Europe: amidst Putin’s incursion in Ukraine

Brittany votes to ask for autonomy from France after Corsica statement
Sweden ramps up efforts to protect Gotland island
Liechtenstein’s Royal Family-Owned Bank to Offer Crypto Services
Estonia expels pro-Kremlin hate-speech individual
The Vatican prepares a gallery in the metaverse with NFT’s
Reporter’s Notebook: Memories of Talking to Belarus’ Stanislav Shushkevich
Crimean Tatar doctor working in Azovstal asks Turkey for help
‘Nyet nyet Soviet’ exhibit opens in Rīga
Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics Cancel Parade On May 9
Lithuanian team arrives in Ukraine to help investigate war crimes
Russia Simulated a Nuclear Strike in Kaliningrad
‘Soviet eyesore’: Authorities ask to remove Red Army monument from Vilnius cemetery
Stoltenberg: “Finnish membership will make Nato stronger”
Polish-Lithuanian gas link will contribute to security of all Baltic states and Finland – Levits
Finland to send EUR 70M, military equipment to Ukraine
Head of intelligence: court approved espionage of Catalan president and Puigdemont’s allies

Finland: Pro-Russia convoy organisers discuss violence, guns in closed group chat
Half of Flanders residents favour switching off Russian gas, even if it costs more
Scottish council election results: The winners and losers of every vote in Scotland
Far-Right Groups a Lingering Cyber Threat to North Macedonia
Ukrainians in Finland rely on private food donations due to process delays
Euskal pilota: The Basque Country’s centuries-old ball games
What is Catalangate and what are latest developments
Fake: Crimean Tatars Unanimously Support Russia’s “Special Operation” in Ukraine
US Paratroopers from Alaska Training in Northern Norway for the First Time Ever
Sinn Fein say Irish reunification referendums ‘possible in next five years’
Denmark and U.S. Host Meeting on Situational Awareness in the Baltic Sea Region
Bulgaria and Greece plan joint gas deliveries for southeast Europe
Sweden says one of its nationals detained by Iran amid strained ties
Bulgarian professor achieves dream of creating world-class tech powerhouse
Posters in Moscow accuse famous Swedes of backing Nazism
Ukraine calls on Doctors Without Borders to evacuate Mariupol defenders
NATO Eyes ‘Heightened Presence’ Around Sweden, Baltic
Kazakhstan, Denmark mark 30th anniv of diplomatic relations
Finland ramps up military exercises in case Russia threatens war
Kremlin says Poland might be a source of threat
Belarus has lifted embargo on imports of European fruit & vegetables
Taiwan announces sanctions against Belarus over invasion of Ukraine
Estonian police more vigilant as Soviet Victory Day nears
Soviet memorial’s days are numbered, confirms Latvian PM
Vilnius conference looks at how to hold Putin personally accountable for crimes in Ukraine
Lithuanians train Ukrainian dogs to look for mines
Estonia’s military aid to Ukraine totals €230 million
May 9 brings provocation risks, says Latvian security service
A history of Russian oppression fueled Lithuanian energy independence
Baltics were the first to support Ukraine with arms, diplomacy – Zelensky

Baltic states reaffirm support for Ukraine’s EU membership path
Putin’s war failing, but return to normalcy will take years
How Russia Tries to Counter Moldova Separatist Region’s Westward Drift
‘I Hope She Is Alive’: Family Seeks Answers To Disappearance Of Crimean Health-Care Activist
1000s demonstrating in Iruñea for language rights, justice, equality, social cohesion, and right to live in #Basque country

The Netherlands wants to lead Europe’s hydrogen strategy – but should it?
Moldova: ‘A small country with a big heart’
Thousands of young #Euskara speakers this weekend at the #HerriUrrats Basque language festival in Itzulera
Thousands rallied for #Asturian official status in Uvieu

1950 May 9: Schuman Declaration, Europe Day
First woman of colour crowned Miss Wales in contest’s 70 year history
GaelTalk – a virtual reality immersive Irish Language learning experience – wins SciFest@DCU
Ukraine Faces an Economic Abyss
Andorra 2027 publishes sustainability plan in FIS Alpine World Ski Championships bid
Borrell Proposes To Use Frozen Russian Central Bank Assets To Help Ukraine
Attack on LGBTI+ activist in North Macedonia
Norway to co-host the next Arctic Science Ministerial
Serbia threatens Kosovo over Council of Europe membership bid
Catalangate phone hacking victims call for rights to be safeguarded
Serbia, Bosnian Serb Entity, Salute Russia on Victory Day
Enterprises Across Belarus Stop Production
Transnistria Cancels May 9 Parade Over Mysterious Explosions
Nicola Sturgeon promises ‘refreshing and very positive’ new case for independence
Moldova’s struggle with ‘frozen conflict’ and Russian uncertainty
Finnish head coach quits Russian national volleyball team
National Alliance once again proposes transitioning to education only in Latvian language
Estonia to support rebuilding of Ukraine’s Zhytomyr Oblast
European solidarity meets self-interest amid China’s beef with Lithuania

