Social media a factor in Molly Russell death - coroner
The death of Molly Russell "should send shockwaves through Silicon Valley", the NSPCC's chief says.
Moors Murders: Search for Keith Bennett's body restarts
Police search for the body of Keith Bennett, killed in 1964, after "potential remains" are found.
Ed Sheeran must face copyright trial over Thinking Out Loud, judge rules
The star must appear in a US court over claims he copied his hit Thinking Out Loud from Marvin Gaye.
Olivia Pratt-Korbel: Further arrest over Liverpool shooting
A man is held on suspicion of assisting an offender after the killing of Olivia Pratt-Korbel.
Steve Wright hosts his final BBC Radio 2 afternoon show
The DJ tells listeners he wants to "celebrate the show's success and long run" after 23 years.
Covid infections rise by 14% in a week in UK
But there is no clear evidence of an autumn wave starting, says the Office for National Statistics.
Sue Barker: BBC could have handled my Question of Sport exit better
The presenter says the BBC could have handled her exit better when it decided to shake up the show.
UK not in recession, new figures suggest
The economy grew in the second quarter of this year, but it remains smaller than pre-Covid levels.
Doorstep murder: Police have new man in sights over banker shooting
The development comes after a flurry of activity in the hunt for the killer of banker Alistair Wilson.
BP in oil field where 'cancer is like the flu'
BBC investigation uncovers the deadly impact of the oil giant's toxic air pollution on children.
Lev Tahor Jewish sect members held in Mexico escape
Dramatic footage shows members escaping the site where they were held since a raid on their base.
EU agrees windfall tax on energy firms
The EU has agreed to implement levies on energy firms which are benefiting from soaring gas prices.
Cost of living tips: How to cut energy and heating costs in your home
Consumer Affairs Correspondent Colletta Smith has picked out some of the best ways to cut costs in your home.
Hurricane Ian: 'I hid in my bath tub all night'
Mobile home residents without any insurance are counting the cost of a devastating storm in Florida.
King Charles: New coins featuring monarch's portrait unveiled
Centuries of tradition are followed as King Charles faces left - the opposite way to the Queen.
David Tennant jealous of incoming Doctor Who star Ncuti Gatwa
The star on returning to the sci-fi TV show, and his new stage production, Good, about the Holocaust.
Guide dog goodbye: Sean and Sammy share their last walk
BBC correspondent Sean Dilley's guide dog is retiring after more than eight years of service.
Harry Styles: Could singer's make-up get more men into cosmetics?
The popstar-slash-actor's beauty brand branches into cosmetics - but will other men follow his lead?
Quiz of the week: Whose crystal flute did Lizzo play?
How closely have you been paying attention to what's been going on over the past seven days?
Ukraine war: Putin raises stakes in speech full of anti-Western bile
The Russian leader's fiery speech is an attempt to divert from Russia's problems on the battlefield.
The school fines lottery for parents with absent children
Families of children who miss school face harsher penalties depending on where they live in England, the BBC has found.
Brazil election: Do voting machines lead to fraud?
President Bolsonaro says the voting machines used in Brazil are prone to fraud, but hasn't provided evidence.
Train strikes: What are the dates and where is affected?
Thousands of transport workers are striking in an ongoing row over pay, jobs and conditions.
King Charles: Will the monarchy move reconciliation forward in Canada?
The accession of King Charles could lead to greater reconciliation with indigenous people in Canada.
Finland wants to transform how we make clothes
Firms behind innovative fibres says they can make fashion a more sustainable business.
Cambodian team hunting looted treasures visits UK museums
The V&A and British Museum open their collections to check if they hold stolen antiquities.
Singapore Grand Prix: Carlos Sainz leads Ferrari one-two in second practice
Carlos Sainz leads Charles Leclerc in a Ferrari one-two in an apparently unrepresentative second practice session at the Singapore Grand Prix.
Rugby League World Cup: England name Dom Young and Victor Radley in squad
England select uncapped NRL-based duo Dom Young and Victor Radley in their 24-man squad for the Rugby League World Cup.
Football Focus: Liverpool's Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho take on Honesty Cards
Liverpool's Harvey Elliott and Fabio Carvalho put their friendship to the test with Honesty Cards.
Jockey Soumillon banned for elbowing rival off horse
Jockey Christophe Soumillon is banned for 60 days by France Galop after elbowing rival Rossa Ryan out of the saddle during a race.
Budget cap breach is 'speculation'- Red Bull
Red Bull have described as "speculation" claims that they breached Formula 1's budget cap during the 2021 season.
'Choosing between heat and nappies is my biggest worry'
With the energy price cap set to rise, BBC News talks to Kezia, who struggles on a prepayment meter.
Energy price cap: Three things to do before your bills rise
Millions are seeing their energy bills go up, but there are ways to help ease the mounting costs.
How much money is the UK government borrowing?
How does a government borrow money, and when does it have to pay it back?
UK interest rates: How high could they go?
Interest rates are at their highest level for 14 years. Here is what it means for you.
What is the UK inflation rate and why is the cost of living rising?
The price of the things we spend our money on is rising at nearly its highest rate in 40 years.
Brazil votes: Bolsonaro allies stand firm in Amazon bastion
Far-right incumbent Jair Bolsonaro trails in national polls, but leads by a wide margin in Brazilian state of Roraima.
Ukraine accelerates bid to join NATO after Russia’s annexation
President Zelenskyy to submit 'accelerated' NATO application after Putin annexes occupied Ukrainian regions.
Amid war, Europeans support a more ‘geopolitical European Union’
The latest Transatlantic Trends survey finds that Europeans consider the EU equally important to NATO for safety.
Putin announces Russian annexation of four Ukrainian regions
The move has been condemned by Ukraine and Western countries and represents major escalation in seven-month war.
Ukrainians dismiss Russian attempt to annex more of their country
Everyday Ukrainians, officials, and many observers say Russia's move is little more than a sham.
