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    • Foreign Minister: Bulgaria supports Ukraine's sovereignty

      Foreign Minister: Bulgaria supports Ukraine's sovereignty

      Bulgarian Foreign Minister Svetlan Stoev, who began a three-day visit to Ukraine on Monday, confirmed his country's consistent support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognized borders and voiced concern over the increasing militarization in the Black Sea region. The chief Bulgarian diplomat addressed the inaugural session of the International Crimea Platform Summit.

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    • Trio Georgia-Moldova-Ukraine holds 'milestone' EU summit

      Trio Georgia-Moldova-Ukraine holds 'milestone' EU summit

      The leaders of Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine on Monday met European Council chief Charles Michel to push their EU membership bids, with Michel hailing the summit as a "milestone", news wires reported. Seeking to emerge from Moscow's orbit, the eastern European nations set up the Associated Trio diplomatic format in May to jointly advance their bid to join the European Union.

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    • European leaders shocked by the attack against Dutch reporter

      European leaders shocked by the attack against Dutch reporter

      European leaders and lawmakers expressed dismay on Wednesday and rights advocates demanded justice after a veteran Dutch crime reporter was shot in the head in downtown Amsterdam following a TV appearance, AP reported. Peter R. de Vries, a journalist celebrated for his courageous reporting on the Dutch underworld, was fighting for his life in an Amsterdam hospital after the Tuesday night shooting.

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    • EU to help Lithuania handle the influx of migrants from Belarus

      EU to help Lithuania handle the influx of migrants from Belarus

      The EU promised on Tuesday to help its member state Lithuania handle an influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa, which the Baltic nation says is encouraged by authorities in neighboring Belarus, AP reported. During a visit to Lithuania’s border village of Medininkai, European Council President Charles Michel pledged that “we will do our utmost to provide more support so that the Lithuanian authorities can overcome these difficulties and find solutions.”

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    • EU, Canada pledge to work together in building global post-Covid recovery

      EU, Canada pledge to work together in building global post-Covid recovery

      The Canada-EU Leaders' Summit ended on 15 June with a joint statement by the Canadian PM Justin Trudeau, the President of the European Council Charles Michel, and the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen. During the Summit, the leaders made a firm commitment to work together to end Covid-19 and build a global recovery that creates jobs and opportunities for their people, and grows the middle class, the statement said.

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    • Biden to meet top EU officials, a tight agenda scheduled for their talks

      Biden to meet top EU officials, a tight agenda scheduled for their talks

      US President Joe Biden is due to meet top EU officials on Tuesday as they try to set common goals for global challenges such as the pandemic and what they see as China's more assertive stance, dpa reported. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and European Council chief Charles Michel will welcome Biden in Brussels, with a tight agenda scheduled for their talks.

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    • EU opposes US over vaccine rights waiver

      EU opposes US over vaccine rights waiver

      The European Union stepped up its criticism to US related to calls to waive intellectual rights on production of Covid-19 vaccines, AP reported. On the second day of the EU summit in Porto the European Council President Charles Michel said that the initiative of US president Joe Biden to give for free the patent rights to poor countries will have a very limited impact and will not boost the global jabs rollout. Instead, Michel voiced concern over the US and UK approach that block exports to complete first the vaccination of their nation and thus delay the rollout of the global vaccination.

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    • EU needs a more ambitious Covid recovery plan, French minister says

      EU needs a more ambitious Covid recovery plan, French minister says

      The EU must shoot for a more ambitious Covid-19 recovery plan than the landmark €750bn stimulus agreed last summer after the epidemic’s first wave, French European Affairs Minister Clement Beaune said on Sunday, Reuters reported. In an interview on LCI television Beaune said Europe must not repeat errors made after the global financial crisis a decade ago and this time should underpin the recovery with investment, in fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks, green and digital technologies, among others.

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