EU officials return from a meeting with the Ukrainian government in Kiev, leaving the door open for Ukraine’s accession to the EU. German and French economy ministers embark on a journey to Washington to discuss green subsidies plans with the Biden administration. Croatian president Andrej Plenković announces that his country will not build barriers of any kind along its border with Bosnia and Herzegovina.
The European Parliament voted in favor of lifting the immunity of MEPs Marc Tarabella and Andrea Cozzolino. While some political groups in the Parliament demand EU funding for fences along the Bulgarian-Turkish border, others reject this. European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen unveils details regarding the Green Deal Industrial Plan.
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.
In a historic decision on Wednesday, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stated that Germany would send several of its Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine and that other countries would also be allowed to export them to the country. While some nations in Europe and beyond have publicly committed to sending tanks to Ukraine, others remain hesitant.
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.