15th Apr 2024


Russia's veteran EU ambassador going home after 17 years

EU countries' diplomats and EU officials boycotted a farewell reception for Russia's ambassador to the EU, Vladimir Chizhov, in Brussels on Thursday, the Euractiv news agency reported. Chizhov, who is leaving after 17 years in the post, said he felt "sorrow and a bit of frustration" at the dire state of relations. "But I leave with a clear conscience," he added, despite having defended Russia's brutal war on Ukraine.

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EU puts Sudan war and famine-risk back in spotlight

The EU is hoping to put the international spotlight back on Sudan amid a war where half the population is at risk of famine. And Josep Borrell, EU foreign policy chief, also warned of Russia's presence in the country.


Private fears of fairtrade activist for EU election campaign

I am not sleeping well, tossing and turning at night because I am obsessed about the EU election campaign, worried by geopolitical tensions, a far-right next parliament, and a backlash against the Green Deal, writes Sophie Aujean of Fairtrade International.


EU special summit, MEPs prep work, social agenda This WEEK

EU leaders gather in Brussels for a special two-day summit this week, while MEPs will prepare for the last plenary session of the legislature. In Italy, G7 foreign affairs ministers will convene from Wednesday to Friday.

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