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Macron shamed for ‘opportunistic’ EU farming policy ‘This is protectionism at its worst’

EMMANUEL Macron’s double-standards when it comes to farming have been exposed by a Brussels-based policy analyst – who accused the French President of pushing for tough restrictions on how land is used in poorer countries while adopting a “protectionist” stance when it comes to his own country.

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'Others before our own!' VDL shamed as she brags about giving away half of EU jab stock

The EU Commission president boasted Brussels’ generosity on Twitter in a swipe at other countries outside the bloc who refused to export vaccines before ensuring their populations were protected. Ms von der Leyen bragged about agreeing to give away half of the 600 million vaccine doses produced in the EU to non-EU countries.

She wrote: “Out of 600 million doses produced in Europe, about 300 million have been exported to over 90 countries until now.

“If all the other vaccine producers had followed our example, the world today would be a different place.”

But the tweet backfired as furious French National Rally MEPs argued the Commission chief put the rest of the world before EU citizens’ health.

French MEP Jean-Lin Lacapelle said: “After the vaccine negotiation fiasco, the European Union, yet far behind in its vaccination campaign, and von der Leyen are pleased to have exported 300 of the 600 million doses produced in Europe.

“The rest always comes before our own!

“This is their credo…”

National Rally MEP Julie Lechanteux also blasted the Commission chief on Twitter.

She wrote: “The EU’s globalist credo in effect: 300 of the 600 million doses produced in Europe were exported to 90 countries and @vonderleyen is pleased…

“Common sense says these doses should go primarily to Europeans, but the European Commission has no common sense!”

Echoing their sentiment, MEP Jerome Riviere also added: “EU countries behind in their vaccination programme.

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The resolution says only a fraction of the 11 billion shots needed to vaccinate 70% of the world’s population has been produced and that relying on pledges of excess doses from richer nations is not enough.

The text says that international trade policy needs to play a role in facilitating trade and revisiting global IP rules.

South Africa and India have been pressing for eight months at the World Trade Organization (WTO) for a temporary waiver of IP rights that could allow more manufacturers to produce shots.

Developed nations home to large pharmaceutical companies, including the European Union, have resisted, arguing a waiver would not boost production and could undermine future research and development on vaccines and therapeutics.

The non-binding resolution increases pressure on the European Commission to be constructive in WTO negotiations.

However, it is unlikely to change its view that the best and fastest way to increase production is to use the flexibility of existing IP rules, as it has proposed at the WTO.

The Commission, which oversees EU trade policy, said it was not convinced a waiver was the best option.

The resolution also puts lawmakers at odds with European Council president Charles Michel, who said a patent waiver was “not a silver bullet”.

The European Parliament resolution calls for support of “proactive, constructive and text-based negotiations” for the temporary waiver.

The text will be sent to the Commission, the Council, to all EU governments and parliaments, to the head of the World Trade Organization, G20 governments and other international institutions.

The resolution also says it regrets moves by Britain and the United States to create a re-sale market to sell surplus vaccines to other industrialised countries and urges both to abolish export restrictions on vaccines and their required raw materials.

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

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'What a ridiculous lie!' Macron shamed as he brags EU more 'generous' with vaccine exports

Macron discusses ‘building the future’ of Europe

Speaking at the EU summit in Porto, Portugal, over the weekend, the French President claimed the EU was slower than Brexit Britain and the United States in the procurement and inoculation of Covid vaccines because it had been “more open” to export jabs to the rest of the world.
Mr Macron said: “Why were we slower than others? Because we were immediately open. This is the truth.

“Of the four hundred million vaccines produced by Europe since the start of the crisis, two hundred million have been exported. When we compare the UK and Europe, people say: ‘Look at the British, they go so much faster!’

“It is because we were open and because we did not proceed like the Americans who kept to themselves everything they produced at the beginning, so we can be blamed either for slowness or selfishness, but not both at the same time.

“We were slower than others because we were more open. We were more generous than everyone else.

Emmanuel Macron says EU was slower on vaccines because it was ‘more open’ than UK and US (Image: GETTY)

Emmanuel Macron is a ‘liar’ on vaccines, claims Gallois (Image: CHARLES-HENRI GALLOIS)

“If I compare the EU, the British, the Americans, we are, by far, the ones who exported more of the doses produced in our continent. Four hundred million produced, two hundred million exported.”

But the claim was lambasted by Generation Frexit leader Charles-Henri Gallois who branded the French President a liar.

The Frexiteer said: “What a ridiculous lie!

“You were slower because you entrusted the file to the EU which took three months longer than a free, agile and independent country, like the United Kingdom, to conclude the agreements.

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“The EU sect will never challenge the dogma!”

The row comes as the European Commission announced it will not renew its contract with vaccine supplier AstraZeneca beyond June, putting the bloc at risk of having to incur a bigger cost for vaccines in the future.

European Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton said on Sunday the EU has not made any new orders for AstraZeneca vaccines beyond June when their contract ends, after the bloc signed a deal with Pfizer-BioNTech.

Mr Breton also said he expected the costs of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccines to be higher than the earlier versions.

The Commission last month launched legal action against AstraZeneca for not respecting its contract for the supply of COVID-19 vaccines and for not having a “reliable” plan to ensure timely deliveries.

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He told France Inter radio: “We did not renew the order after June. We’ll see what happens.”

He did not rule out a potential renewal at a later stage.

Concerns have risen on potential side-effects of the Anglo-Swedish COVID-19 vaccine.

Europe’s medicines regulator said on Friday it was reviewing reports of a rare nerve-degenerating disorder in people who received the shots, a move that comes after it found the vaccine may have caused very rare blood clotting cases.

While the regulator has maintained that the benefits of the AstraZeneca vaccine outweigh any risks, several European countries have limited use to older age groups or suspended use altogether.

In answer to a question at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, President Macron welcomed the move towards what he sees are more effective vaccines against new variants of COVID-19, calling it “pragmatic”.

AstraZeneca vaccine: Where has it been suspended? (Image: EXPRESS)

The French leader said: “We are vaccinating with this vaccine (AstraZeneca) in France and in Europe. We must continue to do this because it will help us get out of the crisis.”

“But for future orders, in order to respond in particular to variants, we see that other vaccines are now more effective, so this signals a European pragmatism which I welcome.”

The European Union has signed a new contract with Pfizer-BioNTech. It will receive 1.8 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines for 2021-2023, which will cover booster shots, donations and reselling of doses.

But Mr Breton admitted the move could mean an increase in prices for second-generation vaccines.

This, he claimed, could be justified by the extra research required and potential changes to industrial equipment.

He said: “There may be a little extra cost but I will let the competent authorities unveil it in due course.”

Additional reporting by Maria Ortega

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China lashes out at G7 after Beijing’s actions shamed – UK accused of gross interference

In a communique issued yesterday, G7 foreign ministers said China was guilty of human rights abuses and of using “coercive economic policies”, vowing to use collective efforts to stop. The G7 also said they supported Taiwan‘s participation in World Health Organization (WHO) forums and the World Health Assembly – as well as expressing concern about “any unilateral actions that could escalate tensions” in the Taiwan Strait.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin responded by angrily condemning what he dismissed as the statement’s “groundless accusations”.

He said: “This is the wanton destruction of the norms of international relations.”

Wang urged the G7 as a group should take concrete action to boost the global economic recovery instead of disrupting it.

He also attacked G7 countries for hoarding COVID-19 vaccines and having a “wishy-washy” stance towards helping other countries.

He added: “They should not criticise and interfere in other countries with a high-and-mighty attitude, undermining the current top priority of international anti-pandemic cooperation.”

Wang also addressed China’s decision to indefinitely suspended all activity under a China-Australia Strategic Economic Dialogue in the latest setback for strained relations between the two countries.

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China regards Taiwan as part of its own territory and is therefore vehemently opposed to any official Taiwan representation on an international level.

President Xi Jinping has stepped up military activities near Taiwan in recent months, trying to assert his country’s sovereignty claims.

By contrast, the G7 statement was warmly received in Taipei, where the government said this was the first time the foreign ministers had mentioned the island in their joint communique.

Taiwan’s Presidential Office thanked the G7 for its support.

Spokesman Xavier Chang said: “Taiwan will keep deepening the cooperative partnership with G7 member countries, and continue to contribute the greatest positive force to global health and people’s well-being, as well as the peace, stability, and prosperity of the Indo-Pacific region.”

The statement, issued after yesterday’s G7 summit in London, and signed by among others Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab, said: “In line with its obligations under international and national law, we call on China to respect human rights and fundamental freedoms.

