Coronavirus strikes again at popular European holiday resorts
After a declining trend seen in the past few weeks, new infections are on the rise again in Europe. The daily number of patients is nearing 150 thousand in France, and it is over 130 thousand in Germany, according to data on 28 June. There are an increasing number of new cases in popular holiday resorts across Europe. The Greek government is considering the reintroduction of Covid-related restrictions and, according to a Croatian expert, it may be advisable to reimpose mandatory mask-wearing in some cases.
Ukraine's EU candidate status raises Western Balkans's suspicion of double standards
The Croatian president says it is deeply cynical and a Croatian political tragedy that Bosnia and Herzegovina has not been granted EU candidate status. The Serbian member of the presidency of the country stated that it was pointless to talk about the European path of Bosnia and Herzegovina.
Several hundred protesters call on mayor to resign – video
Protesters have called for the resignation of Paris's Socialist mayor, saying that she is unfit for the job. In the recent period, the French capital has seen growing chaos and mounting heaps of rubbish, with crime also on the rise.
PM Orban congratulates school-leavers and graduates
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban congratulated both school-leavers and graduates, wishing them success, letters obtained by the Hungarian daily Magyar Nemzet reveal.
President Vucic: Union of marriage is between man and woman
The Serbian opposition fiercely objects to the pan-European LGBTQ festival. They say they do not want Belgrade to become a capital promoting homosexuality and pornography. The Dveri Movement party submitted a bill to parliament for the banning of advertising homosexual content to children. Event organisers expect the festival to help strengthen the LGBTQ+ community in the Western Balkans, and believe that it would help Serbia take a step towards European values.
Macron and his premier's popularity in free fall
The French president has asked the prime minister to form a new government, but they are unwilling to co-operate with either the left- or the right-wing parties, the press reports. Emmanuel Macron and Elisabeth Borne's popularity is in steady decline, and the majority of the population is dissatisfied with the two politicians.
Half of African youth want to migrate to Western countries
More than half of young Africans want to migrate to Europe or North America, according to research funded by a South African investment firm.
Frustration and disappointment in Western Balkans: "EU's behaviour is shameful and disgraceful"
The war-torn Ukraine has been granted EU candidacy status. Dispensing with previous practice, Brussels accelerated the pace of awarding the status to Kiev. Ukrainians deserve the status as they are ready to die for the protection of European values, Ursula von der Leyen said. Moldova has also been granted EU candidate status, but Georgia and Bosnia still have to qualify for candidacy and meet further requirements. Meanwhile, the EU again reaffirmed the long-standing EU enlargement perspective for Western Balkan countries.
Mother of two dies at the hands of Ryanair
Two people have died on Ryanair flights in recent years because of the lack of defibrillators on board. Although Michael O'Leary, the airline's chairman, promised to equip their aeroplanes with the devices, such installation has not taken place. Outrage at the news of the deaths was also fuelled by the hundreds of millions of euros in profits the company gained.
US Supreme Court overturns 50-year-old abortion ruling
The decision returns the right to regulate abortion to the constituent federated states.
Fuel price caps unable to stop price hikes in several countries
Several Balkan states have introduced price freezes on fuels. Nevertheless, fuel price in Serbia has significantly risen since the first price cap was imposed, as the price is adjusted from week to week. The situation is similar in Montenegro. In Croatia, the price depends on which petrol station motorists choose to refuel their cars. Slovenia is facing supply disruptions.
Tobacco issue: Brussels impedes law amendments aimed at protecting young people
The competent EU committee has rejected Hungary's request for urgent procedure for the adoption of a law amendment package aimed at the immediate regulation of the market of herbal products inhaled by heating.
The airline which employs staff in conditions akin to slavery and calls passengers idiots
Ryanair's flight attendants have announced strikes in several European countries, because they are fed up of the way the airline treats them. Previously, two employees called the company a slave-driver. Meanwhile, passengers are complaining that their worst flying experience was caused by the airline.
Economists forecast recession, White House says US on track for steady economic growth
Karine Jean-Pierre contradicted expert opinions at a press conference on 21 June. Since April, analysts have projected a decline by 2023, and forecast have turned even gloomier in recent days.
