21st Feb 2024


Latvian ruling party wins elections

Latvian prime minister Arturs Kariņš' centre-right New Unity party came first in elections on Sunday with 19 percent of the vote, putting him on course to form a new coalition to stay in office. "First and foremost on everyone's minds is how we all get through the winter ... and that we all remain united behind Ukraine," he said. Voters abandoned left-leaning, Russia-friendly parties, such as Harmony (with 5 percent).

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Ukraine refugees want to return home — but how?

Fewer than one-in-ten Ukrainian refugees intend to settle permanently outside Ukraine, according to new research by the associate director of research and the director of gender and economic inclusion at the European Bank of Reconstruction and Development.


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]."

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