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Last-minute legal changes to Bosnian election law stir controversy

The EU remained lukewarm on the controversial decision by Bosnia and Herzegovina's international envoy, tasked with steering post-war recovery, to change the constitution and election law shortly after polls closed on Sunday (3 October) night. The election ...

EU wants probe into alleged Nagorno-Karabakh war crimes

The EU is demanding a probe into possible war crimes following a video of people dressed in Azerbaijani uniforms executing Armenian prisoners of war. Peter Stano, a spokesperson for the EU's foreign policy branch, told reporters on Monday (3 October) that ...

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Czechs warn joint-nationality citizens in Russia on mobilisation

After Russia's mobilisation speech, the Czech Republic's foreign ministry on Monday warned its citizens living in Russia that their embassy in Moscow cannot provide them "with adequate, full consular protection," Reuters reported. "Citizens of the Czech ...

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Greece to unveil proposal for capping EU gas prices

Greek energy minister Kostas Skrekas told ERT television on Monday that Athens will submit a proposal to the European Commission on an EU-wide price cap on natural gas this week. The Greek proposal will be discussed with energy ministers from Germany, ...

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Four dead, 29 missing, after dinghy found off Canary Islands

Spanish rescue services said on Sunday they had recovered the bodies of four people from an inflatable dinghy found 278km south of Gran Canaria, from which one survivor was rescued. Spanish NGO Caminando sin Fronteras said there were initially 34 people on ...

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Orbán: German €200bn shield is start of 'cannibalism in EU'

Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orbán warned that Germany's planned €200bn stimulus package could erode EU unity. "The sanctions policy is imposed on everyone, but there is no common fund to compensate for the financial consequences," Orbán said on Monday ...

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EU officials were warned of risk over issuing financial warning

Europe's watchdog for systemic economic risk last week issued an unprecedented warning about "severe" threats to European financial stability. Energy inflation and higher borrowing costs have increased the risk of recession which, in combination with the ...

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Lithuania expels top Russian diplomat

Lithuania's foreign ministry on Monday declared Russia's top diplomat in the country, Sergey Ryabokon, persona-non-grata. "[His] recent actions and statements are incompatible with a diplomat's status, and should be seen as interference in the host nation' ...

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Poland insists on German WW2 reparations

Polish foreign minister Zbigniew Rau on Monday signed a diplomatic note to Berlin concerning reparations for the second world war, formalising his country's demand for compensation ahead of a visit by German foreign minister Annalena Baerbock to Warsaw on ...

EU debates national energy plans amid calls for more coordination

EU finance ministers are discussing how governments should respond to high energy prices amid warnings the EU financial system is at risk, with sessions scheduled on Monday and Tuesday (3 and 4 October) "We are going to discuss what kind of support EU ...

Opinion

What Modi and Putin’s ‘unbreakable friendship’ means for the EU

As the Indian economy has just overtaken the UK's as the fifth-largest in the world and is set to re-emerge as the fastest-growing big economy in 2022 (7.4 percent forecast), there is rising European business interest in this last huge untapped market. At ...

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Russia halts gas supplies to Italy

Italy stopped receiving Russian gas via Austria this weekend, its top energy firm, Eni, has said, after Russian supplier Gazprom said Austrian regulatory changes caused temporary contractual problems. The outage comes after Russia cut off gas to Germany ...

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Bulgaria risks hung parliament after inconclusive vote

Bulgaria faced ongoing political uncertainty after inconclusive elections on Sunday, which saw the conservative-populist GERB party of former prime minister Boyko Borissov hobble into first place with some 25 percent of votes, according to exit polls. The ...

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Latvian ruling party wins elections

Latvian prime minister Arturs Kariņš' centre-right New Unity party came first in elections on Sunday with 19 percent of the vote, putting him on course to form a new coalition to stay in office. "First and foremost on everyone's minds is how we all get ...

Opinion

EU leaders have until Friday for refugee resettlement pledges

Last summer, the EU hosted an unprecedented forum on refugee resettlement — bringing together EU countries, Canada, the US and civil society organisations — with the goal of reviving this vital refugee protection tool. "I want more people to come safely to ...

