Europe: far and wide

October 21
Belgium Justice Minister resigns after deadly Brussels attack
Powerful Storm Hits Northern Europe, Killing at Least 4 People
Chechnya Forms Male-Dominated Group To Advance Women’s ‘Interests.’ Critics Say It’s Just For Show.
Authorities’ reaction to beating of a teenager highlights flexibility of morality in Chechnya

Brussels football match gunman had escaped from Tunisian prison
LGBT Pride Parade Marches In Montenegro
Slovenia introduces border checks with Hungary and Croatia

1956 October 23: Hungarian Uprising
Israel/Palestine: what the EU stands for
EU-Central Asia: 19th Ministerial meeting held in Luxembourg on 23 October 2023
Switzerland’s populists promise ‘less political correctness’ after election win
Elections 2023: Swiss parliament shifts to the right
Wallonia and Flanders reach worker mobility agreement
Estonia has linked Baltic cable, pipeline damages, Sweden says
First Irish Sign Language Primary School Teachers graduate at Dublin City University
Ukrainian Arms Flight’s Deadly Crash in Greece Remains Unexplained
Orbán blasts the European Union on the anniversary of Hungary’s 1956 anti-Soviet uprising
Romania, Ukraine Eye Improved Ties, Starting with Language
Cyprus Busts Refugee Trafficking Ring as More Arrive from Mideast
France sends weapons to Armenia amid fears of new conflict with Azerbaijan

Russia: Europe imports €13 billion of ‘critical’ metals in sanctions blindspot
Global Gateway: EU launches a Team Europe Initiative to develop green hydrogen in Mauritania
France’s Corsica island interested in boosting ties with Vietnam
Corsica’s Trinicellu: Europe’s magnificent €50 train
Iceland’s PM strikes over gender pay gap
The story of how little Lithuania took on global superpower China
Irish language signs vandalised in North Belfast
Sweden closer to NATO membership after Erdogan sends accession protocol to Turkish parliament
The geopolitical tightrope: Balancing Georgia’s EU candidacy

Global Gateway: Team Europe and Viet Nam sign over €500 million in agreements
The European Union’s confused response to the Israel-Hamas war
Ozempic: Several taken to hospital in Austria after taking fake drug
Estonia and Finland focus on Chinese ship in pipeline mystery
Azerbaijan says peace with Armenia is within reach
Montenegrin PM arrives in Georgia for Tbilisi Silk Road Forum
Tatarstan and Karachay-Cherkessia award Kadyrov’s son for ‘strengthening interfaith harmony’
Circassians of Syria: A History of Migration
Lawyer faces direct threat to his life in Ingushetia for helping domestic violence victim
Russian Life Imitates Dystopian Art

1955 October 26: Austrian National Day
Needed for speed: European carmakers turn to mining to bypass China
ECB keeps interest rates steady amid eurozone recession fears
Sweden or Switzerland? Swedish tourist board launches campaign to explain the difference
Bosnia and Herzegovina: Media freedom in survival mode
How to plan a weekend in Biscay, where mythology meets beaches in Spain’s Basque Country
Greece goes paperless with e-CMR
NATO Secretary General meets Prime Minister of Moldova and reaffirms longstanding partnership
Slovakia’s new populist PM announces halt of military aid to Ukraine

2017 October 27: Catalan Declaration of Independence
Estonia says damage to Baltic Sea pipeline, cables is all linked
A new age of Fico dawns in Slovakia
Georgia: Armenia’s Pashinyan meets Azerbaijani counterpart in Tbilisi

1918 October 28: Independent Czechoslovak State Day
Talks on Ukraine’s peace plan open in Malta
Former Wagner Group mercenaries are joining Chechnya’s Akhmat battalion, says Chechen commander
ECtHR awards compensation to natives of Ingushetia and Dagestan

1923 October 29: Turkey Republic Day
Belgium’s terror attack blunders tarnish its upcoming EU presidency

France sues Commission over primacy of English in EU hiring
Wallonia’s first festival of light will take place in Mons
Belarus announces possibility of “breaking corridor” through Lithuania
EU Foreign Policy Faces a Slovakia Challenge
Ombudsman: Russia illegally transfers Ukrainian citizens – Crimean Tatar political prisoners to its territory
Dagestan: Mob storms Russian airport in search of Jews
Police Search Journalist Idris Yusupov’s Home in Russia’s Dagestan
Facts about Russia’s republic of Dagestan
They shot them in the head and threw them into dug-out pits

France sues the EU over adoption of English as standard language
Spanish now world’s second-most spoken mother tongue: report
Eurozone economy sees a small contraction as inflation plunges
Montenegro finally gets new government and PM
Montenegro’s new government eyes EU membership as it finally takes power
Once pro-Palestinian, Greece is now one of Israel’s closest European allies
Westinghouse Seeks to Expand 30-Year Partnership with Czech Republic with Proven AP1000® Reactors
Cyprus working with European, Mideast states on sea corridor to ship aid to Gaza
Chuvashia: Deadly HIMARS Strike on Russian Convoy ‘Wiped Out Battalion’
Guarding the spiritual bonds. North Russian region of Komi establishes a morals watchdog

November 1
France sues EU over adoption of English as standard language
Romani people face discrimination and negative media portrayal in Czechia
A fire in the Jewish section of a cemetery in Austria’s capital causes damage but no injuries
The final frontier: Ending Moldova’s dependency on Russian gas
A passport for the thousands of Belarusian exiles in Europe?
Hungary Bans Minors From Visiting World Press Photo Exhibition Over LGBT Display
Abkhazia’s De-Facto Legislature to Discuss Joining Union State of Russia and Belarus

Google Doodle pays tribute to Spanish Romani dancer Carmen Amaya on her birthday
Luxembourg modernises its insolvency legislation
Austria to work with UK on Rwanda-style plan for asylum seekers
Isle of Man votes to legalise assisted dying
Sami joik, symphonic music fusion from Finland makes int’l debut in Ottawa
Serbia and Montenegro to play behind closed doors following fans’ misconduct
Bosnia and Herzegovina is and will remain a single sovereign and multi-ethnic country: UK statement at the UN Security Council
IAEA commends Czech management of radioactive waste

1943 November 3: Remembrance Day of Karachais’ Deportation Victims
Eurozone unemployment rises from record low to 6.5%
Indian and Chinese soft power is growing in Estonia
Norway opens Andøya spaceport
Malta to face EU fiscal discipline over massive loans, debt
Basque Studies program hosts international conference
Belarus Opposition Leader Seeks Alternative Passports for Exiles
301 people prosecuted for political reasons in Crimea during occupation – human rights defenders

UK university returns warrior skulls to Taiwan’s Indigenous Paiwan people
What’s in a word? How less-gendered language is faring across Europe
European Commission President Visits Ukraine
Snapshot: tax considerations for private clients in Liechtenstein
French Jews Are Seeking Sanctuary in Corsica
Estonia will allow Taiwan to establish a nondiplomatic representative office in a policy revision
Dagestan Defeats North Ossetia At Russia’s PWL-6

November 5: International Romani Language Day
Humza Yousaf’s in-laws arrive in Scotland after ‘living nightmare’ in Gaza

Mission critical: Europe eyes new suppliers in geopolitical race for metals
Museum of Romani Culture, Brno, Czechia
Andorra wins European Small Nations Team Chess Championship 2023
An amnesty for Catalan secessionists is a gamble worth taking
Moldova’s elections peaceful and efficient, but marred by sweeping restrictive measures amid national security concerns: international observers
Moldova pro-EU candidate fails to win Chisinau mayoral post
Russian troops kill one Georgian, detain another on South Ossetia frontline -Georgian PM
Imprisoned Bashkir Activist Airat Dilmukhametov Transferred To Notorious ‘Special Regime’ Prison In Siberia

Zelenskyy Vows Ukraine Will Be Part of European Union
Never Seen Before: Major Cyber Attack Targets Corsica Ferries!
Jersey tornado confirmed as strongest on record
Orcas Sink Another Boat in the Strait of Gibraltar
Death and a Family’s Fight for Justice in Malta
Europe migrant crisis: Italy to build migrant centres in Albania
Spain’s socialist headquarters attacked for second night in Madrid protests
Russia accused of ethnic cleansing in Crimea
Erzya people are a nation captive within the Russian Empire: Let’s not repeat our mistakes, says Askold S. Lozynskyj

Mining in my backyard: Europe’s new mines divide communities
Regions in Europe 2023 gives citizens a closer look at where they live
Commission adopts 2023 Enlargement package
Budapest: Romani mother and teenagers evicted just before moratorium kicks in
On the 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act, Channel Islands plant species declared fully recovered
Europe: Conditional ‘Yes’ for Bosnia – Western Balkans Must Accelerate Reforms
Commission recommends starting accession negotiations with Ukraine, Moldova, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and candidate status for Georgia

