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Politics 05-03-2021

Vetëvendosje will have 58 of 120 seats in parliament

Vetëvendosje, a party led by Albin Kurti, won 49.95% of votes in Kosovo’s parliamentary elections held on 14 February, the largest share in Kosovo electoral history, the Central Election Commission has announced. PDK was confirmed in second place with 16.9%,...
Politics 05-03-2021

Consultations with BiH’s Presidency members

Germany’s new candidate for the international community’s High Representative (HR) to BiH, Christian Schmidt, has held separate talks on the situation in the country with its three-member Presidency. Željko Komšić, a Croatian member of the Presidency, emphasised that if the...
Politics 05-03-2021

Discrimination in 2020 Serbia ‘pronounced and ubiquitous’

Discrimination in 2020 in Serbia was ‘pronounced and ubiquitous’, said the editor of the Human Rights in Serbia 2020 report Dušan Pokuševski, adding that no new systemic strategy for preventing and protecting against discrimination was put in place. Under the...
Politics 05-03-2021

Subotica initiative to have Bunjevci as official language ‘not good for neighbourly relations’

The city council of Subotica, a city in northern Serbia and close to Hungary, decided on Thursday to amend the City Statute to allow for the introduction of the Bunjevci as the fourth official language, along with Serbian, Hungarian and...
Politics 05-03-2021

Bulgaria to impose local COVID-19 restrictions

Bulgaria will not impose a national lockdown despite the sharp increase in the number of people infected with the coronavirus. Since the country’s different areas have recorded large differences in morbidity rates, hospitals will now limit normal operations so as...
Politics 05-03-2021

Slovak PM apologises for ‘inappropriate’ Ukraine-Russia joke

Prime Minister Igor Matovič managed to offend Ukraine after his recent radio appearance to discuss the current government crisis in Slovakia, where he made an ‘inappropriate’ joke about exchanging Ukrainian territory for Russian vaccines. When the radio host asked Matovič...
Politics 05-03-2021

Babis does not know how pandemic will play out

Speaking in front of the parliament’s lower house on Thursday, Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš said he does not know what is going to happen after three weeks of the toughest COVID-19 restrictions the Czech Republic has seen so far....
Politics 05-03-2021

Polish PM establishes Council of Political Advisors

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has created a council to develop analysis and expert opinions on the political and economic situation in Poland, and to act as an advisory board on political affairs. The group consists of 21 people representing the...
Politics 05-03-2021

US ready to sell F-35 fighter jets and frigates to Greece

Athens plans to discuss the sale of F-35 fighter jets and frigates with Washington, US Ambassador to Greece Geoffrey Pyatt confirmed on Thursday. Acquiring F-35s cannot be done until an appropriate infrastructure is built to store the fighter jets in...
Politics 05-03-2021

Spain destroys firearms of defunct Eta terrorist group

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Thursday presided over the “symbolic” destruction of nearly 1,400 firearms seized from terror organisations, the majority from the now-defunct Basque separatist group Eta. “We cannot change the past, but we do have the ability,...
Politics 05-03-2021

Report: Russia sent ‘Putin’s chef impersonator’ to bait Lithuanian media

Lithuanian intelligence claims Russia made a failed attempt last year to carry out an “information attack” on Lithuania, using an impersonator of Yevgeny Prigozhin, an oligarch close to the Kremlin regime, the Baltic News Service reported on Thursday. According to...
Politics 05-03-2021

EU ‘simply cannot trust’ UK after latest NI protocol breach, says Irish FM

The EU “simply cannot trust” the UK after its latest breach of the Northern Ireland protocol, Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney told RTE Radio 1 in reference to the UK extending the grace period for stricter border checks on the...
Politics 05-03-2021

Belgium justifies travel ban to European Commission

The Belgian ban on non-essential travel is proportional and will remain in force until 1 April, the Belgian government responded to the European Commission’s letter, in which the EU executive stated that “no reason” was given for the extension. According...
Politics 05-03-2021

France plans to vaccinate 20 million by mid-May

French Prime Minister Jean Castex reviewed the health situation in France last night, stating that only the Covid vaccination could “get (France) out of the tunnel.” He stated the aim was to vaccinate 20 million people by mid-May. Approximately 1.7...
Politics 05-03-2021

Finland denied China airbase in the Arctic

The city of Kemijärvi in Finnish Lapland turned down an offer made in January 2018 by China’s state-funded Polar Research Institute to buy or lease the city’s airport, after it informed the Finnish Armed Forces. But the matter is only...
Politics 04-03-2021

US ambassador convinced Montenegrin government respects NATO protocols

“When it comes to appointments, I will not comment on them. But, I am convinced that the Government respects NATO protocols,” said the US Ambassador to Montenegro, Judy Rising Reinke, speaking about the changes in the security sector. Montenegro is...
Politics 04-03-2021

Lajcak: EU expects Belgrade-Priština dialogue to continue, status quo unacceptable

The EU’s special envoy for the Belgrade-Priština Dialogue, Miroslav Lajčak, stated that the Brussels negotiations were key for Kosovo’s and Serbia’s European advancement and that the status quo was unsustainable. Lajčak spoke at a joint news conference in Belgrade on...
Politics 04-03-2021

50 more kilometres of razor wire on the Croatian border

An additional fifty kilometres of razor wire, worth €6 million, is to be erected along the border with Croatia, Interior Minister Aleš Hojs has announced. Although the fence – which has been growing since 2015 – has had no impact...
Politics 04-03-2021

Belgrade, Skopje, Sarajevo, Ljubljana say goodbye to Zagreb Mayor

A mass funeral, with little regard for social distancing measures, was held on Wednesday for Zagreb’s long-serving mayor, Milan Bandić, who died of a heart attack on Sunday, aged 65. Along with the family, friends, and close associates, the funeral...
Politics 04-03-2021

Romania passes one million COVID-19 vaccination milestone

More than one million Romanians have so far received at least one dose of the COVID-19 vaccine, with an 86-year-old woman being the country’s one-millionth person to receive the jab Wednesday from no other than the country’s vaccination campaign coordinator,...
Politics 04-03-2021

Fidesz coalition partner MEP stays in EPP Group

“The Christian Democratic People’s Party (KDNP) continues the work started in the European People’s Party (EPP) Group in the European Parliament,” KDNP MEP György Hölvényi told state news agency MTI on Wednesday, EURACTIV’s partner Telex reported. KDNP is Fidesz’s junior coalition partner, considered a...
Politics 04-03-2021

Polish government reacts to EU Court ruling on judicial reform

Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will submit a request to the Constitutional Tribunal to comprehensively resolve the collision of EU law norms with the country’s Constitution and confirm existing case law in this regard, announced government spokesman Piotr Müller. At Wednesday’s...
Politics 04-03-2021

Czechia orders Chinese vaccine Sinopharm

After Czechia asked Chinese authorities for the delivery of Chinese Sinopharm vaccines, “according to information provided by the Czech embassy in Beijing, the Chinese side decided to immediately comply with the request,” the Czech president’s spokesperson said on Wednesday. Czech...
Politics 04-03-2021

Earthquake shakes Greek city of Elassona

A 5.9 Richter scale earthquake with an epicentre 21 kilometres southwest of the city of Elassona shook central Greece on Wednesday,  followed shortly after by a 4.4 Richter scale quake seven kilometres from Elassona. The fire brigade rescued six citizens trapped...
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