French political life unsettled as Macron's PM resigns
The left-wing coalition is on the brink of disintegration, as members of the Nupes are unwilling to remain in the largest left-wing alliance. Meanwhile, the prime minister submitted her resignation, which was rejected by the president.
FIFA to lift restrictions, allowing male-born players into women's teams
FIFA has drawn up new regulations with a view to abolishing all restrictions for trans athletes and making it easier for trans women – i.e. biological men – to compete in female football.
Ukrainians buy up properties in Montenegro irrespective of price
The seaside resorts of the Balkan country still haven't received any palpable attention from Western tourists. They did, however, attract many Ukrainian refugees, who completely unsettled the property market.
Students donning religious attire on the rise, teacher receives death threat – video
In the second quarter, there were nearly 150 cases of students violating the law on the wearing of religious symbols at school. The minister of education wants to address the problem at the national level. Another teacher was targeted with several death threats recently after prohibiting a Muslim girl from taking the matriculation exam in a headscarf.
EU to reek of body odour – AC's already banned in places
The use of air conditioners is being restricted in an increasing number of European countries, and there are places where you can expect severe fines of thousands of euros for cooling the indoor temperature to less than 27 degrees. The goal is for people to consume less energy. The European Union is working on a similar plan.
Migrant gangs bent on conquering Europe
On national holiday, thousands of migrants wreaked havoc in the small town. Conquering Europe is there stated aim as posted on social media. The populous migrant gang damaged cars, harassed women, attacked police, and even robbed several people.
Looney Irishman loathes customers that make him rich
The CEO of Ireland-based budget airline Ryanair is not particularly discerning when it comes to dishing out insults. In recent years he has targeted not only the airline's passengers with his berating comments, but political officials, as well. Michael O'Leary, however, became famous not for this but for his insolent and insane ideas.
Hundreds of thousands protest: "Either we fight and win or our Macedonia is over"
We assimilate and become Bulgarian. This is what the Paris proposal to continue with EU enlargement would mean, according to Macedonia's opposition forces. In the small Balkan country hundreds of thousands took part in a protest against the left-wing government.
Macron falls short of securing absolute majority – video
Although the party coalition supporting the French head of state managed to send the most members to parliament, it failed to win an absolute majority. The National Rally, led by Marine Le Pen, finished with spectacular results, far exceeding preliminary estimates.
President of Croatia: If Ukraine gets EU candidate status, Bosnia should get it too
If Ukraine is to become an EU candidate, the Croatian government must set it as a condition that Bosnia and Herzegovina's candidacy is announced on the same day as Ukraine's, Zoran Milanovic said.
Exclusive – Hundreds of thousands take to the streets against social democratic government
More than 100,000 people protested in the streets of Skopje, the capital of North Macedonia, V4NA reports.
Rental fees skyrocket in Serbia
Rental fees in Serbia are rising at an unstoppable rate. It is no longer possible to find a property for less than 200 euros a month in larger cities. This is particularly problematic for students, as it is almost impossible to find affordable housing before school starts in the autumn.
Germany admitted more than 22 thousand Afghans after withdrawal from country
Data are available from 18 NATO member states, none of which has resettled as many Afghans as the great power that has declared itself an immigrant country.
Will government force people to save by capping home temperatures at 18°C?
The cabinet could be drafting a law to force people into using less energy. The economy minister did not rule out the possibility that temperatures permissible in households could also be regulated by law. Earlier, Brussels has also floated a proposal that would prescribe a maximum temperature inside people's homes.
PM Orban meets FINA President ahead of World Aquatics Championships opening
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban welcomed Husain Al Musallam in his office in the Carmelite monastery on Friday. The president of the International Swimming Federation (FINA) arrived in Budapest to attend the World Aquatics Championships hosted by Hungary.
Interior minister's "students" show Islamist hand signals and greetings used by radical groups
The interior minister was forced into explanations once again, after posting a photo of herself in the company of the "Constitutional Learners" she had awarded. The students are seen showing gestures of Islamist and other radical groups with their hands.
Will Serbia extradite Ukrainian ex-intelligence chief?
A former key member of the Ukrainian secret service and his German partner, who were taken into custody days ago for smuggling hundreds of thousands of euros and dollars in cash, and two emeralds, have been awaiting a decision in a prison in Nis. The prosecutor's office in Serbia is currently collecting evidence.
