Moscow shouts about the planned tax on carbon emissions in the EU

Moscow shouts about the planned tax on carbon emissions in the EU

Russia’s economic development minister warned last week that the EU’s plans to deploy a carbon tax at the bloc’s borders will not be in line with World Trade Organisation (WTO) rules, just as Brussels doubled down on the idea of green tariffs. Maxim Reshetnikov said that Moscow “is extremely concerned by attempts to use the climate agenda to create new barriers”, following a meeting of the BRICS emerging economy nations last Thursday (23 July). “We see a danger in this, including in the initiative to create a carbon adjustment mechanism…

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COVID-19: Why Bulgaria is lagging behind?

COVID-19: Why Bulgaria is lagging behind?

Bulgaria was among the EU countries with fewer cases of COVID-19 until mid-June, when measures were relaxed. Bulgarians are now shocked to see other EU nations introducing conditions to allow their compatriots to enter their territory. The biggest consternation came when Italy, the EU country hardest hit by the pandemic, introduced quarantine for incoming nationals of Bulgaria and Romania on Friday (24 July). The measure is all the more surprising given that Italy is now among the most open countries, in an effort to save its tourist season. Italy’s Minister of…

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Portugal on high alert as over eight hundred firefighters fight forest fires

Portugal on high alert as over eight hundred firefighters fight forest fires

Portugal will go on high alert as more than 850 firefighters struggle to put out a fire sweeping across part of the country’s central region on Sunday (26 July), with strong winds and high temperatures complicating efforts to tackle the blaze. The wildfire has been raging in the municipality of Oleiros since Saturday afternoon but it has spread to two neighbouring municipalities and has already forced the precautionary evacuation of a number of people. A 21-year-old firefighter died in a road accident on Saturday evening while fighting the fire, and…

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