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Since Russia invaded Ukraine, the request from Kyiv to affix the European Union has reverberated by way of the blocs’ capitals. The query of whether or not to grant the nation ‘candidate status’, the primary main step on the lengthy, winding highway to EU membership, is anticipated to be on the agenda of member state leaders earlier than the tip of the French presidency of the Council on 1 July.” Learn extra.



German FM calls Belarus opposition leaders ‘Europe’s bravest girls’. Belarusian opposition members Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya, Veronika Tsepkalo, and Maria Kalesnikava are “the bravest women in Europe,” stated German International Minister Annalena Baerbock because the three girls had been awarded the Charlemagne Prize on Thursday. Learn extra.



Macron asks Turkey to respect Finland and Sweden’s ‘sovereign choice’. A “quick solution” should be discovered to carry Turkey’s veto on the NATO membership of Finland and Sweden, President Emmanuel Macron advised Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Learn extra.



Authorities unveils windfall tax to fund £400 power low cost to all. Each family will get an power invoice low cost of £400 within the autumn as a part of a sequence of presidency handouts to be financed partly by a brand new 25% levy on oil and gasoline companies, the federal government introduced on Thursday. Learn extra.



Ukrainian struggle means critical environmental setback for Baltic Sea. The Baltic Sea has confronted grave environmental penalties following the struggle in Ukraine. Learn extra.



Sweden confirms second monkeypox case. The Public Well being Company confirmed one other monkeypox case on Wednesday after an individual dwelling in Västra Götaland, in Southern Sweden, examined optimistic for the virus. Learn extra. 



Italy’s power and Algeria oil big strike new gasoline deal. Italian power group Eni and Algerian oil firm Sonatrach signed a Memorandum of Understanding to speed up the event of gasoline fields and inexperienced hydrogen in Algeria to extend gasoline exports to Italy. Learn extra.



Spanish authorities plans intelligence companies overhaul after adware scandal. The federal government on Thursday introduced plans for a brand new official secrets and techniques invoice and reforms to the Nationwide Intelligence Centre (CNI) after the company acknowledged utilizing Pegasus adware to infiltrate cell phones belonging to pro-Catalan independence politicians and activists. Learn extra.



Israel, Brazil tops 2021 checklist of approvals for Portuguese citizenship. Over 54,000 foreigners utilized for Portuguese nationality in 2021, and the Foreigners Service issued 46,855 optimistic opinions, largely to residents from Israel and Brazil, the annual Inner Safety Report (RASI) has discovered. Learn extra.



Athens, Nicosia in opposition to ‘fast-track’ course of for Ukraine EU membership. Greece and Cyprus assist Ukraine’s EU membership however oppose a fast-track course of as a number of japanese European nations have prompt, diplomatic sources advised EURACTIV Greece. Learn extra.



Czech EU presidency to be affected by restricted journey hyperlinks. Czechs who must journey often as a result of upcoming EU Council presidency in June will probably face flight issues as just one firm at the moment operates two direct flights from Prague to Brussels Zaventem airport. Learn extra.



Poland may double military dimension because of voluntary service, says minister. Voluntary primary army service is such a tempting possibility that Poland will have the ability to double the scale of its military, stated Polish Defence Minister Mariusz Błaszczak. Learn extra.

Polish Parliament approves judicial reforms to unblock EU funds. Poland’s Parliament on Thursday (26 Could) voted in favour of a invoice that can change a contested disciplinary chamber for judges with a brand new physique, clearing the way in which for the nation to get billions in COVID-19 restoration funds from Brussels. Learn extra.



Slovaks rush to Hungary for reasonable gasoline as ‘petrol tourism’ period ends. After the federal government in Budapest introduced it should solely permit automobiles with Hungarian license plates to purchase petrol for capped costs on the nation’s petrol stations, motorists from neighbouring Slovakia rushed throughout the border. In the meantime, petrol station homeowners warn the regulation will probably be laborious to implement. Learn extra.



Slovak customs snowed underneath by trains crossing Ukraine border with items. Slovak customs are at the moment overwhelmed by the rise in trains carrying items crossing the Ukrainian border as Russia’s blockade on ports has pressured Ukraine to ship items by way of practice as a substitute. Learn extra.



Greece-Bulgaria gasoline interconnector operational from 1 July. The gasoline connection between Bulgaria and Greece will begin working on 1 July, with Bulgaria poised to obtain one billion cubic metres of gasoline from Azerbaijan – sufficient to fulfill the nation’s wants throughout summer time, with costs anticipated to be decrease than Russian gasoline. Learn extra.



Croatia courtroom provides remaining nod to adoption by same-sex {couples}. Similar-sex {couples} are entitled to use for baby adoption as some other remedy can be discriminatory and never according to European apply, Croatia’s excessive administrative courtroom has stated in a historic ruling that ended a same-sex couple’s six-year-long authorized battle. Learn extra.



Vucic to quickly talk about gasoline, additional cooperation with Putin. Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić is scheduled to debate additional cooperation and a brand new gasoline contract with Russian President Vladimir Putin at 11 am Sunday, stated Vučić who hopes “the conversation will be good and fair.” Learn extra.



US, EU criticise Bosnian Croat obstruction of election funding. The US embassy and the EU delegation in Sarajevo have criticised the most important Croat social gathering in Bosnia-Herzegovina, HDZ BiH, for blocking the approval of financing for the nationwide parliamentary elections due on 2 October. Learn extra.



Montenegro could also be set to affix Open Balkan initiative. Montenegro might be poised to affix the Open Balkan initiative as Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, whose nation, along with Albania and North Macedonia, are members, has invited Montenegrin Prime Minister Dritan Abazović to the ‘Open Balkan Summit’ in Ohrid on 7-8 June. Learn extra.



US backs Kosovo’s plan to affix NATO peace programme. The US helps Kosovo’s plan to affix NATO’s Partnership for Peace programme, US Ambassador Julianne Smith stated on Thursday after Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti expressed his nation’s need to affix. Learn extra.



Albanian authorities favours Sweden and Finland in NATO. The Albanian authorities is in favour of Sweden and Finland becoming a member of NATO, in accordance with the newest resolution of the Council of Ministers on Thursday. Learn extra.


  • United Kingdom: British International Minister Liz Truss visits Prague.
  • Moscow: twenty fifth anniversary of NATO-Russia pact that ended 40 years of Chilly Conflict.
  • Indonesia: Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky participates in a digital convention.


[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Vlad Makszimov, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Eleonora Vasques, Sofia Stuart Leeson]

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