Belarus continues to witness widespread protests against government violence despite the release of many detainees in recent days. In Minsk, hundreds of doctors formed a human chain to protest against the ruling government. The Belarusian government unexpectedly released hundreds of people, detained during the unrest.
Tensions between Turkey and Greece in the eastern Mediterranean over oil and gas resources are rising. Meanwhile, the announcement of French military reinforcements sent to the eastern Mediterranean, and France’s support for Greece, has exacerbated these tensions.
Police detained more than 1,000 people in Belarus overnight Tuesday and early Wednesday as part of halting protests against the results of the country’s presidential elections, officials announced. The demonstrations took place in 25 Belarusian cities, bringing together thousands of people.
Belarus held presidential election on August 9. The winner of the election is Alexander Lukashenko. It should be noted that he has been in power for 26 years. There is video footage that was leaked via drone video recording, showing people climbing through windows to switch the ballots.
There is a recession around the globe due to the Coronavirus pandemic. China essentially put this hardship on everyone due to its careless actions. Some, including French Nobel Prize winner and virologist Luc Montagnier, believe the coronavirus originated in a Chinese lab. Most others, however, do not.
Tuesday’s Beirut blast has so far claimed at least 154 lives. The information was relayed on Friday by the Lebanese Health Minister, Hamad Hassan. The minister added that 120 of the wounded are in a critical condition. The previous last balance sheet by the Ministry of Health had reported 149 deaths.
The German Statistical Office announced that the economic performance fell sharply in the second quarter of this year due to the Coronavirus pandemic. The number of unemployed in the country increased during the month of July, to 2.91 million people, in which is normally a low employment time of the year.
The European Commission and the EU Diplomatic Service launched consultations pertaining to the EU policy in the Arctic Region. The main purpose of the consultation is to identify the strengths and shortcomings of the current strategy. The consultations are expected to be completed by November 2020.
The World Trade Organization (WTO) issued a report on Friday regarding EU dumping methodologies and duties on Russian imports. The WTO agreed with the Kremlin’s view, that the EU principles for determining prices in anti-dumping investigations violate the organization’s rules.
In the early hours of Tuesday morning, European Council President Charles Michel announced an historic agreement in a Twitter post. The talks between the leaders of the EU member states lasted a total of more than four days, longer than any other great conference of this union.
The leaders of three European countries threatened to impose sanctions on foreign powers that violate the arms embargo on the Libyan war parties. Although they have not named any country, their threat appears aimed at Turkey, Russia, the United Arab Emirates, and Egypt.
It was past midnight when the leaders of the EU member states left the meeting on economic and financial aid to deal with the consequences of the Coronavirus crisis without result. The meeting is considered to be the first non-virtual meeting after the coronavirus outbreak in Europe.
In an open letter to the European Union, 236 lawmakers from Europe and the United States called on the EU Friday to impose a full ban on the Lebanese militant group and political party, Hezbollah, throughout its territory. The lawmakers said in their letter that banning Hezbollah’s military arm was not enough.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the signing of the Iran Nuclear Deal. The statement added that the JCPOA was “currently in serious danger,” and stressed that the international agreement would be scrapped if the international community did not act to protect it.
EU foreign ministers met on Monday to discuss China’s countermeasures against the implementation of the National Security Law against Hong Kong. Josep Borrell, the EU’s chief diplomat, said that the EU continues to pay attention to the Hong Kong Security Act that came into effect last month.
France will make it mandatory to wear a protective face mask in all closed public places to contain the spread of the coronavirus, French President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. COVID-19 is showing signs of a restart in the country. “I would like to make masks mandatory in all enclosed public spaces,” Macron said.
German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer called for more cooperation from European countries to better control the EU’s external borders. Without this cooperation, he says, “we may soon see a new wave of asylum seekers entering the European Union, which will be more severe than the 2015 crisis.”
On Wednesday, the EU demanded that China immediately and unconditionally release lawyers and rights activists who were arrested five years ago, as part of China’s “709 Crackdown.” The EU also tressed that it will continue to criticize China’s human rights situation. More than 200 people were detained as part of the crackdown in 2015.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel traveled to Brussels today for her first foreign trip since the coronavirus outbreak. The purpose of this trip is to participate in the important conference of the European Union, on EU financial assistance to member states for the Coronavirus epidemic.
The European Commission has conditionally approved the antiviral medication remdesiver as a treatment for COVID-19. Earlier, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) recommended that remdesivir be approved for the treatment of patients over 12 years of age who suffer from COVID-19 and need oxygen support.
Germany has a great responsibility in the most important arenas of international politics. The country took over the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union for six months from today until the end of this year. At the same time, Germany will be in charge of chairing the UN Security Council next month.
The European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) has suspended its authorization for Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) to fly to Europe for the next six months, beginning July 1. It is the latest fallout over the fake pilots’ licenses scandal. EASA said it has lost confidence in the airline.
Venezuela’s president, Nicolás Maduro, has ordered the European Union (EU) ambassador in Caracas, Isabel Brilhante Pedrosa, to leave the country within 72 hours. Maduro gave the order on Monday following Brussels’ imposition of sanctions on 11 Venezuelan officials.
