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6th Dec 2023

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Lithuania starts building border fence

Lithuania, last week, started building a 3.4-metre high steel fence topped with 0.6 metres of razor wire along its shared land border with Belarus, Reuters reports. The fence is aimed at warding off migrants entering from Belarus. Lithuania has set aside some €152m to erect the 500km fence, which it intends to complete by September next year.

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Polish truck protest at Ukraine border disrupts war supplies

Disruption at the Polish-Ukrainian border by disaffected Polish truckers is escalating, potentially affecting delivery of military aid to Ukraine. A Polish request to reintroduce permits for Ukrainian drivers has been described as "a shot to the head" during war.

Analysis

Tense EU-China summit showdown unlikely to bear fruit

EU leaders will meet their Chinese counterparts in Beijing for the first face-to-face summit since 2019. Their agenda includes trade imbalances, economic security, Ukraine and human rights — what can be expected by the end of 48 hours of talks?

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A look to the past and the future of China-EU relations

2023 marks the 20th anniversary of China and the EU's comprehensive strategic partnership, established in 2003. This occasion provides an opportunity to review the past and look into the future, and discuss how to further develop a sound China-EU relationship.

Opinion

Tusk's difficult in-tray on Poland's judicial independence

What is obvious is that PiS put in place a set of interlocking safeguards for itself which, even after their political defeat in Poland, will render it very difficult for the new government to restore the rule of law.

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