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  • [Ticker] Italy to cut number of MPs by one third

    Italians have voted by more than 67 percent to cut the number of seats in the lower and upper houses of parliament from 945 to 600, according to exit polls after a constitutional referendum on Monday. The change is to be made by 2023 and to save €1bn over 10 years. Italy also held local elections Monday, with the far-right gaining one region (Marche), but the centre-left retaining three regions.

    Posted: by euobserver

  • [Ticker] Polish government at risk over animal-rights law

    The chairman of Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party, Jarosław Kaczyński, is to hold a “last chance” tête-à-tête on Tuesday with Zbigniew Ziobro, the leader of a junior coalition partner, the United Poland party, to stave off a split. The two fell out over a bill on animal rights in which Kaczyński, who loves cats, accused Ziobro, who opposed the law, of being “a tail trying to wag the dog”.

    Posted: by euobserver

  • [Ticker] Special EU summit postponed as Charles Michel quarantines

    European Council president Charles Michel on Tuesday postponed this week’s special EU summit focusing on foreign affairs for a week, after he learnt one of his security guards had tested positive for Covid-19. The personal meeting of EU leaders was planned for Thursday and Friday in Brussels. “The president is tested regularly and tested negative yesterday [Monday],” Michel’s spokesperson tweeted. Michel, respecting Belgian coronavirus rules, went into quarantine on Tuesday.

    Posted: by euobserver

  • [Ticker] UK 'could see 50,000 new corona cases a day'

    The UK could see 50,000 new coronavirus infections a day by mid-October, up from 4,400 a day now, if it does not impose new hygiene measures, Patrick Vallance, the government’s chief scientific advisor, said Monday, as Downing Street continued to pave the way for a potential second lockdown. This figure would lead to some 200 deaths a day by mid-November, Vallance added.

    Posted: by euobserver

  • [Ticker] World's richest 1% 'fuelling climate crisis'

    The richest one-percent of the world’s population are responsible for the emission of more than twice as much carbon dioxide as the poorest half, from 1990 to 2015, according to a research published by the NGO Oxfam on Monday. During that period, annual emissions grew by 60 percent. “The over-consumption of a wealthy minority is fuelling the climate crisis,” said Tim Gore, Oxfam policy officer.

    Posted: by euobserver

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