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17-10-2021

Poland: Cheapest electricity, biggest complaints

Poland, as the EU’s most coal-dependent country, is least vulnerable to rising prices for energy, yet lower income households are disproportionately affected. Poland had maintained record-low electricity spot prices throughout the past weeks, setting them apart from other EU states....
17-10-2021

Germany: The careful sitting duck

The German conservative-social democrat government remains a sitting duck as chancellor Angela Merkel is in her last weeks in office in her role as caretaker chancellor. As a whole, the German national gas storage is 75% full and endured a...
Politics 15-10-2021

Venice Commission leaves Albanian local elections in limbo

The Venice Commission has opined that the Albanian Constitutional Court does not have the power to decide whether the 2019 local elections were constitutional or not. The 2019 local elections in Albania took place five months after opposition parties resigned...
Politics 15-10-2021

British Embassy voices support for Kosovo over Mitrovica incident

The British Embassy in Pristina has supported the Kosovo government’s action to tackle organised crime which resulted in an attack on police and journalists by Kosovo Serbs on Wednesday. Kosovo police forces carried out an operation against crime and smuggling...
Politics 15-10-2021

Dodik: EU Commission will not sanction Republika Srpska

There will not be a new war in BiH but in case of sanctions, the Serb-dominated Republika Srpska (RS) entity will declare its independence, said Milorad Dodik, the Serb member of the country’s tripartite Presidency. Dodik’s comments came after a...
Politics 15-10-2021

Serbia and Russia discuss long-term gas supply

Mining and Energy Minister Zorana Mihajlovic and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak held talks in Moscow on Thursday (14 October) about the process of concluding a new long-term agreement to supply Serbia with gas. Mihajlović said that negotiations are...
Politics 15-10-2021

Croatian government caps retail price of petrol and diesel

The government passed a decree capping the retail price of petrol to 11.10 kuna (€1.48) per litre and the price of diesel to 11.00 kuna (€1.46) per litre for the next 30 days. This is a reduction of about 30...
Politics 15-10-2021

Romanian energy watchdog fines suppliers

Romania’s energy watchdog ANRE fined several natural gas suppliers for increasing the price of gas delivered under fixed-rate contracts. The government recently liberalised the country’s electricity and natural gas markets for households. Suppliers started providing a wide range of offers,...
Politics 15-10-2021

Bulgaria risks running out of gas

The Bulgarian state gas company Bulgargaz risks running out of money to pay for supplies from Russia and Azerbaijan after 25 October. The crisis is due to reported debt owed by the company that manages the central heating system in the capital...
Politics 15-10-2021

​​Bratislava can’t count on EU money

Support for the Bratislava region must be compatible with its capacity to solve its problems, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform Elisa Ferreira has said. Because of its high GDP per capita, Bratislava has long-term trouble with access to European structural...
Politics 15-10-2021

New wall on the Polish-Belarussian border, new dead body found

On Thursday, the Polish parliament adopted a law on constructing a permanent fence to prevent the influx of migrants sent by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. Meanwhile, the body of a 24-year-old immigrant was recovered near the border. The new...
Politics 15-10-2021

New storm paralyses Greece

Greece is bracing for the second day of heavy rain and floods as the stormy weather front dubbed ‘Ballos’, which has been pounding the country since the early hours of Thursday, is expected to worsen. All schools in the Attica...
Politics 15-10-2021

Costa warns of need to watch budget balance while fostering recovery

The state budget is always a coin with two sides, one of which balances revenue and expenditure. It is vital to safeguard the international credibility of the country’s economy, Prime Minister António Costa said on Thursday. Costa conveyed this message...
Politics 15-10-2021

Experts: No end in sight for rumbling La Palma volcano

A spike in seismic activity was recorded on Thursday on the Spanish island of La Palma where the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to rumble 26 days after it first started erupting. Some 60 earthquakes have been registered on the island...
Politics 15-10-2021

Trieste port workers announce total block of operations

Port workers in Trieste – the seventh-largest port in Europe for handling goods and the leading oil terminal in the Mediterranean – have announced a total block of operations starting Friday in protest against the national health pass mandate for...
Politics 15-10-2021

Norway’s new government unimpressed with EU’s Arctic drilling pledge

The country’s incoming centre-left government has said it will seek to grow the country’s lucrative oil and gas industry while striving to cut carbon emissions. The comments came only a day after the EU pledged to pursue a ban on...
Politics 15-10-2021

Envoys meeting over Belarus migration unexpectedly postponed

The EU’s executive summoned envoys from Poland, Lithuania and Latvia on Thursday to discuss the fate of migrants stranded on their border with Belarus. But the meeting did not take place. “I’m very concerned about reports of people including children...
Politics 15-10-2021

Ireland welcomes EU proposals on NI protocol

The Irish government has voiced its support for the EU’s Northern Ireland protocol proposals, published this week. Foreign Minister Simon Coveney thanked Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič, saying that “the European Commission has listened to the concerns of the people of...
Politics 15-10-2021

Ministers u–turn on butchers following staff shortages

The UK government has announced plans to allow foreign butchers to enter the UK on six-month temporary visas in its latest attempt to address supply shortages. Butchers in abattoirs and meat processing plants dealing with pigs will be able to...
Politics 15-10-2021

Austria’s new Chancellor visits Brussels to prioritise Western Balkan enlargement

In his maiden foreign visit, newly inaugurated Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg travelled to Brussels to meet with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel, outlining the main priorities of his administration. Schallenberg, who worked in Brussels...
Politics 15-10-2021

French billionaire Bolloré poses ‘real danger’ to press freedom

The practices of businessman Vincent Bolloré represents “a real danger for press freedom, but also for democracy,” according to a documentary called “System B” released Thursday by NGO Reporters Without Borders and shared on social media. The documentary denounces the...
Politics 15-10-2021

Germany locked in fierce debate over legalisation of cannabis

As the Social Democrats, business-friendly liberal FDP and the Greens are due to enter complex coalition negotiations, their youth wings may have one thing in common: a desire to legalise marijuana. “The prohibition, criminalisation and stigmatisation of cannabis has failed,”...
Politics 15-10-2021

Estonia may join Europe’s pro-nuclear front

Estonia is having second thoughts about the pro-nuclear statement made by nine EU countries backing France. Initially considering the joint statement as “premature”, Estonia now says it is not ruling out the use of more nuclear power in its energy...
Politics 14-10-2021

Leftist MEP: Slovenian PM Janša is a “coward”

Janša attacked the leftist opposition LEVICA party on Twitter, saying its members represent “the political wing of the terrorist #antifa”. Leftist MEP Kostas Arvanitis from GUE-NGL, described the attack as “creepy and brazen” and called Janša cowardly for not answering...