(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 01 OTT - The IHS Markit Eurozone Manufacturing PMI indicates an acceleration in growth of the manufacturing economy during September, with the index at 53.7, unchanged on the earlier flash reading and up from 51.7 in the previous month, IHS Markit said today. September marked the…
(ANSA) - BERLINO, 01 OTT - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny has accused President Vladimir Putin of being behind his poisoning, in his first interview published since he left the German hospital where he was treated. "I assert that Putin is behind this act, I don't see any other explanation,"…
(ANSA-AFP) - BRUSSELS, 30 SET - The European Union criticised Hungary and Poland in its first report on democratic standards across the bloc on Wednesday, as tensions soar between Brussels and Budapest. The report on the "rule of law" in all 27 EU countries comes a day after the bloc rejected hardline…
(ANSA-XINHUA) - BUDAPEST, SEP 30 - Chinese tech giant Lenovo Group will build a manufacturing facility in Hungary, the country's Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade Peter Szijjarto said here on Tuesday. The 8.2-billion-Hungarian-forint (26.3 million U.S. dollars) plant will be built in Ullo on the…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, SEPTEMBER 30 - Poland and Hungary and also the so-called frugal countries (Holland, Finland, Denmark, Austria), as well as Belgium and Luxembourg, voted - albeit for different reasons - against the mediation proposal on the rule of law to budget conditionalities, presented by the…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, SEPTEMBER 30 - Italy, Germany, and Ireland will be the first countries to be able to connect, from October 17, to the EU system, that allows dialogue between national apps for tracking Covid infections, ensuring their operation across the border. ANSA reported citing level Commission…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 30 SET - The official account of the Hungarian Government, @AboutHungary, has been suspended by Twitter "without any warning or explanation," the government spokesman Zoltan Kovacs said on Twitter today. "This is extremely interesting in view of the fact" that the European Commission…
(ANSA-AFP) - MUNICH, 30 SET - Former Audi CEO Rupert Stadler on Wednesday became the first auto boss to stand trial in Germany over the "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal. Five years after parent company Volkswagen owned up to the scam, Stadler appeared before the Munich district court to answer…
(ANSA-AFP) - FRANKFURT AM MAIN, 30 SET - German unemployment fell slightly in September, official data showed Wednesday, as Europe's largest economy showed further signs of recovery following the initial hit from the coronavirus pandemic. The seasonally adjusted jobless rate ticked down to 6.3 percent…
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, 30 SET - German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Wednesday she would hold talks with Belarus's main opposition leader, days after French President Emmanuel Macron met with her and pledged to help mediate in her country's crisis. "I will soon meet the opposition leader Ms (Svetlana)…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 29 SET - A European partner - German to be exact - will invest in the Trieste Logistics Platform (PLT): HHLA (Hamburger Hafen und Logistik AG), a terminal operator in the port of Hamburg, has signed an agreement with partners ICOP and Francesco Parisi to become a shareholder in PLT.…
(ANSA) - BERLIN, SEPTEMBER 29 - Given the increase in Coronavirus cases in Germany, the State, and the Laender want to limit the number of participants in the parties. In closed spaces, they cannot be more than 25; in outdoor areas, no more than 50. That is what emerged from a document collected by…
(ANSA) - ROME, SEPTEMBER 29 - On the Recovery Fund, "however, a clash has opened between Visegrad countries such as Poland and Hungary that do not want interference or conditionality on their rule of law, and the so-called 'frugal' countries who think that the rule of law should be essential to access…
(ANSA-AFP) - VILNIUS, 29 SET - Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya told AFP on Tuesday she will address France's parliament, following a meeting with President Emmanuel Macron during his visit to Lithuania. "We have received an invitation to speak before the French parliament and we have…
(ANSA-AFP) - VILNIUS, 29 SET - French President Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday promised to help mediate in the Belarusian political crisis during a meeting with opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya. "We will do our best as Europeans to help mediate," Macron told reporters after the talks during his…
