Europe: Summit Draft Offers Ukraine and Moldova EU Candidate Status

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Czech artists donate works to charity auction for Romani scholarships
Scotland to Europe ferry link ‘to return in 2023’ amid post-Brexit interest
Czech says that her town just wants “white” refugees from Ukraine, not children and women of Romani origin
Bulgarian Parliament Speaker Ousted As Government Faces No-Confidence Vote Next Week
Faroe Islands Hunting Season Commence with 60 Pilot Whales Slaughter
Tartu to transition to Estonian language education over four years
Channel Islands Pride returns with a 70s theme
Latvian Saeima passes law that allows demolition of Soviet Victory Monument in Riga
An Cailín Ciúin evokes a passion and pride in the Irish language
Russia’s law to uncreate Lithuania: laugh or cry?
‘Western Balkans are a strategic priority’: President Michel visits Montenegro, Kosovo* and North Macedonia
Britain, Germany ready to lead bigger combat units in Baltics
Prime minsters of Albania and Montenegro visit Kyiv in show of support
Anders Hoffmann of Denmark becomes new IEA Governing Board Chair
Albania, Montenegro and North Macedonia support Ukraine’s bid for EU candidate status
ECB pledges new crisis tool as EU debt crisis threatens comeback
Euro area member states recommend that Croatia become the 20th member of the euro area
US Broadens Restrictions on Belarus National Airline After Violations
The right to learn #Basque means the right to take exams in Basque
NATO to boost its forces, equipment on eastern flank
Basque parents, schoolchildren and teachers, campaigning to have exams in #Basque
HRW Urges Russia to Halt Use of Banned Landmines in Ukraine
French police using tear gas against parents, teachers and children campaigning to have exams in #Basque
EU signs gas deal with Egypt, Israel to end ‘dependency’ on Russia
Gwenno interview: Her ‘beautiful’ new record Tresor and championing the Cornish language
European Leaders Bear Witness to Ukraine War’s Horror
UN Human Rights Chief: ‘Tragedy of Mariupol Is Far From Over’
Biden told Austin, Blinken to tone down remarks supporting Ukraine: report
NHL to cut off Russia, Belarus from 2022 Stanley Cup trips due to war in Ukraine
Belarus opposition-leader-in-exile on two-day visit to Lisbon
Netherlands says Russian spy caught seeking war crimes court internship
Germany, France, Italy back EU candidate status for Ukraine
UN records over 10K civilian causalities in Ukraine
Third American reported missing after traveling to Ukraine
Catalonia’s local councils help turn schools into shelters for displaced people in Ukraine

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Made in Wales, but not about Wales – TV struggling to depict Wales on screen
Belgian city relocates immigrant Romani families from slums to residential sites on its outskirts
New Estonian honorary consul’s office opens in central Scotland
Romani musician refuses to be nominated for possible state honors
Finland: VKK holds first party meeting, Russian embassy to send representative
What have we learned from 100 years of Irish language policy?
Fire and revelry take over Berga square for central day of La Patum festivity
Sinn Féin criticises “slow it down” culture of Belfast Council on Irish language signs
Otepää common grave for local Second World War Red Army soldiers revealed no signs of human remains
Albania trails neighbours in auto-parts production but economists see a chance to catch up
Ukrainian Expert: Lukashenka Prepares To Attack Ukraine
Ukraine, Moldova should get EU candidate status, Georgia might need to wait, EU executive says
Catalan parliament considers Israeli treatment of Palestinians ‘equivalent to apartheid’
Ukraine And Moldova Win Initial EU Recommendation for Membership
Five Russian TV channels allowed back in Latvia, then banned again
Russian helicopter violations of Finnish airspace “not serious,” says Border Guard
Eurovision: Ukraine insists it, not BBC, has ‘right’ to hold contest
Russian warship violated Danish territorial waters in Baltic Sea
Belarus kicks off mobilisation drills
Russia Frees Medic Who Filmed Mariupol’s Horror
Chair of the NATO Military Committee travels to Finland
Estonian defmin at NATO meeting: Credible deterrence provides feeling of security
Pioneering Russian Journalist Sells Nobel Peace Medal for Ukraine
‘Ukraine belongs to the European family,’ declare EU premiers
NATO agrees on brigade for Lithuania, but final details to emerge in Madrid – minister
Threat Of Increase In Missile And Bomb Airstrikes From Belarus Keeps Growing – Military Analyst
ERR in Ukraine: Donbas settlements under daily Russian missile fire
Grebenschikov Organizes Action In Support Of Belarusian Musicians – Political Prisoners
President calls on Saeima to make changes to the Labor Law in order to prevent discrimination against Latvians in the labor market
Finland: Large scale solar power test at Robbe´s Little Garden
Estonia is building a unicorn stable through its e-residency programme to boost diversity
Cern to cut research ties with Russia and Belarus
It will take decades to detox Russia, says Lithuanian PM
UK pledges support to help Ukraine rebuild post conflict
EU Commission recommends candidate status for Ukraine, Moldova, but not Georgia
Johnson Offers Zelensky Large-Scale Training Program For Ukrainian Military In Britain
One NATO brigade not enough to defend every inch of Lithuanian territory – chief of defence
Belarusian Pensioner Sentenced To 42 Months In Prison For Criticizing Lukashenka
Russian TV shows videos of 2 US vets captured in Ukraine