Editorial

Editor's weekly digest: A week of leaks

Insiders probably already know the Brussels media ecosystem thrives on leaks — and boy, is Brussels a leaky place. I could hardly contain my excitement when I got to read my first leaked EU policy document a few weeks ago. How naive I was. Turns out, ...

Putin declares holy war on Western 'satanism'

Russian president Vladimir Putin invoked Jesus, Satan, and transsexual bogeymen in a Kremlin ceremony for carving up Ukraine on Friday (30 September). Putin signed eagle-embossed, leather-bound tomes declaring four Ukrainian regions to be part of Russia, ...

Agenda

Two elections and 'Macron's club' in focus Next WEEK

This weekend will see elections in two EU countries where relationships with Russia are under the spotlight. Latvians will go the polls on Saturday (1 October), where once again a growing rift between the country's Latvian majority and its Russian-speaking ...

EU agrees windfall energy firm tax — but split on gas-price cap

EU energy ministers on Friday (30 September) approved a package of measures to intervene in the electricity markets and reduce high energy prices, during a council meeting in Brussels. But the main topic of the day was how to deal with the gas price itself ...

Feature

Ukrainian chess prodigy: 'We are not going to resign ... anywhere'

Sisters Anna and Mariya Muzychuk are world champion chess grandmasters from Ukraine. Only weeks ago they secured gold at the 2022 Olympiad in India, a biennial chess tournament where national teams around the world compete. "We came, and we won, and we ...

Opinion

Going Down Under — EU needs to finish trade deal with Australia

Free trade agreements offer more than prosperity and growth in the European Union — they are also an important instrument to reduce dependencies on autocratic regimes such as Russia and China. In these times of war and political insecurity, it is even more ...

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EU ministers adopt measures to tackle soaring energy bills

EU energy ministers reached an agreement on Friday on measures to reduce high energy prices during a council meeting in Brussels, the Czech EU Council presidency announced. The proposal includes a binding target to reduce electricity consumption, a cap on ...

MEPs worry Russian disinfo weakens support for Ukraine

Russia's disinformation campaigns will try to undermine Europeans' support for Ukraine amid rising energy pieces and inflation, several MEPs warned on Thursday (29 September). "Unable to win the military war in Ukraine, [Russian president Vladimir] Putin ...

Analysis

Everything you need to know about the EU gas price cap plan

Energy ministers are meeting on Friday (30 September) to discuss ways to reduce energy prices and shield citizens and industry from soaring bills. EU member states are expected to agree on a wide range of measures, including a revenue cap on energy ...

Feature

Why northeast Italy traded in League for Brothers of Italy

Among Italy's 20 regions, Veneto, in the north-eastern part of the country, is the one where Giorgia Meloni's far-right party Brothers of Italy (FdI) achieved the best results in last Sunday's (25 September) election. In this wealthy and highly- ...

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EU takes Malta to court over golden passports

The EU Commission said Thursday it would file a legal challenge against Malta for its golden passport program, which allows wealthy foreigners to buy citizenship, and access to the EU's Schengen zone, for an investment of around €1m. Malta suspended it for ...

Opinion

How US tech giants play EU states off against each other

European competition czar Margrethe Vestager notched up another victory against the tech giants, with the EU General Court recently upholding a record-breaking anti-trust fine imposed against Google. In the wake of the ruling, characterised as "the single ...

Deregulation of new GMO crops: science or business?

Academics and biotech research organisations with corporate interests have been leading the lobby campaign to deregulate new genomic techniques in the EU — using 'climate-friendly' and 'science-based' narratives, a new report revealed on Thursday (29 ...

Investigation

The European shipping giants plying Putin's fossil-fuels trade

When the Malibu departed Murmansk port shortly after 8.30am on Sunday 28 August, leaving behind mild weather and steel-filled skies north of the Arctic Circle, it was weighed down with thousands of tonnes of crude oil and headed for Rotterdam, a familiar, ...

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