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Turkish President Recep Tayyip ErdoÄŸan received a delegation from the predominantly Turkish-Bulgarian Movement for Rights and Freedoms (MRF) on Sunday 6 June. The delegation’s visit was led by DPS head Mustafa Karadayi and included MEP Ilhan Kyuchuk. MRF has three MEPs, members of the Renew Europe group of the European Parliament.

ErdoÄŸan also met the Prime Minister of North Macedonia Zoran Zaev and the Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama. Read more.



The victory of the conservatives in the German federal elections reinforces the hopes of the Chancellery of Laschet. Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives won a resounding victory in the regional elections in East Germany on Sunday 6 June, giving Armin Laschet a boost, who hopes to succeed him in the national elections in September. Read more.



Belgium plans to lift restrictions again A Belgian advisory committee will consider a further lifting of restrictions over the summer at the end of the week, according to Flemish Minister-President Jan Jambon (N-VA). Public and private meetings are currently limited to four people. “I think it can be relaxed for July, it could be a bit more in August, then the restrictions could be lifted in September,” Jambon said. VRT. “Of course, provided no variations appear and the numbers remain as good.” (Alexandra Brzozowski,



France presents minimum wages and equal pay as priorities of the Council of the EU. French EU Minister Clément Beaune gave an interview to The world define the priorities of the country as it is about to take during the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU in the first half of 2022.

“The subjects on which we hope to make progress, on which we are already working with the Portuguese Presidency, will be the directive under negotiation on minimum wages, equal pay between women and men or the issue of platform workers”, he added. declared Beaune. The French minister also said he wants to continue to fight against fraud linked to the posting of workers and “responsible capitalism”. (Anne Damiani |



Kurz attends the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz attended the St Petersburg Economic Forum as the only leader of the EU aamid growing tensions between Russia and the EU. Kurz defended the EU’s sanctions against Belarus but refrained from directly criticizing Russian President Vladimir Putin. Read more.

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The DUP leader confirms the party’s presence at the ministerial meeting. DUP leader Edward Poots confirmed his party’s attendance at the North-South Ministerial Council meeting on June 18. His confirmation comes after weeks of uncertainty over the DUP’s position on the North-South ministerial meeting following his election to the leadership, the Irish time reported.

Poots met Irish Prime Minister Micheal Martin for an hour-long discussion that Martin described as “an open exchange of views”, including on the Northern Ireland Protocol. “I think there are important issues we need to discuss based on the fact that there is going to be a serious attempt to deal with the Northern Ireland Protocol. I believe we should be looking to have normalized relations again, ”Poots said. (Paula Kenny |



Estonian Prime Minister meets Finnish Ambassador on travel restrictions. Finland’s continued travel restrictions are causing tensions between neighboring Gulf of Finland countries, prompting Estonian Prime Minister Kaja Kallas to hold talks with the Finnish ambassador on Friday. Read more.



The governor of the Bank of Italy calls for the revision of the stability pact. We must review the European Union’s stability pact before the end of its suspension, and find a “harmonious and long-term vision between the countries”, even if it is necessary “to be very attentive to the risks of inflation”, he added. the governor of Italy, Ignazio Visco, said in a speech Sunday. Read more.



Spain will also accept travelers with cheaper rapid antigen tests. Spain will allow travelers to enter the country from Monday if they have been vaccinated against COVID-19, show a negative PCR test or show they have passed the much cheaper rapid antigen test. Read the full story.



The Polish politician from the Law and Justice party criticizes the Belarusian opposition leader. polish politician Ryszard Terlecki, prominent member of the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS), Told Belarusian opposition leader Sviatlana Tsikhanouskaya will “ask for help from Moscow”. Read more.



Another Czech-Polish dispute. Czech environmental organizations are calling for an immediate end to construction of a watchtower atop Králický Sněžník, a mountain on the border between Czechia and Poland. They say the tower, which has been under construction since fall 2020, breaks building permit rules and poses a threat to wildlife. Read more.



Thousands of people are protesting again against the Chinese University of Budapest, Beijing “bewildered”. Thousands of people demonstrated against Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban’s Fidesz and its efforts to build a campus for Chinese Fudan University in Budapest during the first major anti-government demonstration in Hungary in a long time. Read more.



Slovak officials have said that Nord Stream 2 will not affect the gas supply through Ukraine. The Chairman of the Board of Directors of Russian natural gas monopoly Gazprom, Alexei Miller, confirmed that Slovakia has a stable position in Gazprom’s strategic plans during the meeting at the 24th International Economic Forum (SPIEF) with the Slovak Minister of economy Richard Sulík and Foreign Minister Ivan Korčok in St. Petersburg on Friday. Read more.



Albania lifts all restrictions for foreign tourists. The Albanian government has lifted all pandemic-related restrictions for foreign tourists visiting the country, reported. Read more.



Slovenia amends the penal code, redefines sexual consent. The Slovenian parliament adopted amendments to the penal code that redefine sexual consent in accordance with the concept of ‘only yes means yes’, a profound change from the current system in which rape was only legally considered rape if it involved physical restraint or serious threats. Read more.



Croatia May Online Job Vacancy Index Shows Higher Labor Demand. Croatia’s Online Job Vacancy Index (OVI) for May 2021 is several times higher than that of May 2020, and comparison with May 2019 shows that labor demand was around 1% higher than before the pandemic, announced the Zagreb Institute of Economics (EIZ).

From the perspective of the OVI index, the labor market is showing clear signs of recovery from the crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for the third month in a row, the EIZ said. The most popular occupations in May 2021 were salesperson, cook and waiter, with a combined total share of labor demand of around 28%. “The demand for cooks and waiters has recovered significantly, which is in part the result of relatively late preparation for the tourist season,” EIZ analysts said. (Željko Trkanjec |



Serbia launches production of Russian vaccine. Belgrade’s Torlak Institute for Virology, Vaccines and Sera officially kicked off production of the Russian vaccine Sputnik V on Friday evening, making Serbia the first state in Europe to produce the Russian vaccine. Read more.



Montenegro opens its borders to EU and Israeli citizens. Montenegro on Saturday opened its borders to European and Israeli citizens, who will be able to enter the country without having to meet COVID-19 requirements, the government decided at a meeting on Friday. Read more.


  • Luxembourg: Luxembourg’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defense François Bausch will speak at the launch event of the Global Climate and Security Report 2021.
  • Germany: Foreign Minister Heiko Maas speaking at the opening of the Conference of Ambassadors in Berlin
  • Czechia: Belarusian opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanovskaya will travel to Czechia to meet Prime Minister Andrej BabiÅ¡, President MiloÅ¡ Zeman and other Czech politicians.
  • Bulgaria: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will provide information on out-of-country voting in the upcoming early elections.
  • Slovenia: European Commissioner Margaritis Schinas, Vice-President of the European Commission for the Promotion of the European Way of Life, will visit Slovenia to meet Prime Minister Janez JanÅ¡a, Interior Minister AleÅ¡ Hojs and President Borut Pahor.
  • Serbia: A memorandum of understanding between the Chamber of Commerce and the Russian-Serbian Foundation for Culture and Heritage must be signed.


[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Daniel Eck, Paula Kenny, Josie Le Blond]

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