2006 June 18: Catalan Statute of Autonomy referendum
Guide To The Most Delicious Pintxos, Basque Country’s Version Of Tapas
The stirring Welsh national anthem at Stereophonics show
Russia’s far-right divided on Ukraine war
Basque Tapas Bar & Restaurant Opens in Tarrytown
Hackers crash internet as ‘Russian Davos’ adjusts to new reality
Netflix Under Scrutiny for Filming Stranger Things Season 4 in Former Nazi Prison
Dutch prime minister apologizes to Srebrenica peacekeepers
Germany: Greens’ foreign and economy ministers targeted by hackers
Lithuanian bishops call for scrapping of same-sex partnership bill
Helsinki University closes China-funded Confucius Institute
Euro area inflation up to 8.1% in May 2022: Estonia (20.1%), Lithuania (18.5%) and Latvia (16.8%)
Russia sending large number of reserve troops to Sievierodonetsk, Ukrainian governor says
Elina Svitolina: Russia and Belarus players should not be competing at US Open
NATO must increase its presence in Latvia by moving from deterrence to defense – Pabriks
Germany FM: We must finally take the next Steps in the Western Balkans
Norway inaugurates Utoya massacre memorial
LNG capacity due to be ready in Estonia by end of November
Sweden Names Bitcoin Skeptic Erik Thedéen as New Central Bank Governor
Russia’s Lavrov discusses Finnish Nato bid in BBC interview
Bayraktar of 1943: how Lithuanians chipped in for bomber plane for US army
Germany probing several hundred possible Ukraine war crimes
Belarus opposition leader asks Portugal to support companies fleeing her country
#UntilWeAreAllFree Rīga/Kyiv march for freedom
Belarus warns Ukraine against any attempts to attack Russia
US and Norway Launch Green Shipping Challenge
Lithuania Bans Transit Of Sanctioned Russian Goods To Kaliningrad
‘Ukraine will definitely win’ says president on visit to Mykolaiv

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N. Macedonia protesters call for early elections
Taking Basque manufacturing to the world and into the future at ADDIT3D
Prague city hall arrests cause Czech government turmoil

