Germany’s Angela Merkel reacts positively to Xi Jinping’s call for a partnership on belt and road projects on the continent
Chinese president also hopes Europeans will lift pandemic support for African countries
China has proposed cooperation with France and Germany to develop infrastructure projects in Africa through the Belt and Road Initiative. Photo: AFP
China is promoting cooperation with the European Union in Africa on infrastructure and pandemic support as a way to find common ground and restore its damaged ties with the bloc – a move diplomatic observers said could ease pressure on Beijing from Washington’s efforts to woo its allies in Europe.In an online meeting with his German and French counterparts on Monday, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the three countries w...
The African Union is deeply upset about an apparent discriminatory policy by the European Union in travel bans for people vaccinated with the World Health Organisation-backed AstraZeneca vaccine produced in India.
Further, with a paltry one percent of Africa’s population vaccinated as the delta strain of the Covid-19 sweeps across the continent leaving a trail of death and suffering, the AU is citing bias in the global distribution of the available doses.
Only a trickle of vaccination donations are coming in from wealthy countries. Major moves to quicken commercial vaccine rollout across the continent have come too late to prevent calamities, the AU says.
On Thursday, when the EU digital programme Green Pass came into effect, AU officials leading the war on the coronavirus co...
The African Union special envoy tasked with leading efforts to procure Covid-19 vaccines has criticized European suppliers.
On Thursday, Strive Masiyiwa noted that despite the number of vaccine production centers in Europe, not a single one has been set up on the continent.
"The fact of the matter is the EU has vaccine factories. It has vaccine production centers across Europe. Not a single dose, not one vial has left a European factory for Africa. OK, when we've gone to talk to their manufacturers, they tell us that they are completely maxed out, meeting the needs of Europe. We are referred to India, where a number of manufacturers exist that are manufacturing vaccines like the AstraZeneca vaccine under license because Europe has to decide, you know, you can't say you support u...
On 26 May, Switzerland pulled out of negotiations over a new partnership with the European Union. Clive H. Church writes the country is now facing both a crisis in its relations with the EU and a democratic crisis over how the decision was made.
The 26 May decision by the Swiss government not to proceed with an Institutional Framework Agreement (IFA) with the EU has been seen by academics as simply a matter between two administrations which might lead to accommodation or to ‘disintegration by default’. It has also been seized on by anti-Europeans as a glorious snub to the bullying EU and a vindication of self-determination and direct democracy, as well as a harbinger of a possible break-up of the EU.
Rather less has been said about how and why the rejection came about and what f...
Museveni has appointed promoted Wilson Mbadi to full General and appointed him Chief of Defence Forces (CDF). Gen Mbadi replaces Gen. David Muhoozi who was appointed state minister for Internal Affairs.
The latest changes have also seen Lt Gen Peter Elwelu appointed the new Deputy Chief of Defence Forces whereas Maj Gen Leopold Kyanda who has been the Chief of Staff Land Forces has now been appointed the Joint Chief of Staff to replace Lieutenant General Joseph Musanyufu who has been sent to civil service for redeployment.
Elwelu is one of the Army Mps in Parliament.
Kainerugba who has been the elite presidential guards, Special Forces Commander (SFC) will be replaced by Brig. Peter Chandia.
Museveni has also appointed M...
Former Vice President Edward Sekandi has handed over Office to the new Vice President Major (rtd) Jessica Alupo.
At a function that was held on Wednesday morning at the Office Of the Prime Minister, was witnessed by the new Premier Rt Hon.Robinah Nabbanja.
Former Vice President H.E Edward Sekandi hands over instruments of Power to the incoming H.E Major (rtd) Jessica Alupo.
"Let me wish you good luck as the second female Vice President in the history of Uganda.Please always feel at home. "i will always be available whenever you need my advise"Sekandi told the former Minister of you and later Education and Sports, Jessica Alupo.
Former Vice President H.E Edward Sekandi after handing over instruments of Power to the incoming H.E Major (rtd) Jessica ...
