(ANSA-AP) - WARSAW, JUNE 17 - Top European Union official Donald Tusk is being questioned by a panel in his native Poland that is investigating cases of large-scale tax evasion during the time when he was the country's prime minister. Tusk's questioning is seen as an attempt by the ruling party to discredit…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUNE 17 - The rating agency Fitch has upgraded long-term foreign and local-currency ratings of North Macedonia from BB to BB+ with a stable outlook. Fitch said that the decision is based on the "sustained period of improved governance standards," together with a "greater reassurance…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, JUNE 17 - The highest job vacancy rates among EU Member States in the first quarter of 2019 was recorded in the Czech Republic, Eurostat said in a statement today. Czechia, with a 6.4% job vacancy rate, was followed by Belgium (3.6%) and Germany (3.3%). In contrast, Eurostat added,…
(ANSA) - BERLIN, JUNE 17 - The Bundesbank recorded a slowdown for the German economy in the second quarter of 2019, but things should get better in the next quarter. That is what emerged from the monthly bulletin of the Central Bank of Germany, according to which the economic trend is "still weak".…
(ANSA) - PRAGUE, JUNE 17 - Within the week the social democrats (CSSD) will decide whether or not to remain in the Czech Republic government with Andrej Babis (ANO), the prime minister under investigation for EU fraud. The CSSD vice-president Roman Onderka anticipated last weekend that he would not…
(ANSA) - SKOPJE, JUNE 15 - In North Macedonia the opposition harshly criticized the Social Democratic prime minister Zoran Zaev, inviting him to resign and hold early elections since he failed to achieve a date to start membership negotiations with the EU. Zaev was criticized after his visit to Berlin…
(ANSA-AP) - CHISINAU, JUNE 14 - A caretaker Democratic Party-led government in Moldova says it will resign in order to end a power struggle that has heightened political tensions in the impoverish ed ex-Soviet republic. But the party led by the powerful oligarch Vladimir Plahotniuc also said Friday…
(ANSA-AP) - BELGRADE, JUNE 14 - Serbia's leader is urging U.S. President Donald Trump to put pressure on Kosovo to return to negotiations amid a months-long deadlock. EU-mediated status talks between Serbia and its ex-province have been stalled since late last year when Kosovo imposed a 100% tax on…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, JUNE 14 - Rizzani de Eccher enters the Rail Baltica. After signing the € 430.5m contract for the Riga Railway Station, the de Eccher Group company, global infrastructure construction giant, along with the Belgian company Besix and Latvia's Rere, was awarded the first 2.6 km batch…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, JUNE 14 - Newly standardized protocols to grow tumor tissues taken from patients in the laboratory and the foundation of a tumor organoid bio-bank are the results of the European PreCanMed project, which allow physicians and researchers to have access to a variety of models which are…
(ANSA) - BUDAPEST, JUNE 14 - The four Visegrad countries (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Hungary) will not support Manfred Weber for President of the European Commission, sharing the views expressed by Viktor Orban, Hungarian premier, and leader of Fidesz, party which was ousted by the EPP. The…
(ANSA-AP) - BUDAPEST, JUNE 13 - The Hungarian government says Prime Minister Viktor Orban is hosting a meeting with his counterparts from Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia to discuss the European Union, which will choose new leaders in coming weeks. Czech newspaper Lidove Noviny reported that…
(ANSA-AP) - WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he will send 1,000 more U.S. service members to Poland as part of his broadening security and economic alliance. Trump made the announcement during a White House news conference with Poland's president, Andrzej Duda. Trump said the…
(ANSA) - MOSCOW, JUNE 13 - The relationship between Russia and Ukraine will be restored regardless of the nature of relations with Ukrainian elites, Russian president Vladimir Putin told Mir TV channel in an exclusive interview. "The rebuilding of our relations is inevitable: what we have today is not…
(ANSA-AP) - CHISINAU, 13 JUN - Russian President Vladimir Putin has strongly backed Moldova's new coalition government, which has been locked in a power struggle with a rival group amid a surge in political tensions in the ex-Soviet nation. In an interview with the Mir television station in Russia,…