June 20: World Refugee Day
Moldova Bans Russian Media to Counter Propaganda Over Ukraine
EU-New Zealand: Council clears the path for the conclusion of a partnership agreement
Russia trains its sights on Lithuania
‘There were no Celts’ says Guardian columnist Simon Jenkins in new book
Lapland paper mill set to become textile recycling plant
UN Special Rapporteur highlights ‘relevance’ of Catalangate and calls for Pegasus spyware ban
Foreign tourists traveling to Estonia despite fears of war
Scotland Digs! 2022 campaign to take place in Scotland this summer
This isn’t just Ukraine’s war. It’s our war, too. Act accordingly.
MPs becoming ‘increasingly local’ – but Wales has smallest share of MPs born in that nation
Statistics Estonia: Industrial output price index continues to rise
Spain officially rules out 2030 Winter Games bid in Catalonia and Aragon
Finnish Institute in St. Petersburg closes, cites “impossible” operating conditions
Alister Jack tells SNP MP to ‘suck it up’ as UK bypasses Scottish Parliament
Ilmar Raag: Soviet monuments belong in the past
Welsh language Wales Book of the Year 2022 shortlist announced
Anxious times for Sweden’s Kurds as country attempts to join NATO
Foreign investment drops by a third in Catalonia during first quarter of 2022
‘Three Seas Initiative: Mapping National Perspectives’
Despite Western Arms, Ukraine is Outgunned in the East
Germany “very confident” Finland, Sweden will join Nato
Croatia ex-pm: By only backing Ukraine, EU humiliated Bosnia
EU should arm Ukrainian ports to solve food crisis, Lithuania minister says
Troubled history weakens prospects of shale gas exploration in Romania
Satellite Images Show Russia Shipping Grain From Occupied Ukraine To Syria
Europe’s electricity industry calls for €400bn investment in distribution grids
Kaliningrad Rail Ban In Line With EU Sanctions: Lithuania
EU says Lithuania acted ‘by the book’ in Kaliningrad standoff with Russia
Denmark declares ‘early warning’ for potential gas supply disruptions
Nobel sold for Ukrainian kids shatters record at $103.5M
Key Lithuanian firms protected from Russian, Belarusian control – MP
Belgium hit by protests over cost of living spike
Denmark keeps F-16 fighter jets flying due to Russia threat
Slovenia to Seek EU Candidate Status for Bosnia
Latvian midsummer festival basics explained
North Macedonia Doubts French Push to Solve Dispute with Bulgaria
NATO hosts Türkiye, Finland, Sweden talks
Michelle Bachelet begins a four-day official mission to Bosnia and Herzegovina 21-24 June 2022
Tallinn launches capital-wide poetry trail
Dodik Loses Argument in Bosnian Serb Assembly Over UK Deal
Can Finland and Sweden help decarbonize EU economies?
Slovenia to Seek EU Candidate Status for Bosnia
Czech fighter jets break sound barrier pursuing aircraft off Estonian coast
Serbia to produce enough wheat to feed the Western Balkans
Dutch join Germany, Austria, in reverting to coal
Basque solid-state battery initiative launches
New coalition plans transition to Estonian language education in 2025
Catalonia’s Lola Casademunt Lands in Basque Country
At these free cabins, Sweden goes wild
Portugal rejects ending of golden visa regime despite EC hostility
Young Estonians abroad have a chance to connect with their origin
Poland calls for ‘regulated’ Holocaust educational trips amid dispute with Israel
Why Turkey, Greece remain on collision course over Aegean islands
The abandoned Soviet mining town in Norway’s Arctic
They’re not Chechens, they’re Russian occupation troops – free Chechen Republic representative about Kadyrovites
Hungary’s EU ambassador steps down two weeks after blocking the extension of sanctions to Patriarch Kirill

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West African chef Fatmata Binta wins Basque Culinary World Prize 2022
Liechtenstein family wealth firm targets Scotland
Nicola Sturgeon sets the date for the ‘route map’ to indyref2
Eurostat: Bulgaria, Romania had EU’s lowest consumer price levels in 2021
Russian Gold Finds its Way Into Switzerland
Russian helicopter flies in Estonian airspace without permission
Gazprom lowers gas exports to Slovakia despite roubles payment
One in seven Belgians go hungry because of financial issues, says survey
Tory who called Nicola Sturgeon a ‘drooling hag’ gets top paid job at Fife Council
EBRD Managing Director Matteo Patrone visits Moldova
Belgium repatriates women and children linked to IS group fighters from Syria
There’s no blockade of Kaliningrad, Lithuanian PM says
Netherlands commits to support Vietnam in realising the Mekong Delta Regional Master Plan
Celtic named as having best fan chant in the world by Spanish football site
Rail strikes: Wales hit by biggest rail strike in 30 years
Residents of Poland’s Suwałki Gap appeal for emergency shelters in case of war with Russia
Fans of Montenegro and BiH: Burek as a ”Provocation” for good Vibes
Catalan presidency minister to meet Spanish counterpart with lack of investment as central discussion
Sofia gives hope for lifting North Macedonia veto
Finland blocks sale of real estate near Lapland airport to Russian buyer
Kosovo, Albania, sign 19 agreements at eighth bilateral meeting
Spain officially rules out 2030 Winter Games bid in Catalonia and Aragon
New Albanian Airport Raises Cronyism, Environment Concerns
Sweden issues ‘early warning’ on reduced gas supply from Russia
Kosovo, Serbia Agree On Road Map For Implementing Energy Agreements
Council of Europe rapporteur criticizes Spain’s handling of exiled and ex-jailed Catalan leaders
Kosovo cautiously hopeful for visa liberalisation
First heavy weapons from Germany arrive in Ukraine
Q&A with Beñat Garaio, Basque language activist
Drakeford welcomes Ukrainians fleeing invasion to Wales – ‘We’re here to help you rebuild your lives’
Meet Natxo Gonzalez, the Basqueman whose surfing knows no boundaries