Liz Truss’s neoliberal blitz is doomed to fail
The economic policies of the new government will only exacerbate the socioeconomic crisis in the UK.
Russia-Ukraine war: List of key events, day 219
As the Russia-Ukraine war enters its 219th day, we take a look at the main developments.
Half of Russians feel anxious, angry about mobilisation: Poll
Forty-seven percent of respondents express anxiety following President Vladimir Putin's troop call-up announcement.
Thousands of UK’s Royal Mail workers launch 48-hour strike
The walkout over a pay dispute comes after failed negotiations, hitting postal deliveries across the UK.
Eurozone inflation hits record 10 percent
ECB is expected to hike rates as price growth in the 19 eurozone countries accelerated to 10 percent this month.
Don’t be fooled — ‘mellow’ Meloni could still Orban-ise Italy
The adoption of populism by other parties casts doubts on Italy’s capacity to keep Giorgia Meloni's agenda in check.
Heavy gunfire, soldiers on the streets in Burkina Faso capital
Soldiers seen along the main avenue in Ouagadougou leading to the presidential palace and national television station.
What you need to know about Bosnia’s general election
If Croat and Serb nationalist candidates win presidency seats, an even worse security crisis may unfold, analysts say.
Brazil election: ‘It’s a question of national salvation’
Celso Amorim, Brazil's former FM and adviser to frontrunner Lula Da Silva, on what’s at stake in the upcoming election.
Russian attack kills 25 in civilian convoy in Ukraine: Kyiv
Targeted convoy of civilians planned to travel into occupied territory to pick up relatives, Ukrainian official says.
Australian police seek to protect customers after Optus hack
Authorities say perpetrator of one of country's biggest cyberattacks used 'obfuscation techniques' to hide identity.
Taiwan adds new amphibious warfare ship to defence inventory
New addition to Taiwan's navy is part of a initiative by President Tsai Ing-wen to foster defence self-sufficiency.
Suicide attacker kills at least 19 in Kabul school blast
At least 27 others wounded in the explosion at the Kabul school in the Dasht-e-Barchi neighbourhood.
Indonesian officials targeted by spyware: sources
Targets reportedly included chief economic minister, senior military personnel and two regional diplomats.
Climate change gets ‘highest priority’ in US, Pacific agreement
Partnership deal signed by 14 nations follows historic summit at the White House and comes as China extends influence.
Singapore tightens property curbs to cool demand
City-state tightens lending limits for housing loans in response to rise in interest rates.
Thai Prime Minister Prayuth can continue in office, court rules
Constitutional Court ruled that PM Prayuth Chan-ocha had not exhausted a term limit of eight years in office.
South Korea’s factory output falls in warning for global economy
Asia’s fourth-largest economy sees industrial output shrink a worse-than-expected 1.8 percent in August.
Putin signs ‘independence’ decrees for Zaporizhia, Kherson
Putin to host formal ceremony in Moscow after declaring Ukrainian lands 'independent' in major escalation of war.
Zimbabwe court fines novelist Tsitsi Dangarembga over protest
Dangaremba, nominated for the Booker Prize in 2020, is a prominent critic of President Emmerson Mnangagwa's gov't.
Commission proposes a new package of sanctions against Russia
In light of the escalation of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the European Commission proposed a new package of sanctions against Russia. The new package proposes bans on imports of Russian products, a price cap on Russian oil, as well as a new listing of individuals and entities.
Minimum income: more effective support needed to fight poverty and promote employment
The Commission calls on Member States to modernise their minimum income schemes as part of the ongoing pledge to reduce poverty and social exclusion in Europe. Minimum income is cash payments that help households who need it to bridge the gap to a certain income level to pay the bills and live a life in dignity.
Global Gateway: President von der Leyen announces funding for women and youth's rights, food security, fight against disease, and biodiversity
The President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, has concluded an intense week of discussions with world leaders and international partners at the UN General Assembly in New York with a series of pledges to tackle the current food crisis, aggravated by Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine, the urgent climate and nature crisis and to improve global health.
Council adopts additional €5 billion assistance to Ukraine
The Council formally adopted the decision to provide € 5 billion of additional macro-financial assistance (MFA) to Ukraine, as a matter of urgency. This financial assistance complements other EU support to Ukraine in the humanitarian, development, customs and defence fields.
European Health Union: A new EU approach on cancer detection – screening more and screening better
As part of the EU Cancer Screening Scheme to be put forward under Europe's Beating Cancer Plan, the Commission presents a new approach to support Member States increasing the uptake of cancer screening.
European Media Freedom Act: Commission proposes rules to protect media pluralism and independence in the EU
The European Commission adopted a European Media Freedom Act, a novel set of rules to protect media pluralism and independence in the EU. The proposed Regulation includes, among others, safeguards against political interference in editorial decisions and against surveillance. (Picture provided by BRITTA PEDERSEN/DPA/AFP via Getty Images)
State of the Union 2022
In her State of the Union address, President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen outlined flagship initiatives which the Commission plans to undertake in the coming year. Many of them are made in response to recommendations citizens made through the Conference on the Future of Europe.
Energy prices: Commission proposes emergency market intervention to reduce bills for Europeans
The Commission is proposing an emergency intervention in Europe's energy markets to tackle recent dramatic price rises. The EU is confronted with the effects of a severe mismatch between energy demand and supply, due largely to the continued weaponisation by Russia of its energy resources.
A European Care Strategy for caregivers and care receivers
The European Commission presents the European Care Strategy to ensure quality, affordable and accessible care services across the European Union and improve the situation for both care receivers and the people caring for them, professionally or informally.
Commission proposes full suspension of Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia
The Commission is proposing to fully suspend the EU's Visa Facilitation Agreement with Russia. A country like Russia, waging a war of aggression, should not qualify for visa facilitations as long as it continues conducting its destructive foreign policy and military aggression towards Ukraine, demonstrating a complete disregard to the international rules-based order.
