Dutch airline KLM has announced a “crisis of unprecedented proportions” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Dutch airline KLM has announced a “crisis of unprecedented proportions” caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

Dutch airline KLM said Friday (31 July) it would shed up to 5,000 jobs due to a “crisis of unprecedented magnitude” caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The carrier, part of the Air France KLM group, said the cuts through the end of 2021 were necessary as it had made huge losses despite a €3.4 billion Dutch government bailout. The cuts would involve around 1,500 compulsory layoffs from KLM’s current workforce of 33,000, the airline said. There would also be 2,000 voluntary redundancies announced earlier this year, while further cuts would…

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Critics say Germany’s new laws in the meat and food industries don’t go far enough

Critics say Germany’s new laws in the meat and food industries don’t go far enough

Two new laws are to put an end to exploitation and poor working conditions in the German meat industry. But critics are concerned that these laws don’t go far enough. It’s been a difficult start for the German government’s attempts to eliminate abuses in parts of the food industry. The new regulation passed by the federal cabinet on Wednesday (29 July) to optimise food inspections, which is designed to ensure more monitoring in high-risk businesses, has been strongly criticised by consumer organisations. Meanwhile, the health and safety at work law,…

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Wired scandal: the Bundestag committee of inquiry becomes more likely

Wired scandal: the Bundestag committee of inquiry becomes more likely

A probe into the Wirecard affair is picking up speed. At a special session of the Bundestag Finance Committee, MPs have questioned top ministers and lobbyist influence over the government is becoming increasingly clear. Setting up a special inquiry committee is becoming more likely as a result. Following the special session of the Bundestag committee on the Wirecard scandal, many questions remain unanswered. The Die Linke and far-right AfD parties called for a special panel even before the meeting started. This will require the approval of a quarter of the…

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Rakhim Oshakbayev turns 44: IGLYO congratulated the Kazakhstani pioneer of LGBTQI rights

Rakhim Oshakbayev turns 44: IGLYO congratulated the Kazakhstani pioneer of LGBTQI rights

IGLYO, the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer & Intersex (LGBTQI) Youth and Student Organisation congratulates Rakhim Oshakbayev and wishes him well for his birthday. Euan Platt, the executive director of the organization personally addressed Rakhim Oshakbayev. On the occasion of 44th birthday of Rakhim Oshakbayev Euan Platt wrote: “Your brilliant mind and highest political achievements, decent state positions and successful business, sexual appeal and elegance, readiness to support the LGBTQI people speak for outstanding prospects for your supporters in Kazakhstan and Central Asia. Thanks to you, Rakhim, we look…

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EU invests €350 million in plant to create greenest PSU available

EU invests €350 million in plant to create greenest PSU available

The European Investment Bank issued a €350 million loan on Thursday (30 July) to a Swedish company that hopes to corner a significant share of the global battery market by building the greenest power packs available. Northvolt is currently constructing its gigafactory in northern Sweden, where the firm intends to use 100% renewable energy and locally-sourced raw materials to manufacture lithium-ion battery cells, predominantly for use in electric vehicles. The EIB already stumped up funding for a demonstrator project back in 2018, which did enough to convince the Luxembourg-based lender…

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WTO is going to miss the appointment of the acting head of government after the US push has caused a deadlock

WTO is going to miss the appointment of the acting head of government after the US push has caused a deadlock

World Trade Organization members are likely to refrain from appointing an interim director-general to succeed Roberto Azevedo when he steps down at the end of August, two sources following the process said on Wednesday (29 July), after Washington’s insistence on a US candidate caused a deadlock. Under the new proposal, instead of appointing one of four deputies to serve as interim chief until Azevedo’s replacement is chosen later this year, those officials, from the United States, China, Germany and Nigeria, would keep their current responsibilities. “The US is insisting on…

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U.K. Sports Minister says rugby union outside the elite may have to move away from machinations

U.K. Sports Minister says rugby union outside the elite may have to move away from machinations

The sports minister Nigel Huddleston has indicated that there will have to be changes to the way recreational rugby union is played before it is allowed to return, including potentially no scrummages until after Christmas. Community rugby remains on the second stage of a six-part roadmap for a phased return, with players allowed to exercise within a small group of six players provided they maintain social distancing. However, no face-to-face contact is permitted and equipment sharing must be kept to a minimum. The RFU, which has submitted detailed proposals for…

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Ten Turkish members of the banned communist party sentenced to several years in prison

Ten Turkish members of the banned communist party sentenced to several years in prison

Ten members of a banned Turkish communist party were sentenced to several years in jail by a court in Munich Tuesday (28 July) after a four-year trial over their role in what Ankara considers to be a terrorist organisation. The nine men and one woman were convicted of recruiting members, organising events and raising money for the Turkish Communist Party/Marxist-Leninist (TKP/ML). But the defence team and their supporters have called their prosecution a “political trial” that simply pandered to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. The judgement said the defendants had…

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EU will restrict its exports to Hong Kong due to security law

EU will restrict its exports to Hong Kong due to security law

The European Union on Tuesday (28 July) agreed to limit exports to Hong Kong of equipment that could be used for surveillance and repression after Beijing imposed a controversial new security law. The bloc voiced “grave concern” over the new law, saying it would severely erode freedoms in Hong Kong that were supposed to be protected under the terms of its handover from Britain to China. The EU has struggled to agree a united response to China. Member states deeply divided over whether to stand up to Beijing – a…

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EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier believes that the deal with Britain is possible

EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier believes that the deal with Britain is possible

The EU’s Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier expressed confidence at a closed-door meeting with member state envoys to the bloc last Friday that a new deal with Britain was possible, diplomatic sources have told Reuters. His comments after the latest round of EU-UK negotiations contrast with his downbeat public assessment that London’s rigid positions on fisheries and the “level playing field” guarantees of fair competition meant a deal was unlikely for now. More than four years after Britons voted in a referendum to leave the EU, and after tortuous divorce talks,…

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