1877 May 10: Romania Independence Day
Timeline of NATO expansion since 1949
Green power: Record demand for solar panels in Flanders
Dylan Thomas to be honoured with Welsh language blue plaque
Becoming Belgian: Only by birth, say Flanders residents
Allied Maritime Sharpshooting Exercise Started Monday off Andøy Island, Norway
A Guide to Three Flanders Cities, Belgium
Prince Charles in Union plea after SNP and Sinn Fein election wins
Faroe Islands finally approves sanctions against Russia, but leaves fish out
Finland: Sámi Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner steps down, cites lack of resources
Tidal array build-out plans launched for Faroe Islands
Plans to legislate on Irish language set out in Queen’s Speech
Channel Islands mark Liberation Day with first full-scale events in two years
Lithuania Adopts Resolution Calling Russia ‘Terrorist State,’ Accuses Moscow Of ‘Genocide’
Members of Pussy Riot Currently in Iceland
Queen’s Speech: Why Ian Blackford and SNP MPs wore white roses
Contesting the silence: Irish language writers on the Civil War
May 9 crowds in Tallinn around a third of those of previous years
New Irish language film has lots of Donegal connections
Gaudí’s Casa Batlló: first UNESCO World Heritage site to become live NFT
Ta’ Hagrat Temples, Mgarr, Malta
Latvia and Finland to submit joint bid to organize next year’s Ice Hockey World Championships
Constantinople Ends Schism with North Macedonia Church
UK Government to legislate on culture and language in Northern Ireland – prompting concerns
Kosovo War Widow Wins ‘European of the Year’ Award
Leonid Kravchuk, independent Ukraine’s 1st president, dies at age 88
Lessons of War: Kosovo Trains Ukrainian Women in Demining
Spanish government dismisses head of intelligence agency amid espionage scandals
Russian-Ukrainian war could spill over into the Balkans, Kosovo FM warns
Russia’s invasion of Ukraine at ‘bit of a stalemate’ -U.S. intel official
NGOs Ask Macron to Finally Grant Free Movement to Kosovo Citizens
Thirty-one years after communism, Albanians demand democratic reform
Portugal investigates alleged misuse of Ukrainian refugees’ personal data
Germany reopens embassy in Kyiv
Greece struggling to cope with fallout from Ukraine war
Belarus deploying special operations forces in three areas near border with Ukraine
UAE, Greece sign $4.2 billion agreement
Belarus has good reason for concern over Putin’s nuclear intimidation
Ukraine war speeds Greece’s transition to EU energy gateway
Could the Ukraine war spill over into Moldova?
Slovakia is slowly transitioning to a greener future
Moldova celebrates Soviet victory, but divisions deepen amid war
Bulgaria finds middle ground on weapons deliveries to Ukraine

EBRD 2022: Coal-dependent Kosovo prepares for leap to renewables
Former president Torra disqualified for further 15 months for second disobedience case
Swiss seek migration deal with Georgia
Telegraph suggests Welsh Government’s national tree giveaway program causing ‘harmful pollen’
US Offers to Help Bulgaria Avert Gas Shortage
Catalonia’s (uneasy) relationship with the Eurovision song contest
Basque Football Federation does not give up official status, despite the negative response from UEFA and FIFA
Welsh Government minister launches new Ukraine fundraiser
Bulgaria to receive US LNG deliveries from June
Barcelona looks to boost green energy with solar panels on residential buildings
‘Please don’t let them die’: Wives of Ukrainian fighters meet with Pope Francis
Case against Welsh language campaigner who refused to pay English-only car park fine thrown out
Bulgarians fear Russia could attack their country
Self-determination top topic for Catalans discussing Europe online with 52% of mentions
Russian Tanker Stuck in Greece Switches Flag ‘to Avoid Sanctions’
US House Passes $40 Billion Bill to Bolster Ukraine Against Russian Invasion
Hungary demands full exemption from Russian oil import ban
Belgrade’s ‘Graffiti War’ Over Russia’s Invasion Of Ukraine
Belgium has become ‘European gas crossroads’, says Fluxys CEO
Hungary to supply Uzbekistan with NPP cooling technologies
Greece bans LGBTQ conversion therapy
Croatia summons Hungarian ambassador over Orban’s comments
Slovenia reintroduces fuel price caps
Czech Republic replaces Russia on UN Human Rights Council
Russia Aims to Link Crimea to Transnistria – US Intelligence Chief
Pirelli replaces Russian tyres for export to Europe with ones from Romania, Turkey
Belgium in Brief: When is a Belgian not a Belgian?
Estonia to keep fifth of yearly natural gas supply in strategic reserve
News digest: “People in Slovakia are literally angry”
‘I’m here to make Lithuanian cool’: Monika Liu advances to Eurovision final
In ‘historic first,’ Reykjavik names streets after Baltic countries
Excavation of Possible Kosovo War Mass Grave Begins in Serbia
Latvia: Access denied to Soviet monument after pro-Russian rally Tuesday
Tribunal for Putin: a guide to holding Russia’s leadership accountable for war crimes in Ukraine
Norway Launches 30 GW by 2040 Offshore Wind Investment Plan
Ahead of defence opt-out referendum, Denmark opposes EU Treaty change
Sanctioned Russians lose Janakkala holiday home, Jyväskylä rally cars
Ukraine to hold first war crimes trial of captured Russian
Luxury Yacht Of Russian Oligarch Akhmedov Arrested In Hamburg
Belarusian Opposition Leader Tsikhanouskaya Links Ukraine’s Fight With Belarus’s Democratic Struggle
The Largest Importer Of Russian Gas In Germany Refused To Pay In Rubles
Help Ukraine now, and it could power Europe later
On Norway’s Arctic border with Russia, a town freezes ties with its eastern neighbour
Agreement between Denmark and Greenland about Arctic Capacities
Nordea downgrades Finnish economy outlook
Finland and UK sign joint security declaration
Finland’s last Lenin statue sparks heated debate
Denmark allows Ukrainian flag to be flown throughout summer
Britain signs security deal vowing to defend Sweden in case of attack
Norway, Denmark and Iceland to provide security support to Sweden and Finland