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(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAR 5 - Production at the Tesla car factory in Grünheide, near Berlin, has been halted due to a power outage. The factory was evacuated. The cause is a pylon fire in the Goßen-Neu Zitta area that broke out shortly after 5 a.m. this morning, causing an electricity outage in the entire surrounding area and cutting power to the factory. It is not impossible that the fire was arson; the police are "investigating in all directions." (ANSA).
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, MAR 5 - An individual error was behind the audio leak of a meeting of high-level German military personnel discussing the war in Ukraine, German Defence Minister Boris Pistorius said Tuesday. One of the participants dialled into the meeting via an "unauthorised connection", leading to the leak, Pistorius said at a press conference. Germany's defence minister on Tuesday said he had telephoned allies over the leak of an army discussion on the war in Ukraine and received the assurance…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAR 5 - Slovenian Interior Minister Bostjan Poklukar said in Brussels on Monday that lifting temporary border checks with Croatia was out of the question for the time being, citing a significant increase in illegal crossings over the previous two months, according to Slovenian news agency STA. Slovenian police recorded 3,430 illegal border crossings in January, up from 2,573 the previous year. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 05 MAR - The "Duino Castle International Award for poetry and theatre goes to the poem "Nova Zemlja" (New Earth) by young Bosnian poet Rankica Gvozden. The jury chose her verses from about 1,200 compositions from 40 countries and in 20 languages. The silver medal went to "Breath Again and Again in Chaos" by Romanian poet Nicoleta Laura Ucceani; in third place, "Mio Ermetico Eremita." by Italian poet Giziealem Lombardo. Dedicated in this 20th edition to the theme "You and I," the…
(ANSA) - ROME, MAR 4 - Italian Defence Minister Guido Crosetto on Monday attended the inauguration of the NATO air base in Kuçova, Albania, in what he described as a "significant milestone" in bilateral cooperation between the two countries. "Our presence testifies to Italy's commitment to Albania, a country with which we share deep historical, cultural and friendship ties due to our geographical proximity and common vision," said Crosetto at the ceremony attended by Albanian President Bajram Begaj,…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, MAR 4 - Working toward effective joint action in international rescue operations, providing mutual support, and also drawing organizational lines for possible future collaborations were among the topics of a meeting in Trieste between representatives of Italy's Corpo Nazionale Soccorso Alpino e Speleologico (CNSAS) and Hrvatska Gorska Služba Spašavanja (HGSS), the Croatian Mountain Rescue Service. CNSAS and HGSS have previously worked on complex rescue operations, including Morca…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAR 4 - "Romania and Bulgaria are fully committed to protecting EU external borders. So we're moving from pilot projects to Cooperation Frameworks. It means more financial and operational support to strengthen EU's external borders. Romania and Bulgaria belong fully in Schengen," said European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on X. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAR 4 - "Italy's position is clear: Bosnia and Herzegovina is a member of Europe, and we seek its full membership in the EU in the coming years. We will push for the opening of negotiations at the European Council in March, highlighting the country's progress," Foreign Minister Antonio Tajani said in Sarajevo following a meeting with colleagues from Bosnia and Austria, Elmedin Konakovic and Alexander Schallenberg. (ANSA).
(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, MAR 4 - Russia's foreign ministry on Monday summoned the German ambassador to Moscow following the publication of a wiretap leak of a confidential Germany army discussion on Ukraine, Russian news agencies reported. Berlin on Sunday accused Russia of trying to "destabilise" Germany with publication of the recording on Russian social media, in which participants discussed the possible use of German-made Taurus missiles. (ANSA-AFP).
(ANSA-AFP) - FRANKFURT AM MAIN, MAR 4 - Germany's powerful Verdi union on Monday called on Lufthansa ground staff to stage a fresh two-day strike this week, the latest in a series of walkouts to hit Europe's largest economy. The strike action would impact passenger services from 0300 GMT on Thursday until 0610 GMT on Saturday, the union said in a statement, accusing management at the airline group of showing "no willingness" to come up with an improved offer. (ANSA-AFP).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAR 4 - Slovenia's National Assembly will vote on Tuesday to appoint Andreja Katic as the new justice minister, according to STA. Katic, who was proposed for minister by the junior coalition Social Democrats, previously served as justice minister from 2018 to 2020 and defence minister from 2015 to 2018. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAR 4 - "For the next winter season, we must be prepared for possible interruptions" of gas flows from Russia through Ukraine, with the transit contract between Moscow and Kiev expiring at the end of the year, "and for this reason we must increase investments in plants in Germany to ensure supply to the countries of Central and Eastern Europe," stated the Czech Republic's Energy Minister, Jozef Sikela, arriving at the EU Energy Council. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAR 4 - The Italian Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Antonio Tajani, is expected in Sarajevo today, for a joint mission in Bosnia and Herzegovina together with the Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs, Alexander Schallenberg. The European perspective of Bosnia and Herzegovina with the possible opening of accession negotiations with the EU will be the central theme of the visit. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - LIELVARDE, 03 MAR - NATO's Baltic airspace policing mission at the Lielvarde Base of the National Armed Forces in Latvia, 02 March 2024 has begun. The Latvian Military Base at Lielvarde has been activated effective 01 March 2024 as the third NATO base to host Allied fighter detachments that will safeguard the skies over Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania conducting the Baltic Air Policing mission, according to NATO statement. Due to runway and infrastructure works at Amari Air Base that will…
