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Germany’s dependence on Chinese raw materials is increasingly attracting the government’s attention as it continues, together with the EU, to work at full speed to free itself from Russian economic dependence. EURACTIV Germany reports. Read more.



The liberal Renew opposes a no-confidence vote against von der Leyen. More than two-thirds of European lawmakers in the liberal Renew Europe group do not support the proposed vote of no confidence in European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, sources close to the leadership of the parliamentary group told EURACTIV France. Read more.


Czech Presidency: “Let’s forget the farm-to-fork strategy for a few months”. It would be wise to forget the EU’s flagship sustainable food policy, the Farm to Fork Strategy, throughout the Czech Presidency and instead focus on increasing food production, said Štěpán Černý, Director General for European Affairs of the Czech government at EURACTIV. Read more.


Prime Minister of North Macedonia: We wish Ukraine good luck, but for us the EU has not yet fulfilled its promises. The stalled EU accession process has become a security concern amid increasing influence of foreign actors in the vulnerable Western Balkan region, the Prime Minister of North Macedonia told EURACTIV, Dimitar Kovacevski. Read more.



Macron, Mélenchon neck and neck among expatriate voters. French President Emmanuel Macron and far-left leader Jean-Luc Mélenchon are neck and neck as shown by the results of the legislative elections for French people living abroad published on Tuesday. Read more.



Austria will support companies affected by the Russian gas exit with 400 million euros. The government will cover the new costs linked to the diversification of gas suppliers and the renovation of infrastructure by paying 100 million euros to companies per year from 2022 to 2025. Find out more.



Monkeypox cases double in the Netherlands. The Netherlands now has 54 recorded cases of monkeypox compared to 26 recorded last Monday, Dutch media NL Times reported. Read more.



The UK is preparing to live without Horizon Europe before the “final round of negotiations”. The UK government is preparing to abandon attempts if ‘a final round of talks’ fails to break an 18-month stalemate over whether UK universities and researchers can access the research and training programme. Horizon Europe innovation of 95.5 billion euros.

Britain’s Science Minister George Freeman will speak to his European Commission counterparts on Wednesday (June 8), warning that the plug will be unplugged unless a “final round of talks” succeeds. Read more.



Ireland joins international trial of four-day working week. Thousands of workers in Ireland have started testing a four-day week after the country joined an international test of the system. Read more.



Finland and Estonia struggle to legalize pushbacks. Estonia and Finland are struggling to lay the groundwork to legalize pushbacks, something Latvia, Lithuania and Poland did last year as the EU turned a blind eye. Read more.



The Minister of Justice narrowly survives the vote of no confidence. Sweden’s Justice and Interior Minister Morgan Johansson survived a vote of no confidence from Sweden’s far-right Democrats by one vote on Tuesday. Read more.



Commission, Greece lost the translation following the seizure of a Russian vessel transferring Iranian oil. The European Commission and the Greek authorities cannot answer whether the seizure of the Russian tanker which was transporting Iranian oil from Greece constitutes a violation of European rules.

The seizure is also the reason why the naval forces of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) on May 27 seized two Greek oil tankers in the Persian Gulf, causing disruptions in international shipping. Read more.



The energy sector is Europe’s greatest weakness, according to the Portuguese Prime Minister. The energy sector is “Europe’s greatest vulnerability” at the moment, Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa said on Tuesday in Paris. Read more.



The Commission is convinced that Italy will eventually introduce a minimum wage system. The Italian government will eventually understand the importance of introducing a minimum wage system in Italy, employment commissioner Nicolas Schmit told reporters after a tentative agreement on an EU directive to establish new rules on a adequate minimum wage was agreed in Strasbourg on Tuesday. Read more.



The Spanish government is providing 7.6 billion euros for direct investment in mobility. The Spanish government has allocated more than 7.6 billion euros from its post-pandemic recovery plan to boost direct investment in transport and mobility, a sector undergoing transformation in the face of the challenge of sustainability, according to the Minister for Transport, Mobility and the Urban Agenda, Raquel Sánchez. Read more.



The Czech president will veto the same-sex marriage bill if lawmakers approve it. President Miloš Zeman said he would veto a bill that would allow same-sex couples in the Czech Republic to marry after the lower house of parliament received a bill amending the Civil Code to that effect . Read more.



Polish households will receive subsidies to cope with coal shortages and price hikes. Polish households will receive subsidies to cope with the impact of coal shortages and high prices, according to one of the many support measures announced by Climate and Environment Minister Anna Moskwa on Tuesday. Read more.



Bulgarian prime minister refuses to discuss sending heavy weapons to Ukraine. Bulgarian Prime Minister Kirill Petkov categorically rejected Ukraine’s request made public on Monday to send heavy weapons to halt the Russian offensive in Donbass. Read more.



B9 Defense ministers commit to security priorities on the eastern flank. Defense ministers meeting in Bucharest Nine (B9) format adopted a joint statement on their commitment and common position in promoting defense and security priorities on the eastern flank. Read more.



Croatian President: US sanctions in Bosnia are “arrogant terror”. NOTNew US sanctions against a senior Bosnian Croat official represent “arrogant terror from a legitimate representative of the Croatian people”, Croatian President Zoran Milanović said on Tuesday, raising the bar in his nationalist rhetoric often aimed at the West. Read more.



Slovenian court suspends extended producer responsibility rules. Jhe Constitutional Court has suspended the application of the provisions of the new environmental protection law which deal with extended producer responsibility (EPR). Read more.



The EU will lose its credibility if it neglects the Western Balkans. JThe EU will lose credibility if it does not focus on the European integration of Western Balkan countries, which are threatened by Russia’s war in Ukraine, speakers at a conference attended by representatives said on Tuesday. level of Serbian and Romanian institutions and civil society.. Read more.


The UN takes care of the administrative cleaning of the Presevo valley. Jhe question of the mass withdrawal of ethnic Albanians from the electoral lists in the southern Serbian valley of Presevo will be discussed by the United Nations following a meeting between Albanian political representatives and the Ambassador of Albania to the UN . Read more.



Varhelyi to attend the Open Balkan meeting amid claims of Russian support. The announcement of European Enlargement Commissioner Oliver Varhelyi’s participation in the second day of the Open Balkan initiative just a day after Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov appeared to support it sparked outrage among politicians and analysts in Albania. Read more.


  • EU: Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin and Speaker of the Ukrainian Parliament Ruslan Stefanchuk address the European Parliament.
  • The European Parliament passes climate legislation.
  • European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen participates in the debate on the conclusions of the extraordinary meeting of the European Council on 30 and 31 May 2022.
  • The European Anti-Fraud Office (OLAF) holds a press conference on its annual report.
  • EU chief diplomat Josep Borrell attends the 2022 OECD Ministerial Council meeting.
  • Enlargement Commissioner Olivier Varhelyi attends the Open Balkan Summit in Ohrid, North Macedonia.
  • France: Working dinner between French President Emmanuel Macron and Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi in Paris, Wednesday June 8.
  • Spain: Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez addresses Congress on Morocco’s new ties.
  • Sánchez to explain the conclusions of the last European Council and the new Spanish policy on Western Sahara before the parliament on Wednesday June 8.
  • Italy: Prime Minister Draghi will attend the opening ceremony of the meeting of the OECD Council at ministerial level.
  • Greece: Demonstration against the treatment of migrants and border violence.
  • Turkey: Visits by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov with a military delegation.
  • World: World Oceans Day.
  • western balkans: The second day of the Open Balkan Summit takes place in Ohrid, North Macedonia.


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

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