EU expects safety guarantees for new ‘ghost’ migration camp in Lesvos

In a visit to the island of Lesvos, EURACTIV’s journalists Natasha Foote and Sarantis Michalopoulos tried to get to the new camp (VIDEO), but were forced to give up after several kilometres of inaccessible dirt tracks. Read more. [EURACTIV/Sarantis Michalopoulos]

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In today’s news from the Capitals:

LESVOS, GREECE

The European Commission expects Greek authorities to put proper safety measures in place for a new migration camp on the Greek island of Lesvos planned in a forested area next to a landfill, a Commission spokesperson told EURACTIV.com.

In a visit to the island of Lesvos, EURACTIV journalists Natasha Foote and Sarantis Michalopoulos tried to get to the new camp (VIDEO), but were forced to give up after several kilometres of inaccessible dirt tracks. Watch the video report here.

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BERLIN

Energy sanctions now on table for Germany. Oil and gas sanctions are one of the options Germany will consider following the atrocities Russian troops committed on the outskirts of Kyiv, Defence Minister Christine Lambrecht said. Read more.

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PARIS

Macron holds first and last campaign rally ahead of election. President Emmanuel Macron held his first and probably final political campaign rally on Saturday – eight days before the first round of the presidential election on 10 April. Read more.

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THE HAGUE

Dutch COVID-19 hospitalisations drop 10%. The number of people in the Netherlands hospitalised for COVID-19 reached 1,714 on Sunday, 10% less than the week before. The number of patients in intensive care units (ICUs) was 117, the lowest since July 2021. Read more.

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VIENNA

Austria pledges €7 million to support Moldova. During a visit to Moldova alongside his Czech and Slovak counterparts, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg pledged to provide increased aid to Moldova as it buckles under the influx of refugees. Read more.


UK AND IRELAND

LONDON

Wind and nuclear to lead government energy strategy. The government is set to unveil a new energy strategy this week that will shift the UK away from oil and gas imports as it faces hefty price increases and supply disruption caused by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Read more.

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DUBLIN 

Ireland ‘determined’ to avoid recession prompted by war. Avoiding a recession due to the Ukrainian war will be difficult, but Ireland’s government is determined to do so, Deputy Prime Minister Leo Varadkar said this weekend. Read more.


NORDICS AND BALTICS

HELSINKI

Finnish PM says NATO membership must be decided in spring. Finland’s decision on NATO membership should be made in the spring, Prime Minister Sanna Marin told the Social Democratic Party Council on Saturday without revealing her personal view. Read more.

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STOCKHOLM

Swedes top EU charts on defence spending hike. Swedes are the European citizens most in favour of new spending on defence, a new Novus opinion poll reported by Radio Ekot on Sunday shows. Read more. 

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VILNIUS

Lithuania becomes first EU country to stop Russian gas imports. Lithuania is the first EU country to have completely stopped importing Russian gas, the energy ministry announced on Saturday. Read more.


EUROPE’S SOUTH

ATHENS

Pro-Russia, pro-Ukraine protesters ‘meet’ in Athens. Two different demonstrations, one backing Ukraine and another pro-Russia had an intense “tête-a-tête” in the centre of Athens, Greek media reported. Read more.

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ROME

Italy condemns atrocities in Bucha. Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi condemned the crimes committed in Bucha and other areas liberated by the Ukrainian, defining them as “shocking”. Read more.


VISEGRAD 

WARSAW

Poles eye Nuremberg-style tribunal for Russian leaders. The manner in which Russian soldiers allegedly killed Ukrainian civilians in the Kyiv region has reminded Poles of the Katyn Massacre – a series of mass executions carried of nearly 22,000 Poles carried out by the Soviet Union during the Second World War. Read more.

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PRAGUE

Czech student machete killer charged with murder. A 19-year-old student has been charged with murdering his teacher in Thursday’s machete attack at a school in Prague, the Czech News Agency reported on Sunday. Read more.

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BRATISLAVA

Slovakia to pay for Russian gas in roubles if necessary. Slovakia cannot afford to stop importing Russian natural gas and will pay for it in roubles if necessary, Slovak Economy Minister Richard Sulík said on Sunday. Read more.


NEWS FROM THE BALKANS

SOFIA

Bulgaria likely to start sending military aid to Ukraine. Bulgaria is likely to start providing military assistance to Ukraine as a parliamentary decision is to be made this week, Democratic Bulgaria Co-Chairman Atanas Atanasov, part of the ruling coalition, announced. Read more.

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BUCHAREST

Romania’s PNL chief resigns, PM’s favourite to succeed him. The leader of the National Liberal Party (PNL), the largest centre-right party in Romania, has resigned while he was on an official visit to the US, and current Prime Minister Nicolae Ciuca is favoured to succeed him. Read more.

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ZAGREB

Ukrainian refugees consider making Croatia their permanent residence. Over 11,000 Ukrainians have sought refuge in Croatia after their country was invaded by Russia, and a considerable number of them might stay for good, according to estimates by the Ukrainian community in Croatia. Read more.

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LJUBLJANA 

Slovenia slow to process Ukrainian refugees. Slovenia has vowed to accept as many Ukrainian refugees as needed and activated a temporary protection mechanism to fast-track applications for refugee status, but the latest figures show administrative authorities are slow to process applications. Read more.

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BELGRADE 

Serbian elections end with higher voter turnout than 2020. Serbian citizens voted for the president of the state and all 250 members of parliament on 3 April, with turnout estimated to be higher than in the 2020 parliamentary elections. Read more.

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SARAJEVO | ZAGREB 

Dubrovnik, BiH row over airport construction. Dubrovnik Mayor Mato Franković has sent a request to Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Council of Ministers to halt the construction of an airport in Trebinje until the project’s impact on the source of the River Ombla is assessed. Read more.

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TIRANA

Albanian businesses believed to be engaged in tax fraud to be audited. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama announced that a team of investigators would audit Albanian companies and those found paying their workers under the table will be prosecuted. Read more.


AGENDA:

  • EU: European Parliament plenary begins in Strasbourg / Ministers of economy and finance of the eurozone (Eurogroup) meet in Luxembourg / Education, Youth, Culture and Sports Council in Luxembourg.
  • Germany: Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock meets her counterpart from Singapore Vivian Balakrishnan in Berlin.
  • Netherlands: NATO and coalition fighter jets take part in Frisian Flag Exercise.
  • Italy: Pre-trial hearing in probe of ex-PM Matteo Renzi over political party funding.
  • Greece: Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias meets Dutch counterpart Wopke Hoekstra
  • Hungary: International election observers announce their findings.

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[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Alexandra Brzozowski, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson]

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