Europe

“We’re Back”: Greta Thunberg Kicks Off Third Year of Fridays for Future Protests in Germany After Meeting With Merkel

Swedish climate leader Greta Thunberg donned a mask and joined a socially distanced Fridays for Future protest in Berlin just a day after she and three other youth activists met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose government took over the European Council presidency in July, to discuss the planetary emergency. Thunberg—along with Luisa Neubauer of …

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Greta Thunberg and Fellow Activists Decry ‘Political Inaction’ on Climate Crisis After Two Years of School Strikes

A day before meeting with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, four Fridays for Future leaders published an op-ed in The Guardian on Wednesday calling out world leaders for failing to tackle the planetary crisis despite the past two years of youth-led global protests demanding urgent action to achieve climate and environmental justice. Greta Thunberg of Sweden, …

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‘A Victory for Us All’: In Rebuke to US Mass Surveillance, EU Court Blocks Data Transfers by Web Corporations

A major ruling from the European Union’s top court on Thursday curtailed U.S. authorities’ power to surveil the personal data of Europeans and is being called a victory for privacy rights and a call for U.S. lawmakers to roll out sweeping surveillance reforms. The E.U. Court of Justice invalidated a transatlantic data protection deal with the U.S., ruling …

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As EU Looks to Reopen Borders, US Covid-19 Surge Means Americans May Not Be Welcome

The European Union is preparing to allow travelers from dozens of countries into the 27-member nation bloc starting July 1—but Americans are unlikely to be welcome for the foreseeable future due to the Trump administration’s failure to control the coronavirus pandemic. Two draft lists of countries from where tourists and business travelers will be able to travel …

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As Americans Rise Up Against Racial Injustice, International Crisis Group Calls on Trump to ‘Stop Making the Situation Worse’

The International Crisis Group—more accustomed to reporting on war zones and conflicts within less-developed nations—issued Thursday its first-ever report on the United States which rebuked President Donald Trump for “courting conflict” amidst a nationwide uprising over police brutality and racial injustice. “Sometimes, sitting by quietly and saying nothing is not an option,” tweeted Daniel Schneiderman, …

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Trump Condemned for Ditching Treaty That Has ‘Helped Prevent Nuclear War for Nearly Three Decades’

In a move that alarmed nuclear experts, anti-war activists, and policymakers around the world, the U.S. government notified international partners on Thursday that President Donald Trump is withdrawing the country from the Treaty on Open Skies over alleged Russian violations. “Trump and enablers are systematically undoing the systems [put] in place at end of cold …

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