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Macron attacks ‘extremes’ and conservatives as he enters campaign race

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 17:07
Emmanuel Macron lashed out at political extremes and the conservative leadership’s decision to ally with the far-right, dubbing them “anti-Republican,” in a two-hour long press conference on Wednesday (12 June) that marked the president’s first steps in the snap elections campaign.
Categories: European Union

German car industry, government react against EU EV tariffs as BMW faces 21% duty 

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 17:06
The German car industry association VDA and senior government ministers criticised the EU’s preliminary tariffs on China-made electric cars announced today (12 June), which will also hit European companies producing in China, such as BMW and Dacia. 
Categories: European Union

The Brief – France’s political scene in chaos

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 16:20
Three days after the European elections and Emmanuel Macron's dissolution of the National Assembly, the French political landscape is a field of ruins.
Categories: European Union

Greece’s mainstream parties in crisis mode after EU elections

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 14:29
Each of New Democracy, Pasok, and Syriza are faced with inner turmoil due to disappointing European election results for all of Greece's political parties.
Categories: European Union

Without proactive approach, EU risks further unravelling in Western Balkans

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 12:47
For nearly 30 years following the fall of the Berlin Wall and the violent break-up of Yugoslavia, our two countries were divided over the “name dispute”, which obstructed the relations between our peoples and weakened regional stability and the European perspective of the Western Balkans, write Alexis Tsipras and Zoran Zaev.
Categories: European Union

Hungary strikes opt-out deal, says won’t obstruct NATO’s aid to Ukraine

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 12:15
After a day of “difficult” negotiations, Hungary confirmed on Wednesday (12 June) that it will not hinder future NATO military aid to Ukraine, but was also promised the right not to take part in such efforts.
Categories: European Union

UPDATE: EU-China tensions flare up as Chinese government backlashes against EU tariffs announcement

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 11:53
The EU will put additional tariffs on electric cars produced in China, the European Commission announced on Wednesday (12 June), as preliminary result of a anti-subsidy investigation showed prices being distorted by Chinese state support.
Categories: European Union

WHO identifies four sectors responsible for 2.7 million deaths in Europe

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 10:00
In this week's Health Brief we look at how the dust has settled following the European Parliament elections in terms of MEPs likely to be involved in health.
Categories: European Union

Meloni’s battle with migrant rescue NGOs increasingly ends up in court

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 09:16
Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni's battle with migrant rescue charities is increasingly ending up in court, with judges often siding with NGOs but not yet calling the law into question.
Categories: European Union

Greek PM hints at cabinet reshuffle after EU vote disappointment

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 08:32
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis hinted at a cabinet reshuffle on Tuesday, saying "corrective measures" were required after his centre-right party performed less well than expected in the European Parliament election.
Categories: European Union

Austria far right calls for EU ‘remigration’ commissioner

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 07:52
Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) on Tuesday (11 June) called for the government to name an EU "remigration" commissioner after winning the EU elections in the Alpine nation.
Categories: European Union

EU elections second round in France

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 07:35
In today’s edition of the Capitals, find out more about former Catalan president Puigdemont's return to Spain remaining unclear as the country's controversial amnesty law comes into force, Czech far-right party admitting failure in EU elections, and so much more.
Categories: European Union

Israel official says Hamas changed ‘all meaningful parameters’ for Gaza ceasefire deal

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 07:35
Hamas on Wednesday (12 June) said its "positive" response to a US ceasefire plan for the eight-month-old war in the Gaza Strip opened a "wide pathway" to reach an agreement, but the outlook remains uncertain.
Categories: European Union

Romanian far-right party entering EU parliament for the first time eyes ID

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 07:18
The far-right SOS Romania party, founded just three years ago, most closely aligns with the far-right EU group Identity and Democracy (ID), according to Diana Şoșoacă, the leader of the party that will send two of Romania's eight far-right MEPs to the new European Parliament.
Categories: European Union

Bulgarian president blocks common Bucharest Nine position on Ukraine

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 07:16
Bulgarian President Rumen Radev, known for his long-term opposition to sending aid to Ukraine, blocked the adoption of a common position on the provision of military aid to Kyiv at the Bucharest Nine forum in Riga on Tuesday. 
Categories: European Union

Danube key to Europe and NATO’s efforts to keep Black Sea free and open

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 07:15
As Europe prepares itself for a long conflict – frozen or not – on the shores of the Black Sea, it should commit to optimising the Danube River transport corridor to ensure the Black Sea remains free and open, write Kaush Arha, Ben Hodges, and George Scutaru.
Categories: European Union

US to widen sanctions on sale of semiconductor chips to Russia

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 06:58
The US government plans on Wednesday (12 June) to announce wider sanctions on the sale of semiconductor chips and other goods to Russia, with the goal of targeting third-party sellers in China, sources familiar with the plans said.
Categories: European Union

Czech far-right party admits failure in EU elections

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 06:52
The Czech Freedom and Direct Democracy (ID) party will convene a committee within the next two weeks to analyse its disappointing performance in the recent European elections, party leader Tomio Okamura announced on Tuesday.
Categories: European Union

Poland pays tribute to soldier killed in border attack

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 06:52
Sirens blared across Poland during the funeral of a soldier who died last week after being stabbed by a migrant at the border with Belarus - serving as another example of hybrid activities taking place all across NATO, according to Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg.
Categories: European Union

Slovak government delays ‘hot-button’ issues until autumn

Wed, 06/12/2024 - 06:51
As the summer recess of the Slovak parliament approaches, the ruling coalition announced on Tuesday that it will postpone until September the controversial laws on foreign agents and environmental impact assessment, as well as the dispute over the new speaker of parliament, which the coalition parties are contesting.
Categories: European Union

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