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On Sunday, some 200,000 people in 126 cities across Poland, the rest of Europe and the world protested against last week’s ruling by the Polish Constitutional Court which ruled that core EU treaties were partially illegal. Read more.
German defense and economic ministers renounce the Bundestag mandate. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer and Peter Altmaier, influential members of the German conservative union CDU / CSU, have announced that they will give up their tenure in the Bundestag to allow young members to rejuvenate their party. Read more.
Ex-PM Philippe is launching his own political party. Former French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe revealed the name of his right-wing party – “Horizons” – on Saturday. Philippe however ruled out a candidacy for the next presidency, specifying that “my goal is that in 2022, Emmanuel Macron be re-elected”. Read more.
Austrian Chancellor Kurz resigns over corruption allegations. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced his resignation on Saturday evening amid allegations of corruption and a looming government crisis. Experts say he will act as shadow chancellor and could return to duty once cleared of the allegations. Read more.
UNITED KINGDOM AND IRELAND
The number of migrants makes the Channel crossing jump. Britain’s Home Office said more than 1,000 migrants in more than 40 small boats had crossed the Channel between France and the UK in the past two days. Read more.
Irish Foreign Minister warns of “red line barrier” in dispute over NI protocol. Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney accused the British government of creating a “red barrier to progress” in post-Brexit negotiations over the Northern Ireland Protocol. Read more.
NORDIC AND BALTIC
Finland is pushing for nuclear power as a sustainable source. Following a previously secret decision, the Finnish government will pressure the European Union to declare nuclear energy as a sustainable source of energy. Read more.
Italy is considering the dismantling of far-right movements. A demonstration against anti-COVID measures in Rome with 10,000 protesters led to the attack on the Roman headquarters of the national union CGIL, 38 injured police officers and the arrest of 12 protesters. Read more.
Austrian Kurz’s resignation opens debate on media freedom in Greece. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has resigned after being accused of manipulating the media to the tune of more than € 1 million in public funds. In Greece, more than 30 million euros of state money has been paid to the media by the conservative Greek government, and everything is going as usual, the main opposition party Syriza said. Read more.
Spain’s COVID-19 rate drops to low risk, prompting regions to lift restrictions. Some 21 million people in Spain are exempt from COVID-19 related restrictions, as the incidence rate in the country fell to “low risk” for the first time in fifteen months. Read more.
The Czech Republic becomes conservative as Babiš loses the elections. The Czechs voted in favor of a conservative turn, the Social Democrats and the Communist Party not having reached the 5% threshold after the elections on Friday (October 8). This means that the ruling party led by Prime Minister Andrej Babiš is effectively ousted from the Czech Parliament. Read more
The second round of the Hungarian opposition primaries begins after the surprise withdrawal of the mayor from the capital. The second round of the opposition primaries began on Sunday, October 10 and will continue until next Saturday. European Social Democrat and Federalist MEP Klára Dobrev will face the independent Christian-Conservative mayor Péter Márki-Zay to lead the opposition against Viktor Orbán in the legislative elections of 2022. Read more.
Difficulties persist in accessing legal abortion in Slovakia. According to a study by the feminist organization, up to a third of all hospitals and medical institutions surveyed refuse to perform legal abortions because of conscientious objection. Possibility of choice. Read more.
NEWS FROM THE BALKANS
Bulgaria is considering 2040 for the end of coal. The government is considering three possible deadlines for shutting down coal-fired power plants – by 2035, 2038 or 2040, Energy Minister Andrey Zhivkov said as quoted by Bulgarian National Radio (BNR). Read more.
No end in sight for the Romanian government crisis. Romania has an interim government and a terrible situation in its hospitals due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, there does not appear to be a silver bullet to the political crisis. Read more.
Riot officers suspended in Croatia for violent pushbacks of migrants. Police director Nikola Milina said three police officers, identified as part of video recordings involved in violent pushbacks against illegal migrants, have been suspended and further disciplinary action will be taken. Read more.
Epidemiologist warns of COVID situation in Serbia worst in Europe. Serbia is one of the states hardest hit by the virus since the start of the pandemic, the country’s leading epidemiologist Dr Zoran Radovanović said. Read more.
The United States calls the corrupt actors in Bosnia and Herzegovina to account. The United States will strengthen communication with its European partners to ensure the introduction of effective sanctions for those in Bosnia and Herzegovina involved in corruption, the United States Embassy in Sarajevo has announcement. Read more.
Openness index: the government of North Macedonia is the first in the Western Balkans. According to the latest Opening index, which ranked the governments and parliaments of four Western Balkan countries – North Macedonia, Serbia, Montenegro and Bosnia and Herzegovina, the government of North Macedonia was ranked first on the list, while the country’s parliament was ranked third, reported meta.mk. Read more.
Kurti calls for EU funds to be linked to progress. Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti on Saturday called on the EU to make the disbursement of EU funds conditional on respect for the rule of law and the fight against corruption. Read more.
Albania declares a state of energy emergency against the backdrop of the energy crisis. Prime Minister Edi Rama declared a state of energy emergency on Friday due to the current energy crisis. Read more.
- EU / Brussels: EU and Britain start talks on Gibraltar.
- Luxembourg: EU agriculture and fisheries ministers meet in Luxembourg / ECJ hears call from Poland and Hungary to tie EU stimulus funds to rule of law
- Germany: The SPD, the FDP and the Greens meet to form a coalition after the close results of the German elections.
- Austria: President Alexander van der Bellen will be sworn in to outgoing Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg as new Chancellor after Kurz’s resignation / European Fundamental Rights Forum takes place in Vienna.
- Estonia: Alar Karis takes over the presidency of the country.
- Sweden: The Nobel Prize in Economics will be announced in Stockholm.
- Portugal: The government is about to submit its 2022 finance bill to Parliament.
- Czech Republic: The Vice-President of the Commission for Values and Transparency, Vĕra Jourová, in Prague, will speak at the 25th Forum 2000 conference.
- Croatia: The “Railways for the Future” conference, organized by EURACTIV partner Hanza Media, will discuss investments in the rail sector, with speech by Croatian Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Oleg Butković.
- Romania: President Klaus Iohannis is holding consultations with political parties on the formation of a new government.
- Serbia: Jubilee session of the Non-Aligned Movement, dedicated to the 60th anniversary of the founding of the Movement, in which more than 100 foreign delegations will participate, including around 40 foreign ministers.
[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Alexandra Brzozowski, Benjamin Fox, Daniel Eck, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor]