The darkest hours

Whilst we write, as you know, Vkadimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine is underway. The sanctions adopted by the European Council meeting on 24 February in close coordination with partners and allies, cover the financial sector, the energy and transport sectors, dual-use goods and export control and financing, visa policy, further listing of persons of Russian […]

Around 1.5 million Lebanese in need

As Lebanon endures one of its worst financial and economic crises ever, the UN estimates that  around $300 million is needed over the next eight months to provide vital aid to some 1.5 million Lebanese and 400,000 migrant workers living there. Deputy Special Coordinator Najat Rochdi, who is also the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator […]

G7 Summit, Cornwall, UK, 11th-13th of June 2021

Charles Michel, President of the European Council, and Ursula von der Leyen, President of the EuropeanCommission, represented the EU at this year’s G7 summit hosted in Carbis Bay, Cornwall. G7 leadersdiscussed a wide range of pressing topics, including COVID-19, pandemic preparedness and economicrecovery; geopolitical challenges and foreign affairs; trade and development; promoting open societies anddemocratic […]

European Commission: first operation to raise €20 billion to support European recovery

On the 15th of June, the European Commission, in its first operation under NextGenerationEU, raised €20billion through a 10-year bond ending on 4 July 2031 to finance Europe’s recovery from the coronaviruscrisis and its aftermath. This is the largest institutional bond issued in Europe, the largest single-trancheinstitutional transaction ever and the largest amount raised by […]

World News #16

Western Europe EU Green light from the European parliament for the Covid vaccination certificate The work of MEPs on the document aimed at facilitating travel within the Union and contributing to economic recovery has been completed. The text will now have to be formally adopted by the Council and published in the Official Journal, for […]