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Politics 11-05-2021

Former Bulgarian PM returns to politics in alliance with communists

Former Bulgarian Prime Minister Jan Videnov announced that he is returning to politics, founding a new Left Alternative party, adding that he plans to run in the upcoming early elections with the coalition “For a Clean and Holy Republic”, a...
Politics 11-05-2021

Serbia signs loan contracts for climate and railway

Serbian Finance Minister Siniša Mali signed two loan contracts worth a combined €234.6 million on 10 May, a programme loan for climate change public policy and a loan for the project to modernise the rail sector in Serbia by employing...
Politics 11-05-2021

Borrell: Western Balkans is geopolitical problem, EU should provide engagement

EU High Representative Josep Borrell has said that the Western Balkans is a geopolitical problem with key relevance to the European Union, so the EU should provide political engagement with the region. Speaking after a meeting of EU foreign ministers...
Politics 11-05-2021

European police officers help patrol Slovenian border

A group of 21 police officers from Estonia, Lithuania and Poland are to join Slovenian colleagues to help patrol the border with Croatia for at least the next month in a bid to prevent migrant border crossings.  Slovenia signed agreements...
Politics 11-05-2021

Slovak government again divided over ousting of justice minister.

A proposal put forward by the opposition to oust Slovak Justice Minister Mária Kolíková from the coalition party Za ľudí due to conflict of interest was shot down by members of government. However, lawmakers from the leading coalition party, OĽANO...
Politics 11-05-2021

Hungarian police confirms government COVID-19 websites under cyberattack

The Hungarian police have stood by claims that the country’s COVID-19 related websites were targeted by a cyberattack, but declined to give further details to Telex. The statement contradicts experts who said it is unlikely that the websites were attacked,...
Politics 11-05-2021

EU won’t expel Russian diplomats despite Czechia’s solidarity call

The EU does not want to escalate tensions with Russia by expelling Russian diplomats, the EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell said on Monday, after a meeting of EU foreign ministers. “Everybody agreed on the need not to continue an escalation....
Politics 11-05-2021

Eastern Europe leaders condemn Russia’s acts of sabotage on NATO territory

Leaders of the Bucharest Nine (B9) group condemned acts of sabotage committed by Russia on the NATO territory and expressed their view that the Atlantic alliance members must address the security implications of China’s global rise together. The leaders of...
Politics 11-05-2021

Greek court: State compensation in case of damage after vaccination

Citizens are entitled to receive compensation from the Greek state for any damage caused after vaccination, according to the Council of State. A condition is that the vaccination is legal in the context of protection of public health, as is...
Politics 11-05-2021

Tensions mount as migrants arrive at Italian island Lampedusa

The arrival of some 2,148 migrants between Sunday and Monday at the Italian island of Lampedusa, as well as the interception by the Libyan coast guard of 700 migrants and the death of five due to a boat capsizing, has...
Politics 11-05-2021

Estonia wants to spend EU funds according to ‘own model’

Estonia should spend EU funds, particularly with regard to the digital and green transition, according to its “own Estonian model” and without being influenced by other countries, Finance Minister Keit Pentus-Rosimannus told the country’s parliament on Thursday. “When searching for...
Politics 11-05-2021

DUP leader: Social media giants allow ‘lynch mobs’ to harass women online

Former DUP leader Arlene Foster has hit out at US giants Twitter, Facebook and Google for “washing their hands” of the “lynch mobs” harassing women in public roles online. “One of the biggest obstacles to being a woman in public...
Politics 11-05-2021

Hugs back on the menu in UK

Hugging is set to return to English life next week as part of the next stage of easing coronavirus restrictions. Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed on Monday (10 May) that hugging family and close friends can resume as part of...
Politics 11-05-2021

Macron may drop referendum on including environmental preservation in Constitution

French President Emmanuel Macron may well have to abandon the pledge he made to the Citizen’s Climate Convention in December to organise a referendum on whether to include environmental preservation in Article 1 of the French Constitution as senators failed...
Politics 11-05-2021

Austria opposes ‘decoupling’ Albania-North Macedonia EU path

EU Enlargement Commissioner Olivér Várhelyi’s proposal to press ahead with accession talks with Albania but exclude North Macedonia for now has sparked criticism in Austria, with Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg calling the move “absurd.” Read more. CUT “North Macedonia has...
Politics 10-05-2021

Euronews Serbia to begin broadcasting

The Euronews Serbia media group announced on Sunday that it was beginning to broadcast through Pay TV platforms, which was the final stage before its programme began airing late this month. Euronews Serbia is a brand affiliate of the Euronews...
Politics 10-05-2021

Mass vaccination begins in Slovenia from Monday

Slovenia’s vaccine roll-out is expected to gather momentum from Monday, as vaccination opens to all adults. Last week, after a nationwide vaccination booking app was launched, more than 30,000 people registered in less than two days. Older and more vulnerable...
Politics 10-05-2021

HDZ remain the most popular political party in Croatia

The Croatian Democratic Union (HDZ, EPP), the ruling party led by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, is topping the polls with 26.7% a week before local elections scheduled for 16 May. HDZ is counting on victory in Split and Osijek, the...
Politics 10-05-2021

Bulgarian-Russian relationship shouldn’t suffer for EU funds, Russian ambassador warns

“Our approach is philosophical. We understand that Bulgaria is a small country and it has to develop. The EU provides funds and helps. But I don’t think that’s a reason to sacrifice relations with Russia,” Russian Ambassador to Sofia Eleonora...
Politics 10-05-2021

Slovak MPs reject Ombudswoman’s human rights report

Slovakia’s Public Defender of Rights Mária Patakyová has released a report criticising the effects of COVID-19 restrictions on human rights and freedoms but it did not get parliament’s approval. According to the ombudswoman, the introduction of state quarantine was problematic....
Politics 10-05-2021

Hungarian government still cannot sell excess ventilators, donates instead

Of the 16,000 ventilators bought during the first pandemic wave which are now stored in a town near Budapest, the Hungarian government has already donated 400 of them to other countries but appears to have so far failed to sell...
Politics 10-05-2021

Poland’s left questions police textbook that lists LGBT as social pathology

The Left (Lewica), Poland’s left-wing opposition grouping alliance in parliament, has asked the police chief to explain why a new textbook for police officers titled “Social pathologies, selected problems” lists the transgender and LGBT community among social pathologies. “Apart from...
Politics 10-05-2021

Greece lifts COVID-19 restrictions

The Greek government is satisfied with how the current loosening of lockdown restrictions are going, and coupled with the high percentages of vaccinations, it has announced plans to accelerate the further loosening of COVID-19 measures within the next few weeks....
Politics 10-05-2021

Greek PM aide comments on lazy PhD holders causes turmoil

“Holding a PhD is a negative thing. I would not hire someone with a PhD, because it shows that it is probably someone who does not necessarily have appetite for work,” said the head of the financial office of the...