Tag Archives: Europe

Italy Mandates Digital Vaccine Passport For All Workers

Euronews reports: Italy has become the first European country to make COVID-19 health passes mandatory for all workers. The Italian government approved a new measure on Thursday that makes digital vaccine certificates compulsory for both public and private sectors. The obligation is set to begin from October 15 and remain in force until the end of the year. All employees …

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Thousands Rally For Marriage Equality In Switzerland

The Associated Press reports: Tens of thousands protested in Switzerland on Saturday for the legalization of same-sex marriage in the Alpine country. The protests came ahead of a national referendum on Sept. 26 on the legalization of gay marriage, which has already been introduced in many other European countries. So far, same-sex couples in Switzerland can only get official approval …

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French Officials Battle Vandalism At Vaccination Sites

The New York Times reports: A vaccination center in southeastern France inundated with a fire hose, its walls vandalized with words equating vaccines with “genocide.” A piece of paper found in a vaccination center in Toulouse, France, with a message: “One day all this will blow up.” These episodes were highlighted in the French news media this week as France’s …

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US To Maintain Ban On Most International Visitors

Reuters reports: The United States will not lift any existing travel restrictions “at this point” due to concerns over the highly transmissible COVID-19 Delta variant and the rising number of U.S. coronavirus cases, the White House confirmed on Monday. The decision comes after a senior level White House meeting late on Friday. It means that the long-running travel restrictions that …

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Spain Reimposes Nightlife Restrictions Amid Surge

The Associated Press reports: Faced with soaring numbers of new coronavirus infections among unvaccinated young people, some Spanish regions are reinstating curbs on nightlife only weeks after dropping them. New infections have spread among Spanish teenagers as a result of trips and parties to celebrate the end of the school year. Thousands have been forced to go into isolation nationwide …

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Czech President Calls Transgender People “Disgusting”

Sky News reports: Czech President Milos Zeman has said he finds transgender people “disgusting”, while appearing to support a new Hungarian law banning educational programmes and material for children which the government considers to be promoting homosexuality or gender change. Asked about the law passed earlier this month by Hungarian politicians, he told CNN Prima: “If you undergo a sex-change …

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Polish Education Minister Rages About “Perversion And Deviation” After Warsaw Pride: Insult To Public Morality

Reuters reports: Poland’s education minister said on Wednesday a march held in support of equal rights for LGBT people was an “insult to public morality” and questioned whether participants were normal, prompting angry protests from the opposition. Przemyslaw Czarnek also rejected the idea that “inclusive language” should be used in schools. “In Polish schools, the Polish language is obligatory, not …

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LIVE VIDEO: Biden Holds Presser At NATO Summit

Starting any minute: A White House official says the delay to US President Joe Biden’s news conference is attributed to the NATO plenary session with leaders running long, as well as all of the one-on-one meetings he conducted on the sidelines of the summit. “There are a lot of people who want to see him here,” a White House official …

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NATO Expands Mutual Defense Pact To Attacks In Space

The Associated Press reports: NATO leaders on Monday will expand the use of their all for one, one for all, collective defense clause to include attacks in space, the military organization’s top civilian official said. Article 5 of NATO’s founding treaty states that attack on any one of the 30 allies will be considered an attack on them all. So …

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Biden To NATO: Europe Defense Is “Sacred Obligation”

Reuters reports: U.S. President Joe Biden told fellow NATO leaders on Monday the defense of Europe, Turkey and Canada was a “sacred obligation” for the United States, a marked shift from his predecessor Donald Trump’s threats to withdraw from the military alliance. Arriving in Brussels from the weekend’s G7 summit in England, Biden again sought to rally Western allies to …

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French Extremist Gets Four Months For Slapping Macron

ABC News reports: A 28-year-old Frenchman who described himself as a right-wing or extreme-right “patriot” was sentenced to four months in prison Thursday for slapping President Emmanuel Macron in the face. Damien Tarel was also banned from ever holding public office in France and from owning weapons for five years over the swipe Tuesday, which caught Macron’s left cheek with …

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Extremist Who Slapped Macron Is Already On Trial

The Guardian reports: A medieval martial arts enthusiast who slapped the French president, Emmanuel Macron, across the face will appear before a judge in a fast-track trial on Thursday. Damien Tarel had acknowledged striking Macron while the president was on a visit to a professional training college, but told investigators it was not premeditated, the prosecutor Alex Perrin said in …

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Man Shouting Royalist Slogan Slaps French President

The BBC reports: French President Emmanuel Macron has been slapped in the face on an official visit to the south-east of France. In a video circulating on social media, Mr Macron is seen walking up to a barrier on a trip to Tain-l’Hermitage outside the city of Valence. A man in a green T-shirt slaps Mr Macron in the face …

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Belgian COVID Virologist Stalked By Sniper [VIDEO]

The BBC reports: For nearly three weeks Belgium’s leading virologist has been living in a safehouse with his wife and 12-year-old son, guarded by security agents. While scientists across the world have come under attack throughout the pandemic, the threat to Prof Marc Van Ranst is more serious than most. He has been targeted by a far-right soldier, Jürgen Conings, …

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Germany To Ban Most Travel From UK Over Variants

Axios reports: German authorities announced it will ban most non-essential travel from the United Kingdom starting Sunday to prevent the spread of new coronavirus variants. Germany classified Britain as “an area of variant of concern,” saying that outbreaks are reemerging and more infectious variants, including the one dominant in India, have been detected. The ban will not apply to German …

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Germany To Compensate Soldiers Fired For Being Gay

Reuters reports: German lawmakers voted for legislation on Thursday to rehabilitate soldiers who for decades faced discrimination, discharge or convictions on the basis of their sexual orientation. Until the year 2000, Germany’s military considered that homosexuals posed a threat to the discipline of the troops and were not suitable as superior officers. Gay soldiers could be denied promotions, discharged from …

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Germany’s Oktoberfest Canceled For Second Year

Deutsche Welle reports: Germany’s Oktoberfest, the world’s largestbeer festival held every year in Munich, will not take place in 2021 due to the coronavirus crisis, officials said on Monday. The pandemic has forced the cancellation of the hugely popular festival for the second consecutive year. It had been scheduled from September 18 to October 3. The decision was made by …

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EU Plans To Reopen To Vaccinated Tourists By June

The Guardian reports: The EU would reopen to holidaymakers from countries with low Covid infection rates such as the UK, and to anyone who has been fully vaccinated, by the start of June under a European Commission plan. With the rate of vaccination rising “dramatically” in EU member states, commission officials said it was time to relax rules on non-essential …

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EU: Vaccinated Americans Can Visit By Summer

The New York Times reports: American tourists who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19 will be able to visit the European Union over the summer, the head of the bloc’s executive body said in an interview with The New York Times on Sunday, more than a year after shutting down nonessential travel from most countries to limit the spread of …

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Spanish Town Arrests Man For Purposely Infecting 22

CNN reports: A man in the town of Manacor on the Spanish island of Mallorca has been arrested on suspicion of infecting 22 people with Covid-19, according to the Spanish National Police. “Despite having symptoms and having done a PCR test, he continued his normal life without waiting for the result or quarantining,” police said of the suspect in a …

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