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Since the start of the war in Ukraine, foreign investors and employees have viewed Finland with hesitation because of the 1,300 kilometer long border with Russia, with some even considering it a possible risk factor. Read more.



Greece, Cyprus and Malta block sanctions against Russian-owned ships. The governments of Athens, Nicosia and Valletta have blocked sanctions aimed at banning Russian vessels or those with Russian interests from EU ports, EURACTIV Greece has learned. Read more.



Macron organizes a rally in Marseille to win over Mélenchon voters. A week before the last round of the presidential election, President Emmanuel Macron organized a rally on Saturday in Marseille to convince young people who voted overwhelmingly for their rivals Jean-Luc Mélenchon and Marine Le Pen in the first round. Read more.



Austria wants to prosecute Russian war crimes. The Ministry of Justicey confirmed his intention to order the prosecution to start clarifying “the requirements of national jurisdiction in cases of war crimes”, news agency PAA reported. Read more.



The Dutch Patriot missile system arrives in Slovakia after colliding with a convoy. The Dutch Patriot missile unit arrived in Slovakia after one of the three convoys suffered a collision in the Czech Republic, the NL Times reported. Read more.



Archbishop condemns Rwanda’s asylum plan. The backlash against the British government’s controversial £120million plan to outsource the processing of thousands of asylum claims to Rwanda continued over the weekend with criticism from the Archbishop of Canterbury, chief of the Anglican Church. Read more.



Swedish minister promises strong response to violent protesters. Protesters who attacked police during the riots in Norrköping and Linköping will face a “tough” response, Interior and Justice Minister Morgan Johansson told a press conference on Sunday. Read more.



Italian ports are now closed to Russian ships. Italy banned Russian-flagged ships from its ports from Sunday as part of the EU’s fifth sanctions package against Russia. Read more.



Spain maintains the face mask rule in public transport and health centers. Face masks will be compulsory in public transport and health centers “without exception” from Wednesday, Health Minister Carolina Darias has warned. Read more.

The Spanish Hipra vaccine will soon reach the EU market. Spanish DNA-based vaccine produced by Hipra pharma may soon be available.

The Hipra vaccine has achieved 100% efficacy in humanized mouse models and could be approved for human use in the EU “by the end of May or early June”, Science Minister Diana Morant has said. reported EFE.

According to the pharmaceutical company, the new vaccine will be cheaper. It will also grant a higher level of protection and be easier to store than mRNA vaccines made by Pfizer and Moderna. A total of 103,266 people have died in Spain since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to official data. (Fernando Heller |



Slovakia offers to repair Ukrainian military equipment. Slovakia has offered to repair Ukrainian military vehicles at a factory in Moldava Nad Bodvou, near the Ukrainian borders, announced Defense Minister Jaroslav Naï (OĽaNO). Read more.



Wounded Ukrainian soldiers to be treated in Polish hospitals. Some Ukrainian soldiers injured in battle are being taken to Polish hospitals for treatment, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said. Read more.



The Czech Foreign Minister has said that the Russian “ban” on exporting arms to Ukraine is nonsense. Russia’s demand to stop arms exports to Ukraine makes no sense, Czech Foreign Ministry says after Russia told Czech Republic in diplomatic note it was prohibited from sending weapons to Ukraine. Read more.



A third of young Hungarians would try their luck abroad, reveals a survey. The number of young Hungarians considering going abroad has reached a high level, K&H Bank found in a representative survey commissioned for the first quarter of its 2022 Youth Index.telex reported via MTI. Read more.



Experts: US delays F-16 fighter jets due to trust issues with Bulgaria. The delay in the delivery of the new US F-16 fighter jets could be due to a lack of confidence in the Bulgarian authorities, who have not proven that they can reliably protect NATO secrets, said two former Bulgarian defense ministers. Read more.



Croatian inflation at highest since summer 2008. Prices of goods and services for personal consumption, as measured by the Consumer Price Index, were on average 7.3% higher in March than a year earlier, the Croatian Statistical Office reported ( DZS). Read more.



The World Bank is concerned about the impact of the war in Ukraine on Serbia’s energy dependence. The consequences of the war in Ukraine will be devastating for Ukraine and Russia, the World Bank’s chief economist for Europe and Central Asia, Asli Demirguc-Kunt, said on Saturday, adding that the war would also affect the Western Balkans and that energy dependency was a serious concern in Serbia. Read more.



Germany suspends funding for projects in RS due to Serbia’s obstruction of Bosnia and Herzegovina. Germany has suspended funding for infrastructure projects in the Serbian entity of Bosnia and Herzegovina, Republika Srpska, because its political leaders are obstructing the work of the central authorities of Bosnia and Herzegovina and questioning its stability, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Read more.



Foreign embassies tell Kosovo government not to speculate after police attack. EU and US Embassies in Pristina have called on the Kosovo government to refrain from speculating about the origin of a gun attack that targeted their police on the border with Serbia. Read more.



The Albanian “propaganda ministry” is not based on the German model. The director of the controversial Albanian Media and Information Agency (MIA), Endri Fuga, claimed that the institution was based on the German model, but EURACTIV Germany confirmed that this was not true. Read more.


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

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