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In today’s news from the capitals:
Finnish power companies are refusing to sign power contracts with Russian search engine Yandex, which has a data center near Helsinki, on suspicion of disseminating wartime propaganda. Read more.
MEPs call for frozen Russian billions to be used to rebuild and arm Ukraine. Seventy-three MEPs have called for $300 billion in seized Russian funds and assets to finance the Ukrainian military and the country’s reconstruction in a letter sent to EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell. Read more.
Germany calls for the enlargement of the Western Balkans, for the abolition of unanimity. Germany wants to use the conference on the future of Europe as a starting point to further develop the EU, possibly change the treaties and abolish unanimous decision-making for EU foreign policy issues , German Minister of State for Europe and Climate, Anna Lührmann, told EURACTIV. a meeting. Read more.
Scholz’s SPD suffered a crushing defeat in the regional elections. The Social Democrats came third in the Schleswig Holstein state election, behind the Greens and the evening’s big winner, the conservative CDU, recording their worst election result in the state since the end of World War II. Read more.
French politicians silent on EU oil embargo plans fear yellow vests. French politicians are keeping quiet about the proposed EU embargo on Russian oil, most likely to avoid further tensions with the yellow vests movement, whose protests rocked the country in 2018-2019. EURACTIV France reports.
Macron is sworn in for a second presidential term. Re-elected President Emmanuel Macron was sworn in during the official inauguration ceremony at the Élysée Palace on Saturday May 7, in the presence of 450 guests, including members of his government and former Presidents Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande. Read more.
Austrian Minister of Defense accused of having sown “chaos” ordered to resign. The Austrian armed forces union is calling for the ousting of Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner, saying she has rendered the armed forces leaderless since May Day. Read more.
Dutch aid group sends another ambulance convoy to Ukraine. The Dutch aid group, Zeilen van Vrijheid, has sent its seventh humanitarian aid convoy consisting of seven vehicles to Ukraine, reports Dutch News. Read more.
UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND
Dublin calls for rapid executive formation after Northern Irish elections. Politicians in the Republic of Ireland have called for the rapid formation of an executive within the Northern Ireland assembly following the historic result of this weekend’s election. Read more.
NORDIC AND BALTIC
Swedish opposition parties are crying wolf in defiance of the EU. Most legislators the Riksdag wants to halve the number of wolves in Sweden, even if it means challenging the EU. Read more.
Italy in trouble if Russia soon limits gas supply, minister says. Italy would be in trouble if Russia decides to limit its gas deliveries to the country in the coming months, Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani said Citta Impresa Festival in an interview on Sunday. Read more.
Spain is becoming one of the new European hydrogen hubs, says von der Leyen. Spain is becoming one of Europe’s new hydrogen hubs, European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen told a press conference in Barcelona on Friday, adding that the country has always been a “leader” in the NextGenerationEU plan. Read more.
PRAGUE | BRATISLAVA
Germany can supply arms to Ukraine via the Czech Republic, Slovakia. Berlin is working with Bratislava and Prague on deals to unlock further tank and heavy weapon deliveries to Ukraine as the two countries negotiate a ‘chain swap’ to replace weapons and tanks that Czechia and the Slovakia send to Ukraine. Read more.
The Russian Embassy cancels the Victory Day march in Poland. The Russian Embassy in Poland has decided not to go ahead with Monday’s Victory Day march after city authorities and the Polish Foreign Ministry criticized the initiative, it said. Embassy on its website. Read more.
Hungarian anti-EU party renamed “Huxit party”. Far-right politician János Volner has announced that his personal party will be renamed the Huxit party to represent those who want Hungary to leave the European Union, Telex reported on Sunday. Read more.
The young Slovaks divided on the defending country in the event of an attack. Young people in Slovakia are the most willing to both defend and leave the country in the event of wara new Focus agency investigation found. Read more.
Vučić: Putin’s statements push Serbia to recognize Kosovo. Serbia will come under enormous pressure to quickly recognize Kosovo following statements by Russian President Vladimir Putin, who recently compared Kosovo’s right to independence to the self-declared republics of Donetsk and Luhansk, Serbian President Aleksandar said on Friday. Vucic in Belgrade. Read more.
Bulgaria is threatening to veto an EU oil ban against Russia unless it gets a waiver. Bulgaria has threatened not to support the European Union’s new round of sanctions against Russia if the Balkan country does not obtain a waiver from a proposed ban on buying Russian oil, the deputy said on Sunday. Prime Minister Assen Vassilev. Read more.
Croatian Prime Minister supports Ukraine’s EU candidacy. Croatia supports Ukraine’s bid for European Union membership, Prime Minister Andrej Plenković said on Sunday as he met with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy and other officials in Kyiv as part of a show of support, which contrasts sharply with President Zoran Milanović, who has always denigrated Ukraine. since the beginning of the Russian invasion. Read more.
Opening of the new Slovenian parliament. President Borut Pahor officially convened the first session of the new National Assembly for May 13 after receiving a report on the official results of the April 24 general elections, paving the way for the formation of the new government in early July. Read more.
PRISTINE | BELGRADE
Serbia threatens Kosovo for its candidacy for the Council of Europe. Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić has threatened to deploy a “strong and serious” response if Kosovo goes ahead with its candidacy for the Council of Europe. Read more.
Reporters Without Borders applauds the Albanian Prime Minister’s denials. Reporters Without Borders has responded to claims by Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama that reports of media violations in the 2021 World Press Freedom Index were “lies” and “fantasies” by debunking his denials. Read more.
- Spain: Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and pro-independence Catalan President Pere Aragonès are meeting this week to try to resolve the political crisis sparked by the Pegasus spyware scandal.
- Slovakia: President Zuzana Čaputová will receive US First Lady Jill Biden in Bratislava on Monday.
[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson]