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Latest news, in-depth features and opinion on the European Union, covering Brexit, the euro and the trading bloc's relationship with China and the United States.

500 rich Chinese gained EU citizenship via Cyprus, leaked documents show
More than 500 Chinese people, including Asia’s richest woman, obtained European Union citizenship in the island nation of Cyprus between 2017 and 2019, according to leaked documents obtained by Al Jazeera’s Investigative Unit. The documents, which are said to contain information on 2,500 immigrants to Cyprus under the so-called golden passport program, appear to shed light on the secretive migration plans of China’s elite, adding to the perception that many are gripped by insecurity about retaining their wealth. Chinese citizens form the second-largest group of people taking part in the golden passport program, which requires applicants to invest at least €2.15 million ($2.54 million) in Cyp
EU parliament considers suing China over Hong Kong
European Parliament members are planning to propose suing China in the United Nations’ highest court over Beijing’s move to impose national security laws in Hong Kong, according to an internal draft seen by the South China Morning Post. The potential suit would claim that “China’s decision to impose national security legislation on Hong Kong violates the Sino-British Joint Declaration,” according to the draft document.  The Sino-British Joint Declaration was signed in 1984 and paved the way for the former British colony’s return to Chinese sovereignty in 1997. The potential lawsuit would also accuse China of violating the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, which requires
Coronavirus turns Germans more critical of the US than China
Every Tuesday and Thursday, Inkstone Index features a single, illuminating number that helps you make sense of China. 73%: The proportion of Germans whose opinion of the US has deteriorated because of how America has handled the coronavirus pandemic. The number more than doubles the 36% who said their opinion of China has deteriorated because of the pandemic, according to a survey of 1,057 people conducted in early April by the Körber Foundation, a German non-profit that promotes political dialogue. On the flip side, only 5% of Germans had their perception of America improve, compared to 25% for China. “America’s response to the virus has clearly accelerated a feeling of estrangement on the
China’s security law in Hong Kong: What you need to know
A controversial national security law concerning Hong Kong is expected to be on the agenda as China’s rubber-stamp legislative body, the National People’s Congress, began its most important annual meeting on Friday.  The law would ban all seditious activities aimed at toppling the central government and external interference in the city’s affairs, as well as target terrorist acts in Hong Kong. Beijing’s plan to make the law was announced less than a year after a proposal to allow extraditions from Hong Kong to mainland China sparked months of street unrest. Chinese officials have blamed foreign interference for fueling the protests. Critics of the expected legislation, including Hong Kong’s