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In today’s news from the Capitals:
Three people died on Saturday on the Polish-Belarusian border, while a fourth died on Sunday, Polish border guards confirmed. They were all frozen to death, they added. Read more.
The Minister urges Frontex to help Member States and third countries. The situation at the EU’s border with Belarus was high on the agenda as the board of the European Border and Coast Guard Agency (Frontex) began a meeting on Tuesday two-day trip to Slovenia. Read more.
The AUKUS snob fuels the “growing sense of broken relationship.” While EU diplomats are currently discussing the cancellation or postponement of an upcoming EU-US tech and trade summit over the AUKUS deal, French officials insist it will not This is not a lost bilateral arms contract, but a “broken” relationship between allies. Read more.
Laschet must now count on Merkel’s explicit support ahead of the elections. While German conservatives continue to vote at historically low levels, Chancellor Armin Laschet’s hope is betting on the support of outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel publicly backing him in his constituency inherited from northeastern Germany. Read more.
Afghanistan is high on the Austrian government’s agenda. The Austrian government on Tuesday launched two events in Washington and Vienna to discuss the humanitarian situation in Afghanistan and potential challenges regarding migration and security. Read more.
UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND
Romanian MEP calls for EU investigation into UK profiling allegations. A Romanian MEP has called on the European Commission to intervene following the release of data suggesting that British border authorities may carry out racial profiling against Romania and other Eastern European states. Read more.
Ireland refuses to commit to a comprehensive minimum corporate tax plan. Taoiseach Irish Micheál Martin declined to take a concrete position on whether the country would maintain its corporate tax rate of 12.5% amid mounting pressure to join a plan by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD ) for a minimum worldwide corporate tax rate of 15%. Read more.
NORDIC AND BALTIC
Finland’s purchase of new fighter jets could become political. The choice between five bidders offering 64 fighter jets to replace the current Finnish Hornet fleet at a price of 9.4 billion euros has become increasingly political for the government after Australia canceled an order for submarines with Paris in favor of a deal with Washington and London. Read more.
Lithuania says to throw away Chinese phones with censorship software. Lithuanian Defense Ministry advised consumers to avoid buying Chinese cellphones and advised people to throw away the ones they have now after a government report found the devices had built-in censorship capabilities . Read more.
Far-right MEP Francesca Donato leaves Salvini’s Lega. Eurosceptic MEP Francesca Donato has resigned from the far-right Lega party of Matteo Salvini after the latter backed a series of COVID-19 measures, including last week’s decision making the health passport compulsory for all workers. Read more.
Three out of 10 Italian entrepreneurs ignore Italy’s stimulus package. TThree in ten Italian entrepreneurs have little or no idea what the national recovery and resilience plan put in place by the government of Prime Minister Mario Draghi represents Although the deadline for submitting funding projects is looming, a survey released by market research institute Format Research has revealed. The investigation focused 900 Italian managers and entrepreneurs. Read more.
The stars appear to be aligning for the Spanish economy after the 2020 disaster. The Spanish economy appears to be recovering faster than expected, and after a catastrophic 2020, the stars finally seem to be aligning with national and international institutions predicting robust GDP growth for the Iberian country in 2022 and 2023. Read the full story .
The mayors of Athens and Istanbul are looking for bottom-up solutions. The mayors of Athens and Istanbul said they believe they can build bridges of communication, friendship and mutual understanding and act together to resolve the growing problems facing Greece and Turkey. Read more.
The Slovak Health Ministry is silent on the third dose of Sputnik. The Ministry of Health has announced that the 20,000 people who received the Sputnik vaccine in Slovakia will receive Pfizer as a third dose. However, the ministry did not respond to EURACTIV’s question as to whether it had received specific instructions from producer Sputnik regarding the third dose. Read more.
Czechia calls on Commission to rethink new emissions standards for cars. Upcoming regulations on Euro 7 emission standards for all petrol and diesel vehicles “appear to be almost impossible to implement”, complained Czech Deputy Prime Minister Karel Havlíček in a letter to the European Commission . Read more.
Hungarian photojournalist investigating luxury travel by government elite targeted by spyware. Cellular analysis by photojournalist Dániel Németh revealed that his devices were targeted by Israeli spyware this summer while exposing the movements of the government elite, Telex reported. Read more.
NEWS FROM THE BALKANS
Sofia wants the EU to side with Skopje. Bulgaria expects effective actions from the European institutions to promote the values of democracy and respect for human rights in the Republic of North Macedonia, Bulgarian President Rumen Radev said during his meeting on Tuesday with European Commissioner for enlargement, Oliver Várhelyi. The meeting was not followed by a press briefing and Várhelyi left for Skopje later the same day. Read more.
100,000 people suffer from dementia in Croatia, most of them with Alzheimer’s disease. An estimated 100,000 people in Croatia suffer from dementia, and 70% of them suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, the most common cause of dementia, Dr Ninoslav Mimica told the national news agency. Hina on the occasion of World Alzheimer’s Day this Tuesday. Dr Mimica stressed that the lives of 250,000 people and their families are affected by the consequences of the disease and called for the adoption of a national dementia strategy. Read more.
The center-left opposition finalizes an agreement on post-electoral cooperation. Four center-left Slovenian opposition parties finalized a post-election cooperation deal as they attempt to form a more united left bloc to challenge the Democrats (SDS) of Prime Minister Janez Janša. Read more.
Former Serbian Prime Minister: Vucic’s policy responsible for everything that is happening in Kosovo now. The replacement of the stateless Kosovo “KS” license plates in northern Kosovo was part of the agreement Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić signed with the Albanians five years ago, and the current situation is the result of Vucic’s policy, former Serbian Prime Minister Zoran Živković said on Tuesday. Read more.
SARAJEVO | ZAGREB
Croatian President Milanovic meets with leaders to help define electoral law in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Croatian President Zoran Milanović met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, mainly to discuss the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina, the president said on Croatian TV. Read more.
- Slovenia / EU: Informal meeting of European transport and energy ministers in Brdo pri Kranju to discuss two proposals of the “Fit for 55” package / EU unveils new rules for the insurance sector.
- France: President Emmanuel Macron will participate in a Council of Ministers and a Defense Council on Wednesday before meeting with Defense Chief Thierry Burkhard.
- Spain: Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez to address the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
- Czech Republic: Prime Minister Andrej Babiš will visit the Hungarian-Serbian border post in Röszke to see the local security management.
- Croatia: MEPs will discuss the drafting of the electricity bill for the transition to clean energies and the transposition of the 2019 EU directive on common rules for the internal electricity market.
[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Alexandra Brzozowski, Daniel Eck, Zoran Radosavljevic]