Tensions flared between Kosovo and Serbia and there was a drone attack in Moscow. Here’s a look at some of the big stories in Europe this week. #StateOfTheUnion
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The European Commission suspects the new Polish law could deprive individuals from their right to run for public office.
The biggest war in Europe since 1945 has prompted several countries to try to speed up their integration with the West. Those include Ukraine itself but also nations in the western Balkans, as well as Moldova and Georgia, which has been knocking on NATO’s door for many years. The former Soviet Republic applied for EU membership in March 2022, although it has not yet been given candidate status. Our guest on The Interview is Salome Zurabishvili, the president of Georgia.
One in six Europeans is aged between 18 and 29. The demographic was particularly hard hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, and despite the economic recovery that followed, youth unemployment levels remain high. The EU has a few programs in place to help them. We tell you more in this edition of Fact or Fake.
France’s President Emmanuel Macron and Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Thursday urged Kosovo to allow new elections in four northern municipalities, amid renewed tensions with the area’s Serbian population.
The European Commission proposed a new nature restoration law last year.
The European Parliament also waived the immunity of Maria Spyraki, who is suspected of having committed fraud.
Finland shares a 1,300-kilometre border with Russia. During the Cold War and until recently, its so-called “Finlandisation” doctrine meant neutrality, but the war in Ukraine has changed everything. Today, Finland is on its guard. Anti-Russian sentiment runs strong among the population, which has not forgotten the country’s previous armed conflicts with Moscow, as FRANCE 24’s team on the ground reports.
Three people including an 11-year-old girl were killed in a Russian missile strike on Kyiv early on Thursday, Ukrainian officials said. Ten people were injured in the strike. Follow our live blog for the latest developments on the war in Ukraine. All times are Paris time (GMT+2).
Five months after scoring the winning penalty in the World Cup final, Gonzalo Montiel converted the clinching spot kick in the Europa League final to earn Sevilla a seventh title in the competition at the expense of Jose Mourinho’s Roma on Wednesday.
FRANCE 24 International Affairs Editor Philip Turle gives his analysis.
Differing opinions on what to do about China is becoming a key issue between the two allies.
The European Union and United States said Wednesday they expect to draft a voluntary code of conduct on artificial intelligence “within weeks” with the hope that fellow democracies will sign on.
NATO peacekeepers guarded town halls in ethnically divided northern Kosovo for a third day on Wednesday, as unrest prompted the alliance to send additional troops to the area and NATO and the West slammed Kosovo for not having done enough to stave off violence.
Aquaculture is seen as key to mitigating the challenges faced by the traditional fishing sector.
‘Green’ Azeri energy isn’t a magic bullet for EU dependence on Russia, experts say.
A lack of rainfall each year is starting to have a serious impact on the farming industry in some areas.
The special committee will investigate cases of “Russian influence” in Poland’s internal security between 2007 and 2022.
Spain is supposed to hold the rotating presidency of the EU Council between July and December.
A Russia-launched attack struck Kyiv in the early hours of Tuesday, the third night running for an aerial attack on the Ukrainian capital, with “around 20” Iranian-made Shahed drones used, according to Ukrainian authorities, FRANCE 24’s Gulliver Cragg reported from Kyiv. “I could certainly hear them; that’s actually the first time I’ve personally heard the sound of these drones, which are always described as ‘flying mopeds’ by the Ukrainians. […] What we could mainly hear was the sound of the explosions of the Ukrainian air defence systems shooting these drones,” Cragg explained.
Over 30 peacekeepers deployed in a NATO-led mission in Kosovo were injured Monday in clashes with Serb protesters who demanded the removal of recently elected ethnic Albanian mayors, as tensions flare in the Balkan nation.
The EU Commissioner for Crisis Management Janez Lenarcic says it is vital that the EU has more firefighting aircraft capacity in order to respond to another hot summer.
The spectacular transformation of a stretch of Venice’s Grand Canal to fluorescent green was due to fluorescein, a non-toxic substance used for testing wastewater networks, local authorities said on Monday.
Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said on Monday he would dissolve parliament and the country would hold an early general election on July 23 following the results of Sunday’s local elections.
With countries meeting this week to work on a global plastics treaty, debate was emerging between countries wanting to limit the production of more plastics and the petrochemical industry favoring recycling as the solution to plastic waste.