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See the most important upcoming events in EU Affairs, as well as events organized by the European Newsroom, at a glance.

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The European Newsroom (enr) is a cooperation project between news agencies from all over Europe – AFP, AGERPRES, AMNA, ANSA, ANP, APA, ATA, Belga, BTA, CTK, dpa, EFE, Europa Press, FENA, HINA, Lusa, MIA, PAP, Ritzau, STA, Tanjug, TASR, TT and UKRINFORM. The participating agencies have opportunities for training, further education and the joint development of journalistic standards. Tools such as fact checks and verification help to uphold quality journalism by counteracting the growing dissemination of disinformation and propaganda. Through the enr, the European agencies are given equal access to information, paving the way for comprehensive and diverse reporting across national borders.

Eine Frau hält eine Geldbörse mit Banknoten in der Hand. Die Inflationsrate hat in Sachsen im Januar im Vergleich zum Vorjahr zugelegt. (zu dpa: «Inflation in Sachsen schwächt sich im Januar ab»)

Europe in brief: Eurozone inflation expected to slow down

In its latest economic forecast, the European Commission expects inflation in the eurozone to fall. The EU announced support for a 6.4-million-euro migration management project in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The Swiss parliament voted to resume negotiations with the EU.

El jefe de la diplomacia europea advierte de que Putin no va a ceder porque le va en la guerra su supervivencia política. También alerta de que una derrota en Ucrania significaría tener al ejército ruso en la frontera de la UE.

Europe in brief: “Putin is going all out,” says Borrell

EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said there was a need to explain why the EU is helping Ukraine and what a potential Russian victory would mean for Europe. The European Commission has launched an infringement procedure against Hungary over its controversial sovereignty law. Slovenia’s agriculture minister is calling for individual pesticide rules for EU member states, rather than universal ones.

Charles Michel (l), Präsident des Europäischen Rates, spricht mit Viktor Orban, Ministerpräsident von Ungarn, während eines runden Tisches auf einem EU-Gipfel. Die Staats- und Regierungschefs der EU kommen zu einem eintägigen Gipfel zusammen, um unter anderem über neue Ukraine-Hilfen zu beraten. (zu dpa: «EU-Ratspräsident warnt vor Scheitern des Gipfels zu Ukraine-Hilfen»)

Europe in brief: EU leaders agree on 50-billion-euro package for Ukraine

At a special European Council summit in Brussels, EU leaders agreed on a new aid package to help Ukraine in its war with Russia. Germany’s Christian Lindner wants the EU’s new anti-money-laundering authority to be based in Frankfurt. The European Commission has asked France to explain the blocking of lorries carrying Spanish products in the wake of farmers’ protests.

Mitglieder des Europäischen Parlaments stimmen über ein neues Gesetz ab. (zu dpa «EU-Einigung: Neue Regeln sollen Kampf gegen Menschenhandel verbessern»)

Europe in brief: ECFR survey shows right turn for European Parliament

According to a survey by the European Council on Foreign Relations (ECFR), far-right political parties are likely to gain ground in the June elections. Slovakia’s Peter Pellegrini said he would support the re-nomination of Maroš Šefčovič as European commissioner. The EU delegation in Belgrade has launched a campaign to improve the digital skills of older people in Serbia.

Emmanuel Macron, Präsident von Frankreich, spricht auf einer Veranstaltung des Weltwirtschaftsforum (WEF).

Europe in brief: Macron calls on Europe to invest in its future

France is proposing that Europe should issue common debt again. In other news, Slovenia is reluctant on the question of whether the EU should deprive Hungary of its voting rights under Article 7 of the EU Treaty. Romanian MEP Daniel Buda calls for more subsidies to support farmers across Europe.

Josep Borrell, Hoher Vertreter der EU für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik, trifft zu einem Treffen der EU-Außenminister im Egmont-Palast ein. Außenministerinnen und Außenminister aus den EU-Staaten wollen an diesem Samstag in Brüssel über die Beziehungen der Europäischen Union zur Türkei und zu afrikanischen Ländern beraten. Im Mittelpunkt des informellen Treffens steht die Frage, ob und wie Partnerschaften weiter ausgebaut werden können.

A fragile EU unity amidst numerous crises? 

The Middle East, Ukraine and the Sahel – the EU is confronted with numerous crises at once. The EU High Representative Josep Borrell, is thus calling for more unity and wants to heighten the EU’s ability to defend itself, if it wants to play a geopolitical role.

Flaggen der Europäischen Gemeinschaft und der Nato hängen im Hauptsitz. Spitzenvertreter der EU und der Nato wollen an diesem Dienstag (11.00 Uhr) eine Erklärung zum weiteren Ausbau der verteidigungspolitischen Zusammenarbeit unterzeichnen.

Doubts over US leadership prompt further calls for stronger EU defence 

With Donald Trump’s recent NATO comments igniting a political firestorm among the alliance’s members and further US funding for Ukraine looking set to be rejected in the Republican-led lower house, European leaders call for stronger European efforts to ensure the security of the continent.

EU law on violence against women divides bloc over key component

EU member states and the European Parliament have agreed on the bloc’s first-ever law to combat violence against women. But the final text fell short on one key element: the inclusion of a common definition of rape. Despite legislative efforts, violence against women and domestic violence persist across the European continent.

Rauch steigt aus einer Fabrik im Südosten Frankreichs. Die wirtschaftliche Erholung nach dem schlimmsten Jahr der Corona-Pandemie hat in der Europäischen Union eine Zunahme klimaschädlicher Emissionen mit sich gebracht. (Illustration zu dpa: «Fünf Prozent rauf – EU-Emissionen nach Corona gestiegen»)

What’s at stake at the EU’s 2040 climate target

With the bloc reeling from a farmers’ revolt against green reforms, and four months before the EU elections, the EU unveiled this week its climate targets for 2040 and a roadmap for the next stage of its energy transition.

Josep Borrell, Hoher Vertreter der EU für Außen- und Sicherheitspolitik, trifft zu einem Treffen der EU-Außenminister im Egmont-Palast ein. Außenministerinnen und Außenminister aus den EU-Staaten wollen an diesem Samstag in Brüssel über die Beziehungen der Europäischen Union zur Türkei und zu afrikanischen Ländern beraten. Im Mittelpunkt des informellen Treffens steht die Frage, ob und wie Partnerschaften weiter ausgebaut werden können.

EU foreign ministers: relations with African partners a geopolitical priority

Following geopolitical developments such as Russia’s war against Ukraine, the EU’s interests towards the African continent began to shift. The bloc’s foreign ministers sought to rethink their approach and interests towards their African partners.

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