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Biden hosts EU leader for talks amid dispute over electric vehicle tax credits

Washington — President Biden and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met Friday to try to complete a plan that the White House hopes will turn the page on a spat between the U.S. and European Union over electric vehicle tax credits.In a joint statement after the meeting, Mr. Biden and von der Leyen said they agreed to open negotiations between the U.S. and the EU on a deal that could boost the use of European minerals critical in the production of electric vehicle batteries that are eligible for U.S. tax credits through Mr. Biden's roughly $375 billion clean energy law that passed last year, according to White House officials.Mr. Biden at the start of the meeting said he and von der Leyen would discuss "driving new investments to create clean energy industries and jo...
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Lawmaker Eva Kaili, 3 others charged in alleged bribery scheme involving Qatar

A European Parliament member implicated in an alleged corruption scheme involving Qatar will remain in detention until at least next week after her hearing was postponed by a judge on Wednesday, judicial officials told The Associated Press. Eva Kaili, a Greek-European lawmaker and the vice president of the European Union's governing body whose term in office was terminated this week by fellow lawmakers, had previously been set to appear before a judge in Brussels on Wednesday alongside three other people who were also arrested in connection with the case. Kaili's attorneys have said that she denies any involvement in the alleged scandal.Kaili's lawyer, André Risopoulos, said her hearing was rescheduled to Dec. 22, but declined to give further details. Belgium's federal prosecutor's...
EU Parliament votes to require a universal charger for all cellphones starting in 2024
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EU Parliament votes to require a universal charger for all cellphones starting in 2024

Europeans might soon have an easier time finding the right charging cords for each of their devices. The European Parliament approved a measure Tuesday that would require all cellphones and other small handheld electronic devices sold in the European Union to have the same USB Type-C charging port.This means Europeans would no longer need a different charger for each new device –– regardless of the manufacturer. The measure, which still needs final approval from the European Council, would mandate the change for new cellphones, tablets, digital cameras headphones/headsets, handheld videogame consoles, portable speakers, e-readers, keyboards, mice and earbuds go into effect by the end of 2024. Laptop manufacturers will have until 2026 to update their charging requirements. ...
“Unprecedented” mystery leaks detected in Nord Stream gas pipelines from Russia to Europe
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“Unprecedented” mystery leaks detected in Nord Stream gas pipelines from Russia to Europe

Warsaw, Poland — The Danish prime minister said Tuesday that she "cannot rule out" sabotage after three leaks were detected on Russian natural gas pipelines running under the Baltic Sea to Europe. Premier Mette Frederiksen spoke after simultaneous problems were reported with the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines that were not bringing gas to Germany amid an energy standoff caused by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, but were still filled with the fuel. She spoke at the inauguration of a new pipeline with Norwegian gas meant to help wean Poland and Europe off Russian supplies. Officials said the leaks did not pose any threat to energy supplies and experts said the environmental impact would be limited. Danish authorities announced Monday that a leak was detected in the Nord Stream 2 pipelin...
Macron calls for ‘European political community’ that could include Ukraine, UK
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Macron calls for ‘European political community’ that could include Ukraine, UK

Issued on: 09/05/2022 - 15:36 France's President Emmanuel Macron said Monday it would take "decades" for a candidate like Ukraine to join the EU, and suggested building a broader political community of democratic states around the bloc. "Even if we gave them candidate status tomorrow," he said of Ukraine, "we all know perfectly well that the process of allowing them to join would take several years, in truth doubtless several decades".But, noting the urgence of giving Ukraine and other EU hopefuls like Moldova and Georgia a place in the heart of Europe, he called for the creation of a "European political community".Russia invaded Ukraine in February, in part to thwart ...