President Kenyatta, who is in Belgium on a two-day Official Visit, was accompanied to the meeting with his European Council host by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Adan Mohamed (EAC) and Betty Maina (Trade).
The Council of Europe has approved the UK′s fishing opportunities and deep-sea stocks for 2020 and 2021, as part of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
The European Union has agreed to a fishing deal with the UK that could be worth 333 million pounds ($472 million, €388 million) to Britain over the next two years.
The Council of Europe approved the UK′s fishing opportunities and deep-sea stocks for 2020 and 2021 on Friday, as part of the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.
The post-Brexit fishing deal aims to provide security to the fishing industry on both sides of the English Channel.
It will now be turned into EU legislation
European football’s governing body UEFA has instructed the Ukrainian national team to remove the phrase “Glory to the heroes!” from the national team kit on the eve of Euro 2020, due to the slogan's military connotations.
Ukraine’s shirt for Euro 2020 was initially emblazoned with a map of Ukraine’s borders including Crimea as well as two slogans. One on the back read “Glory to Ukraine!” while inside the shirt were the words: “Glory to the heroes!” — a military greeting in Ukraine.
UEFA initially approved the design but backtracked on Thursday following complaints from the Russian Football Union and instructed Ukraine to remove the slogan on the inside of their shirts.
The slogan on the back of the shirt as well as the map emblazoned across the shirt are permitted to remain, ...
The 2020 European Championships are to be played across 11 countries
Following a year delay Euro 2020 is finally set to kick off with Scotland, Wales and England all vying for glory.
The tournament looks set to be like no other – and not just because of the coronavirus pandemic.
For the first time in the European Championships’ 60 year history, the tournament will be played across the entire continent.
Here's everything you need to know.
Which countries and cities are hosting Euro 2020?
Uefa Euro 2020 is being held across the continent for the first time in the competition's 60-year history, with 11 host cities in all.
Glasgow and London are among the host cities, with Rome, Seville and Baku among the other host cities.
The following cities will all host fixtur...
A long queue forms outside the COVID-19 vaccination centre at St Thomas' Hospital in London. Picture: PA
The UK is on the brink of reaching the milestone of three-quarters of adults receiving their first Covid-19 vaccine, after zero daily deaths were reported for the first time yesterday.
No deaths were reported within 28 days of testing positive for Covid-19 were reported for the first time since last year.
Latest Government data suggests that so far, more than 39.4 million people had received their first dose - equating to 74.9% of adults.
In a speech on Wednesday, Health Secretary Matt Hancock will praise the central role of the NHS in the vaccine rollout and say the Government "backed lots of horses", investing "at risk" in different projects.
Mr Hancock will speak at t...
Myanmar's security forces have been accused by Amnesty International of "premeditated" attacks on peaceful protesters.
In a safe house in Myanmar, resistance is growing.
Quietly, in the gloomy light, a group of men raise their hands in a three-finger salute.
Traditionally a sign of defiance and support for pro-democracy protesters, for these men it symbolises so much more.
Once police or soldiers, they now plan to fight the forces they used to serve.
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So in hiding, faces and voices disguised for protection, they explain why they decided to defy the junta.
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Draft rules aimed at reining in the power of Facebook Inc(FB.O), Alphabet Inc unit Google (GOOGL.O), Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) and Apple Inc(AAPL.O) should only target these U.S. tech giants, a leading EU lawmaker said, signalling a tougher stand than EU antitrust regulators.
Proposed by European Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager last year, the Digital Markets Act (DMA) could force U.S. tech giants to change their lucrative business models and ensure a level playing field for smaller rivals.
The DMA defines online gatekeepers as companies with more than 6.5 billion euros ($8 billion) in annual European turnover in the last three years or 65 billion euros in market value in the last financial year, and which provide a core platform service in at least three EU countries.
Recently, on the Greek island of Crete, at the Chania National Stadium, Uganda’s star female sprinter, Shida Leni, ran 52.62 sec in the 400 metres, finishing a creditable 2nd. She was 0.31 sec behind winner, Eleni Artymata of Cyprus. Please find the full results under our signoff below. Shida’s race was part of the Continental Tour Bronze, Venizelia / Chania athletics meeting, and was the 4th race of her European tour.
