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Since the resignation of Sebastian Kurz as Chancellor of Austria and his replacement by Alexander Schellenberg, the opposition has claimed that Kurz will continue to act as “shadow chancellor” and pull the strings behind the scenes. Read more.



Slovenian Presidency reaches agreement on expanding EMA mandate. The Slovenian Presidency of the Council of the EU and European Parliament negotiators reached a temporary agreement on an increased role of the European Medicines Agency (EMA) in crisis preparedness and crisis management in the field of drugs and medicinal accessories, the Health Ministry announced Thursday. Following.


Left-wing coalition launches referendum campaign against Swiss contribution to Frontex budget. A coalition of Social Democrats, Greens and NGOs announced the launch of a referendum against the Swiss contribution to the Frontex budget which the Swiss parliament recently voted to increase significantly. Read more.



Volkswagen is delaying investment decisions amid persistent chip shortages. Volkswagen, one of the Gof Germany’s largest automakers, said it would delay a decision on its five-year investment plan from Nov. 12 to Dec. 12, as its revenue fell in the third quarter. Read more.



Thierry Breton visits French ministries ahead of the country’s EU presidency. European Commissioner for the Internal Market, Thierry Breton, began a two-day visit to Paris on Thursday. He is due to meet several members of the French executive ahead of the rotating presidency of the Council, which he will assume in January. Read the full story.



UK summons French ambassador as fishing continues. British Foreign Secretary Liz Truss has summoned the French ambassador as the dispute over Channel fishing licenses continues to escalate. Read more.



The Irish government is asking for comments on the well-being framework. Dublin announced the launch of a “public conversation” on its proposed wellness framework, calling for comment on the plan. Read more.



Lavrov launches a charming campaign in Norway. Russia seeks closer security cooperation with Norway, even though NATO is not Russia’s friend, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov said during his visit to Tromsø in northern Norway. According to him, “the continuation of consultations” between the ministries of defense is on the agenda. Read more.



The Italian Council of Ministers gives the green light to the 2022 finance law. After a three-hour meeting, the Italian government led by Mario Draghi announced on Thursday the measures that will be introduced in the 2022 finance law. Read more.



Merkel’s last visit to Greece after years of troubled relations. Angela Merkel is making her last visit to Greece as German Chancellor after years of strained relations mainly due to a bailout that almost led to a Grexit. Speaking to on condition of anonymity, a former Greek minister explained what Merkel thinks of the Greek politicians who have dealt with them for all these years. Read more.



Spain’s inflation rate hits a record high in 29 years as the labor market continues to recover. Inflation in Spain hit a record 5.5% in October, mainly propelled by high electricity and fuel prices not seen in the Iberian country since 1992, new data released Thursday by the National Institute of statistics (INE). Read more.



Orbán turns around on compulsory vaccination. Employers will have the right to require workers to receive COVID vaccine despite earlier comments from the Hungarian Prime Minister that mandatory vaccinations would not work. Read more.



European Association of ENCJ judges expels Poland National Council of the Judiciary (KRS). The European Network of Judicial Councils expelled the National Judicial Council (KRS) on Thursday at a meeting in Vilnius. Three years ago, the KRS was suspended due to problems with the rule of law in Poland. Read more.



Legal expert: Some EU countries engulfed by authoritarian populism. Post-communist democracies like Hungary and Poland are more vulnerable and politically exploitable, Czech law expert and professor at Cardiff University Jiří Přibáň said. Read more.



The European Commission will look into the draconian marijuana laws in Slovakia. The European Commission has agreed to investigate the strict sanction for marijuana use in Slovakia after Slovak MEP Michal Šimečka (PS / Renew) called for an investigation in September. Read more.



Former PM Borisov accused of spreading false news about vaccines. Health Minister Stoycho Katsarov accused former Prime Minister Boyko Borissov of spreading false news that expired vaccines are being administered in Bulgaria. Read more.



EU ministers bless Romania’s recovery plan. EU finance ministers have given the green light to Romania’s recovery and resilience plan, opening the door to disbursing around 3.8 billion euros by the end of the year. Read more.



The Croatian government’s draft budget for 2021 includes a deficit of 4.5%. The government’s budget revision project for 2021 brings the general government budget deficit from 3.8% previously estimated to 4.5%. It also forecasts a 3 billion kuna (400 million euros) increase in revenue and a 6 billion kuna (800 million euros) increase in spending, with an expected debt-to-GDP ratio of 83.1 percent. Read more.

In other news, EU lawyers will soon be allowed to open branches and provide services in Croatia. THElawyers from EU countries will in the future be able to open branches in Croatia and provide legal services, including advice on Croatian law; the government has proposed amendments to the law on the state prosecutor’s office.

The government sent a draft amendment law to the Sabor (Croatian Parliament) to align the law with the European acquis by transposing seven directives from the European Parliament and the European Council into the Croatian legal system.

The changes and supplements will allow lawyers from EU countries to provide legal services in Croatia, said Minister of Justice and Public Administration Ivan Malenica. The bill also regulates electronic signatures. (Željko Trkanjec |



Chinese FM: The friendship with Serbia is stable and unbreakable. The friendship between China and Serbia is stable and unbreakable, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Thursday at a joint press conference after his meeting. with Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić. Read more.



BiH at the center of diplomatic activities. “BiH’s path from Dayton to Brussels leads to reforms, including step-by-step electoral legislation and economic reforms that will benefit all citizens,” US Special Envoy for the Western Balkans Gabriel Escobar told the subcommittee: Europe, energy, environment and cybernetics in the Chamber of Deputies. Read more.



The United States cooperates with the Montenegrin state, not with political parties. The United States has made it clear that its partnership with Montenegro is with the state, not with a political party, said US envoy to the Western Balkans, Gabriel Escobar. Read more.



Prime Minister of Kosovo receives death threats. Kosovo Prime Minister Albin Kurti received a death threat on Wednesday, boosting his security and that of his family.

Prosecutors and authorities are currently investigating the threat, according to government spokesman Preparim Kryeziu. He added that Kurti will continue with his schedule, but no further details have been made public regarding the situation.

Rally for Kosovo war rape victims held in New York. Hundreds of women and allies marched through New York on Thursday to demand justice for survivors of unpunished rapes by Serbian forces during the Kosovo war.

Survivor Vasfije Krasniqi organized the march under the name of her organization Rally for Her Justice. Simultaneously, small rallies were held in front of the Serbian Embassy in Tirana, Albania, to show solidarity with 20,000 ethnic Albanian women, girls and men who were sexually assaulted during the 1998-1999 war. (


  • EU: The European Court of Auditors will publish its annual financial audit report on EU agencies.
  • Germany: Interim Chancellor Merkel and her likely successor Scholz will attend the G20 summit in Rome this weekend in a demonstration of the German ideal of continuity.
  • France: President Macron is due to meet his American counterpart, Joe Biden, whom he has not seen since the debacle of the AUKUS submarine.
  • UK: Climate activists demonstrate in the City of London financial hub ahead of COP26 / Commission Vice-President Sefcovic in London for a meeting with the head of the EU-UK Joint Committee on the Withdrawal Agreement.
  • Italy: G20 summit and events, as well as meeting of G20 health and finance ministers.
  • Greece: German Chancellor Merkel and Greek Prime Minister Mitsotakis hold a press conference after talks in Athens.
  • Croatia: The “Conference on the future of Europe: young people in tourism” will be held within the framework of the Croatian Tourism Days.


[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Alexandra Brzozowski, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor]

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