Ukraine tipped to win Eurovision, but is it the song or the political background that matters?
The Eurovision Song Contest is well under way in Turin, Italy, this week. Following the semi finals on Tuesday and Thursday, the best song will be selected on Saturday. According to bookmakers' predictions, Ukraine's entry will produce a landslide victory, but analysts say that this may be for political reasons. Russia was excluded from the contest and, in recent years, a growing number of people have asked whether the festival was really about the songs, or has it become a stage to showcase current Western trends?
US organisation estimates 750 thousand active paedophiles on-line – what does the EU do?
A new UN report on pedophilia, released in early July, shows a dramatic increase in online paedophile activities during the pandemic. A new report from the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime confirms warnings about the growth of child trafficking and the spread of paedophilia and child pornography.
Police use tear gas to disperse crowd protesting outside parliament
Dozens of citizens gathered in protest against pandemic measures on Friday morning in front of the parliament.
Germany reels from chaos – and it isn't over yet
North-western Germany and the Benelux countries have been hit by fatal floods and the death toll reached 150. In Rhineland-Palatinate and North Rhine-Westphalia states, rescue operations have been underway for more than two days. Although rescue services are working strenuously, the situation is not over yet, the German TV channel Das Erste reported. Locals say the flood and its aftermath have left a destruction of apocalyptic proportions.
Hungarian vaccination points open, Ukrainian border closes
Vaccination points have been opened, the border guard's system broke down, Transcarpathia's Hungarian press reported. Hungary has set up temporary vaccination points to offer inoculation for the citizens of neighbouring countries living near the Hungarian border, thus ensuring that ethnic Hungarians also get protected against Covid-19 and mitigating the risk of spreading the virus through frequent border crossings. However, those living near the Ukrainian-Hungarian border have had a limited access to the temporary vaccination points due to the closed border.
Football match stewards did not tolerate LGBT symbol
The stewards of the stadium in Baku confiscated a rainbow flag from a Danish fan before the match between Denmark and the Czech Republic in the quarter-final of the European Football Championship. UEFA said on Saturday that it would launch an investigation into the matter.
Soros's blog expands EU in secret
Hungary's media outlets critical of the government are making a huge effort to appear critical, so much so that they failed to realise that Iceland is not an EU member state. In fact, in March 2015 Iceland's government withdrew its accession request and signaled that it does not wish to restart its EU negotiations. A brief glance into Wikipedia would have helped but, in another absurd blunder, the leader of Hungary's opposition Momentum party described Japan as country in Europe.
Organisers expect 150,000 for Pride Parade, mask not mandatory
LGBTQ people and their sympathisers are holding an anniversary march in Vienna on Saturday. Last year s parade was cancelled, so now a huge crowd is expected. Despite the coronavirus, organisers expect 150,000 people to show up on Ringstrasse.
V4 country s digital immunity certificate to fulfil issuance of EU green pass
The minister heading the Hungarian prime minister s office shared the information at his regular Thursday press briefing.
PM Orban in talks with Spanish right-wing VOX party leader
Santiago Abascal, the leader and MP of the Spanish VOX party, paid a visit to Hungary and was also received by Hungarian PM Viktor Orban in Budapest on Thursday morning, PM Orban s press chief, Bertalan Havasi, told Hungary s state news agency (MTI).
V4 country withdraws from further vaccine procurement by Brussels
The withdrawal was announced by the head of the Prime Minister s office at the online press briefing on Thursday.
PM Babis: Serbia ready to offer 100 thousand Pfizer vaccines to Czechia
The announcement was made by Czech PM Andrej Babis on Twitter, who believes that the generous gift will enable the Czech Republic to step up its vaccination drive.
Three associations banned for raising money for terrorists
The associations supported the Lebanese Shiite Hezbollah movement. Police have launched an operation to dissolve them, according to the federal interior ministry.
Officer shot dead in downtown in broad daylight - photo
A policeman was fatally shot during a drug raid, leaving two children behind. The interior minister paid a visit to the scene, where the perpetrator made a getaway on a kick scooter after the attack. Police have launched a manhunt.
Britons aged over 50 to receive third jab before Christmas
The move aims to permanently contain the epidemic in the United Kingdom. The Times has outlined two options regarding booster shots and, according to expectations, there will be no need to give a third jab to younger people.
Austria provides €2 million in aid to India s pandemic response
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz made the announcement on Wednesday after the government meeting.
V4 country to embark on major easing of restrictions
As the third wave of the coronavirus pandemic appears to be subsiding, the country will see a gradual easing of restrictions in May, the prime minister told a press briefing on Wednesday.
