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In today’s news from the capitals:

News that ailing German energy giant Uniper could be nationalized has rallied the Finnish opposition, and the government has been criticized for surrendering to Germany without adequate resistance. Continue reading.



EU Commission proposes Hungary cut of 7.5 billion euros Citing concerns over corruption in Hungary, the European Commission on Sunday proposed suspending a third of the cohesion funds allocated to the country if its reform efforts remain insufficient over the next two months. Continue reading.

Commission publishes proposal for media freedom law, to mixed reactions. The European Commission has published its proposal for a media freedom law after mixed reactions from civil society and media sector organisations. Continue reading.



AI law: Czech Council Presidency proposes narrower classification of high-risk systems. A new partial compromise on the AI ​​law seen by EURACTIV further elaborates on the concept of the “additional layer”, which would only classify an AI as risky if it has a large impact on decision-making. Continue reading.

Czech Presidency calls for war crimes tribunal over mass graves in Ukraine On Saturday (17 September), the EU Council Presidency called for the establishment of an international war crimes tribunal after new mass graves were found in Ukraine. Continue reading.

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Referendum on COVID-19 measures fails. Even if the number of COVID-19 cases increases drastically this winter, the Liechtenstein government will no longer be able to restrict access to public spaces to those who have been vaccinated or have recovered. Continue reading.



Germany to protect tenants struggling with energy bills. Tenants evicted after rent problems should be able to get their property back through back payments, according to Building Minister Klara Geywitz, who hopes to help those struggling with rising energy bills. Continue reading.



French MEP Stéphane Séjourné was elected leader of the new presidential party. The French presidential party has undergone a makeover after members voted for new leadership and a new name during a congress at the Louvre on Saturday. Continue reading.



The Netherlands is funding another 7.5 million euros to salvage an oil tanker off the Yemeni coast. The Dutch government will release the additional funds for salvage work to secure the FSO Safer, a floating oil storage vessel in serious trouble off the Yemen coast. Continue reading.



Spanish Socialists challenge Conservatives’ gas price cap. Debate has erupted between Spain’s ruling Socialist Party (PSOE) and the centre-right opposition Partido Popular (PP) after the latter’s political family, the European People’s Party (EPP), explicitly backed the Iberian exception to cap gas prices . Continue reading.



Letta says far-right Lega stronghold is a ‘province of Hungary’. Pontida, a town in Lombardy that traditionally hosts the annual mass meeting of the far-right Lega, is a “province of Hungary,” said Partito Democratico (PD) leader Enrico Letta. Continue reading.

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Reduction of corporate tax benefits, Portuguese Economy Minister. A reduction in corporate tax for companies is an important signal for the entire industry and is beneficial in view of the current crisis, Economy Minister António Costa Silva said on Sunday. Continue reading.



Czech nationalists and populists dominate opinion polls. A new opinion poll shows that former Prime Minister Andrej Babiš’s populist ANO party is the most popular among voters just a week before local and Senate elections. Continue reading.



A Russian ship enters a new waterway the day after the opening of the Vistula-Spice Canal. A Russian ship pulled into the Elblag port, located at the start of the Vistula Spit, after the Polish government said opening the waterway would mean ships would no longer need Moscow’s permission to sail from the Baltic Sea to the ports of the Vistula Lagoon. Continue reading.



Slovakia is divided over the Commission’s proposal to cut EU funds to Hungary. The European Commission’s decision to cut 7.5 billion euros in EU funds was criticized by Slovak parliament speaker Boris Kollár (We are Family) and opposition leader Robert Fico (SMER), while Slovak Prime Minister Eduard Heger (OĽaNO) said the decision this could not be vetoed. Continue reading.



Hungarian steel mill stops production. The Dunaferr Steelworks, one of Hungary’s largest industrial manufacturing companies, had to stop production, the company announced on Saturday. Continue reading.



Bulgaria hopes to host Azerbaijan’s gas leadership meeting. An unofficial regional meeting on energy issues may be on Sofia’s agenda for October EURACTIV Bulgaria found out about EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and the Presidents of Bulgaria, Azerbaijan, Serbia, Romania and North Macedonia. Continue reading.

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Activists condemn right-wing violence at Belgrade’s EuroPride. Almost ninety people were arrested by police while activists reported attacks by opponents of the EuroPride march, which saw over 10,000 people demonstrating despite a government-backed police ban. Continue reading.



Albania deports wanted Turkish citizen despite asylum application. Turkish citizen Emre Olur, press advisor to mafia boss Sedat Peker, was deported from Albania on Sunday after being arrested at Tirana International Airport despite an asylum application. Continue reading.



  • EU: President of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, attends the state funeral of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II;
  • Josep Borrell in New York, USA (until 23/09) to attend various high-level events related to the 77th session of the UN General Assembly and holds a series of bilateral meetings with international colleagues;
  • European Commission presents draft for new instrument to protect the EU internal market in the event of a crisis;
  • Germany: Federal Chancellor Scholz welcomes the Italian party leader PD Enrico Letta during his visit to the SPD headquarters;
  • Belgium: Court deals with challenge to Belgium-Iranian prisoner exchange agreement ratified by both countries;
  • Netherlands: ICJ hearings begin in Iran to release US-seized assets;
  • Poland: Temporary restrictions on entry of Russian nationals to Poland and three Baltic states come into effect;
  • Sweden: Parliament Speaker Andreas Norlén consults party leaders to give PM-elect task of forming government;


[Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Vlad Makszimov, Daniel Eck, Benjamin Fox, Zoran Radosavljevic, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson]

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