UK unemployment falls but cost-of-living concerns rise – POLITICO

LONDON – Unemployment in the United Kingdom fell to 4.1 percent in December 2021, down from 4.2 percent the previous month, according to data released on Tuesday by the Office for National Statistics. The data also showed strong salary figures, which showed an increase of 184,000 jobs — a sign that the country’s labor market … Read more

EU budget offers debt loophole to battle climate change – POLITICO

The €1.2 trillion European war fund – also known as its long-term budget – has emerged as a potential alternative on how to finance the expensive war against climate change despite taking on heavy debt from the pandemic. European Commission staff and Treasury officials are discussing the idea in Brussels behind closed doors, according to … Read more

UK economy closed pandemic gap in November – POLITICO

Figures released on Friday by the Office for National Statistics showed the British economy had outgrown its pre-pandemic size in November 2021. Gross domestic product rose 0.9 percent in November and settled at 0.7 percent above the previous peak in February 2020. “The economy grew robustly in the month before Omicron hit architects, retailers, couriers … Read more

Why European policymakers shouldn’t listen to NGOs in PVC matters – POLITICO

The PVCMed Alliance says the proposed removal will hamper the circular economy in healthcare. After being dormant for years, the PVC debate has come alive again in Europe. NGOs are now lobbying European policy makers to develop plans to phase out plastics in health care and elsewhere. In a new comprehensive review, the PVCMed Alliance … Read more

EU resorts to bluff in its trade conflict with China – POLITICO

Click play to listen to this article Expect a flow of statements from EU foreign ministers on Friday when they pledge to stick with tiny Lithuania in its highly unequal trade showdown with China. Other than warm words at their meeting in Brittany, EU ministers have few cards to play, particularly on tough trade countermeasures. … Read more

UK labor unions warn jobs at risk in US steel tariffs row – POLITICO

Trade unions have warned that Britain’s failure to end a long-running steel dispute with Washington is putting jobs and livelihoods at risk. The National Confederation of Trade Unions in England and Wales – along with the three trade unions representing steelworkers – have urged the UK’s Department of Commerce to act after the tariffs imposed … Read more

Safeguarding the supply of medicines to patients in Europe – POLITICO

Our industry’s ability to reliably provide medicines to patients across Europe became an acute focus during the early stages of the COVID-19 crisis. Almost overnight, borders closed, export restrictions were imposed and air freight options simply disappeared. I am proud to say that despite the huge increase in demand for some drugs, the research-based drug … Read more

Google first Big Tech firm subject to new German competition rules – POLITICO

The German competition authority has designated Google as the first technology platform subject to new antitrust rules for the digital economy. In a decision published today, the German cartel office said the US tech giant will be subject to the “extended abuse control rules” outlined in the German competition law reform, which took effect in … Read more