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Neo-Nazis vandalise Soviet monument in Athens

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 06:22
Neo-Nazis vandalised a monument dedicated to the lost Soviet fighters in Athens last Friday, triggering the Russian embassy’s strong reaction. The vandals sprayed the word “Azov” on the monument, referring to the far-right Azov Battalion in Ukraine.  The Russian embassy...
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Shift in Spain’s policy on Western Sahara triggers government tensions

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 06:20
In an attempt to ease tensions with Morocco, Spain has endorsed a plan for the governance of the Western Sahara, including increased autonomy for the indigenous population, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. The region has been embroiled in a separatist conflict...
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Protests continue while government tries to conserve energy

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 06:19
The Albanian government has announced new measures to deal with the ongoing energy crisis, including scheduled power cuts throughout the country and “off days” for the public sector as citizen protests continue. Energy Minister Belinda Balluku announced that major roads...
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Vucic claims Kosovo is ethnically cleansing Serbs

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 06:16
The arrests of two Kosovo Serb officials over corruption charges prompted Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic to claim the government of Kosovo is ethnically cleansing Serbs from the country. Kosovo police arrested a customs officer and a former police officer suspected...
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BiH’s new round of Election law negotiations fail

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 06:14
Negotiations on amendments to the Election Law of Bosnia and Herzegovina failed after four days of talks in the EU Delegation in Sarajevo and with the mediation of international negotiators Angelina Eichhorst and Michael Murphy. Dragon Čović, leader of the...
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Orban in Serbia: The best war is an avoidable war

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 06:13
The best war is the one that could be avoided, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said on Saturday, adding that Serbia and Hungary, which have “many nice plans together,” face a serious challenge concerning the war in Ukraine. Speaking at...
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Croatian prime minister said S&P sent message of trust

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 06:08
Standard and Poor’s affirmation of Croatia’s credit rating at ‘BBB-/A-3’ is a message of trust and encouragement for the government to preserve economic stability despite inflation and the impact of the war in Ukraine, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on...
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Germany goes on a mission to secure supplies of Qatari gas

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 06:07
Germany’s Vice-Chancellor Robert Habeck visited Qatar over the weekend in a bid to secure alternatives to Russian gas supplies, with little chance of immediate success in a country seen with suspicion in Germany for its human rights violations.
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Polish-Hungarian friendship day celebration postponed

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 06:02
The Polish-Hungarian Friendship Day celebrations in Poland have been postponed by mutual agreement due to the war in Ukraine, national news agency MTI reported, according to Telex. “This year, the Polish-Hungarian Friendship Day was to have been held in Bochnia on 18-19 March,...
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Czech Finance Minister: Total ban on trade with Russia not realistic

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 06:01
A total ban on trade with Russia proposed by Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki is not realistic as the EU’s four sanction packages are working well, said Czech finance minister Zbyněk Stanjura. “From what I have heard from fellow finance...
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Polish right calls for easier access to guns

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 06:00
The Polish right has proposed simplifying gun ownership regulations and shortening the procedure for applying for a gun permit as Russia’s attack on Ukraine has renewed discussions in Poland about the country’s stringent gun ownership laws. Education minister Przemysław Czarnek...
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Draghi to Club Med Leaders: energy challenge most urgent

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 05:58
The prime ministers of Italy, Spain, Portugal and Greece who met in Rome Friday, have agreed on a common front at this week’s European Council where they will urge the EU to adopt a strong and common response to the...
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Spanish farmers, food producers demand urgent measures to tackle soaring energy prices

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 05:54
Tens of thousands of people from across Spain took to the capital’s streets Sunday demanding measures to protect rural economies which have been battered by soaring energy prices forcing sellers to retail below production costs, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. More...
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NATO plane crash: no ‘zero risk’, says Air Force official

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 05:49
There will always be a risk when it comes to military exercises, Norwegian Air Force Chief Rolf Folland said regarding the four US soldiers killed in the NATO Osprey plane crash during the Alliance’s military exercise in the Saltfjellet area...
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Irish FM discusses refugee aid, sanctions during Poland visit

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 05:49
Ireland’s Foreign Minister Simon Coveney visited Warsaw over the weekend to discuss the war in Ukraine and the provision of assistance for those fleeing it with his Polish counterpart, Zbigniew Rau. The two discussed potential political and humanitarian assistance that...
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Austria launches €2 billion ‘anti-inflation package’ amid criticism

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 05:48
The second package of measures designed to address the impacts of high energy prices on Austrian citizens has been criticised for its heavy emphasis on the environmentally damaging commuters’ subsidy. The government plans to reduce taxes on fossil gas and...
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Mélenchon supporters march for Sixth Republic

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 05:47
A total of 100,000 people joined a march for a Sixth Republic and the sharing of wealth organised by far-left candidate Jean-Luc Mélenchon in Paris on Sunday – three weeks before the first round of the presidential election. One of...
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Germany drops most COVID-19 restrictions despite infection spike

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 05:46
Germany scrapped most COVID-19 restrictions over the weekend despite higher infection numbers than ever before. Under the new law, which came into force Sunday (20 March), restrictions on public life are no longer applicable, except mandatory mask-wearing on public transport and...
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Energy on the table as EU foreign ministers meet on Ukraine, defence

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 05:45
As EU foreign and defence ministers meet in Brussels on Monday (21 March), the question is how far the bloc is prepared to go should the war in Ukraine escalate further.
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Ex-PM Borissov released following arrest

EURACTIV News - Mon, 2022-03-21 05:39
Former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov was released after spending 24 hours in prison after the Prosecutors Office refused to bring charges against him, despite police insistence. Borissov was detained on Thursday (17 March) on suspicion of blackmailing gambling boss Vasil...
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