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6th Dec 2022

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EU to blacklist Russia's Patriarch Kirill

Patriarch Kirill, the head of Russia's orthodox church, is to be added to an EU visa ban and asset-freeze list for cheerleading the war in Ukraine, according to documents seen by EUobserver. Kirill "portrayed the Russian military actions as a war against evil and equating it to a spiritual purification of Ukraine," the EU said. The wife, daughter, and son of Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov are also being listed.

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EU countries struggle to crack Hungary's vetos

Hungary will be in the spotlight on Tuesday as EU governments struggle over suspending EU funds to prime minister Viktor Orbán's government — despite rule of law concerns — and unlock key EU policies which Budapest has been blocking.

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While the European Union openly criticises China for abusing its the mostly Muslim Uyghur population, the EU turns a blind eye to the way India treats its own Muslim minority — because it wants India as a strategic ally.

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Serbia now has no choice but to join EU sanctions on Russia

Vladimir Putin himself is somewhat suspicious of Serbia's leader, as are most who deal with the opaque Aleksandar Vucic. The Russian president has preferred to keep his Serbian counterpart compliant, via a tight rein of annually-reviewed gas pricing.

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