21st Feb 2024


Scholz sees 'chance for progress' on Bulgaria veto

Bulgaria was still clinging to its veto on North Macedonia's EU accession talks after German chancellor Olaf Scholz visited Sofia Saturday, but "I see chances for progress", Scholz said. "We will stay in close exchange in the coming days," he added, Reuters reports, referring to Bulgarian prime minister Kiril Petkov. Petkov earlier said he wanted EU guarantees on a deal with North Macedonia on cultural and historical identity.

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EU-Israel trade agreement must be on table to stop Rafah attack

The EU-Israel association trade agreement enabled €46.8bn of trade last year. Exports rose for both parties by around 20 percent in 2022. As the bloc's foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said: "Yes, we have the capacity to influence [Israel]."

'Nightmare' 2024 sees Orbán struggle ahead of EU elections

Viktor Orbán admits that 2024 "could not have started any worse" for his government. The sex-abuse scandal that led to the resignation of the president provides an opportunity for Hungary's opposition — but their fragmentation could be a major obstacle.

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