“We continue to be deeply concerned about human rights violations and abuses in Xinjiang and in Tibet, especially the targeting of Uighurs, members of other ethnic and religious minority groups, and the existence of a large-scale network of ‘political re-education’ camps, and reports of forced labour systems and forced sterilisation.

“We agree the importance of tackling instances of forced labour through our own available domestic means, including through raising awareness and providing advice and support for our business communities.”

Foreign ministers were “united” in concerns regarding practices which “undermine free and fair economic systems”, including on trade, investment and development finance”.

The statement added: “We will work collectively to foster global economic resilience in the face of arbitrary, coercive economic policies and practices.

“We urge China to assume and fulfil obligations and responsibilities commensurate with its global economic role.”

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How an Abstinence Pledge in the ’90s Shamed a Generation of Evangelicals

“We are the legacy of the purity movement, the people who grew up in it, who grapple with its impacts every day.” As a Christian teenager growing up in the Midwest in the 1990s, Linda Kay Klein got swept up in the emerging purity movement, which advocated strict sexual abstinence until marriage. “It had, in fact, started right around the time that I joined my youth group as a seventh grader. This movement saturated the lives of evangelicals, but that was really just the beginning. It entered into public schools, it entered into grassroots organizations.” “Sex is a great thing within marriage.” “Our country started to shift the way that we talked about sexuality. The purity movement introduced a purity industry, with purity rings and purity pledges and purity balls.” “A new ritual aimed at encouraging girls and young women to abstain from sex until marriage.” “I am living my life the way that I think it should be lived, and that’s, um, staying pure, so.” “They’re actually purity rings, and they’re promises to ourself and to God that we’ll stay pure until marriage.” But before purity made its way into pop culture, evangelical Christian teens like Joshua Harris often found themselves at odds with the world they were living in. “You had the culture pushing the envelope in different ways when it came to, to sex. Like, my generation growing up. Like, MTV for Christians was like, oh my gosh, you know, all these terrible things that are happening in these music videos and so on. So there’s a reaction in the, in the Christian culture to that.” “The campaign is called ‘True Love Waits’ and it’s sponsored by the Baptist Sunday School Board.” “Thousands of teenagers are vowing to be something that most teens are not: virgins until they are married.” “I make a commitment to God.” “To those I date.” At the time, fear over the spread of AIDS only bolstered the argument for abstinence above all else. “Stace and I don’t have to worry about STDs or contracting AIDS or having an unwanted pregnancy.” “You kind of have this sense of, I’m going to choose the more difficult path and do the right thing, and God is happier with me because of that. It’s kind of like the Christian form of veganism or whatever. You know? It’s like I’m, I’m special. I’m doing something different than everybody else.” By the time he was a teenager, Harris was becoming a leader among his peers. “I remember going out to Washington D.C. and there was a huge Christian concert/festival that was taking place. And they placed all of these promise cards on the mall.” “Teenagers signed cards pledging their virginity and planted 200,000 of the cards, creating a field of abstinence.” “[shouting] Woo! True love waits. Wait till you get married. Woo!” Rallies promoting purity were held across the U.S., and Klein, who became enthralled with evangelicalism growing up, still remembers the fervor of one she attended. “We were all, like, this is the biggest, best concert we’ve ever been to. And then there was a motivational speaker who spoke about purity and how important purity was. And in the midst of that, with tears rolling down people’s faces, they handed out these contracts: I promise that I will save my purity for my partner. I will not have sex before marriage. Uh, I’m making this commitment today, and I will hold to it, you know, for the rest of my life. As a young person, I was confused, and wanted so badly to be good and wanted so badly to please God and to be acceptable in my community. With my leaders looking over my shoulder and moreover, my peers sitting right next to me signing their contracts, I signed the pledge.” “[shouting] I want to know, how many virgins do we have out there?” “Woo!” “When I embraced my faith, I wanted to figure out, what did it mean to be a Christian and relate to the opposite sex, to think about sexuality.” Harris, who had come close to having sex at 17, doubled down on his resolve afterwards. “I ended up becoming, really, a spokesperson for these more radical ideas of saying, we should not only, you know, save sex for marriage, but we should do dating differently. We should reject dating because it’s leading us towards compromise.” “Do you see the problem with so many of our dating relationships today? Instead of guarding the sacredness of sexual intimacy, we are stealing from it.” “If you’re, uh, an alcoholic, don’t go into a bar. You know? It was like, if