LONDON, Aug 7: No causal link between COVID-19 vaccines and menstrual disorders has been found so far, Europe's drugs regulator said on Friday, separately recommending that three new conditions be added as possible side-effects of J&J's (JNJ.N) coronavirus shot.

KATHMANDU, June 5: On the occasion of the World Environment Day, the European Union (EU), the Ministry for Foreign Affairs of Finland (MFA) and the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) have announced the launch of a new development cooperation project titled “Green Resilient Agricultural Productive Ecosystems (GRAPE) in Nepal”.

KATHMANDU, May 13: The European Union (EU) has mobilized an initial Rs 282 million in humanitarian funding at the request of Nepal to help contain the explosion in COVID-19 cases.

EUROPE, April 27: The European Commission said on Monday it had launched legal action against AstraZeneca (AZN.L) for not respecting its contract for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines and for not having a "reliable" plan to ensure timely deliveries.

KATHMANDU, April 6: Nepal has received a debt service relief amounting to NPR 582 million (EURO4.299 million) through a European Union contribution of EURO 183 million to the ‘Catastrophe Containment Relief Trust (CCRT) set up by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

LONDON, Mar 19: The European Union’s drug regulatory agency said Thursday that the AstraZeneca vaccine doesn’t increase the overall incidence of blood clots and that the benefits of using it outweigh the possible risks, paving the way for European countries to resume dispensing the shots.

BERLIN, March 16: A cascading number of European countries — including Germany, France, Italy and Spain — suspended use of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine Monday over reports of dangerous blood clots in some recipients, though the company and international regulators say there is no evidence the shot is to blame.

BRUSSELS, March 4: The European Union has suspended its support for development projects in Myanmar to avoid providing financial assistance to the military who seized power last month, officials said on Thursday.

WASHINGTON, Mar 3: The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions to punish Russia for what it described as Moscow’s attempt to poison opposition leader Alexei Navalny with a nerve agent last year, in President Joe Biden’s most direct challenge yet to the Kremlin.

LONDON/BRUSSELS, Jan 28: Europe’s fight to secure COVID-19 vaccine supplies intensified on Thursday when the European Union said it would tighten oversight of exports after a row with AstraZeneca and Britain demanded that it receive all the shots it paid for.

KATHMANDU, Jan 27: The United Nations Nepal together with the Embassy of Germany, the Embassy of Israel, the Delegation of the European Union to Nepal (EU) and Higher Institutions and Secondary Schools' Association Nepal (HISSAN) on Wednesday initiated a week-long educational outreach program on Holocaust with the youth of seven provinces in Nepal today.

Europe after Brexit

January 11, 2021 08:15 am

Brexit raises long-dormant strategic questions about Europe’s internal unity and external position, and few of these are likely to be decided quickly.

Europe’s misconceived cohesion

December 30, 2020 09:00 am

The EU was built on a vision of regime homogeneity. But the bloc has become heterogeneous, with some members breaching liberal-democratic principles.

KATHMANDU, Dec 22: The European Union (EU) has decided to continue its ban on Nepali airlines through a recent update in the EU Air Safety List, although the Himalayan country has been making efforts to get delisted from the EU blacklist for a long time.

The European Union is facing an existential threat, and yet the EU’s leadership is responding with a compromise that appears to reflect a belief that the threat can simply be wished away.

BRUSSELS, Dec 13:  London and Brussels face a make-or-break decision on an elusive trade agreement on Sunday, after a week of tension and deadlock that left a tumultuous ‘no deal’ exit for Britain from the European Union’s orbit on Dec. 31 looking more likely than not.

Merkel’s last chance

December 12, 2020 08:09 am

Merkel’s legacy would look different if she were to face down Europe’s self-declared illiberals. If she does not, she will have shown that values are negotiable, and that the EU is easily blackmailed.

KATHMANDU, Dec 9: The government has stepped up to claim the geographical indication (GI) right on Basmati paddy in the European Union (EU), in response to India seeking an approval to receive GI certification for the same from the political and economic union of 27 member countries.

China’s global climate boost

November 30, 2020 07:00 am

With the American public divided and climate science politicized, rejoining the Paris accord will not by itself make the US a reliable player in international climate politics.

No European leader will ever fail to appeal to Europe’s common destiny. But in the EU’s case, “unity” is often the opposite of “agency,” the capacity to act as a whole.

KATHMANDU, Oct 14: A two-year project has been launched in Province 2 and Karnali Province to help minimize the instances of  gender-based violence in the provinces.

Post-pandemic geopolitics

October 10, 2020 06:00 am

In 2030, COVID-19 looks just as unpleasant as the Great Influenza of 1918-20 looked from 1930, and with similar limited long-term geopolitical effects.

BRUSSELS , July 25: The European Union is not interested in buying potential COVID-19 vaccines through an initiative co-led by the World Health Organisation as it deems it slow and high-cost, two EU sources told Reuters, noting the bloc was in talks with drugmakers for shots cheaper than $40.

