The condemnation of former French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the ongoing battle with the pandemic as well as vaccination in the EU are some of the key issues in the international press.
In FranceFormer French President Nicolas Sarkozy has been sentenced to three years in prison after being suspended for two years. The court found Sarkozy guilty of attempting to bribe a judge and exercising unlawful influence. He is the second former president of France, after Jacques Chirac, to be convicted of corruption. However, he may not serve his sentence in prison, as the court allows him to stay at home with an electronic bracelet. Sarkozy, 66, was found guilty of trying to bribe a judge by offering him a prestigious position in Monaco in exchange for information on a criminal investigation against his party. Sarkozy's party allegedly received illegal funding from its successor L' Oreal Lillian Bettencourt on the 2007 election campaign. Sarkozy, who served as president of France, head of the right-wing government from 2007 to 2012, denied the allegations and said he was the victim of a witch-hunt launched by financial prosecutors who used in investigating his cases. The former president of France has 10 days to appeal the court decision.
Sarkozy and his lawyer Thierry Erzog tried to bribe former judge Gilbert Aziber to extract classified information about the former president, as the court concluded. The other two men were also sentenced to the same sentence, reports World. The trial of the former president was a dramatic case, he also comments.
The former president of France will face justice again on March 17, in the trial of the case Bygmalion, regarding the expenses of his pre-election campaign for the 2012 presidential elections, reminds the GuardianSarkozy retired from politics in 2016, but remains very popular and influential in the French right-wing camp. He faces charges in a series of court cases, including the financing of his victorious 2007 election campaign by Libya.
For a pandemic: The EU vaccination strategy is under increasing pressure again, as concerns about reduced vaccine supplies have caused internal divisions in dealing with the pandemic. Austria and Denmark intend to strengthen a "vaccination alliance" with Israel, while other member states have either bought or are considering making Russian or Chinese vaccines but have not received approval from the relevant European authorities. This has put additional pressure on Commission President Ursula von der Leyen to improve the EU's immunization effort and has sparked much criticism against her in her home country of Germany, FT.
Meanwhile, von der Leyen announced yesterday in an interview the introduction of a "European vaccination passport". A digitized free card that will serve as proof of vaccinations to help travelers move within the Union and strengthen the tourism industry, which has suffered irreparably. FT. According to information, Brussels will publish a legislative proposal this month with the aim of issuing the certificate in time for the summer period.
More details will be announced as the next Summit approaches later this month. A new package of measures focusing on travel will be adopted around March 17, Commission Vice President Margaritis Schoinas said yesterday. "The aim will be to adopt a common direction for a secure opening of Europe; of course it is a legislative proposal; therefore it is optional," he said. Political.
The same issue refers to Times Citizens in the United Kingdom will be allowed to use this EU "certificate". As the paper reveals, "green cards free" will retain evidence of recent test results, increasing the possibility for unvaccinated to travel to Europe in the summer if they have been negatively diagnosed.
For Austria: The Council of Europe has condemned the Austrian government for failing to tackle corruption between politicians and the justice system. The findings come just weeks after a raid on the home of Finance Minister Gernot Blümel as part of a corruption probe that has become a real challenge for Chancellor Sebastian Kurtz. THE Blühoney has denied each charge say FT.
Meanwhile, the Austrian academic and racism expert Farid Hafez In an interview yesterday, he said how the anti-terrorist broke into his house while his assets were frozen in the context of investigations into the terrorist attack, a few months ago in Vienna.
In Spain: Police raided the building of the Barcelona football team yesterday in order to arrest members of the team, including the former president of the team, Josep Maria Bartomeu, says Country. The raid was made due to allegations, which the team denies, that Barcelona hired groups of thugs to attack its "enemies" Bartomeu on Facebook. All those arrested deny the allegations. The raid took place a week before the football team's hierarchical elections.
The coalition government in Spain is in constant crisis with Pedro Sanchez's Social Democrats constantly disagreeing with their left-wing government partners. We can for almost everything from the monarchy to imprisoned rappers, he comments Political.
In Italy: Giuseppe Conte does not say he is retiring from politics, and he may be doing well. The former academic and former prime minister is now becoming the de facto leader of the anti-systemic Five Star Movement as his power steadily declines, according to the latest polls. FT. However, according to her latest poll Republic The Conte-led movement is growing in popularity by 6 percentage points to 22%.
In the USA: The Senate is turning its attention this week, after the approval of the giant package of support of the American economy amounting to 1,9 trillion. dollars from Parliament on Saturday. Yesterday began the discussion of the package amounting to 1 trillion. Democrats do not have high expectations of Republicans, although opinion polls show that a majority of Americans - about 9% - are in favor of the bill. According to the Columbia University Center for Poverty Alleviation, the package will reduce poverty in the United States by 70% by 30, bringing 2021 million Americans above its threshold, according to NYTimes.
In Myanmar: Myanmar jailed leader Aung San Suu Kyi has been seen for the first time since the military coup and her arrest as she appeared in a teleconference in court. The 75-year-old leader appeared to be "in good health" and asked to see her legal team, according to BBC reports. The court issued two new charges against Suu Kyi, who was arrested on February 1 by the junta. Meanwhile, street protests in Myanmar's major cities continue unabated, with participants demanding the restoration of democracy and the release of detained officials.