Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell “can … sort of choreograph the actions” of Tehran and Washington in brokering new talks on a nuclear non-proliferation deal. “There can be a mechanism to basically either synchronise it or coordinate what can be done,” Zarif told CNN Monday. The EU brokered the existing accord in 2015, but the former US administration abandoned it 2018.
UN high commissioner for refugees Flippo Grandi says immediate access for humanitarian relief is needed in areas torn apart by the war in Ethiopia. He is appealing for an extra $117m of international funds to help refugees throughout the country.
The EU Commission caused uproar in Ireland and the UK when – in a rush to agree on a new regulation to control vaccine exports from the EU – the bloc’s executive triggered a clause in the Brexit divorce deal.
Pharmaceutical companies will increase their supply to member states with millions of additional doses, after a heated dispute over delayed deliveries. Meanwhile, the bloc’s new control mechanism on vaccine exports faces global criticism amid fears of ‘vaccine nationalism’.
The Adriatic Sea risks turning into a water desert, experts warn. Overfishing, bottom trawling, pollution, and climate change are seriously threatening the biodiversity of the Adriatic.
The difficulty of getting enough support for a mission even in extreme crisis situations was demonstrated by the six rounds of negotiations it took to raise 700 troops for the EU operation in the Central African Republic in spring 2014.