EU reaffirms support for Ukraine and its European path
The Association Council condemned in the strongest possible terms the unprovoked and unjustified Russian war of aggression against Ukraine. “The European Union will continue supporting Ukraine whatever threat, whatever blackmail Russia puts on us. We will provide our support politically, financially, in the humanitarian field and militarily as long as it takes, and as much as needed.” - Josep Borrell, High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.
Common Agricultural Policy 2023-2027: the Commission approves the first CAP strategic plans
The European Commission approved the first package of CAP strategic plans for seven countries: Denmark, Finland, France, Ireland, Poland, Portugal, and Spain. This is an important step for the implementation of the new Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) on 1 January 2023.
Informal meeting of the EU Member States’ Defence Ministers took place in Prague
The Ministers primarily entertained Russia’s aggression against Ukraine and the negative effects of Russia’s policy on the stability of other parts of the world including the Balkans and Africa. In this regard, the Defence Ministers focused both on further practical support to the defending Ukraine by European countries and on the EU’s military engagement outside Europe.
International Cooperation on Civil Justice
The European Union has joined the Hague Judgements Convention, an important tool to facilitate rules-based multilateral trade and investment. The Convention sets out conditions for the recognition and enforcement of judgements in civil and commercial matters, including consumer and employment contracts, and possible grounds for their refusal.
Commission proposes fishing opportunities for 2023 for the Baltic Sea in an effort to recover species
The European Commission adopted its proposal for fishing opportunities for 2023 for the Baltic Sea. Based on this proposal, EU countries will determine the maximum quantities of the most important commercial fish species that can be caught in the sea basin.
The EU has coordinated the delivery of more than 60,000 tonnes of life-saving assistance
The EU has coordinated the delivery of 66,224 tonnes of in-kind assistance to Ukraine from 30 countries via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism. The assistance delivered includes 180 ambulances, 125 fire-fighting vehicles, 300 power generators, 35 heavy machinery vehicles, and 4 pontoon bridges. This is by far the largest, longest lasting and most complex operation via the EU Civil Protection Mechanism since it was established in 2001, with an estimated value so far of over €425 million.
COVID-19 vaccines: Commission and Moderna adapt delivery schedules for late summer and winter
The European Commission and Moderna have reached an agreement to better address Member States needs for COVID-19 vaccines for the late summer and winter period. This will ensure national authorities have access to the vaccines, including variant-adapted vaccines if authorised, at the time they need them for their own vaccination campaigns and to support their global partners.
European Commission disburses €1 billion of new macro-financial assistance for Ukraine
The European Commission, on behalf of the EU, has disbursed €1 billion of the new macro-financial assistance (MFA) operation for Ukraine. The decision about this new exceptional MFA was adopted by the European Parliament and the Council on 12 July 2022.
New rights to improve work-life balance in the EU enter into application
All Member States must now apply EU-wide rules to improve work-life balance for parents and carers. These rules set out minimum standards for paternity, parental and carers' leave and establish additional rights, such as the right to request flexible working arrangements, which will help people develop their careers and family life without having to sacrifice either.
New EU rules to protect children better in cross-border custody cases start applying
The new EU rules on cooperation between judicial authorities on cross-border disputes, such as custody, parental rights and child abduction (“Brussels IIb Regulation”) come into force. The Regulation updates the existing rules on jurisdiction, recognition and enforcement of decisions in matrimonial and parental responsibility matters to better protect the needs of the child.
Digital Economy and Society Index 2022: overall progress but digital skills, SMEs and 5G networks lag behind
The European Commission published the results of the 2022 Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI), which tracks the progress made in EU Member States in digital. During the Covid pandemic, Member States have been advancing in their digitalisation efforts but still struggle to close the gaps in digital skills, the digital transformation of SMEs, and the roll-out of advanced 5G networks.
Member states commit to reducing gas demand by 15% next winter
In an effort to increase EU security of energy supply, member states reached a political agreement on a voluntary reduction of natural gas demand by 15% this winter. The Council regulation also foresees the possibility to trigger a ‘Union alert’ on security of supply, in which case the gas demand reduction would become mandatory.
Save Gas for a Safe Winter: Commission proposes gas demand reduction plan to prepare EU for supply cuts
The European Union faces the risk of further gas supply cuts from Russia, due to the Kremlin's weaponisation of gas exports, with almost half of our Member States already affected by reduced deliveries. Taking action now can reduce both the risk and the costs for Europe in case of further or full disruption, strengthening European energy resilience.
Save Gas for a Safe Winter: Commission proposes gas demand reduction plan to prepare EU for supply cuts
The European Union faces the risk of further gas supply cuts from Russia, due to the Kremlin's weaponisation of gas exports, with almost half of our Member States already affected by reduced deliveries. Taking action now can reduce both the risk and the costs for Europe in case of further or full disruption, strengthening European energy resilience.
Implementation of EU sanctions against Russia: Commission adopts proposal for “maintenance and alignment” package
The European Commission has adopted a joint (High Representative-Commission) proposal for a new package of measures to maintain and strengthen the effectiveness of the EU's six wide-ranging and unprecedented packages of sanctions against Russia.
Summer 2022 Economic Forecast: Russia's war worsens the outlook
The Summer 2022 Economic Forecast provides an update of the Spring 2022 Economic Forecast, which was presented in May 2022, focusing on GDP and inflation developments in all EU Member States.
Rule of Law Report 2022: Commission issues specific recommendations to Member States
The Commission has published the third annual Rule of Law Report. The report comes in the context of the Russian invasion of Ukraine, which further showcased the importance of upholding democratic values, human rights and the rule of law.
ECDC and EMA update recommendations on additional booster doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines
The European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA) are recommending that second booster doses of mRNA COVID-19 vaccines be considered for people between 60 and 79 years old and people with medical conditions putting them at high risk of severe disease.
