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(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 18 - Croatian MPs voted to give confidence to the new Andrej Plenkovic government on Friday evening, following a ten-hour debate. The Croatian Democratic Union (Hdz, center-right) led by Plenković and the Patriotic Movement (DP, nationalist right) support the new government. Out of the 141 MPs present, 79 voted in favour, one abstained, and 61 voted against. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - ROME, MAY 17 - Italy was among nine EU countries that on Friday failed to sign a declaration for the promotion of European policies in favour of LGBT+ communities presented by the Belgian presidency to the EU member states. Not signing the declaration were Italy, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Lithuania, Latvia, the Czech Republic and Slovakia. The declaration had been prepared on the occasion of the World Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia. Italy, on 7 May, had joined…
(ANSA) - ROME, MAY 17 - The Romanian Court of Appeal on Friday confirmed the sentence of eight years and three months' imprisonment for Filippo Mosca and Luca Cammalleri, the young men from Caltanissetta in Sicily who have been imprisoned in the Porta Alba prison in Costanza, Romania, for over a year on charges of international drug trafficking. The same sentence was given to an Italian young woman, whose identity is not known. Mosca, 29, was denied house arrest in Romania at the end of March. Police…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 17 - On June 14, the Patriarchal Basilica of Aquileia (Udine), Italy, will host a peace concert directed by maestro Riccardo Muti. The Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra of Ravenna, made up of young musicians with a European perspective on music and culture, will perform in a show that will weave history and symphonic melodies together. For the event in Aquileia, a UNESCO heritage site since 1998, maestro Muti chose a repertoire that includes Mozart, Schubert, and Italian composer…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 17 - The governments of Germany, France, and Italy wrote to Kosovar Prime Minister Albin Kurti in a letter highlighting the necessity of moving forward with the creation of the Community/Association of Serb-majority municipalities in Kosovo because, without it, Kosovo will find it difficult to join the Council of Europe, media reported. (ANSA).
(ANSA-AFP) - BANSKA BYSTRICA, MAY 17 - Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico's health condition was on Friday "still very serious" two days after being shot, his deputy and close ally said. Robert Kalinak said Fico had undergone a second operation. "His state is still very serious. I think it would take a couple of days to see the course of the development of his state," Kalinak told reporters outside the hospital. (ANSA-AFP).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 17 - "Everyone was shocked and shaken" by the attempted murder of Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico. "When it happens, it is always unexpected, but the fact that the level of violence in Europe is increasing does not surprise anyone," said Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in an interview with Radio Kossuth. "Europe's position has now radically changed," he added, recalling the terrorist attacks in Europe and the Russian war in Ukraine, which, in his opinion, has transformed…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 16 MAG - Five "yellow sticker" days are forecast to occur on a section of Autostrade Alto Adriatico's network on Sunday, May 19, the Pentecost holiday, which is very popular in some European countries. Forecasts from the Concessionaire indicate a significant increase in traffic starting tomorrow, particularly toward Trieste on the A4 and the A57. This congestion could lead to queues on the Terraglio-Bivio A57/A27 section during the morning and near the junctions toward the seaside…
(ANSA-AFP) - BELGRADE, MAY 16 - Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner has signed a lease for a building project at the site of the former Yugoslav army headquarters in Belgrade that was bombed in US-led NATO strikes in 1999. The project has ruffled feathers in Serbia as the site is a painful symbol of the NATO bombing campaign that put an end to the war in Kosovo, with the breakaway province later declaring independence. Construction Minister Goran Vesic insisted Wednesday the deal was not a sale…
(ANSA) - VATICAN CITY, 16 MAG - Pope Francis received Edgars Rinkevics, President of the Republic of Latvia, accompanied by his entourage, in an audience at the Vatican this morning. The private conversation between the two lasted 35 minutes. In the end, after the Latvian delegation was presented, gifts were exchanged. The Pontiff donated a bronze bas-relief entitled "The Welcome," volumes of papal documents, and the Message for World Peace Day 2024. Rinkevics, on the other hand, offered the Pope…
(ANSA-AFP) - BELGRADE, MAY 16 - Authorities charged an alleged gunman Thursday with the attempted murder of Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, saying the shooting was sparked by the election win last month of a Fico ally. The premier's condition has stabilised but was still "very serious" a day after the violence that prompted deep worries of an escalation in the politically polarised nation. "This is a lone wolf whose actions were accelerated after the presidential elections since he was dissatisfied…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 16 - 'One Region, a Common Vision' is the motto of a Western Balkans regional summit, which began this morning in Kotor, Montenegro. The summit is centred on accelerating the process of European integration through the European Union's regional growth strategy. This is the third regional summit on the topic, following those in Tirana and Skopje. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 16 - According to the police, a traffic accident occurred this morning around 7 a.m. in the town of Brnaze, Croatia, in which four people, most likely migrants, were killed. There were several people in the vehicle, which went off-road in an attempt to evade the police. Four people died on the scene, and the remaining passengers in the vehicle were taken to the hospital. According to preliminary findings, the deceased are most likely migrants, local media reported. (ANSA).
