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Chinise backlash over Slovenian Taiwan plan

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-01-20 05:16
China has reacted against Slovenia’s plan to forge closer ties with Taiwan, labelling Prime Minister Janez Janša’s recent statements about Slovenia being in talks to open a representative office on the island as “dangerous”. “The Slovenian leader has openly made...
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MEPs call for full-scale election observation in Hungary

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-01-20 05:16
Sixty-two MEPs from various political groups have sent a joint letter to the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), asking for a full-scale monitoring mission ahead of Hungary’s elections on 3 April. “We all share the concern that the elections...
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Left-wing bloc opposes Berlusconi’s presidential candidacy

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-01-20 05:15
Italy’s left-wing bloc has agreed to oppose Silvio Berlusconi’s presidential candidacy if the right-wing proposed him, a source of Italy’s 5-Star Movement said on Wednesday. This discussion took place during a meeting on Wednesday between Democratic Party leader Enrico Letta, 5-Star...
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Demilitarised Aland Islands again centre of security debate

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-01-20 05:15
Agressive Russian behaviour in the Baltic Sea has again sparked discussion on the Åland Island’s strategic importance. The demilitarised and neutral status of the autonomous Åland Islands, belonging to Finland at the entrance to the Gulf of Bothnia has been...
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German inflation anxiety mounts amid 29-year-high

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-01-20 05:15
Consumer prices rose 3.1% in 2021, according to numbers from the Ifo institute in Munich, and German government bonds have returned to positive yields following an inflation anxiety-fueled purchasing spree. After record low inflation numbers in 2020, price increases have...
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EU health chief: We don’t know if this is the last COVID wave

EURACTIV News - Thu, 2022-01-20 05:14
Contrary to estimates from other parts of the world that we are facing our last battle with the pandemic with Omicron, Europe takes a more cautious approach. According to EU Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides, who spoke to a small group...
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Finland’s PM says NATO membership is ‘very unlikely’ on her watch

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 21:00
Finland does not plan to join NATO in the near future but is ready to stand with its European allies and the United States by imposing tough sanctions on Russia if it attacks Ukraine, Finland's Prime Minister Sanna Marin said on Wednesday.
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Poland’s top court slams media ban at Belarus border

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 20:00
Poland's Supreme Court has said that a ban on media access to the border with Belarus is "incompatible" with the law, a ruling that could allow journalists to challenge the restriction.
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Belarus withheld information from Ryanair diversion probe, UN says

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 18:00
A United Nations report into the forced diversion of a Ryanair jetliner last year has found that a bomb threat that drew the plane to Minsk was "deliberately false" and that Belarus withheld crucial information from its fact-finding team.
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The Brief – Grand Tattoo for German pacifism

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 15:46
The Germany of today is inherently a pacifist country. This truth is often lost amid the big news, but political observers of the party landscape in Berlin and beyond will agree.
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Macron’s French EU presidency presentation turns into a settling of scores

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 15:34
President Emmanuel Macron presented the programme of France's six-month EU Council presidency before very agitated MEPs in Strasbourg on Wednesday (19 January), but it quickly turned into a sparring match with the French opposition.
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Greece receives first Rafale fighter jets from France

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 15:00
Six new Rafale fighter jets flew low over the Acropolis in central Athens on Wednesday (19 January), the first planes purchased under a defence deal with France that has further stirred tensions with Greece's historic rival and NATO partner Turkey.
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Internal rifts loom as Germany ponders arms exports to Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 14:45
After the German government initially refused to supply Ukraine with defensive weaponry, German politicians are pushing to reconsider the position. The biggest EU country has already hinted it might now support exports of certain weaponry to Ukraine via NATO, which it has previously blocked.
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Macron urges ‘frank’ EU dialogue with Russia, political solution for Ukraine

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 14:32
The European Union must hold a "frank dialogue" with Russia and seek a political solution to the tensions over Ukraine, French President Emmanuel Macron told the European Parliament on Wednesday (19 January).
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The French and the FPEU: a match made in heaven?

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 12:15
The French Presidency of the Council of the European Union began on 1 January 2022. For six months, France will be setting the pace for the legislative agenda and negotiations at the heart of the European institutions.
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Presidential candidate Mélenchon ready to push for EU Treaty reform

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 11:29
Jean-Luc Mélenchon, presidential candidate of radical left party La France Insoumise, hopes to push member countries to break away from EU treaties "that block us" if he wins the election in April.
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Will France quit Mali? Crunch time nears as junta defies Paris

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 11:00
As relations between France and Mali sour rapidly, Paris is wondering whether it is time to stop providing military backup to a country run by a junta that has defied the international community.
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EU border agency must boost transparency of its operations -EU ombudsman

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 09:54
The European Union's border and coast guard agency need to make its operational plans more transparent and carry out more rigorous migrant screening procedures, especially for minors, according to a report published by the EU ombudsman's office on Wednesday (19 January).
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UK PM Johnson faces ‘pork pie’ plot to trigger leadership challenge

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 09:46
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was fighting to shore up his premiership on Wednesday (19 January) amid a revolt by his own lawmakers who are angry over a series of lockdown parties in Downing Street.
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Member states put pedal to the metal on Commission’s carbon farming plans

EURACTIV News - Wed, 2022-01-19 09:04
Member states are keen to step up talks on carbon sequestration in farming under the French EU presidency, given the Commission's legislative proposal expected by the end of the year.
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