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Europe Poised to Close Doors to US Travelers
EU: Time to Close Doors
to US Travelers

EU: Time to Close Doors to US Travelers

European Union recommends member nations ban non-essential travel

(Newser) - American tourists have been able to fly to Europe throughout the summer, but it will likely become more difficult to get those flights in the near future. The European Union on Monday recommended that its 27 member nations ban non-essential travel from the US, reports the Wall Street Journal . The...

EU Reveals Broad Attack on Greenhouse Gas Emissions
EU Proposals Would
End Fossil Fuel Economy

EU Proposals Would End Fossil Fuel Economy

Environmental groups fear the plan, though sweeping, still isn't enough

(Newser) - The European Union has announced a series of policies that would make it a leader in combatting the effects of climate change. The policies would employ tariffs and taxes to reach carbon emissions goals and would, in 14 years, take new gas- and diesel-powered cars off the market, the New ...

Europe Is In for a New Border Barrier

Lithuania also will send troops to stop illegal traffic from Belarus

(Newser) - As tension with neighboring Belarus escalates, Lithuanian Prime Minister Ingrida Simonyte announced Wednesday that a "physical barrier" will be constructed along their 421-mile border to stop illegal migration. Army troops also will be deployed to guard the border, the BBC reports. The actions should be taken as "a...

Europe to Welcome Back US Tourists
Europe to Welcome
Back US Tourists

Europe to Welcome Back US Tourists

Ban on nonessential travel to lift Friday, with conditions set by individual countries

(Newser) - Good news for those planning a summer vacation in Europe: The European Union will add the United States to its safe travel list on Friday, lifting a ban on nonessential travelers that has been in place through much of the coronavirus pandemic, according to reports. Nonessential travel from the UK...

Group of Seven Talks Get Tense Around China

Summit leaders divided on how to approach human rights abuses

(Newser) - Forced labor in China has become a hot-button issue at the G7 summit in Cornwall, England, the AP reports. A US official speaking after a morning session said that the assembled leaders shared President Joe Biden's concern about the human rights and economic impact of the practice but...

Russian Backs Belarus By Blocking European Flights
Russia Blocks European Flights

Russia Blocks European Flights

EU meeting to consider sanctions after Ryanair hijacking

(Newser) - Russia has expressed its support for Belarus by refusing to let at least two European airlines' flights land in Moscow. Austrian Airlines and Air France announced the cancellations, saying permission from Russia was denied, per CNN ; Russia had no comment. Both airlines wanted to change the routes to avoid crossing...

That EU Trip You Want to Take? Prepare to Book

Looks like vaccinated Americans will soon be granted entry

(Newser) - Your European summer vacation plans may be a go. The European Union on Wednesday took a step toward relaxing tourism travel for visitors from outside the bloc, with EU ambassadors agreeing on measures to allow fully vaccinated visitors in. They also agreed on easing the criteria for nations to be...

EU Doesn't Buy Waiving Vaccine Patents

Leaders want US, UK to share more vaccine

(Newser) - European Union leaders cranked up their criticism of the US call to waive COVID-19 vaccine patents Saturday, arguing the move would bring no short or midterm relief. They instead urged Washington to lift export restrictions if it wants to have a global impact on the pandemic. "We don't...

Vaccinated Americans, Europe Has Good News

Tourists will likely be able to return to the EU soon if they've gotten their shots

(Newser) - More than a year after the European Union shut down most nonessential travel from other countries, the president of the European Commission said vaccinated American tourists will likely be able to start visiting the EU again in the foreseeable future. "All 27 member states will accept, unconditionally, all those...

J&J Clot Risk Not Bad Enough to Bar Use in EU, Agency Says

The single-dose shot can help in rural, underserved communities

(Newser) - The benefits of the Johnson & Johnson one-shot COVID vaccine outweigh the risks. That’s what the European Medicines Agency concluded Tuesday, suggesting that the shots come with a warning but that the rollout in Europe go forward. Shots were paused in the US last week after six cases of...

Unrest in Northern Ireland Is Escalating

55 police officers hurt over the last week

(Newser) - Crowds from Protestant and Catholic communities hurled bricks, fireworks, and gas bombs at police and each other overnight in Belfast, as a week of street violence escalated. Police and politicians tried Thursday to calm the volatile situation in Northern Ireland, where Britain's exit from the European Union has unsettled...

At 3-Leader Summit, Only the 2 Men Got Chairs

EU leader Ursula von der Leyen ended up on sofa during talks in Turkey

(Newser) - The hashtag #GiveHeraSeat started trending in Europe Tuesday after two European Union leaders of equal rank visited Turkey for talks—and only the male one was offered a chair. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen was left standing awkwardly as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and EU Council President...

Rare Blood Clots Concern UK

Britain reports 30 cases among AstraZeneca recipients, up from 5

(Newser) - An unusual type of blood clot among people who have received the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine is puzzling health officials in Europe. The UK now reports 30 cases, up from five, and no cases among people who received the Pfizer vaccine. There's no evidence that the blood clots are connected...

EU Agency Is Conducting New Review of Vaccine

Several nations have paused AstraZeneca version over concerns about clots

(Newser) - Controversy over the AstraZeneca vaccine is putting Europe further behind schedule on vaccinations. The goal is to inoculate 70% of the population by September, and no EU nation is on track to meet that deadline, reports the New York Times . Germany, Spain, France, and Italy are among the nations that...

2 Die of Blood Clots After Vaccine Dose

Both doses came from batch ABV5300 of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine

(Newser) - Denmark is suspending use of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for 14 days from Thursday following reports of "severe cases of blood clots." Health Minister Magnus Heunicke stresses the move is a "precautionary measure" as the fatal or life-threatening blood clots reported in a handful of vaccine recipients have...

EU Nations Unanimously Approve Post-Brexit Deal

UK warns businesses of 'bumpy moments'

(Newser) - First came the Brexit trade deal. Now comes the red tape and the institutional nitty gritty. Four days after sealing a free trade agreement with the European Union, the British government warned businesses Monday to get ready for disruptions and "bumpy moments" when the new rules take effect on...

Right Before UK's Final Split From EU, 'the Deal Is Done'

Britain, European Union come to post-Brexit trade agreement, though how this will play out is unclear

(Newser) - After months of talks and at almost the last minute, Britain and the European Union struck a provisional free-trade agreement Thursday that should avert New Year chaos for cross-border traders and bring a measure of certainty for businesses after years of Brexit turmoil. With just over a week until the...

Amid Fears of UK Food Shortages, France Relaxes Ban

Thousands of truck drivers had been stranded

(Newser) - France relaxed its coronavirus-related ban on trucks from Britain on Tuesday after a two-day standoff that had stranded thousands of drivers and raised fears of Christmastime food shortages in the UK. French authorities, who had imposed the ban to try to protect the continent from a new variant of the...

Online Giant Faces EU Antitrust Charges

Regulators say Amazon uses other companies' data against them

(Newser) - European Union regulators filed antitrust charges Tuesday against Amazon, accusing the e-commerce giant of using its access to data from companies that sell products on its platform to gain an unfair advantage over them. The charges, filed two years after the bloc's antitrust enforcer began looking into the company,...

Report: Ex-Google CEO Just Bought a Passport to EU

Recode: Eric Schmidt has applied, been approved for citizenship in Cyprus in 'passport for sale' scheme

(Newser) - Buried within the pages of a publication in Cyprus last month, a tiny notice appeared written in the Greek alphabet, except for one name written in English: "Eric Emerson Schmidt," of Atherton, Calif. That notice in Alithia was an announcement of an application and approval for Cypriot citizenship,...

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