The EU Supreme Court has stated that there are “no legal violations” on the border between Croatia and Slovenia.

The EU Supreme Court has stated that there are “no legal violations” on the border between Croatia and Slovenia.

The European Union’s top court has no jurisdiction to settle a long-running border dispute between EU members Slovenia and Croatia, the European Court of Justice ruled on Friday (31 January), possibly complicating Zagreb’s plan to join the passport-free Schengen area. “The Court of Justice of the European Union lacks jurisdiction to rule on a border dispute between Slovenia and Croatia,” the court said, adding that the two former Yugoslav republics should find a solution between themselves and “bring about a definitive legal solution”. Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković immediately called…

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China’s virus death toll has risen to at least 212 as WHO declares a global emergency

China’s virus death toll has risen to at least 212 as WHO declares a global emergency

The United States warned Americans not to travel to China as the death toll from a new virus reached 213 on Friday (31 January) and the World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global health emergency. In a new travel advisory, the State Department raised its warning for China to the same level as Afghanistan and Iraq, saying on its website, “Do not travel to China due to novel coronavirus first identified in Wuhan.” Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told parliament the government had decided to raise its infectious disease advisory…

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Kenges Rakishev and Aselle Tasmagambetova renovated and equipped children hospital surgery room in Semey

Kenges Rakishev and Aselle Tasmagambetova renovated and equipped children hospital surgery room in Semey

President and one of the founders of the Saby charity, Aselle Tasmagambetova has inaugurated the all-new surgery wing of the pediatric emerge response in the city of Semey. Kenges Rakishev, a co-founder and prominent businessman, and Ermak Salimov, the city mayor, were also participating in the event. Construction and renovation works were done by Saby foundation in December 2019. The ER pediatric surgery is equipped with every up-to-date technological piece that is needed to accomplish the difficult medical tasks. “Emergency pediatric surgery” Saby’s charity program was launched in 2018. The…

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Scandal erupts over Polish court reform

Scandal erupts over Polish court reform

A long-running controversy in Poland over the government’s judicial reforms intensified Wednesday (29 January) when its two top bodies — the Constitutional and Supreme courts — clashed over the appointment of judges. The Constitutional Court took issue with a ruling last week by the Supreme Court that judges chosen by new government-backed institutions could be politically influenced in any verdicts they make. In a statement, the Constitutional Court — whose main role is to ensure that any laws the government makes comply with the constitution — said that it had…

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Scotland voted to keep EU flag to flies on wind

Scotland voted to keep EU flag to flies on wind

Scottish lawmakers on Wednesday (29 January) voted to keep the European Union flag flying outside the devolved parliament in Edinburgh after Brexit. The group that manages parliament had planned to lower the flag at 11.00 pm (2300 GMT) on Friday, when Britain officially leaves the EU. But members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) voted by 63 to 54 to overturn the decision after heated debate. Presiding Officer Ken Macintosh had warned ministers that flags “should not become a political issue” and that they “reflect our relationships in law”. Scotland voted…

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Europe wants a single data market to break the dominance of US technology giants

Europe wants a single data market to break the dominance of US technology giants

The European Union wants to create a single market in data aimed at challenging the dominance of tech giants such as Facebook, Google and Amazon, according to a European Commission proposal seen by Reuters. The proposal, which includes reining in big online platforms and could still be tweaked ahead of their presentation on Feb. 19, underlines the EU’s determination to break U.S. tech giants’ stranglehold on vast troves of data and better compete with Chinese rivals. “Currently a small number of big tech firms hold a large part of the…

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World Athletics and Grand Prix of China in danger due to coronavirus

World Athletics and Grand Prix of China in danger due to coronavirus

The Chinese Grand Prix has joined the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Nanjing as being under threat unless the coronavirus is urgently brought under control. With the virus still spreading, World Athletics will make a decision in the next 10 days as to whether the event, which is due to take place between 13-15 March can go ahead. However, the Great Britain team is expected to pull out regardless of its decision after the Foreign Office warned against all but essential travel to China. Meanwhile, both F1 management and the…

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EU firmly responds to Trump’s Middle East peace plan

EU firmly responds to Trump’s Middle East peace plan

The European Union’s top diplomat said Tuesday (28 January) that the bloc remains “firm and united” behind the quest for a negotiated two-state peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians. High representative Josep Borrell was speaking after President Donald Trump unveiled a “last opportunity” for the Palestinians to sign up to a plan drawn up by US officials. “The European Union will study and assess the proposals put forward,” Borrell said. But he added: “This will be done on the basis of the EU’s established position and its firm and…

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EU says Great Britain that it will never compromise on single market

EU says Great Britain that it will never compromise on single market

The European Union will “never, never, never” compromise on the integrity of its single market, its chief Brexit negotiator warned Britain on Monday (27 January), saying London must now face reality after underestimating the costs of leaving. Some British politicians have suggested Brussels might be flexible on its rules in order to protect trade flows in talks due to begin in the coming weeks after Britain’s formal exit from the bloc on Friday. But Michel Barnier, speaking in the British region of Northern Ireland widely seen as most at risk…

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Poland accuses Brussels of double standards in judging

Poland accuses Brussels of double standards in judging

Poland accused the European Union on Saturday (25 January) of double standards for questioning the country’s Constitutional Tribunal, intensifying a spat between Warsaw and Brussels ahead of a visit by the bloc’s top rule of law official. Poland’s legal system has been thrown into chaos, with cases being postponed, since its top court decreed that rulings made by judges appointed under new government rules could be challenged. At the same time, parliament passed a law that critics say aims to muzzle judges. The European Commission said on Friday it was…

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