The EU mobilizes resources for members affected by the fire

The EU mobilizes resources for members affected by the fire

The European Union (EU) has mobilized significant resources since Monday to help combat fires in Greece, Sweden and Latvia at the same time and put it on a civil protection mechanism. About 60 firefighters, along with their equipment, left Cyprus on Tuesday for Greece, where more than 50 persons have already died as a result of the fires, while Spain is sending two Canadair planes, the office of Commissioner Christos Stylianides, in charge of humanitarian assistance and crisis management, disclosed on Tuesday. Many other EU countries have proposed resources, it…

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Some 140 Polish firemen on their way to Sweden to combat fires

Some 140 Polish firemen on their way to Sweden to combat fires

Poland decided to send 140 firemen to Sweden to combat forest fires that are sustained by a major drought and are raging in the south of this Scandinavian country, announced Friday Polish Minister of Internal Affairs. The Polish Government informed the European Civil Protection Mechanism, contacted earlier this week by Sweden, on “its availability to send human and material means.’’ Sweden accepted Friday morning Poland’s offer of assistance, indicates the Minister in a press release. The firemen and 44 vehicles will leave Saturday by ferry the Swinoujscie Port (North-West) for…

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The EU has imposed a record 4.34 billion euros in Google

The EU has imposed a record 4.34 billion euros in Google

On Wednesday, the EU imposed a record 4.34 billion euros of fines on Google, this time in connection with the Android antitrust file, a decision that risks further damage to its relations with the US. This financial sanction, aiming at punishing the American company for having misused the dominant position of its smartphone exploitation system, Android, in order to consolidate its online research service supremacy, smashes the previous record, already detained by Google. “Google used illicit practices to cement its dominant position in online research,’’ accused the EU Competition Commissioner,…

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Juncker will meet with Trump in Washington on July 25

Juncker will meet with Trump in Washington on July 25

President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker will leave for Washington on Wednesday, July 25 to meet with US President Donald Trump in the White House, the Commission said Tuesday in a brief press release. “The two leaders will discuss the deep cooperation between the European Union and the United States government and institutions across a wide range of priorities, including foreign and security policy, counterterrorism, energy security, and economic growth,” the statement disclosed. It added that Trump and Juncker “will focus on improving trans-Atlantic trade and forging a stronger…

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Missing Bruges man found in London

Missing Bruges man found in London

A man from the West Flemish city of Bruges that had been missing since last Friday has been found safe and well in the British capital London. 57-year-old Luc Blieck is mentally challenged and there were concerns for his well-being. He had been on a 5-day trip organised by the not-for-profit group vzw Oranje. On Friday afternoon the group ended up in a crowd of demonstrators that were protesting against the visit of the US president Donald Trump near to Big Ben. Luc Blieck became separated from the group and…

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The strike of railway workers causes chaos, not least in youth camps

The strike of railway workers causes chaos, not least in youth camps

Among the victims of the two-day railway strike that began last night: scouts and other children are sent to the summer camp as school holidays begin. The strike by rail union OVS was somewhat mitigated by the fact that enough notice was given, and we are now in the holiday period. Only one train in three was due to run on Wednesday, but the rail authority NMBS has now instituted a system of minimum service, which gives priority to mainline services between cities. The authority also effectively uses social media,…

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Trump threatens to leave NATO if they do not make immediate efforts on defense spending

Trump threatens to leave NATO if they do not make immediate efforts on defense spending

American President Donald trump has threatened Thursday to leave NATO, if the allies will not undertake immediate efforts to increase their defense spending, according to diplomatic sources following the discussions during the Second session of the Atlantic summit, was quoted by German press Agency DPA. This information was confirmed by Belga. Donald Trump was extremely aggressive towards his NATO Allies, demanding that they reach “immediately’’ 2% of their Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in military expenditure. He even suggested, during interviews held Wednesday, that member countries invest 4% of their GDP…

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The European Parliament and the Commission are divided into national parks in Bulgaria

The European Parliament and the Commission are divided into national parks in Bulgaria

According to a letter sent last week to the European Commission by representatives of all major political groups in the European Parliament, two national parks in Bulgaria are threatened by construction plans. The MEPs call on the Commission to launch an infringement procedure against Bulgaria as a matter of urgency. The Pirin National Park is a Natura 2000 area and a UNESCO World Heritage Site but the Bulgarian government plans to open up almost half of the area to construction. Kresna Gorge, also a Natura 2000 site, is under threat…

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Greece is on the right track, but the economic situation is contradictory

Greece is on the right track, but the economic situation is contradictory

Greece is on its way to economic recovery after its third aid is completed next month, according to a key official responsible for providing financial assistance to the Euro area countries with financial problems. Klaus Regling, director of the European Stability Mechanism and its temporary predecessor the European Financial Stability Facility during the height of the financial crisis, was interviewed in German newspaper Handelsblatt. He was quoted by Greek centre-right newspaper Kathimerini on Wednesday (4 June) as criticizing the Greek government and its former finance minister Yanis Varoufakis for having…

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The Commission clarifies the decisions Of the migration Board

The Commission clarifies the decisions Of the migration Board

European Council conclusions on migration, made last week, was prepared in the middle of the night and leave the EU leaders and journalists without clarity on how to work the so-called platform landing in countries outside the EU and controlled by centres in the EU for illegal migrants once they are created. Some were also wondering why these new measure were needed when the number of illegal migrants have dropped drastically on almost all routes leading to EU. On the eastern Mediterranean route arrivals have dropped by 97 % or…

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