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#Europe agenda: “Europe’s vaccine rollout ‘unacceptably slow… Algorithmic anxieties on digital vaccine passports…


Digital vaccine passports could provide a path back to our pre-pandemic lives, but the route of return is an ethical minefield. China, Israel, and Bahrain have already begun rolling out digital vaccine certificates. On Wednesday, the EU announced its plan to join them. In theory, the passes can provide evidence that someone is safe to travel, return to the office, or enter leisure venues. But critics fear they will exacerbate inequalities and compromise data privacy. They also worry that even inoculated people can spread COVID-19. One of their biggest concerns involves the rollout of vaccines. People who get their jabs first — such as older

The WHO says the situation in the wider Europe region is more worrying than it has been in several months.

Dutch election: PM Mark Rutte claims victory and fourth term

Voters hand Mark Rutte a new coalition mandate while a liberal, centre-left party also does well.
As several countries pause the AstraZeneca jab, six reporters explain what is happening across Europe.

How Germany became ground zero for the COVID infodemic

Exclusive analysis by openDemocracy reveals how false claims and conspiracy theories gave rise to Europe’s largest anti-lockdown movement

Moscow said Italy’s expulsion of two Russian officials suspected of spying should not affect its relations with Rome.

The EU Online Terrorism Regulation: a Bad Deal

On 12 September 2018, the European Commission presented a proposal for a regulation on preventing the dissemination of terrorist content online—dubbed the Terrorism Regulation, or TERREG for short—that contained some alarming ideas. In particular, the proposal included an obligation for platforms to remove potentially terrorist  content within one hour, following an order from national competent authorities.

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