out across the world, questions such as whether different jabs can be used in the same patient are being asked as governments try to deliver them to millions
Former ECB head Mario Draghi leaves the Quirinale palace in Rome after a meeting with the Italian president on February 3, 2021. Photo: Andreas Solaro / AFP
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The economic challenges facing Italy’s ‘Super Mario’

Political instability and the worst recession since World War II -- Mario Draghi, the former European Central Bank chief brought in to rescue his native Italy, has some major challenges ahead
Electric vehicles (EV) charge at a charging station in east London on November 18, 2020. - Britain will ban petrol and diesel vehicle sales from 2030 as part of a 10-point plan for a "green industrial revolution" to be unveiled Wednesday by Prime Minister Boris Johnson. (Photo by DANIEL LEAL-OLIVAS / AFP)
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Electric vehicle sales surge in EU amid Covid slump

Demand for electric vehicles soared in the EU last year as buyers took advantage of government subsidies aimed at helping manufacturers during the Covid-19 pandemic, an industry body said