More Giga cities for Serbia
EU Summit Draft Confirms Call For Ukrainian, Moldovan Candidate Status
Kazakhstan Foreign Minister Tileuberdi Visits Luxembourg to Intensify Partnership with EU
Phoenix Suns’ Bismack Biyombo visits Pope Francis in Vatican City
Refugee numbers in Serbia up 55% on 2021
Moldova: Europe’s hotspot for IT outsourcing
Russian commodities traders replace Switzerland with Dubai
Odisha Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik Meets Pope Francis In Vatican City
Car factory workers block key motorway in Serbia capital
Lithuania hopes to boost cooperation with Taiwan
Why roads in Wallonia are deadlier than in Flanders
Pope shocked by killing of Jesuit priests in Mexico
Sanction Signals in Serbia
Estonian media landscape and freedom of the press over the years
Belgium is returning a Congolese freedom fighter’s tooth 60 years after his murder
U.S. woman fearing for health after Malta refuses abortion
Portugal is 2nd European country most feeling economic consequences of war in Ukraine
What is Estonia asking for at NATO’s Madrid summit?
Belgium in Brief: Cross-border bargain hunting
Malta at NATO: island perspective adds value to the debate
Greece and Macron
Vilnius region holds large-scale nuclear accident response drills
Belgium remains second after Brazil in FIFA world ranking
Slovenia sends 35 infantry fighting vehicles to Ukraine
Bulgaria, Greece to build hydrogen pipeline
Finland is ready to fight Russia if attacked – defence chief
Consumer confidence in the Netherlands sets a new record low
No Easy Escape For North Macedonia From Bulgaria’s EU Veto
Great momentum seen in Greece-UAE relations
Belarus has stationed wooden dummy tanks on the border with Ukraine – Ministry of Defence
Netherlands has 390,000 too few homes
Widespread strikes disrupt services in North Macedonia
Young wolf crossed the entire Czech Republic to find love in Poland
Russia Transfers New Missile Systems To Belarus
Netherlands: Government’s nitrogen plans are talk of the town
Albania Continues Dependency on Russian Wheat as Moscow Steals ‘Thousands of Tonnes’ from Ukraine
Per-capita consumption in Romania lags only 18% behind EU average
Italian ice cream maker creates Barcelona gelato flavor
Faroe Islands Emerges From Pandemic Still Immune to Obscurity
Albania/Kosovo: Border Checks Reduced
Global stars line up for the return of the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod
Russia bears down on Lysychansk, targeting police and judicial buildings
Schools to celebrate UNESCO Biosphere Isle of Man
Government to invest €12 million to make Catalonia a food and wine travel destination
Serbia, Albania and North Macedonia to attend EU summit after threatening to boycott
Will the war with Russia rein in Ukraine’s oligarchs?
Nicola Sturgeon smiles alongside Hillary Clinton at global female leaders’ conference in Italy
Iceland’s Interest Rates Pass Pre-Pandemic Heights
Balkans Losing Hope of Progress on EU Membership
Plaid Cymru MP calls for Welsh Human Rights Bill to counter Westminster ‘attacks’
Brno, Czech Republic: 50 people protest city’s treatment of Romani refugees from Ukraine
Irish language film ‘Foscadh’ wins top prize at Kimolos International Film Festival
Jordi Bonet, architect and former director of works at Sagrada Família, dies aged 97
Andrej Plenković: Grant candidate status to Ukraine and Bosnia and Herzegovina
Romania’s Parliament passes controversial bill that changes “sex education” into “sanitary education”
Only 46% want another Prince of Wales after Charles, poll suggests
Galway Film Fleadh reveals line-up of anticipated Irish features
Russia to invest in 1.5 bln euro gas power plants in Bosnia’s Serb Republic – report
Scottish independence: Tories attempt sneaky tactic to block Nicola Sturgeon statement
Trust in media all time low in Slovakia, says new Reuters report
Geothermal is key to achieving net-zero emissions in North Ireland
Five-year sentence for Scot arrested during Pablo Hasel imprisonment protests
Croatia’s youngest town the place to go for kulen lovers
‘Not the way’: Bulgaria gov’t falls after losing confidence vote
Housing developer advertising ‘renamed’ Welsh language properties
‘Ireland’s most tattooed man’ adds Kray twins portraits to his back for sentimental reason
PM Says Croatia Can Expect Decision on Entry Into Schengen in Autumn
Spanish PM and Catalan president to meet ‘before summer vacation’
Doctor mistakenly removes patient’s wrong eye during operation in Slovakia
Trans woman from Cornwall told to kill herself by online trolls
Stand-up comedy in Croatia: How the first club opened
Don’t wait for war in Moldova before giving a clear signal on EU membership prospects

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