Western Europe uses Eastern Europe as a junkyard
The advanced West is working to protect the environment by exporting the problem to the East. There are significantly more cars in use in the western member states of the European Union than in its eastern countries. Data from a survey highlight that Western countries use Eastern states as a kind of auto scrapyard.
George Soros has spent over $40 million on getting prosecutors elected
In recent years, George Soros has influenced the elections of a total of 75 prosecutors, who have been following the billionaire's instructions ever since. Now, however, the tide appears to be turning.
Performance of national team is key element of national pride, Hungary's foreign minister says – video
After a resounding victory, the Hungarian national football team leads its group in the UEFA Nations League. The performance of the national team is an important element of national pride, Hungary's foreign affairs and trade minister told Subotica-based Pannon TV in an interview before the England-Hungary match. In the interview, Peter Szijjarto also spoke about the possibility of Budapest holding the Olympic Games and the economic consequences of the Ukraine-Russia war.
Another woman accuses French minister of attempted rape – video
More and more testimonies are emerging against the newly appointed solidarity minister. The method was similar in several of the cases he is being implicated in. The politician denies everything, but this has since turned out not to be his only court case.
Government accelerates naturalisation of migrants despite crime statistics
The largest numbers of those who obtained citizenship in the country in 2021 came from Syria and Turkey. Statistics show that there is a strong correlation between the increase in the number of immigrants and the incidence of crime.
Ukrainian ex-intelligence chief's corruption cases linked to Chernobyl
Hundreds of thousands of euros and dollars, and emeralds, all hidden in an expensive BMW. Andriy Naumov a former key member of the Ukrainian secret service was arrested by Serbian police a few days ago while trying to smuggle these items across the border. Dirty details about his past have since been been revealed one after the other; despite his corruption cases, he was close to Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, and left his country a few hours before the war began.
Biden says inflation has eased – if you exclude energy and food prices
Another farcical remark from the US president, who said that if a few factors are taken out of the equation, it is clear that inflation has decreased. Meanwhile, people are facing additional costs of $460 a month, the highest increase in decades.
Macron's parliamentary majority a question, as left and right mobilise voters – video
The party alliance that supports the French president defeated the left-wing coalition with the narrowest of margins, garnering just a few thousand more votes in the first round of the elections. The second round on 19 June will decide whether Mr Macron's party will be able to secure a parliamentary majority.
Russian oligarch the West's afraid to punish
Although nickel magnate Vladimir Potanin is not only one of the wealthiest Russians, a loyal ally of the Kremlin, so far he has remained untouched by Western sanctions. It appears that his business is too important for global trade.
Left surges in first round of French parliamentary elections – video
At a record-low turnout, the left-wing coalition came in ahead of the party alliance that supports the head of state, with Marine Le Pen's party finishing in third place.
Companies use tricks to keep fuel prices near levels before tax cut
The government introduced a tax cut on fuels more than a week ago, but the prices of petrol and diesel oil have not changed significantly. Several government and opposition politicians urge an excess profit tax, as the rebates are now pocketed by oil companies.
Calls for stricter border controls after scandalous Champions League final
Riots occurring before the Champions League final must be prevented from spreading to other cities, the leader of the Spanish VOX party has said.
Ukraine's ex-secret service chief caught at border with emeralds and hundreds of thousands of euros and dollars
Andriy Naumov, the former head of the Ukrainian secret service, was arrested in Serbia. Accompanied by a German citizen, Mr Naumov tried to cross the Serbia-North Macedonia border, but customs officers discovered that he was carrying more than 600 thousand euros and 120 thousand US dollars in cash, and two emeralds in the car they were driving.
Hypocrisy at its best: Wealthy Hungarian leftist politician urging to save energy
According to Kata Tutto, lower energy consumption will bring peace to Europe, so the deputy mayor of Budapest's leftist administration is asking people to save on energy by heating, cooling, cooking, and driving less.
Skyrocketing energy prices push entrepreneurs to brink of bankruptcy
One electricity supplier has announced a 500 per cent increase in prices, so a significant proportion of small businesses are unlikely to be able to keep up with costs.
EU businesses benefit from sanctions against Russia
The failure of European sanctions is reflected in the growing interest in Russian oil on the market. Some companies have doubled the amount of their orders. EU tankers are busily shipping from Russian ports.