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Energy 26-11-2021

Tackling high energy prices and fighting energy poverty – a view from Poland

Citizens across Europe are currently struggling with the challenge of skyrocketing energy prices. Over the last year, the prices of coal have risen nearly three times, the prices of natural gas in European markets have risen even ten times in this period.

Poland makes ‘unprecedented’ challenge to European rights pact

Poland’s Constitutional Court on Wednesday (24 November) ruled that part of the European Convention on Human Rights was incompatible with the Polish constitution, in an unprecedented challenge against a ruling from the European Court of Human Rights. “The Constitutional Court...
Digital & Media 24-11-2021

Social media platforms accused of contributing to crisis at Poland-Belarus border

Facebook has found itself in the spotlight for allegedly providing a “key coordination hub” for human smugglers enticing people to the Poland-Belarus border, creating an increasingly dangerous situation for those trapped in the area, according to research and media reports.
EU-China 22-11-2021

China downgrades diplomatic ties with Lithuania over Taiwan

China downgraded its diplomatic ties with Lithuania on Sunday (21 November), expressing strong dissatisfaction with the Baltic State after Taiwan opened a de facto embassy there, escalating a row that has sucked in Washington.
Europe's East 19-11-2021

In wrinkle to Merkel, Morawiecki warns against direct talks with Lukashenko

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Thursday (18 November) cautioned against holding direct talks with Belarus on the unprecedented migrant crisis along Poland's border, saying it would "legitimise" the regime.
Global Europe 18-11-2021

Polish PM scolds Germany on Nord Stream 2 as Warsaw ‘defends EU border’

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said Germany should stop the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline from Russia to Europe if it wants to work for peace, linking the project to his country's handling of migrants on the Belarus border.
Europe's East 18-11-2021

Belarus and EU to hold talks on migrant crisis

Belarus said Wednesday (17 November) that President Alexander Lukashenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in a telephone call that Minsk and the EU should discuss the migrant crisis on the Belarusian-Polish border.
Global Europe 16-11-2021

Macron warns Putin as EU prepares sanctions on Belarus

France told Russia on NATO would be prepared to defend the sovereignty of Ukraine, near where Moscow has been staging a troop buildup, while Western leaders sought to tackle a migrants crisis on the eastern borders of the EU.

Poland, Lithuania and Latvia consider triggering NATO’s Article 4

Poland is in talks with Lithuania and Latvia on whether to ask for consultations under NATO’s Article 4 to discuss the crisis at the Polish-Belarusian border, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said on Sunday (14 November). NATO should take “concrete...
Health 12-11-2021

EU Parliament condemns Poland’s restrictive law on abortion

A year after the Polish Constitutional Tribunal’s ruling that de facto banned abortion, the European Parliament called on the government in Warsaw on Thursday (11 November) to lift the ban that puts women’s lives at risk.
Energy 12-11-2021

Lukashenko ‘bluffing’ on EU gas threat: Belarus opposition leader

Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya on Thursday (11 November) said strongman Alexander Lukashenko would not follow through on threats to cut off gas supplies to Europe over an escalating conflict with the EU.
Global Europe 12-11-2021

Russia, West trade barbs at UN over Belarus migrant crisis

Russia traded barbs with Western members of the UN Security Council on Thursday (11 November) over a crisis on the border between Belarus and Poland, with Russia's deputy UN envoy suggesting his European colleagues have "masochist inclinations."
Global Europe 11-11-2021

Neighbours of Belarus say migrant crisis risks military clash

Countries bordering Belarus expressed concern on Thursday (11 November) that a crisis over growing numbers of migrants trying to break through its frontiers into the European Union could escalate into a military confrontation. Lithuania, Estonia and Latvia condemned “the deliberate...
Europe's East 11-11-2021

EU considers sanctions on Minsk airport over migrant crisis

The European Union is considering imposing sanctions on Belarus' main airport in a bid to make it more difficult for airlines to bring in migrants and exacerbate a crisis on the bloc's borders, two diplomats said on Thursday (11 November).
Global Europe 11-11-2021

Michel, von der Leyen on diplomatic offensive as crisis mounts on Belarus-Poland border

European Commission head Ursula von der Leyen met on Wednesday (10 November) with US President Joe Biden while Council President Charles Michel was on Poland to express “full solidarity” with the country suffering a hybrid attack from Belarus.
Global Europe 10-11-2021

Russia blames EU for looming migrant ‘catastrophe’, sends bombers to fly over Belarus

Russia blamed the EU for the migrant crisis on the border between Belarus and Poland, accusing it of trying to "strangle" Belarus with plans to close part of the frontier and urging it to talk directly with Minsk.
Global Europe 10-11-2021

Polish PM accuses Putin of masterminding Belarus migrant attack

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki on Tuesday (9 November) accused Russian President Vladimir Putin of orchestrating a wave of migrants trying to illegally enter Poland from Belarus, saying the "attack" threatens to destabilise the European Union.
Europe's East 09-11-2021

EU pushes to extend sanctions on airlines ‘involved in human trafficking’ via Belarus

Several high-ranking EU officials have called for extensive sanctions on Minsk on Monday evening (8 November) as tensions mount along Belarus's border with Poland over large numbers of migrants attempting to cross the EU's border.
Elections 08-11-2021

Poles protest mother’s death blamed on abortion law

Tens of thousands of people demonstrated Saturday (6 November) in Warsaw and dozens of other Polish cities to denounce a nine-month-old abortion law blamed for claiming the life of a pregnant mother, organisers said.
Energy 05-11-2021

Poland clarifies position on coal phase-out, it is still 2049

The Polish government has confirmed it still intends to produce energy from coal until 2049 despite signing a declaration at COP26 that some hoped meant Warsaw would part with the fossil fuel earlier.
Energy 04-11-2021

Poland’s lack of climate goals leaves experts wanting

Poland was expected to use the COP26 summit to announce its climate neutrality goals as the last country in the EU to do so. But Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s speech, which focussed on problems rather than solutions, was a letdown, experts told EURACTIV.

Why the Commission should ignore Poland’s ‘false compromise’

If the European Commission bends to Polish government pressure it will not fix the rule of law crisis but deepen it, argue Tineke Strik and Thijs Reuten.

Poland must undo judicial overhaul to get EU COVID aid, commission chief says

Poland must undo its new disciplinary system for judges to unlock access to billions of euros of European Union aid aimed at helping revive economic growth after the coronavirus pandemic, the bloc's chief executive said on Thursday (28 October).
Global Europe 28-10-2021

EU gives Moldova €60 million euros over Russia gas row

The European Union on Wednesday (27 October) said it was giving Moldova €60 million to help cope with a gas crisis after Russia's Gazprom hiked prices.