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In today’s news from the Capitals:
PRAGUE | WARSAW
The European Court of Justice has ordered Poland to pay a daily €500,000 fine because it has not followed its interim measure and continues with mining in Turów, a lignite mine located at the Czech-Polish borders. Czechia considers the decision a success but prefers to strike a deal rather than benefit from fines. Read more.
Lead German far-right candidate off the hook for illegitimate party funding. German prosecutors have closed the case of illegal donations against Alice Weidel, a lead candidate for German far-right party AfD. Read more.
France proposes €29.5 million fund to help freelance journalists. Freelance journalists whose activity and income have suffered from the COVID-19 crisis will receive €29.5 million in aid over two years, French Culture Minister Roselyne Bachelot announced on Monday. Read more.
UK AND IRELAND
Johnson calls on international community to do more to tackle climate crisis. Prime Minister Boris Johnson warned on Monday that “history will judge” if international leaders fail to act now to tackle the climate crisis. Read more.
Ireland’s Taoiseach travels to New York to deliver statement on climate. Irish Taoiseach Micheál Martin has landed in New York, as the country currently holds the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council for the month of September. Martin is set to chair a high-level discussion on climate and security in the Council and will address the UN General Assembly – gathered in New York for its 76th session – on Friday to deliver Ireland’s National Statement. Read more.
NORDICS AND BALTICS
Swedish minority government proposes generous budget. The red and green minority government of social democrats and greens has announced a budget bill for 2022, which provides another shot in the arm for the economy already seeing a strong recovery. Read more.
Italian court finds auto part company guilty of breaching trade union rights. The Florence Labour Court found driveline component manufacturer Gkn Driveline, owned by British fund Melrose, to be “in clear violation of trade union rights” for having fired 422 employees via email in early July. The firing led to a series of protests outside the factory’s gates that gained the attention of key government figures and others who marched against redundancies in Florence on Sunday. Read more.
Lava flow devours property on Spanish Canary Island La Palma. A volcanic eruption on the Spanish Canary Island of La Palma has led to devastating scenes as a six-metre-high lava flow devoured houses, infrastructure and farmland on its path to the ocean, forcing the evacuation of some 5,000 people. There have been no human casualties, a regional official said Monday, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Greece to closely monitor re-opening of schools. The Greek National Agency for Public Health will be announcing every Wednesday separately the epidemiological data of children aged 4-17, the government spokesman announced on Monday. Read more.
Budapest mayor: cyberattack halting primaries came from China. The capital’s mayor and joint PM candidate of green Párbeszéd and socialist MSZP, Gergely Karácsony, said on Monday that the cyberattack that halted the primaries on Saturday for two days came from China, Telex reported. Read more.
Slovak journalists charged for revealing classified information. Police charged two reporters of the Denník N media outlet for disclosing what they said was classified information in the notorious murder case of journalist Ján Kuciak and his fianceé Martina Kušnírová. Read more.
In other news, the fight against high-level corruption cleared by Slovakia’s new government, composed of former opposition parties, has lost some of its momentum, with four investigators working on the case now in prison and some suspects already released, Denník N reported. Read more.
NEWS FROM THE BALKANS
US increases pressure on Sofia over Skopje’s EU integration. Washington is putting more pressure on Bulgaria, urging it to drop its veto on North Macedonia’s EU integration and quickly approve Skopje’s EU membership negotiating framework. Read more.
Romania running out of ICU beds. With the number of coronavirus cases rising over the past weeks, Romanian hospitals are running out of beds in intensive care units (ICUs) for COVID-19 patients. Read more.
BELGRADE | PRISTINA
Vučić urges EU to confirm whether Brussels Agreement with Pristina still stands. Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić called on the EU late on Monday to confirm whether the Brussels Agreement on the normalisation of relations between Belgrade and Pristina still stood. He said the seizing of status-neutral “KS” license plates off vehicles in northern Kosovo by police had been executed in contravention of the agreement and “without any previous agreement with anyone.” Read more.
- EU: European affairs ministers meet to prepare European Council, discuss COVID-19, EU-UK relations and Conference on the Future of Europe / Internal Market Commissioner Thierry Breton to give a speech at Atlantic Council in Washington, meets US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.
- Germany: Chancellor Angela Merkel attends campaign meeting for CDU candidate Armin Laschet in Stralsund.
- France: Senators to begin examining the bill to protect farmers‘ pay, which was adopted by the National Assembly in June.
- Poland: Constitutional Court is to hold a hearing on primacy of EU or Polish law.
- Bulgaria: Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi to visit Sofia, two weeks before the Western Balkans summit.
- Romania: President Klaus Iohannis attends the 76th Session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
- Croatia: The final conference of the project „Centre for Creative Industries“ will take place.
[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Alexandra Brzozowski, Daniel Eck, Zoran Radosavljevic]