November 9: Ukrainian Writing and Language Day
1938 November 9: Kristallnacht
1989 November 9: Fall of the Berlin Wall
2014 November 9: Catalan self-determination referendum
Promising change: Romani children in state care in North Macedonia
‘Differences are beautiful,’ Cardinal François Bustillo of Corsica says
Minesto’s 1.2MW tidal energy device on its way to Faroe Islands
Denmark proposes $14 green passenger tax on air travel
Transgender people can be baptized Catholic, serve as godparents, Vatican says
Transnistria the Elephant in the Room of Moldova’s EU Accession
United States Welcomes the Republic of Bulgaria to the Artemis Accords
Russian oil on EU soil: Bulgarian refinery skirts sanctions and buys Russian crude
Romania cleared to buy $2.5B worth of Abrams tanks
How a secret underground movement is battling the Russian occupation of Crimea
Chechnya’s boss and Putin’s foot soldier: How Ramzan Kadyrov became such a feared figure in Russia
Adam Kadyrov’s post as test for inheriting power in Chechnya

Poem of the Day: ‘In Flanders Fields’
Latvia’s parliament votes to allow same-sex civil unions
Kazakhstan and San Marino to Establish Visa-Free Regime
Spain’s Socialists to grant more autonomy to Basque Country in exchange for support
Spain’s Basque nationalist party PNV to support Sanchez bid for premiership
Spain’s Sanchez wins support for PM bid amid anger over Catalan amnesty vow
NATO Deputy Secretary General hails Bulgaria’s contributions to stability in the Black Sea
SWJ Book Review – Putin’s Wars: From Chechnya to Ukraine

1282 11 11: Llywelyn ap Gruffudd, last prince of independent Wales, dies at Battle of Orewin Bridge
1620 November 11: Mayflower sails from England to America
1918 November 11: Poland Independence Day
European Team Chess Championship 2023 Officially Opened in Budva, Montenegro
Portugal’s Costa apologizes for cash seized at his official residence

Isle of Man falls silent for Remembrance Sunday commemorations
Latvia’s president says West must arm Ukraine to keep Russia from future global adventures
Spain’s conservatives rally against deal with Catalan separatists

Europe has a secret weapon to beat Big Tech on GenAI
Another Romani teen shot dead by Greek police
Friesland pitches to host 2030 Winter Olympic skating events
Iceland declares state of emergency, evacuates residents over threat of volcanic eruption
Croatia names new defense chief after ex-boss fired over fatal car crash
Spain’s Socialist Party files amnesty bill for Catalan separatists
Beyond Amnesty, Spain’s Financial Pact With Catalans Also Rankles
Romania Inaugurates F-16 Pilot Training Hub for NATO Allies, Ukraine
Zelenskyy awards Hero of Ukraine title to Crimean Tatar leader Mustafa Dzhemiliev

Smart Regions- Northern Europe tackles social isolation
Finland accuses Russia of aiding illegal migrant crossings
A Guide to Andorra, the Under-the-Radar European Ski Spot to Visit this Winter
Judge narrows charges in corruption case that led Portugal premier to quit
Portugal’s corruption scandal spells trouble for EU’s critical minerals hunt
Moldova May Seek Initial EU Entry Without Breakaway Region
Bulgarian Footballers to Play Behind Closed Doors to Dodge Fan Rage
Belarus Gears Up for Elections and Powerful New People’s Assembly
Inside Cyprus Confidential: The data-driven journalism that helped expose an island under Russian influence
Man pardoned over killing of Russian journalist after enlisting in Ukraine war – RBC
Russian memorials to victims of Stalin vanish

Reinforcing legal migration to help Europe thrive
Foreign Minister of Liechtenstein: “We have become a community of values”
Luxembourg’s Bettel to return as foreign minister in new government
Denmark could block Russian oil tankers from reaching markets
Vatican in deal with Volkswagen for all-electric car fleet by 2030
Pedro Sánchez defends amnesty in Catalonia in the name of “dialogue” and “forgiveness”
EU-Armenia: joint press release on the Second Political and Security Dialogue
Commissioner Simson in Tbilisi for EU-Georgia High-Level Energy Dialogue
Nikita Goldin: The Teenage Komi-Karelian Activist Who Escaped the FSB

1807 November 16: Icelandic Language Day
This unique Camargue pilgrimage is a fitting tribute to France’s most singular region
Ex-finance minister Frieden becomes Luxembourg’s new PM
Floods in Flanders: Evacuations underway as heavy rainfall continues
Now Estonia accuses Russia of stoking migrant influx
Sweden’s NATO bid delayed in Turkish parliament
Zelenskiy warns Russia planning to destabilise Balkans and Moldova
Belarus’s Involvement in Russia’s Systematic Relocation of Ukraine’s Children
Thousands of Ukrainian Children Forcibly Taken to Belarus, Yale Research Finds
EU-Georgia Relations: A Local Show of the Global Theater

