July 7, 2022
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EU balance of power knocked by war in Ukraine

Freshly re-elected Emmanuel Macron chose 9 May to come to dinner in Berlin. An auspicious date in EU circles. Nicknamed “Europe Day”, it commemorates the signing of the post World War Two Schuman declaration promoting peace between European nations. A very different vision of Europe
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Russia ‘can use any weapon’: Zelensky prepares for nuclear attack

In a chilling message, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, urged leaders to stock up on antiradiation medicine and build air-raid shelters. The warning followed claims from Austrian leader Karl Nehammer that Putin believes he is winning the war in Ukraine. Chancellor Nehammer, who met the despot in Moscow last week, said he thinks the Russian president […]
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Geneve hosts event on removing landmines in Azerbaijan

The Institute for Rights & Development – Geneva (IRDG) hosted a conference entitled: The path to eradicate landmines in Azerbaijan: an international challenge. The event was held on the 4th of April, commemorating the International Day for Mine Awareness, to raise awareness about the importance of eradicating landmines in Azerbaijan. The IRDG said they hope […]
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Biden offers further military support to Ukraine as Russian troops falter

Joe Biden has risked the wrath of Vladimir Putin by offering Ukraine extra military support as Russian troops appeared to struggle to hold even the territory it has secured since the invasion began. The US president’s pledge over “further defence cooperation” was said to have been made during a meeting with Ukraine’s foreign minister, Dmytro Kuleba, in […]
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Russia should fear a Soviet end

On 24 Feb 2022, Russia launched a second invasion of Ukraine, greatly intensifying the war that the Kremlin has been waging on the country since 2014. Neither Europe nor the world at large has witnessed a similar event since the end of the Second World War. While Ukrainians suffer, Moscow faces the prospect of domestic […]
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Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny calls on Russians to take to the streets

Jailed Kremlin critic and opposition figure Alexei Navalny today called on Russians to engage in daily protests against President Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine. “We cannot wait even a day longer”, he said in a Twitter statement published by his spokesperson. “Wherever you are. In Russia, Belarus or on the other side of the planet. Go out […]
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Germany plans to wean itself off Russian energy

Chancellor Olaf Scholz has announced plans to wean Germany off its dependence on Russian energy and to reshape its future energy mix, having pledged earlier at an extraordinary session of the lower house of parliament on Sunday that “we will change course to overcome our import dependence“, France24 reports. Germany has relied on Russia to cover most of […]
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Experts respond to Consultation Committee: ‘Hopefully it was the last’

The various organisations of the country decided on Friday to switch to code yellow from the corona barometer. This means that almost all restrictions will be lifted: face masks must only be worn in healthcare institutions and on public transport. Rules around the Passenger Locator Form are being relaxed. Was this the last Consultation Committee? […]
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Relief goods for Ukraine flow into Hall 11 of Brussels Expo

Last week it was very busy at the embassy of Ukraine in Uccle. Every day dozens of people came to bring things to help the people in Ukraine, hit by an invasion of neighbouring Russia. The solidarity is so great that the embassy appeared far too small. That is why the Belgian authorities were asked […]