(ANSA-AFP) - BEIJING, MAY 16 - Chinese leader Xi Jinping said Thursday that he and Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin agreed on the need for a "political solution" to the war in Ukraine, following talks between the two presidents in Beijing. "Both sides agree that a political solution to the Ukraine crisis is the correct direction," Xi told media alongside Putin in a joint press conference broadcast by Russian television. (ANSA-AFP).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 16 - Defence Minister Robert Kalinak announced that Prime Minister Robert Fico's condition has stabilised following surgery, but it remains serious, according to the Tasr agency. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 15 - Local media reports say Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico was shot, BBC reported today. According to TASR, Mr Fico was shot in front of a building in Handlova, central Slovakia, where a government meeting was taking place. Journalists on the scene reported hearing several shots. He was taken to the hospital, and police detained his alleged assailant. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - ROME, MAY 15 - Ilaria Salis is "enthusiastic" at the prospect of getting out of jail, her father Roberto said after the antifascist's longstanding request for house arrest in Budapest was finally granted on Wednesday. "Ilaris is enthusiastic about being able finally to leave prison and we are extremely happy that we will be able to finally re-embrace her," he told ANSA in the latest development in the case of the 39-year-old Monza elementary school teacher on trial for attacking two neoNazis…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 15 - The Kosovo police, in an operation in the north of the country, found and seized a significant quantity of weapons and ammunition, together with police uniforms, Pristina's authorities said today. The operation was carried out in the town of Zvecan. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 15 - The number of irregular border crossings into the European Union fell by nearly a quarter (23%) in the first four months of 2024, to around 63 400, according to preliminary data released by Frontex today. The Western Balkans and Central Mediterranean saw the greatest decreases in irregular crossing detections among the major migratory routes (-69% and -62%, respectively), while the Western African and Eastern Mediterranean routes saw the greatest increases (+375% and…
(ANSA) - ROME, MAY 15 - Deputy Premier and Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani on Wednesday expressed skepticism after Russian President Vladimir Putin told Xinhua that Moscow was open to talks about the war in Ukraine, while stressing that any negotiations must not lead the end of Ukraine as a free country. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 15 - A vote on the resolution on the genocide in Srebrenica that was rumoured to be scheduled for today will instead take place on Thursday, May 23, according to Bosnian media, citing UN General Assembly sources. Western powers support the resolution, but Serbia and the Bosnian Serbs are vehemently opposed to it. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - ROME, MAY 14 - Hungary's prison service said Tuesday Ilaria Salis can vote in the June 8-9 European elections she is standing in as a Green-Left Alliance (AVS) candidate, rejecting her father Roberto's claims are "baseless". It said the 39-year-old Monza elementary school teacher and anti-fascist on trial for allegedly attacking two neoNazis in February last year was entitled to vote as were all Hungarian detainees. Roberto Salis said Monday the Hungarian authorities were denying his daughter…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 14 MAG - Yesterday, a significant event unfolded as a delegation led by the esteemed Austrian Minister of Education, Science and Research, Martin Polaschek, visited the headquarters of the European Consortium for Research Infrastructures in Central Europe (ERIC) in Trieste. The visit was a testament to the importance of international research collaborations, focusing on fruitful partnerships involving Austria, the Czech Republic, and Italy at Elettra Sincrotrone. The group - as…
(ANSA) - ROME, MAY 14 - The European Commission said Tuesday that Austria was breaching EU rules on free movement with restrictions it has been imposing at its border with Italy at the Brenner Pass. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 14 - The UN Security Council will hold a new session on the situation in Bosnia-Herzegovina tomorrow. The central topic is expected to be the controversial resolution on the Srebrenica genocide, which will be voted on soon by the United Nations General Assembly. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 13 - "The Albania operation is an example of a model that we must try in order to solve the problem of illegal immigration," said Petr Fiala, Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, in joint declarations issued at the conclusion of their meeting at Palazzo Chigi with Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni. "Countries outside of Europe that can guarantee a solution should be sought," he added. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 13 - Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmitro Kuleba met with Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic today after visiting Belgrade since yesterday with Olena Zelenska, President Volodymyr Zelensky's wife. According to media reports, the meeting's topics included bilateral relations and the two countries' European paths. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 13 - Reinhold Lopatka, the leading candidate of the ÖVP (Austrian People's Party) in the elections, has categorically rejected the possibility of collaborating with the FPO (Austrian Freedom Party, populist right) at the federal level. In relation to the European Parliament, Lopatka reiterated his opposition to any form of collaboration with the FPO. However, Lopatka has expressed an openness to right-wing conservative parties such as Fratelli d'Italia. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 13 - European lawmakers agreed on CO2 targets for heavy-duty vehicles, phasing out almost all new diesel truck sales by 2040. Manufacturers must reduce the average emissions of new trucks by 45% in 2030, 65% in 2035, and 90% in 2040. Italy voted against, along with Poland and Slovakia. However, the Czech Republic chose to abstain. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAY 13 - Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has rebuked newly sworn-in North Macedonia President Gordana Siljanovska-Davkova for referring to her country as "Macedonia" rather than its constitutional name "North Macedonia," warning that further violations of the two countries' 2019 name agreement could jeopardise Skopje's EU membership ambitions, according to the daily Kathimerini. (ANSA).