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In today’s news from the capitals:


Ahead of the Czech Presidency of the Council of the EU which starts in July, many university students, including those from the EU Erasmus project, have been recruited to fill various roles, but they complain about the working conditions as they will have to cover their own expenses. Read more.



The Netherlands calls for the creation of an international anti-corruption tribunal. An international anti-corruption tribunal to tackle large-scale forms of corruption must be established by like-minded countries, Foreign Minister Wopke Hoekstra said Monday during a meeting with foreign ministers from the EU. EU. Read more.



Germany’s Family Minister resigns after holiday backlash. German Family Minister Anne Spiegel resigned after it was revealed she had gone on vacation for four weeks while Rhineland-Palatinate’s environment minister, when her region was hit by floods. Read more.



French candidates call on their supporters to finance failed campaigns. The Greens and the right-wing Les Républicains appeal for donations from their supporters after exceeding the 5% threshold required in the French presidential election for the minimum reimbursement of campaign expenses. Read more.



No plan for Dover priority lane, says Minister. The government has ruled out introducing a priority system for perishable goods entering the UK at Dover following disruptions at the UK’s main port. Read more.



The Ukrainian ambassador to Ireland wants to ban the “Z” symbol. The “Z” symbol associated with support for Russia’s invasion of Ukraine should be banned, Ukraine’s ambassador to Ireland has said after a pro-Russian rally in Dublin over the weekend. Read more.



The Swedish parliament is in favor of increasing the defense budget to 2% of GDP. There is broad support in the Swedish parliament to increase the defense budget to 2% of the country’s GDP following Russia’s attack on Ukraine, according to the Swedish News Agency. TT reported. Read more.



The Danish health authority buys two million iodine tablets. The health authority is increasing its stockpile of iodine tablets based on advice from the country’s Emergency Management Agency, predicting a nuclear accident in the immediate area of ​​Denmark, broadcaster TV2 reported. Read more.



Bulgaria and Greece are advancing discussions on the nuclear project. Bulgaria and Greece have made progress in their discussions on the construction of a nuclear power plant, but the question of liability in the event of an accident remains unresolved, according to EURACTIV partners in Sofia and Athens. Read more.



Portugal will support any EU sanctions against Russian oil. Portugal will support the EU proposal to include oil in the sanctions against Russia, FForeign Minister João Gomes Cravinho said Monday in Luxembourg. Read more.

Portuguese government to protect family income through price controls. The government will protect citizens’ incomes through a price control strategy and not through measures that could contribute to an inflationary spiral, Eurico Brilhante Dias, parliamentary leader of the Socialist Party, PS, said on Monday. Read more.



Trial against Egyptian officials accused of murdering Italian, suspended. An Italian judge on Monday suspended charges against four Egyptian officials accused of kidnapping, torturing and killing Italian researcher Giulio Regeni in Cairo in 2016. Read more.

Italy and Algeria sign a gas supply agreement. Italy and Algeria agreed to boost Italy’s gas supply to reduce its dependence on Russian gas after Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi met Algerian President Abdelmadjid Tebboune in Algiers on Monday. Read more.



The government is trying to curb inflation, according to the minister. The government is trying to bring down the inflation rate, which reached 9.8% in March, Finance Minister María Jesús Montero said on Monday. Read more.



Slovakia could send Soviet-made fighter jets to Ukraine. Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger has not ruled out delivering Soviet-made Mig-29 fighter jets to Ukraine after having already delivered the S-300 air defense system. Read more.



A report suggests that the former Polandpresident was assassinated in 2010. The plane crash in which former President Lech Kaczyński died in 2010 was not an accident but an assassination, the long-awaited report released on Monday by the Smolensk air disaster investigation subcommittee revealed. . Read more.



Orbán’s favorite computer juggernaut keeps growing. Hungarian IT company 4iG, which recently won a series of public contracts, has merged its telecommunications portfolio with Antenna Hungária, increasing its stake in the group to 76.78%, the company told the national news agency on Monday. Hungarian MTI. Telex reported. Read more.



The favorites in the Slovenian elections have yet to compete in the debates. With less than two weeks to go before the legislative elections, the leading candidates to become the next Prime Minister still have to compete in the debates. Read more.