MEPs discussed priorities of the Czech Presidency with Prime Minister Fiala
Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala presented on Wednesday the programme and main goals of the Czech Council Presidency’s semester. During her opening speech, European Parliament President Roberta Metsola noted that “with an illegal war on our continent, the Czech Presidency comes at a turning point in history. Our next steps will be decisive for our common future”. However, “this is not the time to backtrack on our ambitions,” President Metsola said and called for accelerating the EU green and digital transitions.
Digital Services: landmark rules adopted for a safer, open online environment
On Tuesday, Parliament held the final vote on the new Digital Services Act (DSA) and Digital Markets Act (DMA), following a deal reached between Parliament and Council on 23 April and 24 March respectively.
Commission presents new European Innovation Agenda to spearhead the new innovation wave
The Commission adopted a New European Innovation Agenda to position Europe at the forefront of the new wave of deep tech innovation and start-ups. It will help Europe to develop new technologies to address the most pressing societal challenges, and to bring them on the market.
2022 Strategic Foresight Report: twinning the green and digital transitions in the new geopolitical context
The Commission has adopted the 2022 Strategic Foresight Report – “Twinning the green and digital transitions in the new geopolitical context”. As we prepare to accelerate both transitions, the report identifies ten key areas of action with the objective of maximising synergies and consistency between our climate and digital ambitions. By doing so, the EU will strengthen its cross-sector resilience and open strategic autonomy, and be better prepared to face new global challenges between now and 2050.
Ukraine: Cohesion Policy steps up support to address the consequences of Russia's aggression in Ukraine with the ‘Flexible Assistance to Territories'
The Commission took another important step to help Member States, regional and local authorities and partners to address the consequences of Russia's aggression against Ukraine by adopting the ‘Flexible Assistance to Territories (FAST-CARE)'. This is a new comprehensive package that extends the support already provided under Cohesion's Action for Refugees in Europe (CARE) by offering further support and further flexibility to Cohesion Policy funding.
G7 Summit, Schloss Elmau
The G7 summit, hosted by this year's German G7 presidency, took place from 26 to 28 June. The EU was represented by the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen. The working sessions of the summit focused on various topics: Ukraine and cooperating on foreign policy, addressing energy and food security, investing in climate and health promoting partnerships for infrastructure and investment, shaping the global economy, advancing gender equality and shaping international cooperation.
Grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and Moldova without delay, MEPs demand
With 529 votes to 45 and 14 abstentions, Parliament adopted on Thursday a resolution calling on the Heads of State or Government to grant EU candidate status to Ukraine and the Republic of Moldova “without delay”. They should do the same with Georgia “once its government has delivered” on the priorities indicated by the European Commission.
Agriculture and the environment: Intensive use of pesticides
The Commission adopted pioneering proposals to restore damaged ecosystems and bring nature back across Europe, from agricultural land and seas, to forests and urban environments. The Commission also proposes to reduce the use and risk of chemical pesticides by 50% by 2030. These are the flagship legislative proposals to follow the Biodiversity and Farm to Fork Strategies, and will help ensure the resilience and security of food supply in the EU and across the world.
European Council conclusions on Ukraine, the membership applications of Ukraine, the Republic of Moldova and Georgia, Western Balkans and external relations
The European Council has decided to grant the status of candidate country to Ukraine and to the Republic of Moldova.
EU-Western Balkans leaders' meeting
Mit 529 Stimmen gegen 45 und 14 Enthaltungen nahm das Parlament am Donnerstag eine Entschließung an, in der die Staats- und Regierungschefs, die heute und morgen ihr Gipfeltreffen abhalten, aufgefordert werden, der Ukraine und der Republik Moldau „unverzüglich" den Status eines Bewerberlandes zu gewähren. Georgien sollte derselbe Status eingeräumt werden, „sobald seine Regierung bei den von der Kommission angegebenen Schwerpunktbereichen Ergebnisse erzielt hat“.
Capital Markets Union: Council agrees its position on updated rules for hedge funds, private debt funds, and other alternative investment funds
To improve the European Capital Markets Union (CMU) and strengthen investor protection, the Council reached agreement on its position (general approach) on a review of the alternative investment fund managers directive, the legislative framework which governs managers of hedge funds, private equity funds, private debt funds, real estate funds and other so-called alternative investment funds in the Union.
EU Cohesion Policy: Commission adopts €2.2 billion Partnership Agreement with Sweden for 2021-2027
The Commission adopted its Partnership Agreement with Sweden, laying down Sweden's €2.2 billion investment strategy for the economic, social and territorial cohesion for the 2021-2027 period. It will support the country to implement key EU priorities such as the green and digital transition and contribute to the development of a new competitive, innovative and export-oriented growth model.
Commission sets out first analysis of the proposals stemming from the Conference on the Future of Europe
The European Commission has adopted a Communication setting out how it can follow up on the outcome of the Conference on the Future of Europe. After a year of deliberations, the Conference came to an end on 9 May 2022. In the closing ceremony in Strasbourg, the Presidents of the European Parliament, Commission and Council received a final report from the Conference participants containing 49 wide-ranging, ambitious and forward-looking proposals and 326 individual measures.
The European Commission recommends to Council confirming Ukraine, Moldova and Georgia's perspective to become members of the EU and provides its opinion on granting them candidate status
The European Commission presented its Opinions on the application for EU membership submitted by Ukraine, Georgia and the Republic of Moldova as invited by the Council. Today's Opinions are based on the Commission's assessment in light of the three sets of criteria to join the EU agreed by the European Council: political criteria, economic criteria and the ability of the country to assume the obligations of EU membership (EU acquis).
