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Angela Merkel, Germany's chancellor, delivers a speech during a special address on day two of the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos

Why Angela Merkel quarantining herself is a blow to Europe’s fight against coronavirus

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will be regularly tested in the coming days and perform her duties from home.
A man holds up a placard in Hindi that reads 'morning of justice', outside Tihar Jail on 20 March 2020 | Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint

‘Cruel and inhumane’ — European Union condemns hanging of 16 December gang rape convicts

International Commission of Jurists also denounces the hangings and urges India to introduce changes to legal system that would deter violence.
The EU headquarters at Brussels | Photo: Flickr

EU, India tiff over tariffs heats up at WTO, even as summit gets deferred

EU urges WTO to set up dispute panel on the issue, but while India has blocked the first move, Brussels plans to approach the trade body again.  
Prime Minister Narendra Modi poses for a photograph with the members of European Parliament | PTI

India-EU Summit deferred over coronavirus threat, Modi cancels trip to Brussels

The summit was scheduled to take place on 13 March to address some of the rising irritants in the relationship.
Members of the foreign delegation on a ‘shikara’ at Dal Lake, in Srinagar, Wednesday | PTI

‘Restrictions should be lifted’ — Foreign envoys after two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir

This comes on a day EU urged India to 'swiftly' lift the restrictions in J&K. The 25 envoys also met NSA Ajit Doval in Delhi.
Representational image of online data

How India’s data bill falls short of offering solutions for regulating digital competition

The bill’s brute force approach to giving users control over their digital selves through data portability provision runs roughshod over market dynamics.
PM Narendra Modi with US President Donald Trump on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Biarritz on 26 August

Raja Mohan unpacks India-US relations, Vyas on Budget’s ‘hyperbole’, Saran on new EU ties

Today’s political, economic & strategic punditry from C Raja Mohan, Shyam Saran, Kunal Bahl, Govinda Rao, Mahesh Vyas, Shruti Rajagopalan & many more
A file photo of Dal Lake in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. | Photo: Praveen Jain/ThePrint

European envoys could visit J&K before vote on Kashmir, CAA resolution and India summit

The envoys’ visit, originally scheduled for the summer, could be moved ahead in the light of European Parliament’s joint draft resolution on Kashmir and CAA.
British Union flag and the European Union (EU) flag outside the Houses of Parliament in London | Photo: Luke MacGregor | Bloomberg

Brexit is finally done, but not really

Britain left the European Union after 1,317 days of unprecedented political turmoil and almost half a century of membership. However, it now enters the choppy transition phase.
Talk Point

Anti-CAA debate in EU Parliament won’t last for long. Brussels’ red carpet for Modi is ready

EU won’t like to upset PM Modi’s proposed visit to Brussels, which brings trade opportunities and economic benefits to the 28-member bloc.

On Camera

A pedestrian crosses a nearly empty street in the Times Square neighborhood of New York, US | Bloomberg

We must not return to work for now. Covid’s not over yet, says a virologist in letter to son

If everyone goes back to work as soon as the ‘curve bends downwards’, it's guaranteed you'll get a second wave of infections in Europe.

Is forcing private labs to make Covid-19 tests free the only way to stop spread of infection?

The Supreme Court directed the central government to make Covid-19 testing by private laboratories free of charge Wednesday.

Defence

Col Navjot Singh Bal | special arrangement

Col Navjot Singh Bal, Shaurya Chakra awardee and icon for many, loses battle with cancer

Despite losing an arm to cancer, Col Navjot Singh Bal continued to serve in 2 Para as the commanding officer and even learnt to fire with his left hand.

Poke fun at taali, thaali, diya and mombatti all you want. Modi couldn’t care less

Modi knows who he needs to speak to, who he should toss, who he can address in kind. People accuse him of infantilising his voters, but it’s a winning strategy.