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US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen (L) meets President of the Eurogroup, Paschal Donohoe, during the G7 finance ministers meeting in London on June 5, 2021. Photo: Alberto Pezzali / Pool
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Global minimum tax still far from becoming reality

After the accolades, an agreement among the world's wealthiest countries to set a global minimum tax on the biggest companies now faces a long, bumpy road to implementation
The IATA reported last week that on average, people travelling at peak times now stay twice as long at airports -- three hours -- compared with 2019. Photo: Stephane De Sakutin / AFP
The IATA reported last week that on aver... […]

European lobby groups fear summer chaos at airports

A year after the pandemic emptied airports, air travel associations fear chaos during Europe's summer holiday season as travellers wait hours before boarding planes due to health checks
European Council chief Charles Michel said the bloc was ready to discuss a US offer to suspend patent protection on vaccines -- once the details are clear. Photo: Ishara S. Kodikara / AFP
European Council chief Charles Michel sa... […]

EU invites ‘concrete’ US plan on lifting vaccine patents

Europe has passed the ball back to Washington in a debate over Covid vaccine patents, pushing the US for a concrete proposal and a commitment to export much-needed jabs
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
Head of the Task Force for Relations wit... […]

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
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
A Ukrainian serviceman in a trench on the frontline with Russia-backed separatists near the town of Zolote, in Ukraine's Lugansk region, on April 8, 2021. Photo: Str / AFP
A Ukrainian serviceman in a trench on th... […]

Growing Russia-Ukraine tensions: a timeline

Tensions between Ukraine and Russia, accused of massing troops near its border and on the Crimean peninsula it annexed in 2014, have intensified since the start of the year. A timeline.
A sign reading 'Special hygiene measures - UK Mutant', referring to the B117 Covid strain, in an intensive care unit (ICU) at the hospital in Freising, southern Germany on April 12, 2021. Photo: Lennart Preiss / AFP
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Pandemic hits ‘critical point’ as Europe deaths top one million

Europe has passed the grim milestone of one million coronavirus deaths, as the WHO warned that infections are rising exponentially despite widespread efforts aimed at stopping them