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Sweden overtakes France as EU's top power exporter

Sweden overtook France as the biggest net exporter of power in Europe during the first half of this year, as France shifted from a net exporter to a net importer of energy, amid structural problems in its nuclear sector. Sweden exported 16 terawatt hours ( ...

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Italy's far-right star in European charm offensive

Italian far-right politician Giorgia Meloni told Italian, French, and Spanish press Wednesday that "the Italian right has handed fascism over to history for decades now" and that "we fiercely oppose any anti-democratic drift" in Italy. Meloni, who tops ...

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Another migrant tragedy claims 50 lives in Greek waters

Some 50 people are feared to have drowned after a boat carrying 80 migrants from Turkey capsized in stormy weather off the coast of Greece Wednesday. "Protecting human life is a daily concern and our absolute priority," Greek shipping minister Ioannis ...

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Russia hits area near town with 120 rockets, says Ukraine

Ukrainian officials says Russia launched 120 'Grad' rockets at an area around the town of Nikopol overnight killing three people and wounding seven, reports Reuters. "The enemy is concentrating its efforts on establishing full control over the territories ...

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UN expects more ships to get Ukrainian grain out

Ambitions to ship between 2m and 5m tonnes of grain out of Ukraine each month via a safe corridor for international shipping were "achievable", the UN has said. "We're expecting to see a big uptick in applications for transit," from shipping firms, senior ...

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Greece to end bailout-era oversight

Greece will be more free to spend its own money and borrow on markets after exiting an "enhanced surveillance framework" on 20 August imposed by international creditors in 2018 after three bailouts worth €260bn. "A difficult chapter for our country comes ...

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Denmark to train Ukrainian soldiers in urban warfare

Denmark has promised to train Ukrainian soldiers in the UK and at home as part of Western efforts to see Russia lose its invasion of Ukraine. "Denmark will support a British-led training project with 130 Danish soldiers and at the same time offer to train ...

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Russian helicopter flies into Estonia's airspace

Estonia summoned Russia's ambassador in Tallinn Wednesday to complain about violation of its airspace by a Russian helicopter Tuesday. "Estonia considers this an extremely serious and regrettable incident that is completely unacceptable," its foreign ...

Russian coal embargo kicks in, as EU energy bills surge

An EU embargo on Russian coal imports came into effect at midnight on Thursday (11 August) as part of the fifth package of sanctions designed to starve Moscow of fossil-fuel revenue. The coal ban is the first measure to hit Russian energy supplies directly ...

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Only Western unity can stop Iran hostage-diplomacy

The Belgian parliament's recent decision to ratify its prisoner-exchange treaty with Iran is a grave mistake, and one which exemplifies the many downfalls of dealing with Iran's human-rights abuses on a case-by-case basis. As many as two dozen dual- ...

Kosovo PM warns of renewed conflict with Serbia

Kosovo prime minister Albin Kurti warned of possible armed conflict with Serbia, following heightened border tensions with Belgrade over the past month. "We should not exclude that these aggressive policies of Belgrade could also turn into an assault ...

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Finnish parliament website hacked by Russian group

A Russian hacker group is said to have crashed the website of the Finnish parliament on Tuesday afternoon, reports Finnish state media outlet Yle. Yle says the denial-of-service attack was carried out by Russian hacker syndicate NoName057(16). "We decided ...

EU Commission shrugs off Polish threats on rule-of-law

The European Commission says nothing has changed in its rule of law dispute with Poland after Warsaw threatened to turn its "cannons" on the Brussels-executive. Poland will not receive €35bn in Covid-19 recovery grants and loans because its judicial ...

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Greek president calls for wiretap investigation

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou said an investigation was needed into the wiretapping scandal of a political opponent of Greece's prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis. In a statement, Sakellaropoulou said that the right to privacy was a fundamental ...

EU urged to stop issuing tourist visas to Russians

Finnish and Estonian leaders want EU countries to stop issuing tourist visas to Russian citizens. Russians should not be allowed to "live a normal life" and visit Europe as tourists while Russia is waging war, Finnish prime minister Sanna Marin told state ...