(ANSA) - ASCOLI PICENO, 02 MAR - "We need to reduce taxation on labor. The entrepreneur, in this way, could hire more and increase wages. The Romanian community is also important here." Thus Valentin Fagarasian, deputy of the Romanian Parliament and representative of Romanians abroad who made a stop in the Marche region in Ascoli Piceno where he met with a delegation from the Ugl union in Ascoli (union representative Carlo Narcisi and Anna Maria Valeria Conea, newly elected head of the Ugl women's…
(ANSA) - TRIESTE, 02 MAR - The Fvg Region will host the mayors of 17 municipalities straddling Italy and Slovenia for the signing of the document of intent that will lead to the establishment of the Kras-Carso Gect, in the presence of the institutions, with two ministers from the Republic of Slovenia." This was announced by Regional Councillor for Local Self-Government Pierpaolo Roberti. "The signing," Roberti reported, "will take place on March 11 at 10 a.m. in the Regional Palace. The establishment…
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, MAR 2 - Chancellor Olaf Scholz on Saturday said Germany would fully investigate the apparent leak of a recording of army officers discussing confidential details of the Ukraine war. "What is being reported is a very serious matter and that is why it is now being investigated very carefully, very intensively and very quickly," Scholz said on a visit to Rome. (ANSA-AFP).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAR 2 - After the ban on the dinar, the economic and social situation of the Kosovo Serbs is becoming increasingly critical and burdensome, and Belgrade is committed to finding alternative solutions to still guarantee the payment of salaries and pensions, Serbian president, Aleksandar Vucic, said today. "The situation with the dinar in Kosovo has not improved at all despite attempts by representatives of the international community to contribute to a solution and convince the…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAR 1 - Zeno D'Agostino, president of the Port Authority of the Eastern Adriatic Sea, resigned today, citing personal and family reasons. The resignation was unexpected and surprising, especially given that his second and final term as president would have expired next November. (ANSA).
(ANSA-AFP) - BRUSSELS, MAR 1 - Eurozone inflation continued to ease in February, data showed Friday, but economists warned it was unlikely to push the European Central Bank to cut interest rates next month. Consumer prices in the 20-nation single currency area rose 2.6 percent in February from a year earlier, down from a 2.8-percent rise in January, the EU's statistics agency said. Analysts surveyed by Bloomberg and FactSet had predicted that the rate of inflation would fall to 2.5 percent. The…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAR 1 - Macedonian President Stevo Pendarovski officially announced his candidature for a second term in the upcoming presidential elections on April 24. Pendarovski, who is supported by the ruling Social Democratic Party (SDSM), stated at a press conference that he made the decision after receiving strong public support from a large number of citizens and political, cultural, and civil society figures. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAR 1 - The ban on the import of Russian oil, which is used in Lukoil, Bulgaria's only Russian-owned oil refinery, as well as the trade of the resulting oil products, goes into effect today. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAR 1 - The first constitutive session of the Belgrade Municipal Assembly, which was scheduled for today, has been postponed due to a lack of quorum attendance. A new attempt will be made on March 3, the last day permitted by law for the Assembly's inaugural and constitutive sessions. If this time there is no result, new elections will be held. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, MAR 1 - Following Monday's reports of the discovery of an aerial bomb from World War II during excavation work for an upgrade of the Nova Gorica train station, a second bomb was discovered at the same location on Thursday, according to the Slovenian news agency. The plan is to deactivate both bombs next week, most likely on Sunday. The area had already been cordoned off for safety purposes. According to Slovenian public television, bomb disposal experts expected to find more unexploded…
(ANSA-AFP) - TIRANA, FEB 29 - Western Balkan leaders pushed Thursday to speed up economic reforms in exchange for financial aid and an accelerated path to EU membership. They gathered at a summit in the Albanian capital to discuss the European Union's plan to boost its integration with the region's economies. "For the first time, we... in the Western Balkans agree that the European Union is doing not just business as usual but the extra mile to come closer to us, to support our economic growth and…
(ANSA) - ROME, FEB 29 - Death threats against an Italian antifascist on trial in Budapest for allegedly attacking two nei-Nazis last year appeared overnight near the Hungarian embassy in Rome. The case of Ilaria Salis, 39, has caused tension between Italy and Hungary after Rome protested against her detention conditions after she was led into court on a chain with her hands and ankles cuffed. (ANSA).
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 29 - The EU Commission has adopted two legal acts that allow Poland to receive EU funding of up to 137 billion euros. These acts address Warsaw's rule-of-law reforms as well as the most recent and immediate steps taken to meet the conditions required to strengthen judicial independence. (ANSA).
(ANSA-AFP) - MOSCOW, FEB 29 - President Vladimir Putin warned the West on Thursday that Russia had weapons that could strike within their territory and that their threats created a "real" risk of nuclear war. "They should eventually realise that we also have weapons that can hit targets on their territory. Everything that the West comes up with creates the real threat of a conflict with the use of nuclear weapons, and thus the destruction of civilisation," Putin said at his annual state of nation…
(by Valeria Pace) (ANSA) - TRIESTE, 29 FEB - The Balkans "are again a fuse, where a culture of violence and nationalism that finds its highest point in the glorification of genocide continues to be fomented," and where the situation "is even more complex than in the 1990s," and for this reason Europe must commit itself "to supporting the forces of change in the region." This is the scenario that was presented at a conference organized by the geopolitics club Trieste and the Veritas Cultural Center…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEB 29 - The final OSCE/ODIHR report on the early parliamentary elections in Serbia "confirms EU concerns: the electoral process requires tangible improvement and further reforms. Reports of irregularities need to be addressed in a transparent manner, including those related to local elections," the EU spokesperson Peter Stano said on X today. "The EU welcomes that the Serbia authorities expressed readiness to work with ODIHR on implementing the recommendations. No time to lose…