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Former Prime Minister of Italy Matteo Renzi gives a press conference at the foreign press association on February 13, 2018 in Rome

Italians will vote on a controversial constitutional reform that may determine the fate of Matteo Renzi’s government. Yet neither Italy’s membership of the EU and the common currency, nor its financial stability are at stake.

On 4 December 2016, Italians will vote on a constitutional reform proposed by the current government of Prime Minister Matteo Renzi. If accepted, the reform will change the institutional setup of the country. Most significantly, it would end Italy’s ‘perfect bicameralism’, in which the two legislative houses have nearly identical powers.

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The Euro on Tuesday slumped against the U.S. dollar, hitting a 20-year low of 1.029 dollars in the shadow of an economic recession in the euro zone.

The common currency shared by 19 European member states continued to weaken, losing over one percent against the U.S. dollar. The reference rate of euro against the U.S. dollar was 1.0455, according to the European Central Bank (ECB).

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Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg and Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs Anne Linde give a press conference after the signing of the accession protocols of Finland and Sweden at the NATO headquarters in Brussels on July 5, 2022. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

North Atlantic Treaty Organisation's (NATO) 30 allies signed accession protocols for Sweden and Finland on Tuesday, kickstarting the process to admit the two Nordic countries into the alliance.

Foreign Minister of Finland Pekka Haavisto and Foreign Minister of Sweden Ann Linde attended the signing ceremony, Xinhua reported.

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Polio vaccination as a response of a recent polio outbreak

The European Union contributed an additional Euro 25 million for polio vaccines and Euro 15 million for child protection in Afghanistan.

Andreas von Brandt, EU Ambassador to Afghanistan said that it is dangerous for children working outside the home, especially when these migrant children are at risk of violence, exploitation and abuse.

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European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

Ukraine's bid to join the European Union (EU) is "within reach" but requires "hard work, determination and above all unity of purpose," European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said on Friday.

Addressing the Ukrainian parliament via video link, she said the path towards EU membership required reforms in many areas including tackling corruption. She also took note of the steps Ukraine had already taken in this direction.

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Monkeypox cases in Europe have tripled in the last two weeks, the World Health Organization's (WHO) Europe chief warned as he urged countries to do more to ensure the rare disease does not become entrenched on the continent.

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France's President Emmanuel Macron speaks during a round table with oceans' speacialists at the Lisbon Oceanarium, in Lisbon on June 30, 2022, as part of the UN Ocean Conference. LEHTIKUVA / AFP

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) on Friday published a flagship report on the state of the world's oceans.

The first edition of UNESCO's "State of the Ocean Report" (StOR) was launched during the 2022 United Nations Ocean Conference, held in Lisbon, Portugal, from 27 June to 1 July.

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The first batch of 5,300 vaccine doses against monkeypox purchased by the European Commission's Health Emergency Preparedness and Response Authority (HERA) was delivered to Spain on Tuesday, a Commission's spokesperson has said.

"As of today, the first deliveries of vaccines in response to the monkeypox outbreak are arriving at the most affected countries," Stella Kyriakides, European commissioner for health and food safety said.

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First row: Mevlut Cavusoglu Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkey, Pekka Haavisto Minister of Foreign Affairs of Finland, and Ann Linde of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sweden. Second row: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, President Sauli Niinistö of Finland and Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson of Sweden in Madrid Spain on June 28, 2022 during the signing ceremony.

US President Joe Biden congratulated Finland, Sweden and Turkey for reaching an agreement which will pave the way for the Nordic countries to join the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) alliance.

In a statement, Biden said, "I congratulate Turkey, Finland and Sweden on signing a trilateral memorandum, which paves the way for Allies to invite Finland and Sweden to join NATO at the Madrid Summit."

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World Health Organization (WHO) after convening a meeting said on Saturday that the Monkeypox presently does not amount to a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

"The WHO Director-General concurs with the advice offered by the IHR Emergency Committee regarding the multi-country monkeypox outbreak and, at present, does not determine that the event constitutes a Public Health Emergency of International Concern (PHEIC)," said WHO in its press release.

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