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After the following EU elections, the European Conservatives and Reformists group (ECR) will develop considerably and grow to be a essential accomplice to construct sturdy alliances, conservative MEP Vincenzo Sofo advised EURACTIV Italy in an interview.

“What is definite is that the conservative voters is rising throughout Europe and is clamouring for the related events to construct another majority in Brussels to the one which existed to date”, the Fratelli d’Italia politician (ECR) mentioned. Learn extra.



Tanks lacking from Scholz’s speech at Davos. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz prevented commenting on the contentious query of delivering Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine throughout his speech on the Davos World Financial Discussion board. Learn extra.



Electrical energy cuts: ‘the worst is behind us’, says French community supervisor. Dangers of electrical energy cuts at the moment are ‘behind us’, in response to the French electrical energy community supervisor RTE, however not all is again to regular as strikes and a extreme drop in temperatures might have a long-lasting affect on electrical energy manufacturing. Learn extra.



Austria to spend one other €200 million to cut back electrical energy costs. The Austrian authorities desires to cut back the burden of excessive electrical energy costs on households by protecting 80% of community tariffs, whereas authorities look to deal with value gouging by utility corporations. Learn extra.



Qatargate: regardless of Panzeri’s accusations, Tarabella is ‘serene’. Belgian MEP Marc Tarabella (S&D) advised RTL on Wednesday that he was serene and didn’t obtain cash or items from Qatar after being accused by former MEP Pier-Antonio Panzeri (S&D) of being concerned within the corruption system working within the European Parliament. Learn extra.



Cybercrime within the Netherlands tripled since 2019. The Netherlands reported a complete of 13,949 cybercrimes in 2022, which is almost triple the quantity reported in 2019. Learn extra.



Ministers push by ‘diktat’ invoice to scrap 1000’s of EU legal guidelines. The UK authorities staved off criticism from the opposition and its personal Conservative MPs on Wednesday because it pressured by laws that would result in 1000’s of items of EU regulation being scrapped from the UK statute. Learn extra.



Logging continues in Finland’s Lapland regardless of protests. The Finnish authorities’s logging operations to skinny out forests within the Aalistunturi space continued on Wednesday after environmentalists clashed with police to protest the transfer. Learn extra.



Madrid to push for EU strategic meals autonomy, says agriculture minister. The European Union can be pressured to provide extra meals however with fewer sources because the inhabitants grows, mentioned Spanish Agriculture Minister Luis Plana, citing this as the explanation for the idea of strategic autonomy being placed on the desk. Learn extra.



Portugal to extend low-cost drugs costs by 5%. The costs of low-cost medicines can be elevated to facilitate entry to them and keep away from conditions wherein shares run out, in response to the Well being Ministry. Learn extra.



Weber slams Babiš’s presidential ambitions. No one is ready on the European stage for Babiš, EPP Chief Manfred Weber mentioned concerning the presidential aspirations of former Czech prime minister Andrej Babiš (ANO, Renew). Learn extra.



Slovak metropolis causes outrage after celebrating with Russian embassy. Poltár, a metropolis in southern Slovakia, invited representatives of the Russian embassy to the commemoration of the liberation of World Warfare II, a transfer that was closely criticised by the Defence Ministry. Learn extra.



Bulgarian politicians nonetheless don’t formally recognise arms exports to Ukraine. Bulgarian politicians which can be straight concerned nonetheless don’t admit whether or not they knew Ukraine was the ultimate vacation spot of the file Bulgarian arms exports in 2022. Learn extra.



Albanian PM: Nation underneath each day cyberattacks.  Albania continues to be experiencing each day cyber assaults following a severe assault from Iran in 2022, Prime Minister Edi Rama mentioned on the World Financial Discussion board in Davos on Tuesday. Learn extra.


  • EU: Fee President Ursula von der Leyen receives Prime Minister of Portugal Antonio Costa;
  • Residence Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson hosts Government Director of Frontex Hans Leijtens;
  • Agriculture Commissioner Janusz Wojciechowski delivers a speech on the Worldwide Inexperienced Week opening ceremony in Berlin, Germany;
  • European Parliament President Roberta Metsola attends the “Cooperation in a Fragmented World” assembly on the World Financial Discussion board 2023, in Davos, Switzerland; Participates in “Widening Europe’s Horizons” panel dialogue; Holds bilateral assembly with Prime Minister of Croatia Andrej Plenković;
  • Parliamentary Committee of Inquiry to research using Pegasus and equal surveillance spyware and adware (PEGA) debates examine on its affect on elements associated to the EU’s exterior relations;
  • ECB President Christine Lagarde participates within the panel dialogue “Discovering Europe’s New Progress” throughout the World Financial Discussion board in Davos, Switzerland;
  • Germany: Newly appointed Defence Minister Boris Pistorius hosts US Defence Minister Lloyd Austin;
  • Belgium: Courtroom guidelines on probably extending provisional detention of Greek MEP Eva Kaili, detained over Qatargate corruption case;
  • Sweden: Verdict in trial of two Swedes charged with spying for Russia;
  • Spain: Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, French President Emmanuel Macron, and ministers, attend the Franco-Spanish summit;
  • Belarus: President Alexander Lukashenko hosts Russian International Affairs Minister Sergei Lavrov;


[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Daniel Eck, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson, Sofia Mandilara] 

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