Women on boards: deal to boost gender balance in companies
The so-called “Women on Boards” Directive aims to introduce transparent recruitment procedures in companies, so that at least 40% of non-executive director posts or 33% of all director posts are occupied by the under-represented sex. Thanks to Parliament, companies must comply with this target by 30 June 2026, compared to the Council’s proposal of 31 December 2027. In cases where candidates are equally qualified for a post, priority should go to the candidate of the under-represented sex.
Deal reached on new rules for adequate minimum wages in the EU
With a deal struck on Monday night, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed on EU rules to set adequate minimum wages, as provided by national law and/or collective agreements. The new legislation will apply to all EU workers who have an employment contract or employment relationship. The EU countries in which the minimum wage is protected exclusively via collective agreements will not be obliged to introduce it nor to make these agreements universally applicable.
Deal on common charger: reducing hassle for consumers and curbing e-waste
By autumn 2024, USB Type-C will become the common charging port for all mobile phones, tablets and cameras in the EU, Parliament and Council negotiators agreed. The provisional agreement on the amended Radio Equipment Directive, establishes a single charging solution for certain electronic devices. This law is a part of a broader EU effort to make products in the EU more sustainable, to reduce electronic waste, and make consumers’ lives easier.
The Commission presents the Draft Budget 2023 and the Annual Management and Performance Report for the EU budget for the 2021 financial year
The Commission has proposed an annual EU budget of €185.6 billion for 2023, to be complemented by an estimated €113.9 billion in grants under NextGenerationEU. The EU budget will continue to mobilise significant investments to boost Europe's strategic autonomy, the ongoing economic recovery, safeguard sustainability and create jobs. The Commission will continue to prioritise green and digital investments while addressing pressing needs arising from recent and current crises.
Convergence Report reviews Member States' preparedness to join the euro area and paves the way for Croatia's euro adoption on 1 January 2023
The European Commission has concluded that Croatia is ready to adopt the euro on 1 January 2023, bringing the number of euro area Member States to twenty. The conclusion is set out in the 2022 Convergence Report, which assesses the progress that Bulgaria, Czechia, Croatia, Hungary, Poland, Romania and Sweden have made towards joining the euro area. These are the seven non-euro area Member States that are legally committed to adopting the euro.
EU leaders agree on new sanctions against Russia
On the first day of the special summit, EU leaders backed the sixth sanctions package against Russia, which covers crude oil and petroleum products. The leaders also agreed to grant Ukraine micro financial assistance of up to € 9 billion and discussed continued EU support to Ukraine, including political, humanitarian, and military support.
Ukraine: The Commission proposes rules on freezing and confiscating assets of oligarchs violating restrictive measures and of criminals
The European Commission is proposing to add the violation of EU restrictive measures to the list of EU crimes. The Commission is also proposing new reinforced rules on asset recovery and confiscation, which will also contribute to the implementation of EU restrictive measures.
State of Schengen: Commission sets new priorities and new governance model
The Commission is presenting the State of Schengen Report 2022. This is the first time the Commission is presenting such report, following last year's Schengen Strategy. This report is part of the Commission's initiative to reinforce the Schengen governance through a yearly reporting exercise presenting the state of Schengen, identifying priorities for the year ahead and monitoring progress made at the end of a given year.
REPower EU Plan
The European Commission has presented the REPowerEU Plan, its response to the hardships and global energy market disruption caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine. There is a double urgency to transform Europe's energy system: ending the EU's dependence on Russian fossil fuels, which are used as an economic and political weapon and cost European taxpayers nearly €100 billion per year and tackling the climate crisis. By acting as a Union, Europe can phase out its dependency on Russian fossil fuels faster.
Energy Markets: Commission presents short-term emergency measures and options for long-term improvements
In response to several months of exceptionally high and volatile energy prices, the Commission sets out today a series of additional short-term measures to tackle high energy prices and address possible supply disruptions from Russia. It also presents a number of areas where the electricity market design can be optimsied, making it fit for the transition away from fossil fuels and more resilient to price shocks, while protecting consumers and delivering affordable electricity.
Relief and reconstruction in Ukraine
The Commission has set out plans in a Communication for the EU's immediate response to address Ukraine's financing gap, as well as the longer-term reconstruction framework. This Communication follows from the European Council call to address the consequences of the war in Ukraine via a dedicated Europe-led effort.
Commission to establish Solidarity Lanes to help Ukraine export agricultural goods
As part of the EU's solidarity response with Ukraine, the Commission today presented a set of actions to help Ukraine export its agricultural produce. Following Russia's invasion of Ukraine and its blockade of Ukrainian ports, Ukrainian grain and other agricultural goods can no longer reach their destinations. The situation is threatening global food security and there is an urgent need to establish alternative logistics routes using all relevant transport modes.
New EU strategy to protect and empower children in the online world
The Commission has adopted a new European strategy for a Better Internet for Kids (BIK+), to improve age-appropriate digital services and to ensure that every child is protected, empowered and respected online.
The Conference on the Future of Europe concludes its work
In a closing ceremony in Strasbourg, President of the European Parliament Roberta Metsola, on behalf of the Council Presidency, President Emmanuel Macron, and President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen received from the Co-Chairs of the Conference Executive Board the final report on the outcome of the Conference.
European Health Data Space
The European Commission launched the European Health Data Space (EHDS), one of the central building blocks of a strong European Health Union. The EHDS will help the EU to achieve a quantum leap forward in the way healthcare is provided to people across Europe. It will empower people to control and utilise their health data in their home country or in other Member States. It fosters a genuine single market for digital health services and products.
Europe Day 2022
This May the EU institutions invite you to a wide range of online and on-site activities across the EU Member States, as well as in the home of the EU institutions in Brussels, Luxembourg and Strasbourg. As the 2022 European Year of Youth shines a spotlight on Europe’s young people and with citizens’ voices amplified by the Conference on the Future of Europe there’s never been a better time to come together, discuss the challenges we all face and create a better future for Europe that works for everyone.
Conference on the Future of Europe: Debate and vote on resolution
At its final meeting, that took place on Friday and Saturday at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, the Conference Plenary reached a consensus on its final draft proposals. It has now adopted 49 proposals, which include more than 300 measures on how to achieve them, across 9 themes, based on 178 recommendations from the European Citizens’ Panels, input from the National Panels and events, and 43 734 contributions on 16 274 ideas recorded on the multilingual digital platform.
Legal migration: Attracting skills and talent to the EU
As part of the comprehensive approach to migration set out in the Pact on Migration and Asylum, the Commission is proposing legal, operational and policy initiatives that will benefit the EU's economy, strengthen cooperation with non-EU countries and improve overall migration management in the long term. The set of proposals also includes specific actions to facilitate integration of those fleeing Russia's invasion of Ukraine into the EU's labour market.
COVID-19: Commission calls on Member States to step up preparedness for the next pandemic phase
The Commission is proposing a set of actions to manage the current phase of the COVID-19 pandemic and prepare for the next one. By working together, the EU has so far saved hundreds of thousands of lives thanks to COVID-19 vaccines, kept its single market operational, minimised travel restrictions and mobilised manufacturing capacity of critical products when supply chains were disrupted.
Commission tackles abusive lawsuits against journalists and human rights defenders ‘SLAPPs'
The European Commission is taking action to improve protection of journalists and human rights defenders from abusive court proceedings. Strategic lawsuits against public participation, commonly known as ‘SLAPPs', are a particular form of harassment used primarily against journalists and human rights defenders to prevent or penalise speaking up on issues of public interest.
Stand Up For Ukraine: 9.1 billion euros pledged in support of internally displaced and refugees
The “Stand Up for Ukraine” global pledging event and campaign has raised 9.1 billion euros for people fleeing the Russian invasion, inside Ukraine and abroad, including €1 billion from the European Commission. On top of that, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development has announced an additional €1 billion in loan to cover the needs of the people displaced by the invasion.
Ukraine: EU must protect all children fleeing the war
MEPs call for children fleeing war in Ukraine to be given safe passage and for assistance for those internally displaced or unable to leave areas under siege. “Every child has the right to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse”, say MEPs, calling on EU countries to protect children from the risk of trafficking, illegal adoption and other types of abuse.
Main results of the Economic and Financial Affairs Council
The Council discussed the implementation of the sanctions imposed by the EU on Russia, their effectiveness (with the aim of preventing any circumvention) and their strengthening. The ministers also discussed the economic issues related to the reception of Ukrainian refugees.
Ukraine: €17 billion of EU funds to help refugees
The Council adopted legislative amendments making it possible for member states to redirect resources from cohesion policy funds and the Fund for European Aid for the Most Deprived (FEAD) to assist the refugees escaping the Russian military aggression against Ukraine.
Green Deal: New proposals to make sustainable products the norm and boost Europe's resource independence
The Commission is presenting today a package of European Green Deal proposals to make sustainable products the norm in the EU, boost circular business models and empower consumers for the green transition. Together with this proposal, the Commission has also adopted an Ecodesign and Energy Labelling Working Plan 2022-2024 to cover new energy-related products, update and increase the ambition for products that are already regulated, as a transitionary measure until the new regulation enters into force.
Main results of the extraordinary meeting of the Justice and Home Affairs Council
Ministers met to discuss further coordination of the reception of refugees from Ukraine. Since 24 February 2022, around 3.8 million people, mainly women and children, have arrived in the European Union after fleeing from the war in Ukraine. Ministers also addressed the implementation of the decision on temporary protection and expressed their support for further coordination of guidance and travel within the EU.
European Council: Support for Ukraine and strengthened transatlantic cooperation
The European Council adopted conclusions on the Russian military aggression against Ukraine, security and defence, energy, economic issues, COVID-19 and external relations. On the first day of the summit, EU leaders were joined by US President Joe Biden, in person, to discuss support for Ukraine and the strengthening of transatlantic cooperation, and by Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, via video conference.
Commission outlines options to mitigate high energy prices with common gas purchases and minimum gas storage obligations
Following up rapidly on the REPowerEU Communication and the Versailles Declaration, the Commission has set out ideas today for collective European action to address the root causes of the problem in the gas market and ensure security of supply at reasonable prices for next winter and beyond. Leaders will continue the discussion on these options at this week's European Council.
Commission acts for global food security and for supporting EU farmers and consumers
The European Commission has presented a range of short-term and medium-term actions to enhance global food security and to support farmers and consumers in the EU in light of rising food prices and input costs, such as energy and fertilisers. The surge in global commodity prices, further accelerated by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, highlights again the need for EU agriculture and food supply chains to become more resilient and sustainable, in line with the Farm to Fork strategy.
Ukraine: EU support to help Member States meet the needs of refugees
Today, the European Commission outlines the actions being taken to support Member States in meeting the needs of those fleeing the war against Ukraine and its people. Since the unprovoked and unjustified Russian invasion, some 3.5 million people – mainly women and children – have arrived in the EU in the space of just four weeks.
Ukraine refugees: Operational guidelines to support Member States in applying the Temporary Protection Directive
Since the start of the Russian military invasion of Ukraine on 24 February, more than 3 million people have fled the country, with UN estimates suggesting that more than half of them are children. To respond to this unprecedented situation, the EU agreed in record time to activate the Temporary Protection Directive to help people fleeing war in Ukraine. The Directive became immediately applicable on 4 March and now offers immediate protection and a clear legal status to millions of people.
Capital Markets Union: Commission proposes simpler rules to make settlement in EU financial markets safer and more efficient
The European Commission has proposed changes to the Central Securities Depositories Regulation to enhance the efficiency of the EU's settlement markets, while safeguarding financial stability. Today's proposal is a key component of the 2020 Capital Markets Union Action Plan.
