Tag: European Union

Europe Looks to Nuclear Power to Meet Climate Goals

Croatia is opposing a nuclear reactor project in Slovenia that would deposit some nuclear waste near their border. Germany is objecting to a planned Polish reactor that the German Green party said would most likely contaminate Germany in the event of an accident. The ability of small nuclear reactors to produce energy quickly or cheaply […]

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A Wine Rack on Rails? U.K. Businesses Seek Solutions to Shortages.

TILBURY, England — It is called the “wine train,” and every weekend it rumbles out of the port of Tilbury, east of London, on a 100-mile journey to a depot in central England. It looks pretty much like any other freight train, but it carries an unusual cargo: Almost 650,000 bottles of wine. This 32-car, […]

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Iraqis Return From Belarus, but Some Say They Will Try Again to Reach the E.U.

ERBIL, Iraq — Iraq repatriated a second wave of more than 600 migrants from Belarus on Friday after they gave up, at least for now, on a disastrous attempt to try to reach the European Union via its eastern borders. Two Iraqi Airways charter flights landed before dawn in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdistan […]

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European Union Drug Regulator Approves the Pfizer Vaccine for Young Children

ImageThe Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade balloons returning to their full glory.Credit…Hiroko Masuike/The New York Times A giant, animatronic turkey is once again waddling down Central Park West at the head of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which returned on Thursday in its full, helium-filled glory. Last holiday, the coronavirus forced officials to order a one-block […]

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Lithuania Welcomes Belarusians as It Rebuffs Middle Easterners

RUKLA, Lithuania — The emigrants hitchhiked overnight to the Dysna River, the border of their native Belarus. They thought they could wade across the frigid waters, but the spot they chose in haste proved to be so deep they had to swim. On the other side, at dawn two weeks ago, they found a house […]

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How Fake News on Facebook Helped Fuel a Border Crisis in Europe

BRUZGI, Belarus — After more than a week sleeping in a frigid encampment on the border between Belarus and Poland, and an abortive foray across the frontier repelled by pepper spray and police batons, Mohammad Faraj gave up this month and retreated to a warm hotel in Minsk, the capital of Belarus. Soon after, however, […]

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Limping and Penniless, Iraqis Deported From Belarus Face Bleak Futures

ERBIL, Iraq — It was cold in Belarus, bitterly cold, but at least it offered hope, however illusory. Nazar Shamsaldin was one of thousands of Iraqis who made their way to the Eastern European country in recent months, hoping it would prove a jumping-off point to new lives in the West, only to become pawns […]

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The U.K. and France, Once More Unto the Breach

WASHINGTON — When I got the invitation from the French ambassador for a black-tie gala called “Améthyste,” I wondered what that name meant. Was it a promotional party for a French jewelry company or maybe a new perfume? I didn’t go to the Thursday fête, because I’m studying for a master’s at Columbia University and […]

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On Putin’s Strategic Chessboard, a Series of Destabilizing Moves

“I welcome signs of readiness on the other side not just to produce and promote its own points and views,” Mr. Ryabkov, the deputy foreign minister, said, “but also to listen to what we are telling them.” Before he sat down with Mr. Putin in Geneva in June, Mr. Biden met with leaders of the […]

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How Belarus Manufactured a Border Crisis

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The Belarus-Poland Border Chaos Is Partly of Europe’s Own Making

By design, the European Union is now dependent on the good will of autocratic regimes for the maintenance of its borders. Human misery has become an acceptable bargaining chip: The men, women and children on the Polish border were just the latest to be caught in the middle. Trapped between heavily armed Polish and Belarusian […]

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Belarus Clears Migrant Camp, Easing Border Standoff With Poland

BRUZGI, Belarus — Belarusian authorities on Thursday cleared the encampments at the main border crossing into Poland, where thousands of migrants had been living in frigid and increasingly squalid conditions, removing for the moment a major flash point that has raised tensions across Europe. The patch of land nicknamed “the jungle” by migrants — only […]

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Risk for Leader of Belarus: Migrants He Lured May Want to Stay

BRUZGI, Belarus — He has ruled with an iron fist for 27 years, surviving huge street protests, multiple rounds of Western sanctions and even alleged plots by his benefactor, Russia, to remove him. But a threat President Aleksandr G. Lukashenko has never before had to contend with is now taking shape in a squalid migrant […]

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Boris Johnson Battered in Parliament as Scandal Puts Him on Defense

LONDON — Prime Minister Boris Johnson has long stymied opponents by bluffing and blustering his way out of corners that would trap a more conventional politician. But in Parliament on Wednesday, faced with a corruption scandal and bad news on other fronts, his Houdini-like skills deserted him. Mr. Johnson spluttered as the leader of the […]

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What Is Happening at the Poland-Belarus Border?

