EU warns concerning the Nord Stream leaks, Moscow denies suspicions. – Belgium and 14 other EU countries push for a proposal for a general gas price cap. What else was important this week: More than 77 percent of Bosnia and Herzegovina’s (BiH) citizens want membership in the EU.
Europe in brief: Italy’s election results, energy partnership between Germany and the United Arab Emirates and EU works on joint handling of Russian fugitives
Europe reacts to the Italian election outcome. Amid the energy crisis, Germany is expected to receive its first shipment of liquefied natural gas (LNG) from the United Arab Emirates by the end of 2022. Further news: The parliament of the Republic of North Macedonia continues discussions on the energy crisis and the EU works on joint handling of Russian fugitives.
Windfall levies, Ukraine and protecting the rule of law – EU Commission chief von der Leyen’s agenda for the upcoming year
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s third State of the Union speech was dominated by the war in Ukraine and finding answers to soaring energy prices in Europe. In her annual address to the European Parliament, she proposed a windfall levy. But not everyone is convinced and there is still work to be done.
Europe in brief: EU Parliament backs boost for renewable energies, illegal immigration in Bosnia in decline, Spain’s justice system under fire
This week in Strasbourg, MEPs voted on plans to speed up the expansion of renewable energy and reduce energy consumption. In other news: While the migrant crisis in Bosnia is far from over, the number of illegal migrant arrivals decreased. Also: Brussels calls on Spain to end the blockade of its justice system.
Europe in brief: EU integration of Western Balkans, EU law to protect media freedom as well as a threatening recession in the eurozone
While leaders of Western Balkan countries met in Slovenia to discuss progress on EU integration, Brussels is gearing up to support journalists with a new media freedom law. What also happened: EU finance ministers met in Prague to challenge the risk of a recession.