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COVID cases break records in Europe, prompting booster shot expansion

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:44
Coronavirus infections broke records in parts of Europe, with the continent once again the epicentre of a pandemic that has prompted new curbs on movement and seen health experts push to widen the use of booster vaccination shots.
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German government will push for a European federation

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:42
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Sweden's first female PM resigning after a few hours in power, a Budapest-based research centre suspected of spying on the Central and Eastern Europe region for China, and so much more.
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The flawed black box deciding Europe’s energy infrastructure

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:38
The fifth list of electricity and gas ‘Projects of Common Interest’ shows that policy inconsistency and the influence of vested commercial interests pervade their selection, writes Elisabeth Cremona.
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Albanian COVID-19 vaccine rates continue to lag

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:32
Albania is one of the countries with the lowest vaccination rates in Europe, with just 33% of the population fully vaccinated and 37% with one dose, according to Our World in Data and reported by Exit.al. Since vaccination started in January...
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Kosovo cuts free power to Serb majority municipalities

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:32
Kosovo’s energy network operator KOSSTT announced it would no longer supply consumers in four Serb-majority municipalities with free electricity in the north of the country. The move will affect Mitrovica North, Zvecan, Zubin Potok and Leposavic, according to KOSSTT head Jeton Mehmeti in a...
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Beginning of EU negotiations is in geostrategic interest of US

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:32
Prime Minister Zoran Zaev had a telephone conversation with US Assistant Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs Karen Donfried. The two agreed that the opening of negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania is in the US’ foreign policy...
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German coalition agreement includes reference to Western Balkans

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:32
Germany’s Social Democrats (SPD), the Greens and the business-friendly liberal FDP have finalised their coalition agreement for a new government, including a short note about the Western Balkans. “We support the EU accession process of the six states in the Western...
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Escobar: Open Balkans initiative cannot succeed without all Western Balkans countries

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:32
US special envoy for the Balkans, Gabriel Escobar, stated on Wednesday that the Open Balkans initiative could not succeed if it did not include “all six countries” of the Western Balkans. “The three countries that are launching this initiative must...
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Serbia to seek cheap gas price from Russia

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:32
The presidents of Russia and Serbia, Vladimir Putin and Aleksandar Vučić, will meet in Sochi on Thursday to discuss a solution to the Kosovo crisis, Russian News Agency TASS has reported, citing a release from the Kremlin. For its part,...
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Editor’s take: Turks urged to become vegetarian to survive economic crisis

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:32
The Turkish government has decided to switch to vegetarianism and raise awareness against food waste to face the collapse of the Turkish lira and uncontrollable food prices hikes. If the rule of law was also respected, even Greenpeace would be...
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Serbian activists rally against laws on expropriation and referendum

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:30
About 2,000 protesters rallied in Belgrade on Wednesday (24 November) over the planned adoption of laws on expropriation and a referendum they say is designed by the government to help investors speed up their mining projects in Serbia.
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Illegal migration to Slovenia down almost 40% year-on-year

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:28
In the first nine months of this year, Slovenia registered 8,144 illegal entries, 39% less than in the same period of 2020, Slovenia’s interior ministry reported on Wednesday. The majority of the illegal migrants were Afghans, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis. There...
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Slovenia backs Poland’s on border protection

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:27
Slovenia expressed support for Poland’s stance on border protection as Prime Minister Janez Janša hosted his Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki on Wednesday. Janša expressed solidarity with Poland and condemned the actions of Alexander Lukashenko’s regime, which he said “exploited people...
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PM Plenkovic expects France’s support for Schengen entry

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:25
President Emmanuel Macron came to Zagreb on Wednesday evening and had dinner with Prime Minister Andrej Plenković where the topic of the Schengen Area was discussed. According to sources close to the Croatian government, other talks focused on the situation in...
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Austrian expert commission recommends banning gathering for Ustasha at Bleiburg

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:23
A group of experts authorised by the Austrian interior ministry to evaluate the annual gathering at Bleiburg has recommended banning it. The experts comprised historians, lawyers, and representatives of the Catholic Church, the Interior Ministry and the Carinthian authorities. The...
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Fuel worth $2 million stolen from US military base

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:20
Members of an organised criminal group allegedly stole fuel worth $2 million over four years from a US military base in southeast Romania, prosecutors have found. The US filed a complaint with Romanian prosecutors who found out that several members...
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Twenty-seven migrants perish trying to cross Channel to Britain

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:09
British and French officials traded blame on Wednesday (24 November) after 27 migrants died when their dinghy deflated as they made a perilous crossing of the English Channel.
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Hungarian prosecutor-general denies wrongdoing despite EU court ruling

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:07
Hungary’s prosecutor general has denied violating EU rules despite a European Court of Justice ruling finding his actions unlawful on Tuesday, Telex reported. The European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled in the case of Csaba Vasvári, a judge at the Pest...
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Slovenian presidency welcomes decisions for more resilient EU

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:06
The EU ministers in charge of European affairs adopted in Brussels on Tuesday decisions on strengthening preparedness, response capacity, and resilience of the EU to future crises. As the current presiding country, Slovenia sees the decisions as a significant step...
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Budapest-based research institute suspected of spying for China

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2021-11-25 06:05
CEE-China Institute, a research institute based in Budapest, is suspected of spying on the Central and Eastern European region. The institute acts as an independent research organisation, but is allegedly gathering information for the Chinese government. “The problem is that,...
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