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Finnish electricity companies refuse to supply the “Russian Google”. Finnish power companies are refusing to sign power contracts with Russian search engine Yandex, which has a data center near Helsinki, on suspicion of spreading war propaganda. Read more.
(Pekka Vanttinen | EURACTIV.com)
Olaf Scholz’s SPD suffers a crushing defeat in the regional elections. The Social Democrats came third in the Schleswig Holstein state elections, behind the Greens and the evening’s big winner, the conservative CDU party, in the state’s worst election result since the end of World War II. world. Read more.
Oliver Noyan | EURACTIV Germany)
Emmanuel Macron has been sworn in as President of the Republic for his second term. The official investiture ceremony of Emmanuel Macron as President of the Republic took place on Saturday (May 7) at the Élysée Palace in the presence of 450 guests, including members of the government such as Jean Castex and ministers, but also the former Presidents of the Republic Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande. Read more.
(Clara Bauer-Babef | EURACTIV France)
Austrian Defense Minister accused of causing the ” chaos “ in the army and asked to resign. The Austrian armed forces union is calling for Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner to be removed from her post, saying she is responsible for the fact that the Austrian armed forces have been without a leader since May Day. Read more.
(Nikolaus J. Kurmayer | EURACTIV Germany)
A Dutch aid group sends another ambulance convoy to Ukraine. The Dutch aid group, Zeilen van Vrijheid (Freedom Sails), has sent its seventh humanitarian aid convoy consisting of seven vehicles to Ukraine, reports Dutch News. Read more.
(Sofia Stuart Leeson | EURACTIV.com)
UNITED KINGDOM – IRELAND
Dublin calls for the rapid formation of an executive following the elections in Northern Ireland. Politicians in the Republic of Ireland have called for the rapid formation of an executive in the Northern Irish assembly following the historic result of this weekend’s election. Read more.
(Molly Killeen | EURACTIV.com)
SCANDINAVIA AND THE BALTIC STATES
Opposition parties want to challenge the EU on the wolf population issue. Most lawmakers in Sweden’s parliament, mostly in opposition, want to nearly halve the number of wolves in Sweden, even if they have to defy the EU to do so. Read more.
(Charles Szumski | EURACTIV.com)
Italy would be in trouble if Russia cut gas supplies, minister says. Italy would be in trouble if Russia decides to reduce its gas deliveries to the country in the coming months, Roberto Cingolani, Minister for Ecological Transition, said in an interview with Festival Città Impresa on Sunday.Read more .
(Margherita Montanari | EURACTIV Italy)
Spain is set to become one of the new hydrogen hubs in Europe, according to Ms von der Leyen. Spain is becoming one of Europe’s new hydrogen hubs, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told a press conference in Barcelona on Friday, adding that the country has always been a “pioneer” in the NextGenerationEU plan. Read more.
(Fernando. Heller | EuroEFE.EURACTIV.es)
The Russian Embassy cancels the Victory Day march in Poland. The Russian Embassy in Poland has decided not to organize the planned march in Warsaw to commemorate Victory Day on Monday (May 9) after the city authorities and the Polish Foreign Ministry criticized the initiative, a announced the embassy on its website. Read more.
(Aleksandra Krzysztoszek | EURACTIV Poland)
PRAGUE | BRATISLAVA
Germany could supply arms to Ukraine via the Czech Republic and Slovakia. Berlin is working with Bratislava and Prague on deals that would unlock further deliveries of tanks and heavy weapons to Ukraine. The two countries are negotiating a “chain exchange” which would replace the weapons and tanks that the Czech Republic and Slovakia currently send to Ukraine. Read more.
(Aneta Zachová | EURACTIV Czech Republic, Michal Hudec | EURACTIV Slovakia)
The personal party of a former far-right Hungarian deputy is renamed party Huxit. Far-right politician János Volner has announced that his personal party will be renamed the party Huxit to represent those who want Hungary to leave the European Union, Telex reported on Sunday. Read more.
(Vlagyiszlav Makszimov | EURACTIV.com with Telex)
Young Slovaks are divided on defending the country in case of attack. Young Slovaks are both the most willing to defend and to leave the country in the event of war, according to a new survey by the agency Focus. Read more.
(Michal Hudec | EURACTIV Slovakia)
Bulgaria wants to continue buying Russian oil and join the EU embargo in two years. Bulgaria wants a two-year delay before joining the EU by banning imports of Russian oil, said Radoslav Ribarski, chairman of the Energy Committee of the Bulgarian National Assembly. Read more.
(Krassen Nikolov | EURACTIV Bulgaria)
The Croatian Prime Minister supports Ukraine’s candidacy for the European Union. Croatia supports Ukraine’s bid to join the European Union, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Sunday as he met Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other officials in Kyiv in a show of support, marking a stark contrast to President Zoran Milanović, who has been bashing Ukraine since the start of the Russian invasion. Read more.
(Zoran Radosavljevic | EURACTIV.com)
Opening of the new Slovenian parliament. President Borut Pahor officially called the first session of the new National Assembly for May 13 after receiving a report on the official results of the April 24 general election, paving the way for the formation of the new government in early July. Read more.
(Ela Petrovčič | sta.si)
Serbia must maintain its European momentum, according to Mr Vučić. Serbia must maintain its European momentum because the successes it has achieved would have been impossible without its European environment, but it will not give up its friendships in the East, President Aleksandar Vučić said on Friday in Belgrade. Read more.
(EURACTIV Serbia | betabriefing.com)
PRISTINE | BELGRADE
Serbia threatens Kosovo over its application to join the Council of Europe. Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has threatened to deploy a response “strong and serious if Kosovo goes ahead with its candidacy for the Council of Europe. Read more.
Reporters Without Borders reacts to the Albanian Prime Minister’s denials. In response to claims by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama, who called ” lies “ and of “fantasies”information about media violations included in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index, Reporters Without Borders denied the presidential claims. Read more.
(Alice Taylor | Exit.al)
- Spain : Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and pro-independence Catalan President Pere Aragonès are meeting this week to try to resolve the political crisis sparked by the Pegasus spyware scandal.
- Slovakia : President Zuzana Čaputová will receive US First Lady Jill Biden in Bratislava on Monday.
[Édité par Sarantis Michalopoulos, Alexandra Brzozowski, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson]