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In today’s news from the capitals:

CENTRAL EUROPE

Slovakia is entirely dependent on Russian nuclear fuel developed by TVEL, but after Russia invaded Ukraine, discussion began about changing suppliers. The only viable alternative is the American Westinghouse, which Economy Minister Richard Sulík considers expensive. Read more.

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BERLIN

German ports traded the most with Russia in 2021. Russia was Germany’s ports’ biggest trading partner in 2021, driven mainly by trade in fossil fuels, according to newly released data, as EU countries consider whether to close seaports to Russian vessels . Read more.

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PARIS

Far-right candidate Zemmour accused of sexual assault, again. NOTNew allegations of sexual assault against presidential candidate Éric Zemmour have been criticized by the entourage of the far-right polemicist, who accuses the investigative site Médiapart of trying to “strike the blow on the condition feminine”. [rights] day”. Read more.


UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND

DUBLIN

Russia summons Irish ambassador after truck drives to Russian Embassy in Dublin. Ireland’s ambassador to Russia has been summoned by the government to Moscow after a lorry crashed into the gates of the Russian embassy in Dublin on Monday. Read more.


NORDIC AND BALTIC

HELSINKI

The Helsinki Stock Exchange is the most affected by Russia’s war against Ukraine. Shares in Helsinki are falling more sharply than in the rest of Europe as interest rises and Finland’s position as an investment target is called into question. In the eyes of investors and analysts, the country’s proximity to Russia creates a psychological barrier. Read more.


SOUTHERN EUROPE

ATHENS

EPP leader is pushing to suspend Greek MEP critical of pharmaceutical scandal. The centre-right European People’s Party (EPP) in the European Parliament will vote today (9 March) on a proposal by its leader Manfred Weber to suspend a lawmaker who criticized the Greek government for its handling of a scandal linked to the pharmaceutical company Novartis as well as the prosecution of the judges and journalists who uncovered it. Read more.

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ROME

Italy’s Justice Minister asks the United Arab Emirates to extradite a dangerous mafia fugitive. Justice Minister Marta Cartabia traveled to Dubai on Tuesday to request for the third time the extradition of Camorra drug trafficker Raffaele Imperiale, number two on Italy’s most wanted fugitives list. Read more.

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MADRID

Spain‘s Prime Minister asks former King Juan Carlos I to explain the tax evasion scandal. Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez on Tuesday asked former King Juan Carlos I to shed light on an alleged tax evasion scandal affecting the Spanish monarch. Read more.

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LISBON

Portuguese schools are preparing to welcome Ukrainian pupils. Children and young people of Ukraine will be integrated into Portuguese schools “as soon as possible”, with the strengthening of the Portuguese language education and social support, announced the Ministry of Education. Read more.


VISEGRAD

PRAGUE

Cyberattacks intensify in the midst of war, warn Czech experts. The war in Ukraine has increased the intensity of cyberattacks, Czech security experts have warned. The humanitarian crisis can also be an opportunity for fraudsters posing as charities or NGOs helping Ukrainian refugees. Read more.

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WARSAW

Poland calls the parliamentary session “historic” to express its support for Ukraine. Poland is calling an extraordinary session of both parliamentary chambers to discuss ways to support Ukraine on the 23rd anniversary of the country’s NATO membership on Friday. NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg and US President Joe Biden will attend as special guests. Read more.


BALKAN NEWS

SARAJEVO | LONDON

Truss: The new British bill will also help target secessionists in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The new Economic Crimes Bill that was fast-tracked by House of Commons MPs on Monday to crack down on oligarchs and kleptocrats will also help the UK target secessionists in Bosnia and Herzegovina, said British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss. Read more.

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SOFIA

Bulgaria offers to help Moldova with Ukrainian refugees. Bulgaria has offered to help Moldova cope with the influx of Ukrainian refugees entering the country, as more than 250,000 Ukrainians have entered Moldova since Russia’s attack on Ukraine on February 24. Read more.

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ZAGREB

The Croatian opposition opposes the ministerial selection for its proximity to the Russian oligarchs. The opposition in parliament on Tuesday criticized the ruling majorThe city’s proposal to appoint Ivan Paladina as the new construction minister, claiming he is close to the Russian oligarchs, makes him vulnerable to blackmail. Read more.

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WESTERN BALKANS

The Berlin process is the best chance for the Western Balkans to join the EU. The Berlin process must continue because it is the best chance for regional cooperation in the Western Balkans, the resolution of bilateral disputes and EU membership, Zoran Nečev and Anamarija Velinovska of the Institute for democracy Societas Civilis Skopje (IDSCS). Read more.

The Commission is “monitoring” the removal of Albanians from the electoral lists before the Serbian elections. The European Commission is aware of reports of the removal of ethnic Albanians from electoral rolls in the Presevo Valley in Serbia and is monitoring the situation in the light of Belgrade’s commitments in the EU accession process. Read more.

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ZAGREB | SARAJEVO

Croatian President: No possibility of armed conflict in BiH. There is no possibility of the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina (BIH) degenerating into an armed conflict, Croatian President Zoran Milanović said on Tuesday, adding that the increased presence of the EU peacekeeping force (EUFOR) should not be given particular attention. Read more.

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BUCHAREST

Romania lifts all COVID restrictions. Masks are no longer mandatory from Wednesday, while the green pass is not required to enter a restaurant, mall or the airport. Read more.

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SKOPJE

North Macedonia FM says we shouldn’t worry about the conflict in the Balkans. There is currently no threat to the Balkans, said Bujar Osmani, Minister of Foreign Affairs, regarding Russia’s ongoing war against Ukraine. Read more.

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TIRANA

The Albanian Prime Minister creates a committee on the economy of war. Prime Minister Edi Rama announced the creation of a special committee to manage the economic and security consequences of Russia’s war against Ukraine during a press conference on Tuesday morning. Read more.


AGENDA:

  • EU: Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas joins the European Parliament for a debate on the Russian invasion of Ukraine / European Commissioners Paolo Gentiloni, Valdis Dombrovskis and Nicolas Schmit address the European Parliament on the European Semester.
  • France: European telecommunications ministers hold an informal meeting in Nevers / President Emmanuel Macron receives Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan.
  • Germany: Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomes Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Austrian President Alexander van der Bellen to Berlin.
  • Austria: Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki visits Vienna.
  • Denmark: The government holds a ceremony to officially apologize for children taken from their families in Greenland in the 1950s.
  • Croatia: Parliament is supposed to appoint Ivan Paladina as the country’s new construction minister, following his appointment by the government.

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