A top EU court has refused to lift the ban on Russia Today (RT) France. This week also saw the opening of the Pelješki Bridge, one of the largest and most expensive EU-funded projects in Croatia. Austria voted in favor of an EU exemption to have fallow land rededicated to agricultural cultivation.
Substitution, solidarity and savings are the guiding principles of the EU’s emergency gas conservation plan. Despite resistance from some member states, the energy ministers have agreed on a proposal – diluted by exemptions.
The EU Commission is taking Brexit disputes to court, the government crisis in Italy is worrying the EU and the US, and forest fires resulting from the heat wave have destroyed more than 500,000 hectares in the EU so far this year – more than in the whole of 2021.
A photo of a littered street has been shared hundreds of times in multiple Dutch and Chinese social media posts that claim it shows the aftermath of a climate march in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, on June 19, 2022. However, the claim is false. The photo was taken in Amsterdam outside the Johan Cruyff Arena, before a performance by US singer Billie Eilish on June 18 at the adjacent Ziggo Dome.
Record temperatures, drought, forest fires: At the moment, Europe faces an unprecedented heat wave. Spain, Portugal and France continue to battle huge wildfires and northern countries such as the United Kingdom and the Netherlands are also affected by extraordinary heat.