BRUSSELS, July 21: Weary but relieved, European Union leaders finally clinched a deal on an unprecedented 1.8 trillion-euro ($2.1 trillion) budget and coronavirus recovery fund early Tuesday, somehow finding unity after four days and nights of fighting and wrangling over money and power in one of their longest summits ever.

BRUSSELS , March 21: The European Commission said on Saturday it had approved three French state aid schemes to support the French economy amid the coronavirus epidemic that would mobilise 300 billion euros (275.2 billion pounds) of liquidity support for affected companies.

BRUSSELS, March 13: The European Union will establish a 37 billion euro (33 billion pounds) investment initiative as part of a package of measures to cushion the bloc’s economies from the impact of coronavirus, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.

PARIS, Dec 3 : France and the European Union are ready to fight back over the latest U.S. tariff threats on French products, French government ministers said on Tuesday.

PARIS, Dec 3 : France and the European Union are ready to fight back over the latest U.S. tariff threats on French products, French government ministers said on Tuesday.

With the UK deeply divided over Brexit, how people voted in the 2016 referendum is key to which party they will support in the election. The United Kingdom’s contentious 2016 referendum to depart the EU and subsequent years of political rancour have led to an unpredictable general election.

Nov 8: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

November 8, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

Britain’s post-Brexit choices

November 7, 2019 09:19 am

With the UK set to hold a crucial parliamentary election on December 12, it still is not clear whether, when, and how Brexit will happen

LONDON, Oct 31: On the day Britain was supposed to have left the European Union, voters instead faced the start of an election campaign, with opposition Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn pledging to overthrow a “rigged system” he said was run by billionaires and tax-dodgers.

LONDON, Oct 26: Britain’s government denied a newspaper report on Saturday that it will seek to weaken workers’ rights after Britain leaves the European Union, with one minister describing the idea as “completely mad”.

LONDON, Oct 26: Britain’s government denied a newspaper report on Saturday that it will seek to weaken workers’ rights after Britain leaves the European Union, with one minister describing the idea as “completely mad”.

Oct 24: 6 things to know by 6 PM today

October 24, 2019 18:00 pm

Your daily dose of missed important news of the day.

LONDON, Oct 24: The United Kingdom will ultimately leave the European Union on the terms of Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Brexit deal even though parliament has complicated the timing of the divorce, a senior Downing Street source said.

LONDON, Oct 20: Britain will leave the European Union on Oct. 31 despite an unsigned letter that Prime Minister Boris Johnson was forced by his opponents to send to the bloc requesting a Brexit delay, the government said on Sunday.

BRUSSELS, Oct 17: Britain clinched an eleventh-hour Brexit deal with the EU on Thursday, more than three years after Britons voted in a referendum to leave the bloc, but Prime Minister Boris Johnson still faces a knife-edge vote in parliament to get it approved.

In a dangerous game

October 14, 2019 00:30 am

Unless the rest of the world gets involved, the dangerous game the US and Iran are playing could end in direct confrontation

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, Oct 2: Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged the European Union on Wednesday to compromise after Britain came up with its final offer to try to secure a Brexit deal, promising he would not be deterred from leaving on Oct. 31.

LONDON, Sept 27: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said on Friday his government will obey the law and remains confident the country can leave the European Union with a deal.

An innovation agenda for Europe

September 18, 2019 01:00 am

Given the high stakes for Europe of being either a digital leader or laggard, the EU urgently needs a radically ambitious innovation and technology agenda

LUXEMBOURG, Sept 16: The European Commission said on Monday that London had still not proposed an alternative to the Irish backstop that has stymied a deal on Britain’s exit from the EU, giving a blunt read-out of a meeting between its president and Prime Minister Boris Johnson.

BRUSSELS, Sept 12: Google won a victory on Thursday after Europe’s top court said Germany has to notify the European Commission of a rule allowing publishers to demand a copyright fee from the U.S. tech giant for using news snippets.

Infographics: Brexit: what now?

September 9, 2019 00:05 am

Brexit: what now?

LONDON, Sept 6: British opposition parties said on Friday that they would block Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s second bid to call a snap general election in mid-October, setting up showdown with the government over delaying Brexit.

LONDON, Sept 4: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday demanded an Oct. 15 snap election after lawmakers seeking to prevent a no-deal Brexit dealt him a humiliating defeat in parliament which he cast as an attempt to surrender to the European Union.

LONDON, Sept 4: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will try to call a snap election on Wednesday after lawmakers seeking to prevent him taking Britain out of the European Union without a divorce deal dealt him a humbling parliamentary defeat.

LONDON, Aug 28: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will limit parliament’s opportunity to derail his Brexit plans by announcing his new legislative agenda on Oct. 14 - his boldest move yet in the push to take the country out of the European Union on Oct. 31.

BIARRITZ, Aug 25: Squabbles erupted among G7 nations on Saturday as their leaders gathered for an annual summit, exposing sharp differences on global trade tensions, Britain’s exit from the EU and how to respond to the fires raging in the Amazon rainforest.