Romania is preparing a 3.5 billion euro support program for citizens. The government will soon launch multiple measures as part of an aid package worth €3.5 billion to support vulnerable populations and SMEs as prices continue to rise. Read more.



Application for the allocation of new capacity at the Krk LNG terminal. LNG Croatia said on Monday that existing and potential customers could submit proposals to allocate free new capacity for the regasification of liquefied natural gas (LNG) at this facility in Omišalj on the Croatian island of Krk. Read more.

Croatia expels 18 Russian diplomats. Croatia has expelled 18 Russian diplomats and six administrative staff, the Foreign and European Affairs Ministry said in a statement on Monday.

Croatia informed the Russian Ambassador on Monday about the reduction in the number of diplomatic and administrative staff at the Russian Embassy. Again, the The Ministry of Foreign and European Affairs strongly condemned “the brutal aggression against Ukraine and the numerous war crimes committed”.

Russia was again called upon to immediately cease its military activities, withdraw its troops from all Ukrainian territory and secure the evacuation and supply routes for aid. Croatia also called on Russia to bring those responsible for war crimes to justice. (Željko Trkanjec |



Serbia will slowly align with EU restrictive measures against Russia, analyst says. Serbia will likely start aligning itself with EU positions in international organizations and slowly introducing sanctions against Russia, Igor Novaković, research director at the Center for International and Security Affairs (ISAC Fund) said on Monday. . Read more.



The Serbian secret services deny the intention to assassinate the Swiss prosecutor. Serbian intelligence forces have denied accusations of plotting to kill former Swiss prosecutor Dick Marty in 2020 and then blaming Kosovo, following an investigation broadcast on Swiss state television. Read more.



The United Kingdom and the United States sanction members of the BiH government. The UK sanctioned Bosnia and Herzegovina Tripartite Presidency member Milorad Dodik and Republika Srpska President Željka Cvijanović while US sanctioned former Bosnia and Herzegovina Attorney General Gordana Tadić of RS and Asim Sarajlić , a deputy of the largest Bosnian party, the SDA. Read more.



The former Prime Minister of North Macedonia faces US sanctions. North Macedonia fFormer Prime Minister Nikola Gruevski and former Director of the Department of Security and Counterintelligence (UBK) Sašo Mijalkov have been publicly sanctioned by the US State Department. Read more.



The Prime Minister of Kosovo criticizes the “ethnic cleansing” of Serbia in the south. Ethnic Albanians in Serbia’s southern Presevo Valley are suffering from ‘silent ethnic cleansing’ following elections that were ‘neither free nor democratic’, Kosovo PM says , Albin Kurti. Read more.



Rama meets Scholz in Berlin amid EU membership issues. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz reaffirmed his support for enlargement during a press conference with Albanians Prime Minister Edi Rama in Berlin Read more.

US sanctions Albanian media owner and ex-politician. The United States Treasury Department has sanctioned former congressman Aqif Rakipi and media owner Ylli Ndroqi for threatening “the stability of the region through corruption, criminal activity and other destabilizing behavior”. Read more.


  • EU: The EU, France and the UN World Food Program will announce initiatives to mitigate the impact on global food security of Russia’s war against Ukraine / The General Affairs Council is held in Luxembourg.
  • Germany: Chancellor Olaf Scholz chairs meeting of special security cabinet, meets with CEOs of major German companies in Berlin.
  • Austria: Energy Commissioner Kadri Simson meets International Atomic Energy Agency chief Rafael Grossi in Vienna.
  • Poland: Visits of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier.
  • Czech republic: Five Central European Foreign Ministers meet on Ukraine, Covid/Values ​​Commissioner Vĕra Jourová in Prague; meets Czech Interior Minister Vít Rakušan and other members of the government.
  • Croatia: The scholarship award ceremony for the “For women in science” scheme in 2022 takes place. The European Investment Bank presents its results in Croatia in 2021 and its plans for Croatia in 2022.
  • Romania: Visit of the European Commissioner for the Environment, Virginijus Sinkevicius, to Romania.


[Edited by Alexandra Brzozowski, Sarantis Michalopoulos, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson]