(ANSA-AFP) - KIEV, 21 FEB - Ukraine's health minister said she will spend two weeks in quarantine with evacuees from coronavirus-hit China after protesters clashed with police and threw stones at returnees over infection fears. Kiev's efforts to treat 45 nationals and 37 foreigners, mostly from Latin…
(ANSA) - ROME, FEBRUARY 21 - The German insurance group Allianz ended the fiscal year 2019 with an increase in the net profit attributable to shareholders of 7.9 bn euros (up 6.1%). The press release on the accounts reported. Operating profit grew to 11.9 bn, "the fifth consecutive increase". In the…
(ANSA) - ROME, FEBRUARY 21 - The seven-millionth copy of Skoda Octavia was produced at the Mladá Boleslav plant. The history of this model began in 1959, but it is from the 90s that Octavia, the first model produced by Skoda after joining the VW Group, began its international success story. During…
(ANSA) - BUDAPEST, FEBRUARY 21 - Hungary's populist Prime Minister Viktor Orban wants to move the European People's Party (EPP) towards the right, and thus proposed to ally with right-wing parties, such as Matteo Salvini's Lega, in a memorandum published by the Mti agency and also launched on Facebook.…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEBRUARY 20 - Renault will unveil the first electric city car of its Romanian controlled brand Dacia at the Geneva Motor Show in March, the French automaker announced. "Dacia opens a new chapter and begins its electric revolution. True to its history as an 'automotive gamechanger',…
(ANSA) - ROME, FEBRUARY 20 - International markets, TEN-T corridors, the investment plan for Southern Italy and ERTMS system to launch Italy as the key player in the challenge for the enhancement of a competitive, ever safer and interoperable European railway network: these were the key themes of a…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEBRUARY 20 - The Bosnian gas distributor BH Gas has signed a grant agreement with the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and with the US Agency for International Development (USAID) for a project to connect the gas grid of Bosnia and Herzegovina with the Croatian…
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, FEBRUARY 20 - Suspect in two shootings in Germany that killed at least eight people was found dead at home, police said on Thursday. "The likely perpetrator was found dead at his home in Hanau. The police special intervention forces have also discovered another body there. The investigation…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEBRUARY 19 - Richard Grenell, the US special envoy for the Balkans and the dialogue on Kosovo between Belgrade and Pristina, denied that the United States is in favor of a plan on the exchange of territories between Serbia and Kosovo. "This is fake news," wrote the American diplomat…
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, FEBRUARY 19 - With the danger growing from far-right extremists and torrents of threats against politicians, Germany plans to toughen online speech laws and tighten the screws on social networks. Ministers in Chancellor Angela Merkel's government approved a new package of measures…
(ANSA) - CIVIDALE DEL FRIULI (UDINE), FEBRUARY 19 - Common lines of thought in approaching the launch of satellites, the creation of new tools such as an open-source database to guarantee public access to the collected data, but also common objectives and collective support for research and new experiments…
(ANSA-AFP) - FRANKFURT AM MAIN, FEBRUARY 18 - Confidence among investors in Europe's largest economy Germany fell back in February, a closely-watched survey showed, with researchers blaming the novel coronavirus for nipping a rebound in the bud. The ZEW institute's monthly barometer measuring expectations…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, FEBRUARY 18 - Thanks to a contribution of 91 million euros, Italy is the country that has committed the biggest amount of money, among EU member countries, to help Albania in rebuilding after the November 26th earthquake. That is what emerges from the comparison of donations in the…
(ANSA) - SARAJEVO, FEBRUARY 18 - A conference was held today at the University of Sarajevo to present the activities of the international research center Elettra Sincrotrone Trieste. The meeting focused on "Synchrotron Radiation Training Educational and Internship Programs for the Western Balkans" available…
(ANSA-AFP) - KIEV, 18 FEB - Fierce fighting in eastern Ukraine killed one Ukrainian soldier and wounded several others Tuesday, Kiev said, in the worst clashes in months with pro-Russian separatists. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said the bloodshed was a "cynical provocation" that undermined…
(ANSA) - ZAGREB, FEBRUARY 18 - In a brief and austere ceremony in Zagreb, Social Democrat Zoran Milanovic swore the oath of office on the Constitution today at noon, becoming the fifth president of Croatia since independence achieved in 1990. In his inaugural speech, Milanovic made a crucial distinction…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEBRUARY 18 - Romanian state nuclear company Nuclearelectrica needs between 3.0 and 3.5 billion euro to develop a third nuclear reactor at the Cernavoda nuclear power plant using its own resources and bank loans, but it needs state guarantees to make the project viable, the portal…
(ANSA-AFP) - ATHENS, FEBRUARY 18 - Thousands protested in Greece on Tuesday against a new pension reform as a 24-hour strike paralysed transport and services. Some 10,000 people demonstrated in the capital against the reform, which encourages a longer stay in the workforce, police said. The labour action…
(ANSA-AFP) - BRUSSELS - International donors on Monday pledged 1.15 billion euros ($1.25 billion) to help Albania recover from a powerful earthquake last year, the EU chief announced, more than double the sum expected by Tirana. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama said the sum - which exceeds the total…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, FEBRUARY 17 - Kosovo celebrates today the 12th anniversary of the proclamation of independence from Serbia, with official meetings and commemorative ceremonies for those killed in the 'liberation war' against Belgrade forces in the late 1990s. A special memory is dedicated to the…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, FEBRUARY 17 - "The contribution of the Member States to the European budget for 2021-2027 must remain stable at 1% of the EU's average gross national income," Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz reiterated in an article published in the Financial Times the position of the so-called…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, FEBRUARY 17 - Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio on Monday said the ''integration of the Balkans is a strategic investment for Europe's stability. Italy is besides Albania for the prompt opening of adhesion negotiations'', the minister said, opening a business lunch with Albanian Premier…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 17 FEB - Croatia will sign 403-million-euro contract with the Turkish company Cengiz for revamping a 43 km railway section leading to the border with Hungary, the specialized portal SeeNews reported, quoting the Croatian Transport minister Oleg Butkovic. "The construction contract…
(ANSA) - ZAGREB - The United States of America is ready to abolish visas for citizens of Croatia by the end of this year, and soon the two countries should sign an agreement to avoid double taxation. The deal was announced by the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, and the Croatian foreign minister,…
(ANSA) - ROME, FEB 14 - Fiat Chrysler Automobiles is considering stopping work at its Serbian assembly plant due to the coronavirus' impact on components from China, Bloomberg said Friday. Sources said production of the Fiat 500L may be temporarily halted at the Kragujevac factory due to a lack of audio…
(ANSA-AFP) - FRANKFURT AM MAIN, 14 FEB - Car giant Volkswagen said Friday it had offered 830 million euros ($900 million) to settle a mass lawsuit from German customers over its "dieselgate" emissions cheating scandal. But the proposed settlement with consumer group VZBV, representing 400,000 plaintiffs…
(ANSA) - LJUBLJANA - Slovenia joined the efforts to limit the spread of coronavirus by sending 1.2 million protective facemasks to the People's Republic of China, thus being among the first European Union countries to respond through the EU Civil Protection Mechanism, the Slovenian Foreign Minister…
(ANSA) - BRUSSELS, FEBRUARY 14 - Giving impetus to European enlargement policy and the prospect of the Western Balkans joining the Union is the goal of the informal summit with the President of the European Council, Charles Michel, the President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, and High Representative…
(ANSA) - BELGRADE, 14 FEB - Slovakia may lose as much as one half of its water resources due to the climate change by 2075, the local Slovak Spectator reported, quoting a study produced by Greenpeace Slovensko in cooperation with the climatologist Jozef Pecho and the journalist Andrej Bán. By 2075,…
(ANSA-AFP) - BERLIN, 14 FEB - Europe's largest economy Germany showed zero growth in the final quarter of 2019, preliminary official data showed Friday. Gross domestic product (GDP) was the same in October-December as in the previous three months, federal statistics authority Destatis said. Statisticians…