In an interview with the Associated Press on Sunday, Brian Hook, the US State Department’s special envoy for Iran, stressed the importance of extending the UN’s arms embargo on Iran. He said the world should not care about Iran’s threats to retaliate if the embargo is extended.
On Wednesday, the President of the United States, Donald Trump, spoke at a joint press conference with President of Poland, Andrzej Duda. During a press conference, President Trump said that the United States plans to reduce American military personnel stationed in Germany.
On July 1st, Russian citizens will go to vote on the amendments to the Russian Constitution proposed by Russian President Vladimir Putin. The ballot will include only yes or no questions. However, the details of the changes are not provided for the voters on the day of the vote.
The campaign #НашВыборРоссия (“Our Choice — Russia”), which started in Donetsk on June 1, in honor of Russia Day, is declared indefinite. This was reported on the official site of the self-proclaimed republic. The press service of the organization recalled statements made by the head of the DPR, Denis Pushilin.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned at the end of a video-conference between the leaders of the European Union, of the need for a quick agreement on a plan to face the economic repercussions of the coronavirus, due to the scale of the crisis. She called the coronavirus the biggest challenge to face the EU in its history.
French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said that Turkey’s actions in Libya by the hands of militants transferred to the region threaten the European Union. Furthermore, France will not allow anyone to annex the Mediterranean Sea. The Head of the French Foreign Ministry said this in an interview with the French newspaper, La Croix.
Russia announced its intent in ensuring a comprehensive plan for Iran’s nuclear program. According to the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergey Lavrov, the plan will be implanted with the cooperation of the EU. The talks pertaining to Iran nuclear program took place on Tuesday between Lavrov and the EU representative, Josep Borrell.
Polish President Andrzej Duda compared LGBT “ideology” to communist “indoctrination” on Sunday. He has thus presented a series of measures considered to be discriminatory against LGBT people by human rights groups. The president made the remarks during his speech at a rally in southern Poland.
The British government has today told the European Union that it doesn’t intend to extend the post-Brexit transition period. The decision was formally communicated to the European Commission by Michael Gove, Minister for the Cabinet Office of Prime Minister Boris Johnson.
This week Russian President Vladimir Putin announced the vote on the proposed Russian constitution amendments will take place on July 1. The amendments include the removal of term limits so Putin can remain in power until 2036 and beyond. On August 9 there will be a presidential election in Belarus; current president Alexander Lukashenko is running for a sixth term.
A no-deal Brexit looms for the UK unless its Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, sticks to the very promises that he made while securing the withdrawal agreement, the EU’s chief negotiator, Michel Barnier has warned. Barnier accused the Prime Minister of seemingly trying to take an about turn from the written agreement in the political declaration that was arrived at and signed between the UK and the European Commission.
Last week, there was a press conference in Ukraine pertaining to “New facts of the international corruption and external governance.” The event organizers were the non-factional Deputy Andrey Derkach and ex-head of the special group of prosecutors Konstantin Kulik. At the press conference, seven fragments of conversations were released between President Petro Poroshenko, Vice President Joe Biden and Secretary of State John Kerry.
The German Government warned federal employees against using the WhatsApp messenger. The information became available on May 17 via Handelsblatt, a leading German-language business newspaper published in Düsseldorf by Verlagsgruppe Handelsblatt. It was founded in the 1946. The newspaper claims the source of this announcement is a letter from the German Government Commissioner for Data Protection Ulrich Wolfgang Kelber. He sent the letter to all the ministries with a warning.
European engineers have proposed a solution that will help the Rover not to loose power in the infinite darkness of the moon’ polar craters. The project is under contract with the European Space Agency, an intergovernmental organization of 22 member states dedicated to the exploration of space. Established in 1975 and headquartered in Paris, ESA has a worldwide staff of about 2,200 in 2018 and an annual budget of about €6.68 billion in 2020.
The UK and the European Union are still far apart, in as far as striking an agreement of trade arrangements is concerned. This became evident after the UK’s Brexit chief negotiator, David Frost, reported “very little” progress had been made, as per the outcome of the parties’ latest round of talks.
Representatives of the largest conservative faction in the European Parliament— the European People’s Party (EPP)— are demanding that European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen take steps to abolish border controls in EU countries from 15 May. This is stated in a letter circulated on Tuesday.
France has asked the European Union to consider a tough response to Israel’s West Bank annexation plans. This is according to three EU diplomats with knowledge on the matter. Ireland, Belgium, and Luxembourg reportedly discussed enacting punitive economic measures on Israel during last week’s foreign ministers’ meeting.
Italy recorded 243 new deaths from coronavirus on Friday, bringing the total death toll to 30,201. The death toll per day decreased from 274 on the previous day. The number of new infections confirmed yesterday was 1,327, a slight decrease. The total number of infected people has reached 217,185.
Greece is planning to restore restore international air traffic as much as possible in June, and and open recreation centers for the seasonal accommodation of tourists by July 1. As the Facebook page of the Argos camp says, the country is “quitting quarantine.” It has a roadmap for lifting restrictions.
Sweden plans to ask the European Union to investigate the origin of the new coronavirus pandemic, joining other countries in a decision that could further strain the already frosty relations between Stockholm and Beijing. Sweden’s Health Minister, Lena Hallengren, notified Parliament of this on Wednesday.