25th Mar 2023


Bulgarian MPs set conditions for lifting enlargement veto

Bulgarian MPs have voted by 170 against 37 to lift a veto on starting North Macedonia accession talks, but under strict conditions that might be hard for Skopje to swallow. These include amending the constitution to mention a Bulgarian minority and concessions on the historical origins of the Macedonian language. The parliament in Skopje will also have to vote on the deal, if prime minister Dimitar Kovačevski calls a vote.

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EU's new critical raw materials act could be a recipe for conflict

Solar panels, wind-turbines, electric vehicle batteries and other green technologies require minerals including aluminium, cobalt and lithium — which are mined in some of the most conflict-riven nations on earth, such as the Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, and Kazakhstan.


Okay, alright, AI might be useful after all

Large Language Models could give the powers trained data-journalists wield, to regular boring journalists like me — who don't know how to use Python. And that makes me tremendously excited, to be honest.

Polish abortion rights activist vows to appeal case

Polish abortion rights activists Justyna Wydrzyńska was last week sentenced for giving abortion pills to a 12-week pregnant woman. She will appeal. But with a court stacked by politically-appointed judges, her chances of overturning it are slim.

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