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Bulgarian anti-vaxxers rally behind Putin

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 05:27
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine at the end of February, Bulgaria’s anti-vax movement has shifted its focus. Instead of fixating on COVID-19 vaccines and related conspiracy theories, they have become staunch supporters of President Vladimir Putin and Moscow and...
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Ukraine isn’t naive, Zelenskyy says after Russian pledge to scale down attack on Kyiv

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 05:23
Ukraine on Tuesday (29 March) reacted with skepticism to Russia's promise in negotiations to scale down military operations around Kyiv and another city as some Western countries expected Moscow to intensify its offensive in other parts of the country.
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Government embezzlement scandal leads to arrest warrants

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 05:15
Twelve arrest warrants in relation to a serious corruption scandal involving government concessions for three waste incinerators have been issued by Albania’s Special Prosecution against Corruption (SPAK), set up with EU and US backing. The incinerator scandal saw public contracts...
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BiH grateful for Italian investment in defence

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 05:14
BiH Defence Minister Sifet Podžić thanked his Italian counterpart, Lorenzo Guerini for donating more than €1.5 million for the project “Perspective” intended for the care of discharged soldiers of the BiH Army, as well as the training of officers of...
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Convicted war criminals campaigning in Serbian election raises concern

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 05:14
Serbian war criminals are campaigning for the upcoming presidential, parliamentary, and Belgrade local elections, and some are running, according to a human rights NGO. The EU hopeful is heading to the polls on 3 April to choose a new president,...
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Minorities, journalists and NGOs under attack in Serbia, says Amnesty

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 05:13
In 2021, discrimination against women, Roma and other minorities as well as LGBT community members and vulnerable categories was high, while attacks by the authorities and pro-government media on journalists and NGOs were reported, Amnesty International said in its latest...
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PM Plenković announces government reshuffle

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 05:12
A government reshuffle was announced by Prime Minister Andrej Plenković, who says he has the support of his HDZ party and all partners in the ruling coalition. “I have been given the mandate to consider a reshuffle. I will not...
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Romania promises continued support for Ukrainian citizens

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 05:11
Romania will continue to take good care of every Ukrainian citizen arriving in the country, President Klaus Iohannis said Tuesday during a talk with his Ukraine counterpart Volodymyr Zelenskyy. The two heads of state discussed the ”critical situation” in Ukraine...
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Civil society turns to EU executive over Hungarian state-sponsored Russian propaganda

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 05:05
The Hungarian Civil Liberties Union (TASZ) and Political Capital (PC) think tank will turn to the European Commission because while the bloc has banned Russian propaganda from its territory, Hungarian public media is disseminating such content unhindered, the two organisations...
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EU provides vaccines to Ukrainian child refugees in Czechia, Slovakia and Moldova

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 05:04
The European Commission will provide 70,000 vaccines to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Moldova to vaccinate the children of Ukrainian refugees, the EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides announced. Three hundred thousand Ukrainian refugees have already arrived in the Czech Republic...
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Polish government to stop importing coal from Russia

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 05:03
Poland will not wait for the rest of Europe to give up Russian coal, rather it will do so on its own despite calls for experts to enforce a joint EU embargo. Poland, a country with a lot of coal...
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Financing the digital transition [Promoted content]

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 05:00
The tragic war in Ukraine – and the many direct consequences it has on the whole European continent – naturally puts any other political priority into perspective. Nonetheless, the shockwave of the ongoing humanitarian, geopolitical and economic crisis reinforces rather...
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Italy offers Ukrainians 12 months residence permit

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 04:56
A 12-month residence permit will be provided to Ukrainians, offering them access to health care, the labour market, education and some welfare benefits. Prime Minister Mario Draghi signed the decree on Tuesday 29 March, under which temporary protection and assistance...
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Russia expels Batlic diplomats in tit-for-tat move

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 04:56
Russia has expelled diplomats from several Baltic states, including four from Lithuania, three from Latvia and three from Estonia. A diplomatic note was handed to Lithuania’s Ambassador to Moscow, Eitvydas Bajarūnas, at Russia’s foreign ministry. Four employees of the Lithuanian...
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Amnesty International slams Sweden in new report

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 04:55
Sweden’s handling of the pandemic and the Sami minority, as well as the increase in gun-related violence on its territory, were strongly criticised in a new report published by Amnesty International on Tuesday. Human rights organisation Amnesty International published its annual...
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Trust in Finnish economy nosedives among consumers, businesses

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 04:54
Pessimism about the Finnish economy is spreading among consumers and entrepreneurs, a new survey shows. The data based on Statistics Finland’s Consumer Confidence Survey carried out from 1-20 March shows the consumer confidence indicator (CCI) of -10.5, having been 0.5...
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Ireland expels four Russian diplomats

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 04:54
Ireland has expelled four senior Russian diplomats as “their activities have not been in accordance with international standards of diplomatic behaviour”, Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said in a statement on Tuesday. Speaking to the Dáil, the lower house of Ireland’s...
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Belgium expels 21 Russian diplomats, Netherlands another 17

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 04:52
Several European Union countries including Belgium, the Netherlands and Ireland on Tuesday (29 March) expelled dozens of Russian diplomats, some for alleged spying, in what the Irish prime minister said was a coordinated move.
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Dutch finally present EU recovery fund plans

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 04:47
The Dutch government presented its list of measures for the country’s recovery and resilience plan to parliament’s lower house on Monday – making it the last EU member state to do so. The plan includes 39 plans for reforms and...
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Austrian government corruption inquiry targets green justice ministry

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-03-30 04:46
As Austria grapples with the corruption scandals that came about during the conservative ÖVP led government, the justice ministry is the latest to be probed on Wednesday. The Ibiza-gate affair saw the publication of a secretly recorded video showing then...
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