Europe in brief: Scholz does not want to discuss jets for Ukraine, Petr Pavel wins Czech elections, Baerbock’s controversial Russia statement fallout

Europe in brief: Scholz does not want to discuss jets for Ukraine, Petr Pavel wins Czech elections, Baerbock’s controversial Russia statement fallout

German Chancellor Olaf Scholz does not wish to engage in a debate about sending fighter jets to Ukraine. According to analysts, the newly elected President of the Czech Republic Petr Pavel promotes close ties with the EU and wants to help Ukraine repel Russia’s invasion. Following German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock’s controversial statement regarding the war in Ukraine, the German Federal Government clarifies that the country is no party to the conflict.

Europe in brief: Johansson rejects Austria’s border fence request, Commission approves German labeling plans for livestock farming, Iran sanctions EU and UK

Europe in brief: Johansson rejects Austria’s border fence request, Commission approves German labeling plans for livestock farming, Iran sanctions EU and UK

EU Commissioner Ylva Johansson discarded Austria’s request for EU funds for the extension of the fence along the Bulgarian-Turkish border. The European Commission preliminarily approved German plans to introduce livestock farming labels for meat in supermarkets. Iran sanctioned EU and UK officials and entities, in response to sanctions imposed by the latter on Monday.

Europe in brief: Michel proposes Ukraine reconstruction plans, Franco-German leaders revive their friendship, EU-Iran row over condemnation of Revolutionary Guard

Europe in brief: Michel proposes Ukraine reconstruction plans, Franco-German leaders revive their friendship, EU-Iran row over condemnation of Revolutionary Guard

The President of the European Council Charles Michel proposes to use money from frozen Russian assets for Ukraine’s reconstruction. Iran’s Intelligence Ministry warns the EU in response to the European Parliament’s condemnation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz regenerate the countries’ political friendship.

Europe in brief: Luxembourg MEP elected new European Parliament Vice-President, all eyes on Scholz’s battle tanks, Russian ‘tourists’ enter BiH

Europe in brief: Luxembourg MEP elected new European Parliament Vice-President, all eyes on Scholz’s battle tanks, Russian ‘tourists’ enter BiH

The European Parliament designates a new Vice-President to replace Eva Kaili, who remains in jail. The Parliament also urges German Chancellor Olaf Scholz to clear the way for the delivery of Leopard battle tanks to Ukraine. Although numbers are declining, Russian citizens use BiH’s visa-free regime with Russia to enter the EU.

Europe in brief: Commissioner Hahn hopeful about Schengen accessions, Commission set to review EU state aid rules, first-ever satellite launch site on mainland EU territory

Europe in brief: Commissioner Hahn hopeful about Schengen accessions, Commission set to review EU state aid rules, first-ever satellite launch site on mainland EU territory

Commissioner Hahn is hopeful about Romania’s and Bulgaria’s chances to join the Schengen zone. European Commission officials consider easing EU state aid rules in response to US subsidies. As of last week, Sweden is home to the EU’s first-ever satellite launch site on mainland territory. Illegal entries into the EU are reaching peak levels not seen since 2016.

Europe in brief: Metsola presents corruption reforms, NATO and EU pledge support for Ukraine, European Commission warns TikTok boss

Europe in brief: Metsola presents corruption reforms, NATO and EU pledge support for Ukraine, European Commission warns TikTok boss

European Parliament President Roberta Metsola presented a 14-point reform proposal to prevent another corruption scandal within the Parliament. NATO and the EU reaffirmed their defense cooperation by signing a new declaration. The European Commission urged TikTok’s boss to comply with European privacy and data protection rules. A European citizens’ initiative to ban the shark fin trade in the EU has collected more than a million signatures.