Shida’s London-based manager, Jeff Freeman said: “I am very pleased with 2nd place in a good field. This will also have generated ranking bonus points in World Athletics’ World Rankings.”
Shida has been trained in Uganda for 8 years by the husband and wife coaching team of Kevin and Sue O’Connor. Kevin commented:
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Christian Democrats risk losing centrist votes in September’s Bundestag election if they move further right
“The future’s in the air, can feel it everywhere, blowing with the wind of change,” the west German rock band Scorpions roared in 1991, clad in tight black leather from head to toe. Their ballad was a global hit the year after German unification, coming just in time for the demise of the Soviet Union. It came to epitomise the end of the cold war, and the hope that democratic revolutions would ripple around the world.
Three decades later, German politicians have learnt to be jumpy about winds of change, especially when they blow from the five Länder that once made up communist East Germany. So the fact that the small state of Saxo...
Every Manchester City fan I spoke to outside the ground in Porto after their defeat in the Champions League final asked me the same thing - 'why didn't he play Fernandinho?'
But I can see why City boss Pep Guardiola left his captain out, and I can understand why Rodri didn't start either.
Pep has thought 'I don't need a holding midfielder in the centre' because Chelsea play with two men on the outside in Mason Mount and Kai Havertz behind Timo Werner.
The heat maps of Mason Mount (left) and Kai Havertz (right) against City show how they mostly touched the ball out wide
Pep thought by going with Ilkay Gundogan in there instead, City could be more creative - but he must have known it would leave them much more open than usual.
Chelsea were clever, of course. Although they kep...
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The EU lawmaker who will steer the EU’s flagship tech regulation through the European parliament has said it should focus on the largest five US tech companies.
Andreas Schwab, a German MEP and longtime critic of Google, spoke after France and Germany both called for the EU to be tougher on Big Tech. He said Google, Apple, Amazon, Facebook and Microsoft, were the “biggest problems” for EU competit...
Libyan Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush on Friday met with his Italian and Maltese counterparts and the European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement to discuss the cooperation against the illegal immigration.
Libyan Foreign Minister Najla al-Mangoush attends a press conference in Tripoli, Libya, on May 28, 2021. TO GO WITH “Libya, Italy, Malta, EU discuss cooperation against illegal immigration” (Photo by Hamza Turkia/Xinhua)
“Libya has been suffering from the illegal immigration,” al-Mangoush said at a joint press conference following the meeting, adding she and the other three all agreed to secure the southern Libyan border from illegal immigration with the assistance of the European Union.
Confirming the willingness of the EU to support Libya, Eu...
Erias Lukwago, a 51 year old lawyer on Wednesday led a team of new leaders (Councillors) for the swearing in Ceremony at a function presided over by Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Mariam Akello Ayo at City Hall.
Kampala Lord Mayor Salongo Erias Lukwago (L) listens to KCCA ED Mrs Kisaka Dorothy.
Lukwago who was being flanked by his wife Nalongo and children took oath to lead the city for another term of five years until 2026.
He was later handed the instruments of power to conduct business at City Hall.
Lukwago who was first elected as Kampala Lord Mayor in 2011 has had a troubled time, especially during his first term in office.
In November 2013, KCCA councilors voted him out of office after a tribunal headed by Lady Justice Catherine Bamugemereire found him ...
Delivery Hero has offloaded several of its operations in Central and Eastern Europe to Glovo in a deal worth €170 million.
The Barcelona food delivery firm will acquire Delivery Hero’s Foodpanda business in Romania and Bulgaria, the Donesi brand in Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Pauza in Croatia. The deals are currently subject to approval from regulatory authorities.
The deal marks a significant doubling down on the Central and Eastern European and Balkan markets for Glovo.
Earlier this month, it also aquired Slovenian food delivery firm Ehrana for an undisclosed amount.
"[The region has] always been central to our long-term strategy to focus on markets where we see clear opportunities to lead and where we can build a sustainable business," Glovo chief execut...