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Portugal has the highest COVID-19 vaccination rate in the world

Portugal is now the country with the highest vaccination rate in the world, according to figures from Our World In Data.About 84% of the country's 10.3 million people are now fully vaccinated. This is the highest rate in the world, ahead of the United Arab Emirates (80.8%) and Singapore (77.3%) and well ahead of 61.6% of the 27 member states of the European Union. Portugal's goal of fully inoculating 85% of its population is now within reach and the country is expected to relax some of the measures imposed to slow the spread of the disease.Border restrictions are currently in effect and only people traveling from EU / EEA member states, as well as 20 other countries, including the US, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and Singapore, are allowed for reasons non-essential, provi...
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The Antarctic ozone hole is among the largest on record (again). Why and how does it affect me?

What happens in the stratosphere stays in the stratosphere? How does the ozone hole influence weather and climate? The Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) team revealed earlier this month that the 2021 ozone hole is among the largest on record, in fact "larger than 75% of ozone holes. at that stage of the season since 1979. "It has even been larger than Antarctica itself recently. But beyond the multiplication of ultraviolet radiation on the frozen continent, how does the ozone hole affect you and me? Is climate change and global warming getting worse, or is it just a matter of overly tanned penguins and blooming algae at the bottom of the world?To try to better understand the impacts of the ozone hole on the Earth's climate system, Euronews reached Vincent-Henri Peuch, ...
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Young Greens in Germany mobilize for “climate elections”

Dinkelsbühl holds the title of the most beautiful old town in Bavaria and is traditionally a conservative stronghold. But after 16 years under conservative Chancellor Angela Merkel, young green politicians Katharina Sparrer and David Schiepek believe it is time for a change.According to Sparrer, who is a member of Alliance 90, there have been 16 years of stalemate in climate protection and social justice under Merkel.So far during his election campaign, Sparrer says they have met people who welcome green change. They have also faced hatred and anger. One of the frequent criticisms they hear is that the Greens are a party that likes to ban things. On countless occasions, she has explained to locals that the green agenda will still allow them to use their diesel cars and that they wil...
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German Elections 2021: Who’s Who in the Race to Replace Angela Merkel as Chancellor?

Germany is heading into a highly uncertain future just a month before federal elections that will see the country draw a line under the Angela Merkel era.The most likely outcome is several months of turbulent negotiations in Europe's main economy as the parties attempt to form a coalition government, with various possible combinations and without a single prominent party.Polls suggest that none of the top candidates to replace Angela Merkel as chancellor seem particularly convincing to the country's voter base of 62 million, who will vote on September 26.However, in the German system, the highest office is elected not directly by the people, but through the federal parliament, the Bundestag.With Germany's unflappable leader retiring after 16 years in office, Euronews takes a look at the...
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MS Estonia: private expedition begins diving to examine remains of 1994 ferry disaster

A privately funded expedition has begun examining the wreckage of the MS Estonia ferry that sank in 1994.The search was commissioned by relatives of the disaster victims in an effort to obtain more information about the ship's fate.A total of 852 people died when the MS Estonia sank in September 1994, in Europe's worst peacetime maritime disaster.The ship was traveling overnight from the Estonian capital Tallinn to Stockholm in Sweden when it sank offshore. Only 137 of the 989 people on board survived, while most of the victims were Swedes and Estonians.The 1997 joint Estonian, Finnish and Swedish official investigation concluded that the ferry sank due to the locks on the bow door failing in a storm, flooding the decks in just 20 minutes.But the latest dive, organized by an Estonian-b...
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UK and EU should realize “better devil you know” in post-Brexit world | View

This summer has been a broad demonstration of the difficulties in the relationship between the UK and the EU.The constant roar of discontent over the Northern Ireland Protocol it has been accompanied by periodic British threats to walk away from him. Last weeks State of the European Union speech Commission President Ursula von der Leyen forgot to mention the UK at all. And this week talk cancellation On security, cooperation with France comes immediately after the AUKUS offer It strengthens the links between the United Kingdom, the United States and Australia.In short, there are few signs on either side of the Channel that there is much appetite for trying to make the relationship work better than in its current semi-comatose state.The reasons are very different, but the e...
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Dutch activists lose ethnic discrimination case but vow to appeal

A Dutch court ruled on Wednesday that police can use ethnic origin as one of the criteria for selecting people for border checks, a legal defeat that rights activists vowed to appeal immediately.The decision was made in a case brought against the government by two citizens, backed by human rights groups, who argued that they were selected for screening by officers of the country's Marechaussee police because of their skin color.Lawyers told the court that one of the plaintiffs, Mpanzu Bamenga, an Eindhoven city councilor who was born in the Congo, was selected for a check when he was returning to the Netherlands on a flight from Rome, in part because "no looked Dutch. ""Every time I go back to my country, the Netherlands, they arrest me because of my ethnic origin," Bamenga told The Ass...
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Aid sent to help the cholera outbreak, refugee crisis and flood victims in Sudan and Ethiopia

Two humanitarian aid flights departed from Dubai in September to help the inhabitants of Sudan and Ethiopia, and Euronews was exclusively invited on board to see the work being carried out.The first flight arrived in Addis Ababa with 85 metric tons of cholera medicines, medical supplies and kits provided by the World Health Organization (WHO) to address the cholera outbreak and current COVID-19 challenges there.The second aid flight arrived in Khartoum with around 100 metric tons of relief and shelter items, including blankets, kitchen utensils and tarps. The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) provided this assistance to help Tigray refugees in Sudan and flood-affected populations in the country.The health supplies on the flight to Addis Ababa alone...
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Northern Ireland: EU wants to solve Brexit trade problems before the end of the year

Brussels aims to resolve all outstanding issues with the UK over the Northern Ireland Protocol by the end of the year, a senior official said on Tuesday.Maroš Šefčovič told reporters Tuesday night that the two parties have "very frequent discussions.""I can also reveal that we are speaking at the expert level at least every two weeks," added Šefčovič, Vice-President of the European Commission and Co-Chair of the EU-UK Joint Committee and Association Council."We want to arrive, together with our UK partners, at joint solutions and I believe that this process cannot last forever and therefore I believe that we must do everything possible to resolve all outstanding issues before the end of the year." said.London, which negotiated and approved the Northern Ireland Protocol, has criticize...
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Canary Volcano: Eruptions continue after earthquakes cause more evacuations

Several small earthquakes shook the Spanish island of La Palma off northwest Africa, keeping nerves on edge as rivers of volcanic lava continued to flow into the sea on Tuesday and a new vent opened in the mountainside.After moving downhill through the island's countryside since Sunday's eruption, the lava is gradually approaching the more densely populated shoreline.Authorities said a river of lava was approaching the Todoque neighborhood, where more than 1,000 people live and where emergency services were preparing evacuations.Some 6,000 people on La Palma have so far been evacuated and 183 houses damaged, government spokeswoman Isabel Rodríguez said after a cabinet meeting in Madrid."The truth is that it is a tragedy to see people lose their properties," said municipal worker Fernand...
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