21st Feb 2024


Kremlin threatens to hit back at EU tourists

Russia has threatened to take action against European visitors in retaliation for the EU suspending a visa-facilitation pact. Its response would "make the situation more difficult for Europeans as well", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Thursday. The Russian foreign ministry also said "radiation doesn't need a visa to cross borders", mentioning Zaporizhzhia, a Ukrainian nuclear power plant on the front line, in a bid the belittle the EU visa move.

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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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