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Politics 30-07-2021

World Jewish Congress: Denying Srebrenica genocide resembles Nazi propaganda

Bosnian Serb propaganda that downlplays the extent of the crimes committed during the war in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH) in the 1990s, including the genocide against Bosniaks in Srebrenica, is reminiscent of Nazi antisemitism, Menachem Rosensaft of the World Jewish...
Politics 30-07-2021

Romania’s recovery plan drama continues

As Brussels goes into summer recess, the topic of Romania’s recovery and resilience plan is far from being settled as the Commission is still seeking clarification on a series of important issues, media reported. Romania requested a one-month delay for...
Politics 30-07-2021

Will Azerbaijan recognise ‘Northern Cyprus’?

Press reports in Turkey recently suggested that Azerbaijan would recognise the occupied by Turkey territory in northern Cyprus. EURACTIV asked Azerbaijan’s embassy in Brussels if this is the case. This is what they replied. “The Embassy of the Republic of...
Politics 30-07-2021

Bulgaria risks third parliamentary elections in a year

Bulgaria’s anti-establishment party “There is such a people” (ITN), which is currently leading negotiations with other parties to form a government, has accused partner parties of having tried to influence the future government without having the right to do so,...
Politics 30-07-2021

No border controls between Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania from 2023

An arrangement has been reached to cancel border controls between Serbia, North Macedonia and Albania as of 1 January, 2023, President Aleksandar Vučić said in Skopje on Thursday. At an Economic Forum for Regional Cooperation, Vučić said that genuine trust...
Politics 30-07-2021

Slovak far-right backs anti-vaccination campaign

Hundreds of people came to Slovakia’s Presidential Palace to protest against the country’s vaccination campaign, COVID-19 restrictions, the government and the president, as well as the recently adopted law that favours those vaccinated. The protest is supported by the far-right...
Politics 30-07-2021

Prague streets make way for ‘vaccine bus’

Citizens of Prague and visitors to the Czech capital can now be vaccinated against COVID-19 without prior registration in a mobile vaccination centre known as the “vaccine bus” set up by the Prague City Hall. “The bus will stop at...
Politics 30-07-2021

Polish activists appeal to Kamala Harris on press freedom

Six Polish women, including politicians and social activists, have written a letter to US Vice-President Kamala Harris protesting against their government’s restrictions on press freedom, perceived by many to be designed against one broadcaster, TVN. The draft legislation in question...
Politics 30-07-2021

Italian prisons face overcrowding, suicide problems

Italian prisons had a “real crowding rate” of 113% in June 2021, with 53,637 people occupying the approximately 47,000 places actually available, according to the annual report of prisoners’ rights association Antigone presented on Thursday. The suicide count has also...
Politics 30-07-2021

Spain leads vaccination campaign, economy growth forecast

In Spain, more than 26 million people or 55% of the population, are now fully vaccinated against COVID-19, positioning the country ahead of some of the world’s leading economies such as the US, Germany and France. “I will give you...
Politics 30-07-2021

Lithuania launches probe into cyberattacks amid migration crisis

Lithuania’s Cybersecurity Centre has launched an investigation into alleged disinformation about where migrants might be accommodated, which according to Interior Minister Agnė Bilotaitė, has stoked fears among local communities. “I have information about cyberattacks trying to spread disinformation about plans...
Politics 30-07-2021

Berlin bans 12 planned anti-lockdown protests

German police banned several demonstrations registered for Saturday and Sunday over doubts of whether sanitary measures would be adhered to. Protests under the banners: “The recovery of our fundamental rights,” and “The year of freedom and peace – life after...
Politics 30-07-2021

Greek islands face lockdowns – Portugal’s nightlife closed until October

Portuguese bars and nightclubs will remain closed until October, after which they can reopen for customers presenting a COVID-19 vaccination certificate or equivalent, Prime Minister Antonio Costa said on Thursday. Meanwhile in Greece, several islands face the risk of local...
Politics 29-07-2021

Outgoing BiH international minister: successor should focus on rule of law

Bosnia and Herzegovina (BiH)‘s outgoing international administrator, Valentin Inzko, told N1 that he advised his successor to focus on the rule of law. “BiH achieved its greatest successes when the international community was more engaged in the country,” Inzko said. ...
Politics 29-07-2021

Serbia, EU Commission discuss climate matters

Talks between Serbia and the European Commission are focused on the importance of the environment and climate preservation, EU Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said on Wednesday. “It includes solutions to trans-boundary river pollution and environmental concerns caused by investments,” he...
Politics 29-07-2021

Croatia meets its Euro commitments as planned

Croatian Finance Minister Zdravko Marić has said his country is on track to meet its commitments under the mechanism for the country’s adoption of the Euro currency. “We are not running late. Quite the contrary, we are a bit faster,”...
Politics 29-07-2021

EU funds Romania’s brown bear search

Romania, which is home to an estimated 6,000 brown bears, the largest population in the EU, has launched a project to find the real population of these bears, using EU cohesion funds. The environment ministry and several forest management institutions...
Politics 29-07-2021

Slovakia’s health ministry says ​third wave is here

The third wave of the pandemic has already begun in Slovakia, the health ministry’s epidemiologist Martin Pavelka from the Institute of Health Analysis said on Wednesday, warning that the reproduction number has been above the critical value of one for...
Politics 29-07-2021

Hungary divided over controversial LGBTQI+ law

Hungarians are divided on the recent controversial LGBTQI+ law that prompted the European Commission to initiate legal action against Budapest, according to a survey by Medián, Telex reported via HVG. Almost half, or 47%, of the voting age population supported the law, saying...
Politics 29-07-2021

Czech government proposes extra paid leave for vaccinated

Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said on Wednesday that he will propose to his government that all employees working in the state administration, including ministry employees, teachers or policemen, who have been vaccinated against COVID-19, would receive two extra days paid...
Politics 29-07-2021

Polish government to ease restrictions for those vaccinated

Poland’s government is to review easing coronavirus restrictions for those who have been vaccinated and is urging those who have yet to get the jab to do so, Gazeta Prawna reported.  Under the proposals, those who could show a vaccine certificate...
Politics 29-07-2021

Portuguese government to review legislation against racism

Portugal has said it will review its anti-racism laws, including those concerning fines and sanctions, the government announced in its national plan against racism published on Wednesday. In the National Plan to Combat Racism and Discrimination 2021-2025 – Portugal against...
Politics 29-07-2021

Greece says Turkey continues to block returns of illegal migrants

Greece made on Wednesday a new request to the EU Commission and FRONTEX for the immediate return to Turkey of 1,908 rejected asylum seekers living on the Aegean islands. Athens says Turkey has been blocking the returns of people not...
Politics 29-07-2021

Salvini’s Lega joins protests against COVID certificate

Several Italian lawmakers from right-wing nationalist Lega party – but not its leader Matteo Salvini – joined protests against the government’s decision to make a COVID-19 certificate a requirement to enter cinemas, bars and gyms from 6 August. The protests...