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19th May 2022

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Belgium holds talks on 'Vivaldi' government

The Belgian "informateur" Egbert Lachaert has succeeded for the first time since the elections 15 months ago in getting seven parties around the table to negotiate about a so-called Vivaldi coalition, De Standaard reports. Vivaldi stands for the colours of the four seasons: orange for the Flemish Christian-Democrats (CD&V), blue for the liberals (MR and Open Vld), red for the socialists (PS and spa) and the greens (Ecolo and Green).

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EU plans to jointly invest in defence capabilities

EU countries need to refill stockpiles after several member states supplied weapons to Ukraine in its fight with Russia, and to phase out existing Soviet-era weapons systems, and reinforce air defence.

Commission grilled on RePowerEU €210bn pricetag

EU leaders unveiled a €210bn strategy aiming to cut Russian gas out of the European energy equation before 2027 and by two-thirds before the end of the year — but questions remain on how it is to be financed.

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Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine - the case for granting EU candidacy

Granting EU candidacy status to Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine will firmly anchor their ties with Brussels — and enable the EU to secure its place in the Black Sea region, connecting Europe to China and energy-rich Central Asia, bypassing Russia.

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