While energy prices on the markets are falling, the EU member states and the EU Commission continue putting their heads together over the question of how to tackle the energy crisis. For months, negotiations were revolving around a gas price cap. Last week’s result of the European Council on this question is still vague.
Europe in brief: Germany and France want to continue their constructive relationship. In Austria, the number of people wanting to leave the EU is on the rise again and Slovenia warns against undermining the EU leaders’ agreement on gas prices.
The meeting of French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz was described as “constructive.” According to a survey, the number of people wanting to leave the EU is on the rise in Austria. What else was important this week: Slovenia warns against undermining the base of the EU leaders’ agreement on gas prices reached last week-
Europe in brief: Common charger for electronic devices from 2024, barely any progress on gender equality, new Italian Prime Minister Meloni “ready to collaborate with the EU” and EU Commission President von der Leyen to travel to the Balkans
The EU Council has given its final approval to a common charger from 2024 onwards. Europe is making poor progress on gender equality. Ursula von der Leyen will travel to the Balkans to show solidarity with the region and Giorgia Meloni, new Italian Prime Minister, was welcomed by her European colleagues.
A video has been viewed more than a million times after it was shared in social media posts that falsely claim it shows a mass gathering of Muslims celebrating the Prophet Mohammed’s birthday in Russia. In reality, the video was taken during the celebration of the Prophet’s birthday in Yemen’s capital Sanaa in 2021.
The renewal of the Spanish General Council of the Judiciary has been blocked for four years now. As Spain will hold the EU Council presidency in the second half of 2023, Brussels is urging the country to end the deadlock in the appointment of new incumbents to important judicial positions.