A crowd of migrants trying to cross a border has come to seem appallingly familiar in recent years. We have seen masses of desperate people seek refuge in strange lands: Syrians escaping civil war, the Rohingya brutally driven from Myanmar, Afghans fleeing Taliban rule. But the standoff at the border between Belarus and Poland, where […]

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Greece to Put Aid Workers Who Helped Migrants on Trial on Espionage Charges

ATHENS — A Greek trial for two dozen aid workers, some of them foreigners, is set to open on Thursday, charging them with espionage over their role in helping migrants who arrived in the country between 2016 and 2018. The case will be heard in a court on Lesbos, the Greek island that was at […]

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A Green Light at the Window for Migrants

NAREWKA, Poland — The green light in the window was easy to spot from the main road in Michalowo, a Polish town some 15 miles from the Belarusian border, where thousands of asylum seekers on their way to the European Union have been trapped in recent months. “It means that my house is a safe […]

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Bosnia Is on the Brink of Breaking Up

In the 1990s, the West was slow to react to the breakup of the former Yugoslavia. After much bloodshed, it eventually launched airstrikes against the Serb forces in Bosnia in 1995 and in Serbia and Kosovo in 1999, and deployed tens of thousands of NATO troops to oversee the truce and stabilize the region. In […]

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Germany Suspends Approval of Gas Pipeline, Sending Prices Soaring

BERLIN — A German regulator on Tuesday suspended its certification of Nord Stream 2, an undersea pipeline intended to transport natural gas directly to Germany from Russia that has been the source of a long-running dispute between Berlin, Washington and Brussels. The action means that the recently completed pipeline will not begin supplying gas to […]

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Poland Uses Water Cannons and Tear Gas as Tensions Rise at Belarus Border

WARSAW — The Polish authorities said that border guards used water cannons and tear gas on Tuesday to repel what they said was an attempt by migrants moving en masse from Belarus to breach the heavily guarded frontier. Tensions have been building along the European Union’s eastern front for weeks as thousands of migrants, mainly […]

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Europe Adopts New Sanctions Against Belarus

SOKOLKA, Poland — A few miles from here, in the small Polish town of Bohoniki, a young Syrian, Ahmed Al Hasan, was buried Monday. The 19-year-old man died in late October in a river in this freezing, forested buffer zone where thousands of migrants and asylum seekers have been sent by the Belarus government to […]

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Air Route to Belarus Closed to Migrants in Bid to Halt Crisis

Dubai on Sunday began banning travelers from Iraq from transiting through the emirate on their way to Belarus, cutting off the last major air route from the Middle East to Minsk in an effort to halt a humanitarian crisis that has left thousands of people stranded at Belarus’s border with Poland. Along with the Iraqis, […]

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Migrants Say Belarusians Took Them to E.U. Border and Supplied Wire Cutters

SULAIMANIYA, Iraq — The sudden surge of migrants to Belarus from the Middle East that is now the focus of a political crisis in Europe was hardly an accident. The government of Belarus loosened its visa rules in August, Iraqi travel agents said, making a flight to the country a more palatable journey to Europe […]

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Migrant Crisis in Belarus Tests Putin’s Uneasy Alliance With Lukashenko

MOSCOW — As European governments threatened Belarus with deeper sanctions this week for fomenting the migration crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border, its bombastic leader countered with what sounded like a trump card: he could stop the flow of gas to the West. There was just one problem: It wasn’t his gas to stop. So on […]

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In Border Crisis, Europe’s Unsavory Migration Deals Come Home

In one sense, the border crisis between Poland and Belarus is a tit-for-tat geopolitical conflict in which refugees and migrants just happen to be the weapons. Belarus, in May, forced down a civilian airliner to arrest a dissident on board. The European Union, as punishment, imposed economic sanctions on Belarus. Now, in apparent retaliation, Belarus […]

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Migrants in Peril, and Raw Emotions, in a Volatile European Border Standoff

The Iraqi embassy in Moscow announced on Thursday that it will organize the evacuation of citizens stranded in Belarus who wish to return home, an offer that is unlikely to be taken up by many of those who risked their lives and spent thousands of dollars trying to escape the country. Border crossings for cars […]

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Who Is Aleksandr Lukashenko? Here’s What You Need to Know

He has touted ice hockey, vodka, saunas and tractor-driving as remedies for Covid. He sent a fighter jet to intercept a European airliner carrying a prominent dissident. He has made his generals salute his teenage son. Dubbed “Europe’s last dictator,” Aleksandr G. Lukashenko of Belarus, the mercurial leader at the center of the border conflict […]

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Unlike Before, Poland Gets Support From Europe on Tough Borders

BRUSSELS — The migration crisis of 2015, when millions of migrants and asylum seekers surged over Europe’s borders, nearly tore apart the European Union. Many members offered asylum to the refugees; others, like Poland and Hungary, wanted no part of it. Six years later, the current standoff at the border of Poland and Belarus has […]

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Google Loses Appeal of $2.8 Billion E.U. Antitrust Fine

In a major ruling that bolsters the European Union’s efforts to clamp down on the world’s largest technology companies, Google lost an appeal on Wednesday to overturn a landmark antitrust ruling by European regulators against the internet giant. The decision by the Luxembourg-based General Court related to a 2017 decision by the European Commission, the […]

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Europe, Taiwan Inch Closer as Distrust of Beijing Grows

TAIPEI, Taiwan — European nations had long kept Taiwan at arm’s length, wary of provoking Beijing, which opposes contact with the island it claims as its territory. But an unusual flurry of diplomatic activity suggests a subtle shift may be underway in Europe, driven in part by the region’s growing frustration over China’s aggressive posture. […]

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E.U. Blames Belarus for Migrant Crisis at Poland Border

“There is not enough water and food,” the Belarus border service said in a statement, describing the people in the camp as mainly Kurds. “The situation is complicated by a significant number of pregnant women and infants among the refugees.” E.U. officials said they were analyzing air traffic to Minsk, the Belarusian capital, as potential […]

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