you don’t want to have sex, then don’t get into these, sort of, short-term romantic relationships where there’s an expectation to become intimate.” Harris’s book, “I Kissed Dating Goodbye,” went on to sell over a million copies. And as he and others pushed for purity, another more insidious message took root. “Well ladies, I believe you also have a unique opportunity to protect the purity of your brothers in the Lord. What I think you probably are not aware of, is how difficult it is for a guy to look at a girl with purity in his heart when she is dressed immodestly. You have no idea how difficult it is. You have no idea.” “I remember feeling like I was a threat. And I remember feeling like I was a bad person. My sexuality was dangerous. It was something to be feared. The narrative that we’ve internalized is that pure girls and women protect us all. They ensure by their proper covering up, by their not taking up too much space, whatever it is, then none of us are going to have sexual thoughts and feelings.” Klein had left evangelicalism by the time she was 21, but she continued to struggle for years afterward. “When I would have any sexual experience with my boyfriend, I would find myself in tears and in a ball in the corner of a bed, crying. My eczema coming out, which it does when I’m stressed, and scratching myself until I bled, and having a deep shame reaction. I could actually be this close to doing something that, if they were right, if the purity movement was right, would make me worthless.” Klein began reaching out to friends from home, and then, over the next 15 years, to other people all around the country, collecting their stories about growing up in the purity movement. She published a book on the topic in 2018 and continues to hear new stories all the time from people she meets at her book events. “This all feels really new to me. Like, it wasn’t until a few months ago that my therapist brought up the concept of purity culture to me, and I didn’t even know what that was. But I realized I was raised in it, and that led me to finding your book. And when I read it, I kind of cried through the whole thing because it now makes so much sense why I have this trauma that I carry and why it’s not going away.” “They had word for word been taught the same things that we were taught and were experiencing it in their bodies in the same ways that we were experiencing it. Once that happened not three times, not four times, but 30 times, 40 times, I started to be like, O.K., this is obviously much bigger than me, this is obviously much bigger than my youth group, this is much bigger than my state. During Klein’s conversations, one name kept coming up: Joshua Harris. Harris had gone on to become a pastor, but in recent years, was starting to question his leadership role, and quit in 2015 to enroll in graduate school for theology. Soon, he was also beginning to re-examine the messages of his book. “It was something that had given me a sense of success and personal identity. Um, and so, to question that felt like I was kind of unraveling myself, honestly. I remember one key moment that, kind of, tipped this into the public sphere was that, uh, a woman on Twitter wrote, your book was used against me like a weapon. And I responded to her saying, I’m so sorry.” “Whoa. That changed everything, right? All of a sudden, people were, like, what did you say? Did you say you were sorry for something? So now, we had this huge slew of people who were tweeting, I was hurt by this, I was hurt by this, I was hurt by this, I was hurt by this. You had all these different conversations going on, and they are really about people coming together and healing in a collective experience.” Harris, meanwhile, decided to engage with his critics in person, and made a film about the process. “I’ve looked into the eyes of people who’ve said, this created fear in me. This created intense shame and guilt for me. And your book was, kind of, in my head and shaped, you know, the way that I, I viewed myself.” Harris, who pulled his book from publication, faced some criticism that the film didn’t go far enough. He’s since issued more apologies. Last summer, he announced his separation from his wife, and that he no longer considers himself a Christian. “The process of unpublishing my books is a pretty big statement of, of regret for me. It doesn’t make up for, or fix the, the past hurt but I, I want to try to take responsibility for that.” Klein has continued meeting with women in towns and cities all around the country. “I like held hands with a boy when I was 14 and cried, like, you know, like felt really impure.” “The unintended consequences is what we’re really dealing with today.” “I didn’t know why I was physically shaking, why I would burst into tears, why I would cower in the corner, why all these things were happening to me.” “Some things that we put out there don’t work, but they don’t do damage either. This is something that didn’t work and that has caused a tremendous amount of damage.” “It’s not about taking big steps. It’s about taking these little steps. Teach your brain to function differently by like, trying to do just enough where you’re not triggering a huge shame response that reiterates that old neural pathway. Is that helpful?” “I think that change is going to happen when we have people on the ground, coming into voice with one another, and telling their truths to one another. We’ll all continue to learn. And that’s the real work.”

Clyde Haberman