Europe: between 22 and 23

1948 December 10: Human Rights Day
Belgium Charges 4 People in European Parliament Corruption Probe
Three people killed, several missing after explosion on Channel Island of Jersey
Morocco beat Portugal to become first-ever African team to reach World Cup semi-finals
Schengen zone: Croatia gleeful, Bulgaria, Romania dismayed

1994 December 11: First Chechen War
Morocco stuns Portugal in a historic victory for Arabs and Africa

Russian neo-Nazi militia is asking for intelligence on Baltic states
[Catalonia] ERC target new independence referendum needing 55% yes vote to pass
Pacific Professor Lorely French Publishes First English Version of Romani Holocaust Survivor’s Memoir
Northern Ireland’s nurses strike as pay lags behind rest of the UK
NextGenerationEU: Member states approve national plan of Hungary

1974 December 13: Malta Republic Day
[Catalonia] ERC’s new independence referendum proposal ‘will not take place’, Spanish government says
Thousands in Montenegro clash with police over political tension
Bulgaria pushes for hate crimes reference on North Macedonia
Hungary Blocks Ukrainian Aid Package; EU Responds by Freezing Funds
Chechen Leader Has More Interactions With U.F.C. Fighters Amid U.S. Sanctions
Kalmykia journalist Valery Badmayev charged with ‘discrediting’ the army

Scottish independence leads poll again as experts explain why
Westminster blocks SNP plan to give Holyrood power to hold indyref2
European court rules against North Macedonia for segregation of Romani schoolchildren
Prince Michael of Liechtenstein underlines risks of ignoring Türkiye
Wallonia seeks to renew parliament amid scandals
Danske Bank pays over $2 billion in fraud charges for using Estonia branch to process tainted foreign money
Sarah Harte: As ‘An Gaeilge’ rises in popularity, standard of spoken Irish is falling
Denmark’s new government bridges left-right divide
‘For Russia’s Victory’: Moscow Places Ukraine’s Occupied Crimea Region On All-Out War Footing
Artsakh under blockade by Azerbaijan, facing humanitarian crisis
Saakashvili: Georgia’s ailing ex-leader starts new hunger strike
Targeted by their government, Ingush Sufis have turned to Ramzan Kadyrov
Human rights defenders consider it dangerous for Leyla Gireeva to stay in Russia
Kazakhstan, Tatarstan Reiterate Willingness to Strengthen Cooperation and Bilateral Ties

These Indigenous Women Are Fighting Big Oil—And Winning
Subsea kite power under investigation offshore Faroes
Iceland’s Christmas Book Flood Is a Force of Nature
People repeatedly repelled at Lithuania and Latvia borders face increased suffering
Finland defence minister to take two months’ paternity leave amid Nato bid
Denmark’s new government drops public holiday to boost defence budget
How’s Wales’ economy changed over the last 30 years?
Tax changes to support Scotland’s vital public services
Andorra: Defamation charge against activist facing trial for speaking out about women’s rights must be dropped
UK announces accord with Albania against migration
Kosovo formally applies for EU membership
Spanish government dashes hopes of ‘Montenegro-style’ referendum for Catalonia
Catalonia jockeys for mobility leadership
Hungary’s risky bet on Russia’s nuclear power
Armenia says Azerbaijan behind Nagorno-Karabakh roadblock ‘crisis’
Kremlin Trying To Force Tatarstan To Drop Title Of ‘Republic President’

1989 December 16: Romanian Revolution
Lithuania signs USD 495 mln contract with US for HIMARS launchers
Repeated bomb threats cause disruption in North Macedonia
Judo: Croatia – small country, big dreams
Slovakia’s Government Falls
EU Monitoring Mission in Georgia starts extended mandate at its new headquarters in Tbilisi

Leo Varadkar returns as Ireland’s prime minister
Moldova suspends six channels over Ukraine ‘disinformation’
Hungary, Romania, Georgia, Azerbaijan agree to Black Sea electricity project
The Bashkirs, by Askold S. Lozynskyj

December 18: International Migrants Day
Russia destroys Golden Cabinet of historical Crimean Tatar palace in occupied Crimea

Romani children win discrimination case after being denied entry to a public swimming pool in Romania
Netherlands slavery: Saying sorry leaves Dutch divided
Santa is back in business as Lapland expects tourism rebound
Support for Turkey, China Rises in EU-Facing North Macedonia
EU Candidate Status for Bosnia and Herzegovina: a message to the people and a tasking for politicians
Russian Court Orders Psychiatric Evaluation For Woman On Trial For Anti-War Posts
Putin intimidated by Chechnya’s Kadyrov, while Ichkeria soon to become free country – Danilov