Vaccination drive goes well, V4 country expects further easing of restrictions
The target of vaccinating 3.5 million people can be reached on Friday and, as a result, outdoor terraces can reopen the day after, on Saturday, the Hungarian Prime Minister s office chief told an online press briefing on Thursday.
PM Orban meets WHO Europe Director, who praises Hungary s pandemic response
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and WHO Regional Director for Europe Hans Kluge discussed Hungary s successful vaccination campaign, the county s reopening and the relations between Hungary and the World Health Organization (WHO) at the prime minister s office in Budapest on Thursday, PM Orban s press chief told Hungary s state news agency (MTI).
Slovakia s new prime minister and government take office
Eduard Heger took office as Slovakia s new prime minister after President Zuzana Caputova appointed the new government on Thursday morning.
Gender-crazed zealots shred top model
Former comrades-in-ideology have launched a scathing attack against liberal supermodel Emily Ratajkowski after a post, where she called her newborn a "beautiful boy," despite having previously been a vocal advocate for free choice of gender.
Director cries "censorship" as Russians again cut a gay scene from film
The British director of the drama Supernova talks of censorship after the Russian distributor cut out a 3-minute homosexual sex scene from it. The film revolves around the relationship of a gay couple starring Colin Firth and Stanley Tucci.
V4 country could cancel contract with Russia to buy Sputnik jabs
The prime minister shared this information on social media on Thursday morning.
Andrej Babis: Czech government will ask MPs to extend state of emergency
The announcement was made by the Czech prime minister at a press briefing following a cabinet meeting on Wednesday morning.
Rail company to suspend services in no-go zones due to atrocities
Harassment, spitting conductors in the face and the intimidation of passengers are just some of the atrocities that have led the rail company to consider suspending its services at certain stations.
A thousand migrants in 24 hours
Libya witnessed another mass exodus with more than a thousand migrants departing from its shores in the past 24 hours in a bid to reach Europe. Many were intercepted by the Coast Guard but, due to the NGO ships active in the Meditteranean, many have managed to slip past the authorities.
Italy not learning from past mistakes?
Italy s first weekend after the easing of pandemic-related restrictions was characterised by crowded streets and restaurants filled to the rafters. The last time such scenes took place in Italy was at the outbreak of the disease, which has led to mass infections later.
"Hey, hey, hey, abortion is okay!"
Activists in Poland have had children participate in a pro-abortion protest. The videos recorded during the left-wing demonstration - whose participants demanded equality, freedom, and abortion on demand - show angry young people yelling pro-abortion slogans.
Communist Party representative in capital accused of rape
A young man accused on social media a capital city council member and his partner of raping him two years ago.
Protesters throw stones at royal convoy and set police station on fire - videos
Violence broke out in a demonstration which was organised in the capital after the tragedy of a young man who died in police custody. The angry crowd set a police station ablaze and hurled stones at the king s car passing there.
Family blaming police for son s death calls for protest
In Brussels, a young man who reportedly swallowed drugs to hide evidence from police before his arrest probably died of a drug overdose. His family is organising a protest, and they want an investigation to clarify the circumstances of their son s death.
Situation in Dover disgraceful, Polish doctors help
"I haven t showered in five days" and "I m driving my pregnant wife home" are just some of the remarks made by the more than ten thousand lorry drivers who are still being tested at Dover. The Polish army has sent its own doctors to the scene to accelerate the process.
Biden s niece avoids jail time
Caroline Biden admitted that she was under the influence of drugs when she crashed her car, but she will not spend a day behind bars because, one day after the elections, she struck a deal with the district attorney. The court says the unusual timing is coincidence.
Machine guns now a part of Christmas in Sweden
Armed officers will also be among Stockholm s Christmas sights this year as the city braces for a possible terrorist attack. Authorities have already built several barriers to prevent a car attack, but increasing the number of patrols in the city centre is also an alarming sign of the growing terror threat.
Janez Jansa: Soros s dirty money will ruin democracy
"Stay away from the EU and Europe", Slovenian PM Janes Janza wrote, addressing his words to George Soros. He pointed out that the speculator s money is the "strongest generator of conflicts on the continent," undermining trust between people and democracy.
Mass vaccination begins
Russia has opened vaccination stations at 70 points in its capital and became the first country to officially start mass vaccination. The UK has also followed suit and, after the emergency-use authorisation of Pfizer s drug, the vaccination of the population could begin as early as Tuesday.
First vaccines to arrive in V4 state at the end of January
The country s health minister made the announcement on Wednesday, stressing that doctors will most certainly be among the first to receive the vaccine. Speaking about the procurement process, the prime minister underlined that the country has ordered 45 million doses.