Member States


    • Eyeing reelection, Macron pledges millions to tackle crime, social problems in Marseille

      Eyeing reelection, Macron pledges millions to tackle crime, social problems in Marseille

      French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday is to pledge millions to tackle crime and social problems in Marseille, beset by deadly gang wars, dpa reported. During a three-day visit to France's second-largest city, started on Wednesday, Macron is going to present the Marseille Plan, with hundreds of millions of euros to be invested in schools, urban development and security.

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    • Deutsche Bahn takes legal action as third German rail strike begins

      Deutsche Bahn takes legal action as third German rail strike begins

      Deutsche Bahn is taking legal action against the strike called by the train drivers' union GDL, as a five-day stoppage began on Thursday morning, news wires reported. German rail service Deutsche Bahn filed an application for a temporary injunction against the industrial action at the Labour Court in Frankfurt on Thursday, dpa has learned. The move followed the rejection of a new offer to the union made by Deutsche Bahn on Wednesday, just hours before the five-day strike was due to begin.

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    • Romania's PM sacks justice minister over reform response

      Romania's PM sacks justice minister over reform response

      Romania's centrist PM Florin Citu sacked his justice minister Stelian Ion on Wednesday, accusing the junior government partner of undermining local communities' development plans, a move that could threaten reform, Reuters reported. A rupture in the coalition made of Citu's Liberal Party, Ion's USR and the ethnic Hungarians group, which jointly control 56% of parliament, could endanger the government's agenda to curb twin deficits and fight the pandemic, leaving it without a majority and prone to concessions.

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    • Storm floods towns, cuts electricity in Spain

      Storm floods towns, cuts electricity in Spain

      An intense rain storm on Wednesday night wreaked havoc in several parts of Spain and flooded some towns, leaving thousands of people without electricity and forcing the closure of some roads and rail links, news wires reported. The storm hit especially hard in the coast town of Alcanar in the northeastern region of Catalonia, according to Reuters.

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    • France bets on booster jabs

      France bets on booster jabs

      France on Wednesday started administering booster shots of Covid-19 vaccine to people over 65 and those with underlying health conditions as the delta variant spreads in the country, news wires reported. It is the first big EU country to introduce booster shots, and several other European countries are expected to follow suit, AP pointed out.

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    • Italy's FM Di Maio receives death threats over controversial health pass

      Italy's FM Di Maio receives death threats over controversial health pass

      Italy's foreign minister Luigi Di Maio on Tuesday denounced a "climate of hatred" against the Covid-19 vaccination campaign after receiving death threats on social media, Reuters reported. "This is a worrying escalation, a climate of hatred which harms the country but will not stop the vaccination campaign," Di Maio wrote on Facebook of the threats. Protests are planned on Wednesday against the government's health pass, which restricts access to an array of services to those who cannot show they have received at least one does of the vaccine, have recently tested negative or recovered.

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    • Poland set to decree emergency at Belarus border amid migration fears

      Poland set to decree emergency at Belarus border amid migration fears

      A law that would decree an emergency situation at Poland's border with Belarus is waiting to be signed by Polish President Andrzej Duda, as the country seeks to end a flow of migrants reaching the country via the former Soviet republic, dpa reported. Duda announced that he would thoroughly examine the government's decision and issue his own soon, after PM Mateusz Morawiecki confirmed on Tuesday that the measure was on president's desk.

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    • Museum director elected Estonia's new president

      Museum director elected Estonia's new president

      Scientist Alar Karis is to be Estonia's next president, after he was backed by two-thirds of lawmakers in a second round of voting on Tuesday, dpa reported. Karis, a biologist and former director of the Estonian National Museum, won the support of 72 of the 101 lawmakers in the small Baltic nation's parliament, the Riigikogu. He replaces current President Kersti Kaljulaid.

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