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With the German economy heavily dependent on Russian energy exports, especially gas, German companies fear that Europe’s largest economy could face a major recession.
It comes as EU leaders will discuss possible additional sanctions against Russia on Thursday after German Chancellor Olaf Scholz rejected calls to ban Russian oil and gas, despite pressure from Washington and Kiev. Read more.
The largest parties in the EU find a compromise to create pan-European MEPs. The biggest party families in the EU have agreed on a compromise to push for a change in the EU electoral law allowing pan-European members of the European Parliament, which could favor the European integration if successful. Read more.
Rutte calls on the EU to move away from gas dependence on Russia. Progress in the EU’s green response must be made to move away from Russia’s control over gas, Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte told students at the University of Science Po before meeting French President Emmanuel Macron on Wednesday. Read more.
Germany will relax abortion laws. The German government has agreed to remove a controversial clause that prevented doctors from publicly advising women about available options. Read more.
France withdraws works of art loaned to the Kremlin museum. French works of art loaned to the Kremlin museum in Moscow will be withdrawn from the “Le Duel” exhibition and repatriated, the government decided on Wednesday. Read more.
Austria suspends mandatory COVID-19 vaccine. Austria has suspended the program making the COVID-19 vaccine compulsory because it is not “proportionate” given the current circumstances, the government decided on Wednesday. Read more.
UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND
UK sends another arms shipment to Ukraine. The British government has announced its intention to increase its supply of military weapons to Ukraine, with the defense minister warning that the Russians are “changing tactics and so the Ukrainians must too”. Read more.
Irish farmers disappointed by new war-linked Food Safety Committee. Irish farmers are disappointed with the new committee the government set up on Tuesday to monitor food security amid the war in Ukraine. Read more.
NORDIC AND BALTIC
Finland does not like the idea of jointly selling EU bonds to finance energy and defence. To free itself from Russian energy, accelerate the green transition and increase defense spending, the EU is planning a vast recovery plan. Finland’s initial response is distinctly cool. Read more.
The Swedish Migration Agency needs help to deal with the flow of Ukrainian refugees. Sweden’s Migrationsverket has asked for help from “anyone who can provide it” to deal with the expected flow of Ukrainian refugees into the country. Read more.
Ukraine’s Ambassador to Portugal: Russia to Blame, Others Share Moral Responsibility. Countries that have so far refused to approve a no-fly zone over Ukraine share a “moral responsibility” with Russia, Ukraine’s Ambassador to Portugal Inna Ohnivets has told Lusa in an interview, adding that Russian troops are also responsible for the deaths committed during the war. the war in his country so far. Read more.
Draghi: The flow of Ukrainian refugees is expected to increase. Nearly 24,000 refugees have so far arrived in Italy from Ukraine following Russia’s invasion of the country, Prime Minister Mario Draghi said on Wednesday, adding that the number is expected to rise.Read more.
More than 1,000 Ukrainian refugees arrive in Spain. More than 1,000 Ukrainian refugees have so far arrived in Spain fleeing the war started by Russia, Spain’s Secretary of State for Migration, Jesús Perea, confirmed on Wednesday. Read more.
The Polish Senate votes in favor of speeding up Ukraine’s integration into the EU. Members of the Polish Senate voted on Wednesday in favor of speeding up Ukraine’s integration process with other EU countries, calling on them to help Kyiv achieve its western-oriented goal. Read more.
EU underestimated Russian propaganda, say Czech experts. The EU has long neglected the fight against Russian propaganda, Czech experts said, noting that the recent banning of Sputnik and Russia Today is a good step but came too late. Read more.
Bank linked to Orban identified as a lender to the Le Pen campaign. Asset of statements by French presidential candidates released on Wednesday unveiled MKB lent far-right candidate Marine Le Pen 10.6 million euros for 16 months to fund her campaign Telex reported via Hvg.hu. Read more.
The Slovak government approves the deployment of NATO troops. More than 2,000 NATO troops will bolster Slovakia’s defence, the government agreed on Wednesday, although parliament’s confirmation is still needed. Read more.
The Bulgarian government begins to stock up on cereals. Jhe Bulgarian government will buy wheat, maize and sunflower seeds for 550 million euros to ensure the country’s food security next year. The war in Ukraine has affected Europe’s grain supply, with Russia and Ukraine being the main suppliers to the continent. Read more.
Ukrainian refugees obtained temporary protection in Slovenia. Slovenia has activated a law granting temporary protection to people displaced from Ukraine, offering them temporary residence, access to the labor market, housing, education, social care and health care without having to submit to asylum procedures. Read more.
Romanians are panicking to buy at gas stations. Romanian drivers lined up at many petrol stations across the country following rumors that petrol and diesel prices would skyrocket overnight. Read more.
Croatian politicians are having heated discussions about the euro adoption law. MPs from the ruling coalition and other centre-left and right-wing parties have welcomed the possible adoption of the euro while right-wing MPs have strongly opposed it in a fierce parliamentary debate. Read more.
Rapporteur: The visit of the German minister to Belgrade sends the right message. German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s upcoming visit to Belgrade sends the right signal, Bundestag rapporteur for the Western Balkans Adis Ahmetovicthat said, adding that stability and European perspective are of the utmost importance for the Western Balkans. right now. Read more.
The Russian ambassador to Bosnia and Herzegovina offended by the head of the EU delegation. Addressing the 22nd anniversary of the proclamation of the Brčko district in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ambassador Johann Sattler spoke about the Russian invasion of Ukraine, after which Russian Ambassador Igor Kalabukhov stood up demonstratively and left the ceremony. Read more.
Participating in the foreign army is a criminal offense in North Macedonia. Under the law, Macedonian nationals joining a foreign army is a criminal offence, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Wednesday.
“As a friend of Ukraine, our country understands the complex situation in which Ukraine finds itself and which puts the Ukrainian authorities in a position to call for all forms of assistance, all friendly countries, including the volunteers who would join the Ukrainian army to defend against the military threat posed by the Russian army,” the ministry also said.
The ministry added that the Republic of North Macedonia condemns Russia’s military aggression against Ukraine. (Željko Trkanjec | EURACTIV.hr)
Kosovo lifts visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens. Kosovo has lifted visa requirements for Ukrainian citizens after saying it was ready to accept 5,000 Ukrainian refugees. the proposal, presented by Foreign Minister Donika Gërvalla, was approved by the government on Tuesday 8 March. Gërvalla also announced that the country is preparing to welcome the families of the 40 Ukrainian soldiers who are currently in Kosovo as part of the NATO-mandated Kosovo Force (KFOR).
Last week, the Kosovo Parliament approved a resolution condemning the invasion of Ukraine by Russia and expressing its willingness to take in 5,000 Ukrainian refugees. Prime Minister Albin Kurti said the attack on Ukraine is “an attack on all of us”. (Exit.al)
Albanian inflation hits its highest level in ten years amid the Russian-Ukrainian war. In February, inflation in Albania hit a record high of 3.9% while the cost of basic foodstuffs increased by almost 7%, which is expected to be further exacerbated by Russia’s war in Ukraine. Read more.
- EU/France: EU leaders gather for an informal summit in Versailles, France, to discuss Ukraine, energy, economy and defense / Commissioner Thierry Breton meets Supreme Allied Commander of Ukraine NATO Transformation Philippe Lavigne.
- Meeting between Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Antalya, Turkey.
- Bosnia and Herzegovina: German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock will visit Bosnia and Herzegovina.
[Edited by Alexandra Brzozowski, Sarantis Michalopoulos, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor]