How the European Commission fails to defend LGBTQI+ citizens — — -The European Commission is failing to defend LGBTQI+ rights as human rights, treating discrimination as a means to an end.
Thessaloniki (Brussels Morning) “Defying Exclusion Stories and insights on the links between discrimination and corruption” is the title of the report recently published by Transparency International and Equal Rights Trust.
Billionaire ex-PM next in line to try to form government in Lebanon — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) Lebanon’s President Michel Aoun has picked billionaire businessman and former Prime Minister Najib Mikati as the next prime minister-designate. He will be the third person to take on the unenviable task of attempting to form a government since Prime Minister Hassan Diab resigned in August last year.
CDU’s Laschet rues laughing as his ratings drop — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) Christian Democratic Union (CDU) chancellor-candidate Armin Laschet is still dealing with fallout from the “Laschet laughs” incident, when the Premier of North Rhine-Westphalia was caught on camera bursting into laughter in the course of a visit to flood-hit areas in his state, while observing Germany’s President Frank-Walter Steienmeier deliver a compassionate speech to stricken residents.
Macron’s visit to Polynesia highlights French interests in Asia — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) President Emmanuel Macron arrived in French Polynesia on Saturday night, his first official visit there, and a stop on his “tour de France” visit to the region ahead of next year’s presidential elections. His visit also serves to highlight the importance France places on its presence in the Asia-Pacific region.
China criticises EU’s Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) China has criticised the EU’s impending Carbon Border Adjustment Mechanism (CBAM), which will impose a carbon tax on import of carbon-intensive products.
Beijing insists that the move violates international trade rules, forces climate issues into the trade arena, and that it will impede overall economic growth, Reuters reports.
Democrats have their own Version of America First — — -Washington (Brussels Morning). The coming to office of President Joe Biden was hailed as a return to normality. In his tour of Europe, Biden tried to convey the message that “America is back,” perhaps as a leader, but mostly as a reliable partner. Multilateralism is now part of the American vocabulary.
Back to School and the Delta Variant — — -New York (Brussels Morning) At the time that Joseph Biden became President, the COVID-19 pandemic was still raging in the US. Millions of Americans were staying at home, thousands were dying of the disease every day, fear was still rampant and widespread vaccination seemed a very ambitious goal. Given that, what the Biden administration has accomplished in the last few months is genuinely impressive. The numbers of new cases and deaths are a fraction of what they were in January.
Thousands rally against anti-LGBT law in Budapest Pride parade — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) Thousands of Hungarians attended the annual Budapest Pride Parade on Saturday, voicing their opposition against the country’s anti-LGBT law, in what the organisers claim was a record turn-out for the event.
This year’s Pride took place under the shadow of the “Children Protection Act”, the legislation introduced earlier this month, which effectively criminalises educating young people about LGBT issues, banning many popular books, and forcing many TV series and
BH High Rep. makes it a crime to deny Srebrenica genocide — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) International High Representative for Bosnia and Herzegovina Valentin Inzko implemented a new law on Friday that will criminalise denial of the 1995 genocide in Srebrenica and the glorification of war criminals.
Inzko, who departs his post on 1 August after 12 years in BH, claims that the decision was reached because Bosnian politicians have so far failed to suppress attempts to downplay the massacre of more than 8,000 Muslim men and boys in a protected UN enclave.
Thousands protest tighter COVID 19 restrictions across EU — — -Brussels (Brussels Morning) Thousands of citizens took to the streets across the EU over the weekend, denouncing the latest measures to control the coronavirus pandemic as authoritarian.
On Saturday, protesters marched in France, Greece and Italy against mandatory vaccination and tightened restrictions, with as many as 160,000 people demonstrating in major cities in France alone, DW reported on Saturday.