Luxembourg authorises some frozen Russian assets to be unblocked
Greenland suspends fishing agreement with Russia
Moldova fears new Russian push towards breakaway east next year
Crimean Tatars face forced conscription in Ukraine
Kadyrov’s Bully Tactics Won’t Help Russia Recruit More Soldiers In Chechnya
Circassian town in northern Israel wins UN recognition as global ‘tourist village’

Switzerland rejects idea of a third-gender option in official records
Irish language film on Oscar shortlist
Gerry Adams: Gaeltacht Quarter helps Irish language revival hit new heights
Russia says it will boost military near Sweden, Finland
Romania spends $410 million on Israeli-British Watchkeeper drones
Gas discovery off Cyprus by Eni and Total gives Europe more options
Broken Dream: The oligarch, Russia, and Georgia’s drift from Europe
Gas Pipeline Fire in Russia’s Republic of Chuvashia Kills 3: Governor

For the holidays, here’s an Icelandic tradition of book-giving
Scotland passes transgender self-indentification bill
Greece annoyed by Albania-Turkey drone deal
Moldova Is Becoming Independent of Russian Gas Flows
Ukraine war: Zelensky urges US to help it defeat Russia
Armenia: Russia’s peacekeepers failed mission in Nagorno-Karabakh
Number of sexual crimes against children in Russia is up by 44% since 2010

Luxembourg Resident Detained In Iran Sentenced To Death
Lithuania buys Switchblade 600 drones
The Dismantling of the Russian Federation, by Askold S. Lozynskyj
Russia’s Tatarstan to Rename Regional Presidency

1979 December 24: Soviet Invasion of Afghanistan
Here’s a look at Tio de Nadal, Catalonia’s Christmas log that ‘poos’ presents, and other unusual festive traditions
The pro-government party of Moldova proposes to liquidate Transnistria together with Ukraine and NATO
Nagorno-Karabakh in for ‘long winter’ amid Azerbaijan road blockade

Here’s How Christmas Is Celebrated In Rovaniemi, The Official Santa Claus Village In Lapland
One of Europe’s Most Polluted Countries Asks Firms to Excuse Pregnant Women From Work
Croatia anticipates economic boost as it prepares to adopt euro
Thousands rally in Nagorno-Karabakh to protest blockade of Armenia land link
Dictator’s son wins MMA ‘fixed’ fight

1990 December 26: Slovenia Independence and Unity Day
1991 December 26: Dissolution of the Soviet Union
All 10 people feared missing in Austria avalanche found alive
Albania Orders Three Bayraktar TB2 Combat Drones From Turkey
North Kosovo: Shots fired near NATO patrol amid tensions
Belarus says Russian Iskander missile systems ready for use

Kosovo: Serbia puts troops on high alert over rising tensions
Abkhazian tangerines barred from Russia due to increased checks at the border

1943 December 28: Day of Memory and Sorrow in Kalmykia
Finland’s first FSRU anchors in Port of Inkoo
EU, US, NATO urge dialogue to ease tensions at Serbia-Kosovo border

Bulgaria Summons Russian Envoy Over Warrant for Journalist
‘Propaganda Is Almost Everywhere’: Grassroots Campaigners Take On The Kremlin War Machine
In the Balkans, group of immigrants from Chechnya face deportation threat
Kalmykia honours memory of those who died during years of deportation

Lithuania strikes agreement with France on howitzer acquisition
Irish education system must take ‘Europe’ and languages seriously
Divisive Social Media Star Andrew Tate Detained in Romania

What the Faroe Islands could teach Europe about fertility
Wales news review: A year of extremes in 2022
Farewell to Benedict XVI: ‘Humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord’

1993 January 1: Velvet Divorce of Czechia and Slovakia
Sweden takes over EU presidency in crisis mode
North Macedonia takes over OSCE Chair

Irish language cinema going from strength to strength
Spain ‘ready for any scenario’ as Gibraltar talks with UK falter

The Flanders formula: inside a leading European biopharma hub
Lithuania will continue providing military aid to Ukraine in 2023
Ireland’s language shift: when Irish speakers switched to English
Tesla in pole position in Norway’s race to EV goal
There wasn’t a single bank robbery in Denmark last year
Bulgaria signs deal for gas supplies via Turkey
I fled Putin’s Russia for Canada. It opened my eyes.