Ukraine: EU agrees fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia
The European Commission welcomes today's agreement by the Council to adopt a fourth package of restrictive measures against Russia in response to its brutal aggression against Ukraine and its people. These sanctions will further contribute to ramping up economic pressure on the Kremlin and cripple its ability to finance its invasion of Ukraine. They have been coordinated with international partners, notably the United States.
The explosives division of Argentina's Federal Police was summoned late Thursday to Casa Rosada after a bomb threat was received. A similar warning had been made regarding the Army headquarters (Edificio Libertador) some three blocks from the Government's House.
The round of United Kingdom political parties conferences has commenced and this week at Liverpool was Labour week, with the Falkland Islands government presence larger than normal, to mark this year the 40th anniversary of the war and Liberation.
Uruguayan authorities ordered a reduction in the price of gasoline at pumps of UY$ 3 (US$ 0.073) per liter effective Oct. 1 while diesel and cooking gas will remain unchanged, it was announced in Montevideo.
The Government of Argentina Thursday launched the National Sustainable Transportation Plan aimed at achieving 2030 goals regarding energy transition for passenger, cargo, and private vehicles.
Former Brazilian President Luiz Inácio Lula Da Silva (PT) and the incumbent Jair Bolsonaro (PL) Thursday engaged in bitter arguments during the last TV debate ahead of Sunday's elections.
Former Argentine Army Chief of Staff General César Milani has been acquitted in the case of "illicit enrichment" filed against him for being unable to justify how he had managed to afford a luxurious residence in a most exclusive area north of Buenos Aires on his military officer's pay.
The second phase of the development of the Falklands' new port facility is not to go ahead due to an “increase in costs” according to the Falklands Government, FIG.
High School students from Ushuaia, capital of the Argentine southernmost province of Tierra del Fuego were invited to participate in a competition, “Asking about Malvinas”. The competition to mark the fortieth anniversary of the Falklands/Malvinas war was sponsored by the city's program “Young Ushuaia”, and the provincial Youth Coordination office from the Culture and Education ministry.
Brazilian former president Lula da Silva, and a serious candidate to repeat for the third time in October elections, said that the political alliance with his presidential ticket running mate Geraldo Alckmin has been “the best thing we have done”.
US pharmaceutical company Pfizer has filed a request before the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) this week for an emergency clearance to vaccinate children aged 5 to 11 with a 10-microgram booster dose against the SARS-CoV-2 Omicron variant.
Putin admits mistakes were made during mobilization
In a rare admission, Russian President Vladimir Putin said mistakes were made while selecting the 300,000 men eligible to be called up during the current mobilization. CNN's National Security Analyst David Sanger joins John Vause to discuss.
Massive boats end up on dry land following Hurricane Ian
CNN's Randi Kaye shows the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Ian in Fort Myers, Florida.
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and team owners to make donations towards Hurricane Ian relief efforts
Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady and the team's owners, the Glazer family, both announced on Thursday that they will make donations towards Hurricane Ian relief efforts.
Booker prize nominated author convicted for staging solo protest in Zimbabwe
Award-winning Zimbabwean author Tsitsi Dangarembga has been found guilty of staging a protest with the intent of inciting public violence, a court in the capital Harare ruled Thursday.
Heavy gunfire in Burkina Faso capital, soldiers on streets, witnesses say
Heavy gunfire was heard coming from the main military camp and some residential areas of Burkina Faso's capital early on Friday morning, Reuters reporters said.
Beauty product can enter bloodstream, brain and breast milk
CNN explains how high levels of mercury found in some skin whitening creams can affect the body of people using them and put entire households at risk by contaminating their homes.
Chess organization will investigate cheating allegations made by world champion Magnus Carlsen
An investigation is set to launched in the wake of cheating allegations made by world chess champion Magnus Carlsen, FIDE -- the sport's global governing body -- announced on Thursday.
The UK economy still hasn't recovered from the pandemic. Now it's on the ropes again
There was good news and bad in Friday's revised data about the UK economy. It grew — marginally — in the second quarter of the year, rather than shrinking as previously estimated.
EU agrees to tax windfall oil and gas profits amid 'insane race' to tame energy crisis
EU governments agreed Friday to tax the windfall profits of oil and gas companies and to cap the revenues of some electricity generators as the cost of Europe's energy crisis spirals higher.
Elon Musk's texts show how his relationship with Twitter went sideways
Days before publicly announcing his investment in Twitter, Elon Musk texted with Jack Dorsey. The former Twitter CEO suggested he no longer believed in the company he founded, according to new court filings in the legal battle between Musk and Twitter.
Ketanji Brown Jackson's first few months at the fractured Supreme Court
Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has joined an institution of isolated chambers and archaic procedures. It is also a place that has lost the public's trust. So, as she navigates the cloistered corridors, she'll also have to watch her footing in the ongoing debate over the institution's legitimacy.
At least 23 dead after suicide bomb blast at educational center in Kabul
At least 19 people have been killed and 27 others injured in Afghanistan's capital Kabul following a suicide bomb at an education center, the city's police said.
First on CNN: US government to provide $266 million to build community, public health work force
The US government is awarding more than $266 million from the American Rescue Plan to expand the nation's community and public health work force, officials will announce Friday.
They were tortured under Philippine dictator Ferdinand Marcos Snr. Now they fear their stories are being erased
When Philippine President Ferdinand "Bongbong" Marcos Jnr. met US President Joe Biden in New York last week, there was an uncomfortable sense of deja vu for some older Filipinos.
Asian markets pay the price for strong dollar
Asian markets are careening toward their worst month since the Covid pandemic began, hit by a mighty US dollar and rising global recession fears.
Anti-Asian hate crimes are scaring Chinese travelers away from the US
Cannon Yu lives in Shantou, Guangdong province.
Behind the unfounded rumor of a military 'coup' against China's president
When Chinese leader Xi Jinping vanished from public view after an overseas visit, unfounded rumors of a "coup" sparked a frenzy of speculation ahead of a key Communist Party meeting. As Xi reemerged on Chinese state media, the online frenzy was quashed. CNN's Will Ripley looks into where these rumors started.
