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​​Bratislava can’t count on EU money

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:35
Support for the Bratislava region must be compatible with its capacity to solve its problems, Commissioner for Cohesion and Reform Elisa Ferreira has said. Because of its high GDP per capita, Bratislava has long-term trouble with access to European structural...
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New wall on the Polish-Belarussian border, new dead body found

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:34
On Thursday, the Polish parliament adopted a law on constructing a permanent fence to prevent the influx of migrants sent by the regime of Alexander Lukashenko. Meanwhile, the body of a 24-year-old immigrant was recovered near the border. The new...
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EU rules out banning gas boilers, aims for ‘gradual phase-out’ instead

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:34
The European Commission will not propose banning gas-fired home boilers “overnight”, a senior EU official has said, explaining that differences in energy mix between EU member states are just too big to apply a one-size-fits-all solution.
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New storm paralyses Greece

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:34
Greece is bracing for the second day of heavy rain and floods as the stormy weather front dubbed ‘Ballos’, which has been pounding the country since the early hours of Thursday, is expected to worsen. All schools in the Attica...
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Costa warns of need to watch budget balance while fostering recovery

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:33
The state budget is always a coin with two sides, one of which balances revenue and expenditure. It is vital to safeguard the international credibility of the country’s economy, Prime Minister António Costa said on Thursday. Costa conveyed this message...
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xperts: No end in sight for rumbling La Palma volcano

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:32
A spike in seismic activity was recorded on Thursday on the Spanish island of La Palma where the Cumbre Vieja volcano continues to rumble 26 days after it first started erupting. Some 60 earthquakes have been registered on the island...
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Trieste port workers announce total block of operations

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:32
Port workers in Trieste – the seventh-largest port in Europe for handling goods and the leading oil terminal in the Mediterranean – have announced a total block of operations starting Friday in protest against the national health pass mandate for...
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Norway’s new government unimpressed with EU’s Arctic drilling pledge

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:31
The country’s incoming centre-left government has said it will seek to grow the country’s lucrative oil and gas industry while striving to cut carbon emissions. The comments came only a day after the EU pledged to pursue a ban on...
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Envoys meeting over Belarus migration unexpectedly postponed

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:30
The EU’s executive summoned envoys from Poland, Lithuania and Latvia on Thursday to discuss the fate of migrants stranded on their border with Belarus. But the meeting did not take place. “I’m very concerned about reports of people including children...
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Time for some perspective: The Polish court was not controversial

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:30
Despite the outcry among liberal elites following last week's Polish court ruling, the EU treaties clearly set out the boundaries between national constitutions and EU law. It's time for some perspective, writes Judit Varga.
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Ireland welcomes EU proposals on NI protocol

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:30
The Irish government has voiced its support for the EU’s Northern Ireland protocol proposals, published this week. Foreign Minister Simon Coveney thanked Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič, saying that “the European Commission has listened to the concerns of the people of...
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Ministers u–turn on butchers following staff shortages

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:29
The UK government has announced plans to allow foreign butchers to enter the UK on six-month temporary visas in its latest attempt to address supply shortages. Butchers in abattoirs and meat processing plants dealing with pigs will be able to...
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Austria’s new Chancellor visits Brussels to prioritise Western Balkan enlargement

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:28
In his maiden foreign visit, newly inaugurated Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg travelled to Brussels to meet with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and Council President Charles Michel, outlining the main priorities of his administration. Schallenberg, who worked in Brussels...
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French billionaire Bolloré poses ‘real danger’ to press freedom

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:28
The practices of businessman Vincent Bolloré represents “a real danger for press freedom, but also for democracy,” according to a documentary called “System B” released Thursday by NGO Reporters Without Borders and shared on social media. The documentary denounces the...
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Britain calls for 800 foreign butchers to avoid pig cull

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:27
Britain will offer six-month emergency visas to 800 foreign butchers to avoid a mass pig cull, after farmers complained that an exodus of workers from abattoirs and meat processors had left the pork sector fighting for survival.
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Germany locked in fierce debate over legalisation of cannabis

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:27
As the Social Democrats, business-friendly liberal FDP and the Greens are due to enter complex coalition negotiations, their youth wings may have one thing in common: a desire to legalise marijuana. “The prohibition, criminalisation and stigmatisation of cannabis has failed,”...
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Estonia may join Europe’s pro-nuclear front

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:25
Estonia is having second thoughts about the pro-nuclear statement made by nine EU countries backing France. Initially considering the joint statement as “premature”, Estonia now says it is not ruling out the use of more nuclear power in its energy...
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Poland passes law allowing migrants to be pushed back at border

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:15
Poland's parliament on Thursday (14 October) passed a legal amendment allowing migrants to be pushed back at the border and for asylum claims made by those who entered illegally to be ignored.
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Amidst pandemic, rule of law deteriorates in over half the world

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:15
The World Justice Project (WJP) has released the 2021 edition of the annual Rule of Law Index, which evaluates 139 countries and jurisdiction areas. The latest index demonstrates multi-year negative trends in the rule of law, some of which have been aggravated by the pandemic.
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Latvia’s president contracts COVID despite being vaccinated

Fri, 2021-10-15 07:05
Latvian President Egils Levits has contracted COVID-19 despite being fully vaccinated, his chief of staff said Thursday (14 October), as the Baltic country reported a new record for daily coronavirus cases.
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