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Prague and Vienna compete to host a US-Russia summit

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:27
In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Turkish President Erdogan slamming Italian PM Draghi for calling him a "dictator", the decision of Romanian PM Florin Citu to fire now-former health minister Vlad Voiculescu creating a political storm, and so much more.
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COVID-19 vaccines more important for Pristina than dialogue with Serbia

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:27
Kosovo’s President Vjosa Osmani said on Tuesday that dialogue with Belgrade “cannot be a priority” before sufficient amounts of COVID-19 vaccine are secured for Kosovo citizens. The president said that “friendly countries and international organisations” would help Kosovo get the...
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US sentences Montenegrin for conspiracy to smuggle $1 billion worth of cocaine

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:26
Acting United States Attorney Jennifer Arbittier Williams announced that Vladimir Penda, a 27-year-old Montenegrin had been sentenced to five years and 10 months in prison, and two years of supervised release by a US district court, on charges of conspiracy...
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Croatia pledges support to Bosnia and Herzegovina

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:26
Croatian Foreign Minister Gordan Grlić Radman told Sarajevo daily Dnevni Avaz that: “Croatia and BiH are neighbouring and friendly countries that are undoubtedly geographically, politically, economically, and traffic-wise directed at each other.” “Therefore our good bilateral relations are of utmost...
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Serbian politician: Janša’s informal proposal could call for new conflicts in Western Balkans

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:25
Social Democratic Party of Serbia leader Rasim Ljajić said on Wednesday that Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša’s proposal that the best solution to the crisis in the Western Balkans is to finish the process of dissolving Yugoslavia is nothing but...
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Slovenia’s lack of enforcement against foreign bribery remains serious concern

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:25
Worrying allegations of political interference in Slovenian law enforcement agencies tasked with investigating and prosecuting foreign bribery have been mounting in recent years. In particular focus has been the National Bureau of Investigation, the agency responsible for investigating foreign bribery,...
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Croatian PM: National recovery plan should help overcome crisis

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:24
Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenković presented the country’s National Recovery and Resilience Plan to parliament on Wednesday, saying it should help Croatia overcome the present crisis. “54% of the funds will be invested in the economy to increase competitiveness,” Plenković...
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Romanian government in crisis over COVID-19 handling

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:24
Romanian Prime Minister Florin Citu’s decision to fire the former health minister, Vlad Voiculescu, over his handling of the pandemic has triggered a storm in the governing coalition. However, Voiculescu’s political group, USR PLUS (Renew Europe) has said that Citu’s...
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Bulgaria in no hurry to send prosecutors to their EU chief

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:23
The Bulgarian Supreme Judicial Council has confirmed that it will take no action and that it is in no hurry to comply with the request made by the EU’s Chief Prosecutor Laura Kövesi to send four new candidacies for the...
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Turkey frees journalist Altan after European rights court ruling

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:21
A Turkish court on Wednesday (14 April) released journalist and novelist Ahmet Altan after more than four years in prison on charges of involvement in a failed 2016 coup attempt that he had always denied.
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Prague, Vienna offer to host US-Russia summit

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:18
After US President Joe Biden proposed a face-to-face meeting with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin so the estranged leaders could tackle a raft of disputes, both Prague and Vienna offered to host a summit between the two nuclear powers. Czech Deputy...
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Four key issues to watch in the EU’s carbon market reform

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:15
EU carbon market emissions experienced a record fall last year, but when it comes to heavy industry, the effect is likely to be short-lived, writes Agnese Ruggiero. Agnese Ruggiero is a Policy Officer at Carbon Market Watch, an NGO working...
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Slovak government accused of doctoring nursing home vaccination numbers

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:05
The first dose vaccination rate at state nursing homes has reached 80%, Slovak government officials announced during Tuesday’s press conference on easing up nationwide coronavirus restrictions. However, critics say that figure only takes into account those who requested the jab. If...
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NATO allies to leave Afghanistan along with US

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:05
Foreign troops under NATO command will withdraw from Afghanistan in coordination with a US pull-out by 11 September, NATO allies agreed on Wednesday (14 April), pledging to mirror American plans to start removing troops on 1 May after two decades...
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NGOs criticise Hungary’s recovery fund’s energy plans

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:04
Hungary is wasting a historic opportunity in failing to use its recovery plan’s energy component to support the energy-efficient renovation of buildings, NGOs have said. Instead, critics say the plan envisions support for wasteful heating solutions, EURACTIV’s media partner Telex...
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Poland still on course to administer Johnson & Johnson vaccine despite confusion

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:04
 The uncertainty surrounding the Johnson & Johnson’s single-dose vaccine will not affect its distribution in Poland for the time being as the 120,000 doses that arrived in Poland on Wednesday will soon be distributed to vaccination centres. Concerns about the...
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Recovery fund faces new hurdles with first disbursements

Thu, 2021-04-15 08:01
The European Commission could find it difficult to transfer the first tranche of the recovery funds to all member states according to its calendar, as most plans are expected to be approved at the same time and there will be limited capacity to borrow from the markets.
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Turkey’s Erdogan slams Draghi for calling him a ‘dictator’

Thu, 2021-04-15 07:55
“The statements of the Italian prime minister are of total indecency and rudeness”, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday. His comments came in response to Draghi’s remark in a press conference last Friday when the Italian PM called...
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Seasonal workers set to enter Finland this summer amid pandemic

Thu, 2021-04-15 07:54
Up to 10,000 people mostly from Ukraine, Russia and Thailand will arrive to work in the Finnish fields and greenhouses this summer despite fears of COVID-19 running high among locals. However, organisers have assured everything is being done to ensure...
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Civil service chief orders ‘conflict of interest’ probe over second jobs

Thu, 2021-04-15 07:52
Senior officials in the UK civil service have been ordered to declare by the end of this week whether they have rule-breaking second jobs in the wake of a lobbying scandal involving former prime minister David Cameron. Civil service chief...
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