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Almost half of respondents in Hungary, Bulgaria and Slovakia still do not attribute primary responsibility to Russia as the responsible party for the war in Ukraine, according to a new survey by Bratislava-based think tank GLOBSEC. Read more.



The European Parliament closes its doors to Russian lobbyists. Representatives of Russian companies, many of whom have links to the Kremlin, are no longer allowed to enter the premises of the European Parliament according to a decision taken by President Roberta Metsola on Thursday. Read more.

The European Liberal Alliance supports Zelenskyy’s party membership. Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy got a new boost for his EU aspirations after his party was approved as a member of the European Liberal Party on Thursday (June 2nd). Read more.



The Dutch intelligence service would use the Pegasus hacking software. The General Intelligence and Security Service allegedly used hacking software from Israeli provider NSO Group, Dutch broadcaster Volkstkrant reported on Thursday after interviewing unnamed sources. Read more.



The German Bundestag is to investigate the botched evacuation from Afghanistan. German lawmakers have agreed to launch a commission of inquiry that will examine the withdrawal of German troops and the unsuccessful evacuation of local support personnel from Afghanistan in June 2021. Learn more.



French PM prepares ’emergency climate law’, cutting Russian fuel. New Prime Minister Elisabeth Borne is preparing an “emergency law” to fight global warming and reduce Russia’s dependence on fossil fuels, she announced on Thursday. Read more.



The Austrian government is considering delaying the implementation of the carbon tax. The government is again considering delaying the start date of carbon tax implementation until October, due to high energy prices and growing criticism. Read more.



Finland is preparing for the new South African variant of COVID. Finland is stepping up its COVID-19 vaccination campaign in preparation for the new COVID-19 BA.5 variant first detected in South Africa in January and which has now hit the country. Read more.



The Swedish right-wing party wants to cap allowances from the fourth child. The right-wing Moderate Party wants families to stop receiving benefits from their fourth child to help integrate and reduce crime, party leader Ulf Kristersson told the newspaper. Aftonbladet in an interview on Thursday, primarily targeting women with an immigrant background. Read more.


The Swedish Prime Minister threatens to resign if the Minister of Justice does not survive the vote of confidence. Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson has said she would resign if Justice Minister Morgan Johansson is defeated in the next no-confidence vote proposed by Sweden’s far-right Democrats, Radio Ecot reported. Read more.



Denmark is expected to join EU defense cooperation within a month. The Foreign Ministry expects Denmark to join European security and defense cooperation on July 1, Danish Foreign Minister Jeppe Kofod said in a press release on Thursday after about the two third of Danes supported such a decision in Wednesday’s referendum. Read more.



italian minister raises the idea of ​​a new European migration policy. The idea of ​​a new European migration policy was launched by the Italian Minister of the Interior Luciana Lamorgese during an interview ahead of the Med5 summit which brings together Italy, Spain, Greece, Malta and Cyprus. Read more.



Spanish unemployment falls below 3 million for the first time since 2008. The number of unemployed in Spain fell below three million for the first time since December 2008, while employment rose, according to official figures. Read more.



Portugal limits smoking indoors from 2023. Smoking indoors will only be allowed in places such as restaurants, bars and nightclubs from January next year if they have an area equal to or greater than 100 square meters and a minimum ceiling height three meters, according to a new decree published Thursday. . Read more.



Outrage over unregulated surrogacy industry erupts in Czechia. A new investigation has shed light on the unregulated surrogacy industry in Czechia, with at least 30 babies born in Prague by surrogate and then passed on to foreign parents in the past three years. Read more.



Poland will receive 35.4 billion euros if it proves that the judicial system is reformed. The European Commission has approved the €35.4 billion recovery plan for Poland, but the funds will only be disbursed if Warsaw keeps up with reforms to the justice system, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen has said. Thursday, June 2. Read more.



Vucic says Lavrov’s planned visit to Belgrade is getting complicated. Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov’s planned visit to Belgrade announced for June 7 by the media is getting complicated, especially with regard to his arrival, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić said on Thursday. Read more.



Bulgaria will never negotiate with Gazprom again. Bulgaria will never negotiate with Russian energy giant Gazprom again, Deputy Prime Minister Assen Vassilev told parliament on Thursday, adding that the contract with the company expires at the end of the year and Russia has suspended unilaterally its supplies. Read more.


Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister apologizes to Ukrainian refugees. Bulgarian Deputy Prime Minister Kalina Konstantinova has apologized to Ukrainian refugees in the country after announcing the termination of the government housing program for the accommodation of Ukrainian refugees due to their attitude on Monday. Read more.



In view of the completion of the Bulgaria-Greece interconnection, Romania buys fossil fuels from Azerbaijan. Energy Minister Virgil Popescu is trying to persuade Azerbaijan to increase oil and gas deliveries to Romania in a bid to diversify Romania’s energy resources as the Bulgaria-Greece gas interconnection is needed for the LNG supply is almost complete. Read more.


Croatia will focus on railways and river freight in the next 10 years. Croatia plans to invest 3.5 billion euros in the modernization of its rail traffic over the next ten years, the other priority being river freight transport, Transport Minister Oleg Butković said on Thursday, reports the public television channel HRT. Read more.



Albanian farmers receive the lowest government subsidies in the region. Albanian farmers receive 18 times less financial support from the state than other countries in the region, according to an analysis published by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, raising concerns about the distribution of EU funds. Read more.


  • EU: Trade and Telecommunications Councils.
  • Pre-session briefing for next week’s European Parliament plenary session.
  • Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson receives Frontex Board Chairman Alexander Fritsch.
  • Commission Vice President Margaritis Schinas attends the Bilderberg meeting in Washington DC
  • Germany: Final vote in the Bundestag on the 2022 budget.
  • France: President Emmanuel Macron welcomes UN Special Envoy on Climate Ambition and Solutions Michael Bloomberg.
  • Macron having lunch with European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in Paris.
  • UK: Fifth anniversary of the London Bridge attack, claimed by the Islamic State group.
  • Italy: Summit of the MED5 Group in Venice. Interior ministers from Italy, Spain, Greece, Malta and Cyprus meet.
  • Sweden: Climate activists protest alongside the Stockholm +50 summit.
  • Slovakia: Commissioner for Inter-Institutional Relations Maroš Šefčovič participates in the GLOBSEC Forum Bratislava 2022.
  • Czech Republic: The Czech and Polish governments hold a joint meeting.
  • Serbia: Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias visits Serbia.
  • Moldova: Visits of Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez.
  • World: World Bike Day.


[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Vlad Makszimov, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Eleonora Vasques, Sofia Stuart Leeson]

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