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French far-right party divided over Putin’s non-invitation to D-Day anniversary

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 11:01
When asked about Vladimir Putin's non-invitation to the 80th anniversary of the D-Day landings, several French far-right leaders expressed divergent positions, while National Rally long-standing leader Marine Le Pen evaded the question.
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EU enlargement is a geostrategic imperative

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 10:00
Enlargement to the East, and to the Western Balkans, is a geostrategic imperative and will require reforms on both sides, writes Paulo Rangel.
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France arrests Ukraine-Russia national with explosives on terror charges

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 08:52
French police have arrested a 26-year-old Ukrainian-Russian man after he blew himself up with explosive materials in a hotel room north of Paris, a source at the French PNAT anti-terrorism prosecutors office said on Wednesday (5 June).
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Diminished Hamas switches to full insurgent mode in Gaza

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 08:13
Hamas has seen about half its forces wiped out in eight months of war and is relying on hit-and-run insurgent tactics to frustrate Israel's attempts to take control of Gaza, US and Israeli officials said.
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World leaders, veterans, commemorate D-Day’s 80th anniversary in Normandy

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 07:43
Veterans and world leaders meet in Normandy on Thursday (6 June) to mark the 80th anniversary of 1944 D-Day landings, when more than 150,000 Allied soldiers arrived in France by sea and air to drive out the forces of Nazi Germany.
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Putin warns Europe of asymmetric response to Ukraine ‘escalation’

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 07:18
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Wednesday (5 June) that Russia could provide long-range weapons to third countries to strike Western targets in response to NATO allies allowing Ukraine to use their arms to attack Russian territory.
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Disinformation in full swing in Slovakia ahead of EU elections

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 07:15
In today’s edition of the Capitals, find out more about German businesses warning against 'Dexit', Meloni calls for EU migration policy to be based on Italy-Albania deal, and so much more.
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The top five national delegations in the next EU Parliament 

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 07:14
The top national delegations will reshape the Parliament's balance of powers while feeding new priorities into the legislative work, and with voting set to start on Thursday (6 June), Europe Elects' final projections for Euractiv lay out what could lie ahead.
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Romanian far-right leader investigated for forging signatures for EU election

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 07:09
Prosecutors are investigating George Simion, leader of Romania's far-right AUR party, for allegedly orchestrating the falsification of thousands of signatures needed for Silvestru Șoșoacă's candidacy as an independent in the EU elections, something AUR denies.
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Bulgarian army struggling to shake off fake news wave about being sent to Ukraine

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 07:09
The Bulgarian army is struggling to shake off the pre-election wave of disinformation that soldiers are about to be sent to fight in Ukraine, despite pro-Russian far-right political forces and President Rumen Radev continuing to say this is in the works.
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Fico’s first post-assassination speech: Blames opposition, ‘Soros media’

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 07:05
Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico, who survived an assassination attempt, posted a video on Facebook in which he said he did not believe the attack on him had been carried out by a "lone madman", blaming the media and the opposition.
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Respect for EU values ‘red line’ for Spanish right in new European Parliament

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 07:04
Respect for European values is the absolute "red line" of the conservative Partido Popular (EPP), the main opposition force in Spain, for any future alliance in the European Parliament after Sunday's elections, the party's main candidate in the European elections Dolors Montserrat told Euractiv's partner EFE in an interview.
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Meloni says EU migration policy should be based on Italy-Albania deal

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 06:55
The deal to have the asylum applications of thousands of migrants picked up at sea by Italy processed in Albania should be replicated at the EU level, Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni said, adding that it could be part of a structural solution for the EU.
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Franco-German tank producer KNDS confirms to open plant in Ukraine

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 06:54
Franco-German armoured vehicle manufacturer KNDS is to open its first factory on Ukrainian soil, France confirmed, with details to be worked out between Emmanuel Macron and Volodymyr Zelenskyy when they meet at the Normandy landings commemorations on Thursday.
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German businesses warn against ‘Dexit’ amid fears of far-right gains

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 06:51
Germany's exit from the EU, labeled as "Dexit", would cost the country's economy €200 billion a year, business lobby INSM warned, as Germany's far-right AfD party, currently second in the polls ahead of this weekend's EU elections, maintains a strong anti-EU rhetoric.
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Disinformation in full swing in Slovakia ahead of EU elections

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 06:50
Disinformation is in full swing in Slovakia, with pro-Russian forces accusing opposition leader Michal Šimečka of the Progressive Slovakia party (PS) of planning an uprising similar to the 2014 Maidan in Ukraine, alongside narratives that foreign entities plotted the assassination of Prime Minister Robert Fico and that the EU wants to kill cows and force citizens to eat worms instead.
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What a right-wing shift in the EU Parliament means for tech policy

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 06:45
A more right-wing European Parliament could mean fewer regulatory initiatives in the area of tech, a weakened push for market integration, but more support for defence tech, according to party manifestos and an interview with an expert.
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Dutch voters kick off marathon EU elections

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 06:43
Dutch voters on Thursday (6 June) kicked off a four-day election marathon across the 27 nations of the European Union -- providing an early litmus test of how far right the next EU parliament might shift.
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EU elections: Final projections before the vote

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 06:00
Today is the first day of the European elections, with citizens heading to the polls to determine who will sit in the new European Parliament, first in the Netherlands today and then in the other EU countries on 7-9 June. 
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Belgian far left, right lead in election polls as minors vote for the first time

Thu, 06/06/2024 - 05:47
With Belgians voting in regional, federal and European elections on the same day, the far-right and the far-left are set to make serious gains as experts differ on whether the substantial number of people aged 16-23 voting for the first time will influence the outcome.
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