(ANSAmed) - ROME, JUNE 12 - An early national election in Greece has been scheduled on July 7, as expected. The president's decree affixed in parliament in Athens approves the dissolution of the Chamber and formally sets early elections. President Prokopis Pavlopoulos - the news agency Ana-Mpa reports…
(ANSA-AP) - PRISTINA, JUNE 12 - Kosovo on Wednesday celebrated the 20th anniversary of the deployment of NATO troops in an operation that helped stop a Serb military crackdown on ethnic Albanians that left more than 10,000 dead. Former U.S. President Bill Clinton, ex-Secretary of State Madeleine Albright…
(ANSA-AP) - BRUSSELS, JUNE 12 - European Union leaders appear set to push back the start of membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia despite warnings that further delays could undermine pro-democratic reform efforts and stability in the volatile Balkans region. The prospect of EU membership…
(by Cristiana Missori) (ANSA) - TRIESTE, JUNE 12 - Security, fight against corruption, sustainable development, stronger infrastructure and energy sector connections, but also more political cooperation between the 17 member countries through the establishment of a 'Local Dimension', aiming to strengthen…
(ANSA-AP) - PRAGUE, JUNE 12 - Thousands of Czechs have rallied to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis and his new justice minister as protests are intensifying across the country. The protesters gathered in several hundred towns Tuesday, a week after tens of thousands rallied in Prague.…
(ANSA-AP) - CHISINAU, 11 GIU - Five European nations have joined NATO in appealing for "calm and restraint" in Moldova, where a court installed an interim president who immediately dissolved parliament and rival governments are fighting for control. France, Germany, Poland, Sweden and the United Kingdom…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 11 GIU - Meeting analysts' expectations, the GDP growth in Serbia moderately slowed its pace to 2.5% year-on-year in the first quarter of 2019, -0.9% quarter-on-quarter, Erste Group Research said in macro outlook released today. However, Erste forecasted a GDP growth for Serbia at…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 11 GIU - The Romanian company Uzina Mecanica Plopeni (UMP), controlled by the state-owned arms producer Romarm, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Beretta Holding for the production in Romania of the ARX 160 assault weapon, the Romanian ministry of Economy announced in…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 11 GIU - The unemployment rate in Albania dropped to 12.1% in the first quarter of the year, the Albanian Institute of statistics (Instat) said in a statement. According to Instat, the official unemployment rate decreased by 0.4 percentage points compared to the first quarter of 2018…
(ANSA) - LJUBLJANA, JUNE 11 - In Slovenia, the party led by PM Marian Sarec, with a list bearing his name (LMS), is supported by 18.7% of voters, followed shortly by the major opposition force, the Slovenian Democratic Party (SDS, conservative) led by Janez Jansa. The Social Democrats (SDS) led by the…
(ANSA-AP) - ATHENS (Greece) — Greece is on track to hold a national election July 7, three months before schedule, after the country's president accepted a request by left-wing Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras to dissolve parliament. Tsipras and President Procopis Pavlopoulos spoke briefly on Monday…
(ANSA) - TIRANA, JUNE 10- The ruling majority led by socialist prime minister Edi Rama announced today that the government started the process to remove president Ilir Meta, because of his decision to cancel the June 30 local election. Elisa Spiropali, Undersecretary for Relations with Parliament, reported.…
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) - Germany's foreign minister met with his Iranian counterpart on Monday in Tehran, a visit aimed at easing tensions between the Islamic Republic and the United States, and salvaging Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with world powers. Heiko Maas held talks with Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad…
by Stefano Fantoni (ANSA) - TRIESTE, 8 GIU - For decades, the last outpost of the West and of Italy, Trieste has been a symbol and metaphor for the contradictions of 20th Century Europe. It carved out an important role as a link with the Eastern Bloc in the midst of the Cold War, thanks to "scientific…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 07 GIU - Hungary has submitted a credit request to the China Exim Bank for the construction of the Hungarian section of the Budapest-Belgrade railway line, the Hungarian ministry of Finance announced in a statement, adding that the construction of the line could being soon. The credit…

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