Italy makes vaccine pass mandatory for all workers — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) Italy plans to make the vaccine pass mandatory for all workers on 15 October. From then on, all workers in Italy will have to present a negative COVID-19 test, plus proof of vaccination or recent recovery from the disease, Reuters reported on Thursday.
The move is the latest attempt of the ruling coalition headed by Prime Minister Mario Draghi to force citizens to get vaccinated against COVID-19 in order to curb the spread of coronavirus.
Nord Stream 2 awaits German regulatory approval — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov has noted that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline has been completed and now awaits German regulatory approval.
He pointed out that the import of Russian gas could help bring down record-high gas prices in Europe, Reuters reported on Wednesday.
Completion of the pipeline doubles Russia’s gas exporting capacity via the Baltic Sea, but Nord Stream 2 still needs the green light from German regulators, which could take as long as four months.
MEPs condemn detention of UAE rights activist Mansoor — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) The European Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution calling for the immediate release of rights activist Ahmed Mansoor and other activists and peaceful dissidents in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
In the resolution,adopted with 383 votes in favour, 47 against and 259 abstentions, a majority of MEPs condemned the detention of Mansoor and other human rights defenders, all imprisoned for exercising such basic human rights as the right to freedom of speech,
Bundestag to grill Scholz over Finance Ministry probe — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) Finance Minister Olaf Scholz, the Social Democrats (SPD) chancellor-candidate, is set to face questions in the Bundestag on Monday regarding a recent federal raid of his ministry’s offices, with less than a week to go to federal elections.
Perfidious Washington sinks France’s sub deal with Australia — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) France accused the US of backstabbing and President Joe Biden of behaving much like his predecessor Donald Trump after Australia scrapped its submarine production contract with France, having signed a tripartite security pact with the UK and the US.
Late Wednesday, Biden, UK Prime Minister Johnson and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced they will sign a military pact dubbed “AUKUS”, after the initials of the three countries.
French forces kill top IS leader in Sahel — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) French soldiers have reportedly killed Adnan Abu Walid al-Sahrawi, the head of so-called Islamic State in the Greater Sahara, in a major blow to the jihadist group in the region.
President Emmanuel Macron broke the news early on Thursday, tweeting that the French forces have “neutralised” al Sahrawi. He declared it “another major success” in the French fight against terrorist groups in the Sahel.
MEPs vote to secure LGBTIQ rights amid opposition — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) LGBTIQ persons are entitled to the same rights as heterosexual folks, the European Parliament voted yesterday, reinforcing previous statements designating the EU as a “freedom zone” for the LGBTIQ community.
The vote was 387 in favour, 161 against and 123 abstaining at yesterday’s plenary session in Strasbourg.
Pegasus spyware: Commission accused of undermining EU’s cybersecurity — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) MEPs accused the European Commission of not doing enough to increase cybersecurity in the market, in light of the controversial revelations about the Pegasus spyware.
During yesterday’s plenary session in Strasbourg, the Parliament urged the EU to ensure that those responsible for manufacturing and marketing the spyware were held accountable for the use of the malware application to spy on journalists, opposition members and activists.
Bulgaria’s President Radev reappoints caretaker PM Yanev — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) Bulgarian President Rumen Radev has reappointed caretaker Prime Minister Stefan Yanev.
Yanev will head an interim government until Bulgaria’s latest parliamentary election is held on 14 November, the third this year following the inconclusive elections of April and July, Reuters reports.
Catalan coalition row over who sits at talks with Spain — — -Barcelona (Brussels Morning) On the eve of anticipated negotiations between Spain and the Generalitat, an internal row has broken out within the Catalan coalition government as to who should sit at the table.
Yesterday, Pere Aragonès, the Presidentof the Generalitat, a member of the Republican Left Party of Catalonia (ERC), rejected the list of party representatives put forward by Junts — ERC’s partner in the regional coalition — to represent them in the vital negotiations with the Spanish