April 2021

A passenger shows her Covid-19 test certificate on a platform of a train station in Milan on April 16, 2021, as the first Covid-free 'Frecciarossa' train prepares to run on the Milan-Rome route. Photo: Piero Cruciatti / AFP
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EU inches closer to Covid certificate for travel

The European Parliament has agreed its position on how a Covid certificate should work, bringing the EU closer to launching a document to open up travel within the bloc
Head of the Task Force for Relations with the UK, Michel Barnier, pictured during the debate on EU-UK trade and cooperation agreement at the European Parliament in Brussels, on April 27, 2021. Photo: Olivier Hoslet / Pool / AFP
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Brexit: how it started, how it’s going

The European Parliament is set to vote on the EU's divorce settlement with Britain, the 1,246-page Trade and Cooperation Agreement. Here's what the post-Brexit pact sets out in key areas:
Portugal PM Antonio Costa (L), European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (C) and European Parliament President David Sassoli pictured after signing the EU Recovery and Resilience Facility document, designed to help the bloc with the economic impact of COVID-19, at the European Parliament building in Brussels on February 12, 2021. Photo: Olivier Matthys / Pool / AFP
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Europe’s Covid recovery fund starts to fall into place

Negotiations were difficult and the plan got off to a slow start, but Europe's huge post-coronavirus recovery fund may make its first payments in July after two important obstacles were passed
German Chancellor and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) Angela Merkel waves after delivering her speech at a CDU party congress in Hamburg, northern Germany on December 7, 2018. Photo: Odd Andersen / AFP
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Germany faces up to unpredictable post-Merkel era

A sea change in German politics began this week with two leading parties announcing their candidates to succeed Angela Merkel at September's elections, when the veteran chancellor will bow out
An iAccess ScanFACE control biometric terminal with facial recognition and body temperature control pictured at the Colosseum in Rome on June 1, 2020
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EU unveils ‘landmark’ AI rules to curb Big Brother fears

The EU unveils a plan to regulate the sprawling field of artificial intelligence, aimed at easing public fears of Big Brother-like abuses by imposing checks on technology deemed "high-risk"
A vial of the Johnson & Johnson Janssen Covid-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Chicago, Illinois, on March 5, 2021. Photo: Kamil Krzaczynski / AFP
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Clot questions over J&J and AstraZeneca vaccines

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) says blood clots should be listed as a "very rare" side effect of the Johnson & Johnson COVID vaccine. What we know about the jab and similar AstraZeneca shot:
A banner opposing the Super League hangs outside Liverpool FC's Anfield ground in Liverpool, northwest England on April 19, 2021. Photo: Paul Ellis / AFP
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European Super League football shows shift to ‘closed shop’

The formation of a European Super League highlights a shift by the world's richest football clubs away from sporting merit and towards a "closed shop" that gives them more financial security
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