Corsican nationalists are putting pressure on French President Emmanuel Macron. They hoped he would grant the island more autonomy and thereby boost the economy. Youth unemployment here runs at around 20 percent. But Macron is dragging his feet.
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Germany and France have discussed several joint defense projects, as well as how the new Biden administration will affect NATO.
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Ursula von der Leyen has said the bloc is ready to hold talks over a US-backed proposal to waive patents on COVID-19 vaccines. The Commission had been resisting such calls for months.
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