Czech Republic appoints its first Roma commissioner
Swiss Inflation Slows to 2.8% Before Likely Jump in January
Lithuania to seek NATO deal on at least 2 pct defense budget at Vilnius summit
Greece in 2023: An Election in the Shadow of ‘Predator-Gate’
Few Bulgarians Expect pro-EU Govt to Return to Power
Artsakh blockade enters fourth week
Rallies Demanding Release Of Former Georgian President Saakashvili Held In Many Countries
Could Chechnya’s ‘Dark Horse’ Emerge as Kremlin King-Maker?
In Vienna, migrants demand to protect rights of Chechen refugees

1968 January 5: Prague Spring
Snowless slopes spoil holiday skiing in Switzerland
Malta and Switzerland playing an outsized role on the UN’s biggest stage
Estonia intends to transfer frozen Russian assets to Kyiv
TRASNA MHEIRICEÁ: Golden era for Irish Language in San Francisco
‘Like sci-fi’ | Norway-Germany hydrogen pipeline eyes North Sea wind as RWE and Equinor seal pact
Montenegro Close to Snap Elections as Govt Negotiations Fail
Albania launches two satellites to crack down on territorial illegality
Basque Energy Agency opens tender for Mutriku wave power plant’s new turbines
Coming Apart At The Seams? For Russia’s Ethnic Minorities, Ukraine War Is A Chance To Press For Independence From Moscow

Does Iceland live up to its reputation as a paradise for gender equality?
Baltic set for gigascale wind boost as Finland and Estonia plans edge forward
Sputnik editor arrested in Latvia over alleged EU sanctions violation
Bosnia’s Governing Coalition Cracks Only 20 Days After Formation
Bulgaria to Probe Assets of EU-sanctioned Russian Citizens
Belarus: Trial of Nobel laureate Ales Bialiatski ‘politically motivated’
Former Prime Minister of Dagestan run over and killed in Makhachkala, Russia

Alcarràs review – an angry, urgent fight for family land in Catalonia
Márcio Freire: ‘Mad Dogs’ legendary surfer killed in Portugal’s giant waves

1918 January 8: Woodrow Wilson’s 14 Points on free trade, democracy and self-determination
Sweden Can’t Meet Some of Turkey’s Demands for NATO Bid, PM Says
In photos: Romania’s ‘dancing bear festival’

Liechtenstein prelate cancels parliamentary Mass over gay marriage bill
Sweden says Turkey asking too much over NATO application
Armed Police and Bikers Parade as Bosnian Serbs Mark Banned Holiday
Bulgarian parties given last chance to form government
The Czech Republic is preparing tanks to be sent to Ukraine: the prime minister left an “autograph” on the T-72
Russia Meets Fierce Resistance in Bakhmut
The agony of Chechnya: trapped between the Kremlin and Kadyrov
Plane crash in Russia’s Nenets Autonomous Okrug reportedly kills two
Court In Tatarstan Hands 19 Years In Prison To Hizb Ut-Tahrir Member

Why should France listen to Corsica’s demand for autonomy?
Slovakia in 2023: seeking an end to political chaos without becoming a ‘little hungary’
Armenia refuses to host CSTO exercises

Estonia expels more Russian diplomats in model for EU
Why is the Irish language so widely abused on public signs?
Greece, Malta lag in sanctioned Russian assets – EU
5 Women Leading Renowned Architectural Firms in Catalonia
Moldova and Türkiye: Keeping Friends Close
Czech presidential race wide open after court ruling
Portraits of Indigenous People From Around the Globe Details Their Plight

MONEYVAL recognises Liechtenstein’s anti-money laundering efforts
Memories of Nazi occupation remain across the Channel Islands
Sweden discovers biggest rare earths deposit in EU
Ambulance strike: Wales sees second day of industrial action
Will the war in Ukraine spell the end of Transnistria?
Crimean Tatar Religious Cleric Gets 17 Years In Prison in Russia
Court Jails Russian Soldier 5 Years For Refusing To Fight In Ukraine
Wounded Russian Soldiers Returned to Front Without Proper Treatment
[Russia] Rebranded ecological youth group declared foreign agent
Partisan Movement Expected to Step up Activity in Russia

1991 January 13: Freedom Defenders Day in Lithuania
San Marino national team shirts for newborns
First President of Russia’s Bashkortostan Murtaza Rakhimov Dies at 88
How Tatarstan lost the last major vestige of its sovereignty
Inside the Russian prison in Udmurtia where all is not as it seems

1999 January 15: Račak massacre, Kosovo
1990 January 19: Azerbaijan: Black January
1991 January 20: The Barricades in Latvia
1919 January 22: Day of Unity of Ukraine
1719 January 23: Founding of Liechtenstein
1759 January 25: Burns Night, Scotland
January 25: Dydd Santes Dwynwen/St Dwynwen’s Day, Wales
January 27: International Holocaust Remembrance Day
1972 January 30: Bloody Sunday, Northern Ireland
1945 February 4: Yalta Conference establishing post-WW2 world geopolitical boundaries
1917 February 6: Sami National Day
February 10: Dydd Miwsig Cymru, Welsh Language Music Day
1929 February 11: Foundation of Vatican City, Lateran Treaty Day
1804 February 15: Statehood Day in Serbia
1918 Fabruary 16: Lithuania Independence Day
2008 February 17: Kosovo declaration of independence