U.S. intelligence finds Russia planning Ukraine offensive

There are signs that the White House and Kremlin are close to arranging a conversation next week between Biden and Putin. President Joe Biden has pledged to make it “very, very difficult” for Russia’s Vladimir Putin to take military action in Ukraine as U.S. intelligence officials determined that Russian planning is underway for a possibleContinue reading “U.S. intelligence finds Russia planning Ukraine offensive”

COVID surge in Germany: Is a lockdown inevitable? – DW News

As Germany faces record-breaking infection numbers and fears of the omicron variant abound, Angela Merkel’s designated successor Olaf Scholz is calling for a general vaccine mandate. Talking to Germany’s Bild television on Tuesday, the chancellor-in-waiting said he would like to see mandatory vaccinations “not too far away in the future, so I suggest beginning ofContinue reading “COVID surge in Germany: Is a lockdown inevitable? – DW News”

Poland’s lawmakers reject bill seeking to outlaw abortion

Poland’s lawmakers on Thursday rejected a civic legislative proposal that would have outlawed abortion as homicide. The vote to reject the proposal at the initial stage was 361-48 with 12 abstentions, and was greeted with applause. It was overwhelming, also because most among the 228 ruling right-wing party’s lawmakers voted against it. The Law andContinue reading “Poland’s lawmakers reject bill seeking to outlaw abortion”

Democracy slipping away at record rate, intergovernmental body warns

A greater number of countries are sliding towards authoritarianism, while the number of established democracies under threat has never been so high, the International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (IDEA) said on Monday. Populist politics, the use of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to silence critics, a tendency of countries to mimic the anti-democratic behaviour ofContinue reading “Democracy slipping away at record rate, intergovernmental body warns”

Latvia bans unvaccinated lawmakers from voting

Latvia’s parliament has voted in favor of a bill which prevents national and local lawmakers from carrying out their work if they’re not vaccinated against COVID-19, becoming the first country in the world to approve such a measure. The bill, which was supported by 62 out of 100 deputies, prevents lawmakers from voting on legislatureContinue reading “Latvia bans unvaccinated lawmakers from voting”

New coronavirus cases top 50,000 in Germany for the first time

Record comes as coalition hopefuls face criticism for COVID-19 measures to be debated in parliament. New coronavirus cases in Germany topped the 50,000 mark for the first time, the Robert Koch Institute (RKI) said today, adding pressure on the next government to push through more ambitious containment measures. Germany’s public health body reported 50,196 new cases within theContinue reading “New coronavirus cases top 50,000 in Germany for the first time”

Polish parliament debates bill to ban “promoting homosexuality” and LGBT parades

A bill proposing to ban LGBT pride parades and other public gatherings that “promote” non-heterosexual orientations and non-biological gender identities was debated yesterday evening in Poland’s parliament. The bill is a citizens’ initiative rather than one proposed by any political group. But it received backing last night from some MPs in Poland’s national-conservative ruling coalition.Continue reading “Polish parliament debates bill to ban “promoting homosexuality” and LGBT parades”

Lithuanian soldiers will use weapons on Belarus border if ‘their lives in danger’, says minister

Tensions on the Polish-Belarusian border have increased in recent days. If similar scenarios were repeated in Lithuania, the country’s soldiers would not hesitate to use their weapons, according to Lithuanian Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas. On Monday night, a group of 60-70 irregular migrants attempted to break the barrier on the Polish-Belarusian border, the Polish StateContinue reading “Lithuanian soldiers will use weapons on Belarus border if ‘their lives in danger’, says minister”

Moldova declares state of emergency over gas crisis

Moldova to seek cheaper natural gas from Europe after traditional supplier Russia hiked prices. Moldova’s parliament has approved a government-requested state of emergency until November 20 as it tries to ease gas shortages amid soaring world energy prices. The eternal flame at a World War II monument in the capital Chisinau has been extinguished dueContinue reading “Moldova declares state of emergency over gas crisis”

Poland comes under fire over challenge to primacy of EU law

Polish prime minister warns of EU mission creep Von der Leyen: Poland poses ‘direct challenge to EU legal order’ Three options: legal, financial, suspending voting rights EU justice commissioner says bloc to act within weeks Poland’s prime minister came under repeated criticism during a tense debate in the European Parliament on Tuesday, with the EU’sContinue reading “Poland comes under fire over challenge to primacy of EU law”

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