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15-09-2020

BELGRADE – A visit from China?

At a meeting with Chinese ambassador to Serbia, Chen Bo yesterday (14 September), Serbian Defence Minister Aleksandar Vulin invited his Chinese counterpart, General Wei Fenghe, to visit Serbia. Having noted that the Serbian government had made a decision to suspend...
15-09-2020

ZAGREB – An ally to its people

Croatia remains an advocate for Bosnia and Herzegovina, as well as for the rights of Croats in that country and expects the Dayton Peace Accords to be fully respected, announced the Prime Minister Andrej Plenković during his official visit to...
15-09-2020

PRAGUE – Irrational Commission

With the European Commission set to argue this week in favour of a 55% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030, Czech Trade, Energy and Transport Minister Karel Havlíček is already saying he doesn’t consider the plan to be realistic...
15-09-2020

EU Parliament focuses on Polish rule of law and ‘LGBT-free zones’

Poland is moving away from European values, MEP and chair of the Parliament’s Committee on Civil Liberties, Juan Fernando López Aguilar, told the plenary during a debate on the draft report on the rule of law in Poland, which is...
15-09-2020

Decarbonisation of Taranto steelworks to be prioritised

The decarbonisation of Taranto’s controversial Ilva steelworks, the property of French-Luxembourgish steel company ArcelorMittal, will be a “priority” for Italy’s recovery plan, Italian Economy Minister Roberto Gualtieri has revealed. In reference to the plant’s environmental restoration, the minister noted that...
15-09-2020

HELSINKI – Test negative and meet Santa Claus

Starting from next Saturday (19 September), travellers from countries where the number of diagnosed coronavirus infections has been less than 25 per 100,000 inhabitants during the last two weeks are free to enter, while travellers from countries where the number...
15-09-2020

Social Democrats ramp up pressure over Moria

German Social Democrats (SPD) threw down an ultimatum to their Christian Democrat (CDU/CSU) coalition partners yesterday (14 September) after Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) announced on Friday (11 September) that Germany will take between 100 and 150 unaccompanied minors from...
14-09-2020

US hails Serbia’s announcements declaring Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation

The US Department of State declared yesterday (13 September) that the US welcomes Serbia’s announcements declaring Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation. “Serbia’s announcement that it will designate Hezbollah as a terrorist organisation in its entirety is another significant step limiting...
14-09-2020

Serbia and Israel affirm friendship following talks with Netanyahu

Talks between Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu  on 11 September were an affirmation between the two countries, Vucic has said. “An excellent phone conversation with PM Benjamin Netanyahu. The friendship between the Serb and Jewish...
14-09-2020

BUDAPEST – Orbán’s ‘war plan’

The government of Prime Minister Viktor Orban is planning to put a “war plan” in place to protect the lives of citizens while ensuring the continued functioning of the country, Orbán told a public broadcaster in an interview on Saturday...
14-09-2020

ATHENS – PM announces major defence and economy initiatives

Greece will adopt two major policy initiatives for the coming months and years, one on defence and another on the economy, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has announced. Greece will proceed in a major arms acquisition programme, along with an increase...
14-09-2020

MADRID – Health system braces for second wave

The number of COVID-19 hospital admissions has been increasing over recent weeks in Spain and now account for 7.5% of all patients, compared to 4% just 20 days ago, Dr. Antonio Román, a director at the Hospital Vall d’Hebron in...
14-09-2020

ROME – First day of school

5.6 million of a total of 8.3 million Italian students for the 2020-2021 school year will return to school today (14 September). “The return to school is always an emotional moment. I send my best wishes to everyone involved, from...
14-09-2020

Irish accuse Johnson of ‘spin’

The UK government’s premise that as part of the Withdrawal Agreement the EU would blockade goods between Great Britain and Northern Ireland has been described as ‘spin’ by Foreign Minister Simon Coveney. Also, read about: “MEPs vow to veto UK...
14-09-2020

STOCKHOLM – Immigration jeopardises government unity

There is a link between increased migration and spiralling gang violence in Swedish cities, Prime Minister Stefan Löfven told party leaders during a debate and then on Swedish Television on Wednesday (9 September). Careful not to make connections between religious...
14-09-2020

Belgian authorities call for EU-wide travel risk assessment system

The differences in the colour-coded risk systems between Belgium and France are “extremely confusing”, governor of the West Flemish province, Carl Decaluwé, has warned and urged EU countries to coordinate. Read also: European Commission pushes member states for common travel rules...
14-09-2020

CDU secures clear win in North Rhine-Westphalia

The Christian Democratic Union (CDU) emerged as the clear winner in North-Rhine Westphalia with 36.2% of the vote in the elections for mayors and the regional parliament held on Sunday (13 September). Yet, even though state leader and candidate for...
14-09-2020

Commission does not know where Hagia Sophia is

Syriza MEPs have sent a letter of complaint to EU Commission chief Ursula Von der Leyen and EU Parliament President David Sassoli after the executive’s services said in an official written reply that Istanbul’s Hagia Sophia church is… in Cyprus....
14-09-2020

Polish PM: Nord Stream 2 blows up EU energy policy ‘from inside’

The controversial Nord Stream 2 pipeline project has already cost Europe too much, and the stakes for the EU’s security, credibility and independence are growing year by year, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday (13 September), appealing to...
Politics 11-09-2020

BELGRADE – EU expects Serbia to fulfill obligations

Brussels expects Serbia to act in accordance with the strategic goal of EU membership and fulfill the obligations it has assumed within the process of EU accession, the EU’s chief diplomat Josep Borrell has said. In a reply to an...
Politics 11-09-2020

ZAGREB – ‘Pure theatre’

After MEP Ivan Vilibor Sincic unloaded a load of watermelons from a van in front of the government house in an attempt to bring attention to the difficulties facing Croatian farmers, Agriculture Minister Marija Vuckovic called the performance “pure theatre”....
Politics 11-09-2020

LISBON – Contingency situation likely, Costa warns

From Tuesday (September 15), Portugal will be in a contingency situation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, limiting gatherings to 10 people, according to the measures decided on Thursday in a cabinet meeting and announced by Prime Minister António Costa. On...
Politics 11-09-2020

MADRID – Spain supports Greece and Cyprus

As the 7 EU members with Mediterranean coastlines, gathered for a summit in Corsica, France, Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that there is “room” for the EU to have “real dialogue” with Turkey, leading to the de-escalation of tension...
Politics 11-09-2020

ROME – New lockdown ‘out of the question’

Another total lockdown repeating that seen during the first wave of Covid-19 in Italy is “out of the question”, Italy’s foreign minister Luigi Di Maio has said, adding that Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte had “excluded the possibility too.” “The measures...
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