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Russia's war to cost Germans €260bn

Russia's war in Ukraine is to cost Germany's economy some €260bn by 2030 according to a study by the Institute for Employment Research. Its GDP will fall by 1.7 percent by next year, putting 240,000 Germans out of work, due to high energy prices, which ...

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Kaliningrad says EU freight quotas too small

A dispute between Lithuania and Russia over freight-rail transit to the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad risks flaring up again, after the Kaliningrad governor said EU-agreed quotas of some 500,000 tonnes/year of goods allowed to be moved despite Russia ...

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Germany: EU gas-reduction plan could reduce prices

An EU accord to reduce gas consumption by 15 percent from August to March next year due to Russia-war linked cut-offs entered into force Tuesday, with Germany saying the move could also help stabilise prices. "If all countries in Europe save gas, this can ...

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Turkey resumes gas exploration near Cyprus flashpoint

Turkey has resumed gas exploration in the Eastern Mediterranean, in an area criss-crossed by competing Cypriot and Turkish-Cypriot territorial claims. But its drillship, the Abdullhamid Han, which sailed Tuesday, will stay in Turkish-only waters, Turkish ...

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Russian oil stops flowing to Hungary

Russian oil flows via the Druzhba pipeline through Ukraine to the Czech Republic, Hungary, and Slovakia stopped last Thursday, the countries said Tuesday. Russian firm Transneft blamed Ukraine and EU sanctions for the outage, saying Ukraine had returned ...

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EU opening tech embassy in Silicon Valley

The EU is opening a new liaison office in California's Silicon Valley to ease communication with US tech companies, as new laws are set to come into effect that will increase regulatory scrutiny of companies like Apple, Goole and Meta in Europe. The EU's ...

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Russia puts EU in nuclear-energy paradox

Last week, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) raised grave concerns after Ukraine and Russia had blamed each other for renewed shelling of Europe's largest nuclear power plant in Zaporizhzya. IAEA director Rafael Grossi warned of "the very real ...

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Greek PM tries to wash hands of wiretapping scandal

Greek prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has denied knowing that his own intelligence service tapped his main political opponent's telephone. "What was done may have been in accordance with the letter of the law, but it was wrong," Mitsotakis said in a ...

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Hungary sends ex-commissioner to plead for EU money

Hungary's regional development minister and ex-EU commissioner is giving "personal" guarantees to EU officials that Budapest is in compliance with EU criteria for disbursing post-pandemic aid. "We make enough institutional changes [and] because I'm the ...

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US pledges $1bn in arms for Ukraine

The US administration under president Joe Biden on Monday pledged some $1bn in additional weapons for Ukraine, its largest direct shipment to date. The new US aide includes High Mobility Artillery Rocket Systems, 75,000 rounds of 155mm artillery ammunition ...

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Nordic states join forces to deter Russia in Baltic

Denmark, Norway, and Sweden are to deepen military cooperation to counter Russia's vaulting aggression in the Baltic Sea region, their defence ministers said at a meeting in Malmö, Sweden, Monday. "The Sund Strait region, which is the entrance to the ...

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Trade embargo on China would cost Germany dear

Loss of trade with China would cost Germany six times more than Brexit, according to a study by Germany's Ifo institute. Germany's automotive sector would lose 8.47 percent of its value and its mechanical engineering segment would lose 4.34 percent. The ...

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Germany stands firm on EU sanctions against Russia

Surging energy costs do not mean Germany is having second thoughts about Russia sanctions, chancellor Olaf Scholz' spokesman said Monday. "We face difficult months ahead, but it is clear that we stand firmly on the side of Ukraine and we stand behind the ...

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British residents in Portugal left high and dry

Portugal is causing distress for its British residents after failing to issue new ID cards giving them access to services in the wake of Brexit. "The seriousness [of not having the card] ... cannot be underestimated, it has paralysed and damaged UK ...

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EU postpones €7 travel-document regime

The EU has postponed the entry into force of a new travel-document regime for foreign visitors until November 2023, Euronews reports. The European Travel Information and Authorisation System was supposed to start life in May, seeing visitors from EU visa- ...

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