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    Commission kick-starts work to make 2022 the European Year of Youth

    Following the announcement made by President von der Leyen in her 2021 State of the Union address, the Commission has adopted its formal proposal to make 2022 the European Year of Youth. Europe needs the vision, engagement and participation of all young people to build a better future, that is...
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    Energy prices: Commission presents a toolbox of measures to tackle exceptional situation and its impacts

    The Commission has adopted a Communication on Energy Prices, to tackle the exceptional rise in global energy prices, which is projected to last through the winter, and help Europe's people and businesses. The Communication includes a “toolbox” that the EU and its member states can use to address...
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    Two decades on, Waigel and Prodi still differ on euro pact

    One is the German conservative who insisted the euro be based on tough budget rules; the other, a founding father of Italy's centre-left who famously attacked those rules as "stupid", write Andreas Rinke and Gavin Jones.With the European Union embarking on major reform of its Stability and...
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    German Greens vote to enter government coalition talks

    German's Social Democratic Party (SPD) top candidate for Chancellor Olaf Scholz arrives to a meeting for exploratory talks for a possible new government coalition, in Berlin, Germany, October 12, 2021. REUTERS/Annegret HilseGermany's Green party on Sunday (17 October) followed its prospective...
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    Commission approves €700 million French scheme for certain retailers and services affected by the coronavirus pandemic

    The European Commission has approved, under the EU state aid rules, a €700 million French scheme to support certain retailers and services affected by the coronavirus pandemic and restrictive measures taken by the French government to limit the spread of the virus.Executive Vice President...
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    COVID-19 triggered important changes in working time, but overall trends appear the same

    The COVID-19 pandemic led to important changes in working time regulation across the EU with the emergence of greater flexibility in short-time working schemes; the adaptation of working time regimes to telework; and temporary derogations from working time regulations mostly to ensure the...
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    Commission approves €31.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak

    The European Commission has approved a €31.9 billion Italian scheme to support companies affected by the coronavirus outbreak. The scheme was approved under the State Aid Temporary Framework.Executive Vice President Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: “Many companies in...
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    MPs pay tribute to Sir David Amess after he was killed

    Members of parliament have been paying tribute to the life of Sir David Amess in Westminster today in a special sitting of the House of Commons.They later filed out in procession to St Margaret’s Church for a memorial service.As a tribute to Sir David the prime minister announced that the...
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    Politics has become ‘considerably more sour’ in recent years, says Labour MP Chris Bryant

    We spoke to Conservative MP Karen Bradley and Labour MP Chris Bryant, and started by asking Karen Bradley if, at this moment, it didn’t matter which party they were from.
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    Government must ‘act now’ to bring down Covid cases, public health expert says

    Is the UK going to have to change course on Covid in the face of rising cases, hospitalisations and deaths? Especially as European neighbours such as Italy and France are seeing falls. Today, the Covid passport became enforceable by law in Scotland – so proof of vaccination is needed for large...
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    Former US secretary of state Colin Powell dies of Covid complications at 84

    Colin Powell, the first Black person to become America’s Secretary of State, has died at 84, from Covid-related complications.He was double vaccinated but immunosuppressed due to blood cancer.Powell served as a distinguished general in the US army before taking up his diplomatic role. He was...
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    Colin Powell ‘was a trailblazer’, says former CIA director David Petraeus

    We spoke to General David Petraeus, a former United States army general, who was in New York.
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    Pizza Express ran out of bolognese sauce ingredients

    With shortages becoming a feature of day-to-day life, another household name, Pizza Express, has fallen victim to supply chain issues.
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    Boy arrested over Glasgow teenager’s killing

    A 16-year-old boy has been arrested in connection with the alleged murder of a 14-year-old boy in Glasgow.Justin McLaughlin was stabbed in broad daylight at High Street Station on Saturday afternoon.
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    President Biden’s climate plans under threat from within his own party

    In the US, President’s Biden’s climate agenda is under renewed threat from inside his party.Senator Joe Manchin, a key vote to pass any of the president’s legislation in congress, has said he will not support a key item in the president’s plan to fight climate change.