1989 November 17: Velvet Revolution in Czechoslovakia
Years of uncertainty lie ahead for residents of Icelandic town near active volcano
‘Child soldiers’ and blood feuds: Sweden’s out-of-control gang wars
An independent Scotland in Europe
EBRD backs 3 bln euro plan to wean North Macedonia off coal power
Croatia cracks down on migrants as Europe beefs up border checks
Moldova’s First Dog bites Austrian president
Dozens injured, arrested in Bulgaria Euro qualifier clashes
Azerbaijan must let ethnic Armenians return to Nagorno-Karabakh: UN court
Azerbaijan continues to snub peace talks as U.S. moves to boost support to Armenia
Georgia’s EU Candidate Status Will Test Its Relations With Russia

1918 November 18: Proclamation of the Republic of Latvia
Much as it galls the French, English has become Europe’s cultural lingua franca
France thrash Gibraltar in record-breaking European Championship qualifier
Thousands protest in Madrid over proposed amnesty for Catalan separatists
Armenia and Azerbaijan have agreed on basic peace treaty principles, TASS reports
Pashinyan: Armenia, Azerbaijan Speak ‘Different Diplomatic Languages’

In Spain’s Basque Country, Creativity Reigns
Extreme Weather Kills 2 in Bulgaria, Leaves Many Without Power

Welsh Government wants your views on the school calendar
Albania opposition starts fire in parliament during anti-government protest
NATO will do what is necessary to maintain a safe and secure environment in Kosovo
Russia Puts Ukrainian Winner of Eurovision Song Contest on Wanted List
Russia’s Restoration of Sukhumi Airport May Lead to Full Annexation of Abkhazia

2013 November 21: Euromaidan, Ukraine
Commercial property’s debt burden exceeds pre-2008 level in eurozone, warns ECB
Among the treasures of Bardejov, Slovakia, an angel for Romani people
Corsica Sole, Evecon to add 200 MW of batteries in Estonia
Commission endorses Greece’s €35.95 billion modified recovery and resilience plan
Commission endorses Romania’s €28.5 billion modified recovery and resilience plan
Industrial pollution in the Russian Arctic is an environmental nightmare: A list of the dirtiest companies

Switzerland moves to ban Hamas, backs Israel’s ‘right to self-defence’
How the Far-Right Won the Dutch Election—and What Comes Next for the Netherlands
Finland to close all but one of its border crossings with Russia
Vučić, Stoltenberg discuss Serbia’s collaboration with NATO, tension in Kosovo
After amnesty deal, Catalan separatists must rekindle momentum at home
Hungary’s Viktor Orbán threatens to blow up EU’s Ukraine policy
Outspoken Kadyrov critic Mansur Movlaev reportedly avoids deportation from Kyrgyzstan back to Chechnya

Geert Wilders’ victory in Netherlands election spooks Europe
Conor McGregor calls Ireland for war hours before mass stabbing in Dublin, riots erupt
Frontex to provide additional support to bolster Finland’s borders
Tesla strikes in Sweden are ‘insane’, says Elon Musk
Commission endorses Hungary’s €4.6 billion REPowerEU chapter
EU executive approves 900 mln euros in funds for Hungary
Do claims that Crimean Tatars are worse off under Putin than Stalin stand up?
Terrorism suspect killed in shootout in Ingushetia

Italy: inciting hatred against Romani women
Ireland to tighten hate laws amid far-right Dublin riot ‘shame’
Montenegro court clears crypto chief Do Kwon for extradition
Armenia absent from Russian-led CSTO summit

November 25, 4th Saturday of November: Remembrance Day for the Victims of Holodomors in Ukraine
1912 November 28: Albanian Flag Day/Declaration of Independence
November 30: Saint Andrew’s Day, Scotland’s official national day
1552 December 3: International Day of the Basque Language
1917 December 6: Finland Independence Day
1948 December 10: Human Rights Day
1994 December 11: First Chechen War
1974 December 13: Malta Republic Day
1989 December 16: Romanian Revolution
December 18: International Migrants Day
1990 December 26: Slovenia Independence and Unity Day
1991 December 26: Dissolution of the Soviet Union
1943 December 28: Day of Memory and Sorrow in Kalmykia