(by Stefano Giantin) (ANSA) - BELGRADE, 29 SET - Countries in Central- and Eastern Europe recorded almost 100,000 new COVID-19 cases in the week between September 21 and September 27, show data from the new WHO weekly epidemiological update, published Monday evening. A total of 99,708 new COVID-19 cases…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 29 SET - Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban requested the immediate resignation of European Commission Vice President Vera Jourova in a letter to EC President Ursula von der Leyen, Orban's International Communications Office informed today. Hungary is at the same time suspending…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 29 SET - The debt owed by all public organs and institutions in Germany to the non-public sector amounted to 2,108.9 billion euros at the end of the first six months of 2020, the highest level ever determined for the debt statistics, the German Federal statistical office Destatis…
(ANSA-AFP) - THE HAGUE, 28 SET - A former separatist commander became the first person to appear before an international court probing Kosovo's 1990s independence war on Monday, facing charges including murder and torture. Salih Mustafa, 48, a senior member of the ethnic Albanian Kosovo Liberation Army…
(ANSA) - BERLIN, SEPTEMBER 28 - The evolution of the pandemic in Germany is "disturbing," said Angela Merkel's spokesperson, Steffen Seibert, at a press conference in Berlin. Seibert pointed out that in some regions, the number of cases is increasing at the local level, albeit in fits and starts. "We…
SYDNEY, SEPTEMBER 28 - Germany relies on hydrogen from Australia, produced without CO2 emissions through renewable energy, to decarbonize its heavy industry and comply with the Paris climate agreement. The goal is to achieve zero emissions by 2050, chancellor Angela Merkel announced. The two countries…
(ANSA-AFP) - MINSK, 28 SET - Belarusian writer Svetlana Alexievich has left the country for treatment in Germany, her friend told AFP Monday, after the Nobel Literature Prize winner faced official pressure for supporting the opposition. The 72-year-old writer, who has been summoned for questioning by…
(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, 28 SET - Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny said on Monday that German Chancellor Angela Merkel visited him at a Berlin hospital where he was treated after being poisoned with a military-grade nerve agent. "I am very grateful to Chancellor Merkel for visiting me at the hospital,"…
(ANSA-AFP) - BUCHAREST, 28 SET - Romania's deeply-entrenched Social Democrats lost control of capital Bucharest in local elections Sunday, exit polls showed, as mask-clad voters chose mayors and local councillors nationwide in the first electoral test after years of political turbulence. Held amid a…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 25 SET - The decline in GDP in Slovenia, consequence of the sharp contraction of activity in the second quarter due to the pandemic, will be but smaller than projected in the summer, the Slovenia governmental Institute of Macroeconomic Analysis and Development (IMAD) said this week.…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 25 SET - Italy, as of 13, is among the the EU/EEA countries with a stable trend of infections, together with other EU nations including Belgium, Finland, Germany, Greece, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, the European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC) said. The group of the…
(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, 25 SET - Russia on Thursday criticised Bulgaria's expulsion of two of its diplomats, dismissing "far-fetched" accusations that they were spying on the military. Bulgaria's foreign ministry said Wednesday that it had ordered the expulsion of the diplomats, who Russia said worked…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 25 SET - "The COVID-19 crisis has been a triple shock for the global economy," the European Central Bank (ECB) said in its economic bulletin, published Thursday. "Unlike past crises, it hit private consumption particularly hard in the first half of 2020," the ECB underlined. "Looking…
(ANSA-AFP) - BRUSSELS, 25 SET - Hungary's anti-immigration prime minister Viktor Orban said Thursday that EU proposals for tougher new asylum rules do not go far enough. "There is no breakthrough -- there are many changes but that is not yet a breakthrough," Orban told reporters after talks in Brussels…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 24 SET - The European Central Bank (ECB) has suggested to the European Union to make the so-called Recovery fund permanent, the Financial Times revealed, saying that information from the BCE reveal that Croatia, Bulgaria and Greece would be the fund's greatest beneficiaries, as net…