King Charles III's coin portrait unveiled by UK Royal Mint
The portrait of King Charles III that will feature on British coins has been unveiled by the Royal Mint, the official maker of UK coins.
Trevor Noah is leaving 'The Daily Show'
"The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah has announced on he will step away from the anchor desk.
See the highlights of the first episode of 'The Daily Show with Trevor Noah'
After 16 seasons, Trevor Noah replaced Jon Stewart as the host of Comedy Central's "The Daily Show." In the first episode, Noah discussed Pope emojis and John Boehner.
Next year's Met Gala theme revealed
Organizers of the annual Met Gala, one of fashion's biggest nights, have announced next year's theme: celebrating the work of the late Karl Lagerfeld.
Swiss court finds in favor of Lindt and orders Lidl to destroy its chocolate bunnies
Lindt & Spruengli's foil-wrapped chocolate bunnies deserve protection from copycat products, Switzerland's highest court ruled on Thursday, and ordered German discounter Lidl to stop selling a similar product in Switzerland and to destroy its remaining stock.
These bamboo shelters are empowering communities displaced by Pakistan's floods
Pakistan's "never-before-seen" floods have affected 33 million people, many of whom are still seeking safe refuge after record monsoon rains damaged or destroyed more than a million homes. The summer's catastrophic flooding, which was exacerbated by melting glaciers, has submerged one-third of the country, with authorities saying it could take up to six months for the water to recede.
5 women who should have won a Nobel Prize
It was an all-male lineup of laureates for last year's Nobel Prizes in medicine, physics and chemistry, awards which grant the recipients entry to the most prestigious club in science.
Hear what economist thinks British government should do
Britain's economic prospects have soured significantly after Prime Minister Liz Truss's government announced to slash 48 billion dollars worth of unfunded taxes. CNN's Nina dos Santos reports.
Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar found dead after apparent rock climbing accident
Former Dallas Cowboys tight end Gavin Escobar was one of two climbers who died after an apparent accident in California, officials announced on Wednesday. Escobar was 31 years old.
Anyone can now use powerful AI tools to make images. What could possibly go wrong?
If you've ever wanted to use artificial intelligence to quickly design a hybrid between a duck and a corgi, now is your time to shine.
House expected to vote to approve government funding to avert shutdown
The House of Representatives is expected to vote Friday to approve a stop-gap bill to fund the government through December 16 and avert a shutdown at the end of the week.
The couple who spent their honeymoon riding an African iron ore train
When planning a honeymoon, many couples go for obvious destinations like Paris, the city of love, or the Maldives, with its stunning azure waters.
George Clooney reacts to 'pretty boy' Brad Pitt calling him the 'most handsome man'
George Clooney and Brad Pitt can't quit teasing each other.
Brazilian soccer star Neymar Jr. faces criticism for Bolsonaro support
Just days ahead of Brazil's national elections on Sunday, soccer star Neymar Jr. has appeared in a campaign video endorsing Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro.
Kanye West is apparently team socks and sandals
Fashion forward to some, and a faux pas to others, wearing socks with sandals has been a sartorial boundary that many celebrities have transgressed.
One of Europe's busiest airports is limiting passengers and airlines are not happy
Amsterdam's Schiphol Airport -- one of Europe's busiest -- announced plans Thursday to continue capping the number of travelers departing from the airport through early 2023.
The 'raw' photo of Federer and Nadal which captures their enduring friendship
Photographer Ella Ling speaks to Don Riddell about the "raw" photo she took of Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal holding hands at the Laver Cup after the final match of Federer's career.
'Interview With the Vampire' pumps fresh blood into Anne Rice's story on AMC
Significantly improving upon the 1994 film, "Anne Rice's Interview With the Vampire" does more than just add the late author's name to the title, ambitiously updating the story, introducing a racial component and serving up plenty of sex and gore. Desperate to replace "The Walking Dead," AMC might have completed an improbable baton pass from zombies to another kind of undead.
Virtual body-shaming: Why the metaverse won't fix our IRL beauty standards
Avatars are nothing new — and nor is the idea that we care about how we look online.
These Maldives resorts are leading the charge on sustainability
As the lowest-lying nation in the world -- with much of it sitting just a few feet above sea level -- the nearly 1,200 Indian Ocean islands scattered across the Maldives' sun-soaked atolls are famed not just for their magazine-cover-ready beaches and bungalows, but for their increasing vulnerability to rising sea levels.
Have you heard of butter board? New food trend explained
Have you eaten off a "butter board" yet? CNN's Jeanne Moos reports on a food trend that's literally spreading.
Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa taken off the field on stretcher during game against Bengals
The Miami Dolphins quarterback Tua Tagovailoa was taken off the field on a stretcher on Thursday during a game against the Cincinnati Bengals, after suffering apparent head and neck injuries.
Annexation follows so-called referendums dismissed as 'a sham'
Russian President Vladimir Putin has formally announced the Kremlin's intention to annex nearly a fifth of Ukraine in blatant violation of international law.
US imposing 'swift and severe costs' on Russia
The US is imposing what it describes as "swift and severe costs" on Russia, including sanctions on a figure the Biden administration says is key to Russia's economy, after President Vladimir Putin announced the annexation of regions of Ukraine following what the West casts as "sham referenda."
Analysis: Gulf between what Putin wants and what his forces can hold
It is a moment of two completely incompatible events. One staged in Moscow, of a pen on paper, theater and imperialist expansion. The other the slow, methodical advance of Ukraine's forces through poorly supplied and commanded Russian positions.
Putin's new land grab is dangerous for Ukraine -- and the world
Russia's new land grab in Ukraine is an act of geopolitical piracy that will make the war more dangerous, add new risk to the West's strategic calculations and deal a long-term challenge to the international rule of law.