Tuesday, 1 December 2020

Tag Archives: European Union

Banksy loses trademark case over the ‘Flower Thrower’

LONDON: British street artist Banksy has lost a two-year trademark battle with a greetings card company over his ‘Flower Thrower’ graffiti work after EU officials said his anonymity meant he couldn’t be identified as the owner. The ruling by the EU’s intellectual property office (EUIPO), which is based in Spain, ...

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Cyprus signs arms contracts with France

NICOSIA: Cyprus on Thursday said it would work with France to procure and develop arms and jointly train military personnel as part of a defense cooperation agreement. According to a statement, the 2017 agreement that came into force this month also aims to bolster security at sea and around offshore ...

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UK plans to create ‘freeports,’ cut taxes

LONDON: British finance minister Rishi Sunak is preparing to introduce sweeping tax cuts and an overhaul of planning laws in up to 10 new “freeports” within a year of the UK’s becoming fully independent from the European Union in December, the Sunday Telegraph said. Sunak will open the bidding for ...

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Merkel, Macron urge EU to prepare for next pandemic

BRUSSELS: France, Germany and four other EU countries urged the European Union to take a greater role in preparing for any future pandemic, conceding that coronavirus responses had fallen short. There should be a “common European approach” to such challenges in future, wrote France s Emmanuel Macron and Germany s Angela Merkel ...

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Coronavirus: World leaders pledge billions for vaccine

BRUSSELS: World leaders, organisations and banks on Monday pledged 7.4 billion euros for research to find a vaccine against the new coronavirus, but warned that it is just the start of an effort that must be sustained over time to beat the disease. The funds, pledged at a video-conference summit ...

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EU predicts region will contract 7.4% this year in worst economic shock

PARIS: European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen gives a press conference following a video conference EU summit to discuss the measures to tackle the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic caused by the novel coronavirus, in Brussels. The European Union will contract 7.4% in 2020 as the coronavirus pandemic brings ...

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Johnson wins ‘huge’ mandate for swift Brexit in UK election

LONDON: Prime Minister Boris Johnson won a resounding election victory on Friday that will allow him to end three years of political paralysis and take Britain out of the European Union within weeks. The Brexit divorce represents Britain’s biggest political and economic gamble since World War Two, cutting the world’s ...

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EU calls for Afghan ceasefire as Esper visits Kabul

KABUL: European Union officials called Sunday for a ceasefire in Afghanistan, saying the breakdown in US-Taliban talks presented an opportunity to push for a truce, as the US defense secretary made an unexpected visit to Kabul. US President Donald Trump last month declared talks with the insurgents “dead”, citing a ...

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US imposes record USD 7.5 billion tariffs on European goods

WASHINGTON: The United States imposed tariffs on a record USD 7.5 billion worth of European Union goods on Friday, despite threats of retaliation, with Airbus, French wine and Scottish whiskies among the high-profile targets. The tariffs, which took effect just after midnight in Washington (0401 GMT), came after talks between ...

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Brexit deal talks ‘in the final stretch’, say Merkel and Macron

The European Union and Britain inched ever closer to a Brexit deal, with the leaders of France and Germany saying they expected an agreement could be sealed at a key EU summit. Positive vibes radiated from French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at a joint news conference ...

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