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The bitter row between the EU and Poland, revolving around the country’s rule of law in general and the disciplinary chamber of its Supreme Court in particular, will be a very difficult issue for the union to resolve, Dejevsky, a veteran foreign correspondent who worked in Moscow, Paris, Washington and China, and is a foreign affairs columnist at the Independent, believes. Moreover, Poland is not the only EU nation with motives for joining entirely different from those of the original members of the European bloc, so similar conflicts may arise again, Dejevsky believes. “It’s going to be very difficult for…

On Tuesday, the Eastern European nation reported its highest Covid daily infections, surpassing 18,800, as well as a record single-day high of 574 deaths from the virus. Commenting on the dire situation facing the healthcare system, intensive care doctor Claudiu Ruscu warned that “there isn’t enough room to take all the cases that need us,” and blamed the country’s ailing vaccine uptake. “If the vaccination rate had been at 70-80% we would now have ten times fewer deaths,” the doctor told Reuters. Out of Romania’s recorded 42,000 Covid deaths to date in the pandemic, 13% occurred this month alone, with…

In October, one person died from Covid every 5 MINUTES in Romania, owing to a sluggish vaccination program and a shortage of hospital beds. On Tuesday, the Eastern European country recorded a record daily high of 18,800 Covid infections, as well as a single-day high of 574 Covid deaths. Intensive care doctor Claudiu Ruscu, commenting on the terrible situation facing the healthcare system, cautioned that “there isn’t enough room to take all the cases that need us,” and faulted the country’s low vaccine uptake. “We would have had 10 times fewer deaths if the immunization rate had been 70-80 percent,”…

Speaking on Monday, Senate speaker Milos Vystrcil told reporters that he had been informed by medics that there was only a small chance that the Czech leader would return to work in the coming weeks. Vystrcil was citing a report from the hospital in which Zeman is staying, having been admitted to intensive care a week ago. Vystrcil said that Zeman was unable to carry out his duties and the government needed to look at shifting the president’s responsibilities onto other public officials. Zeman was rushed to hospital eight days ago, shortly after holding talks with the outgoing prime minister…

PM Mateusz Morawiecki on Monday wrote to EU leaders, institutions and member state governments claiming that “unfortunately, today we are dealing with a very dangerous phenomenon whereby various European Union institutions usurp powers they do not have under the Treaties and impose their will on Member States”. We ought to be anxious about the gradual transformation of the Union into an entity that would cease to be an alliance of free, equal and sovereign states, and instead become a single, centrally managed organism, run by institutions deprived of democratic control by the citizens of European countries. The Polish PM also…

The EU risks being ‘centrally governed,’ according to Poland’s prime minister, as a ‘dangerous phenomenon’ of institutional activity threatens the bloc’s future. Mateusz Morawiecki, the Polish prime minister, wrote to EU leaders, institutions, and member state governments on Monday, claiming that “unfortunately, today we are dealing with a very dangerous phenomenon in which various European Union institutions usurp powers they do not have under the Treaties and impose their will on Member States.” We should be concerned about the Union’s steady transition into an organization that is no more an alliance of free, equal, and sovereign states, but rather a…

As Czech President Milos Zeman enters his eighth day of intensive care, the Senate Speaker discloses that he is unable to perform his duties. Senate Speaker Milos Vystrcil told reporters on Monday that doctors had warned him there was only a slim chance the Czech president would return to work in the coming weeks. Vystrcil was referring to a report from the hospital where Zeman is currently undergoing treatment after being brought to intensive care a week ago. According to Vystrcil, Zeman is unable to perform his duties, and the government should consider transferring the president’s responsibilities to other government…

The assailants of Dutch crime reporter de Vries are on trial for his gruesome murder in broad daylight. The two suspects — a Dutchman in his early twenties and a 35-year-old Polish national accused of being the getaway driver – appeared in court on Monday for a preliminary court hearing to describe the investigation thus far and hear any requests from their lawyers. Both men were arrested hours after the crime reporter was allegedly shot in the head and torso as he exited a TV studio in Amsterdam on July 6. De Vries died nine days later as a result…

The price of gas futures for November delivery at the TTF hub in the Netherlands went down to $983.50 per thousand cubic meters Monday morning, marking a long-anticipated drop of around 10% compared to the previous trading day. However, the decline was followed by a spike in prices of more than 20%. Earlier this month, the TTF hit an all-time high as the gas price topped $1,900 per thousand cubic meters. Seasonal factors exacerbated by the reopening of European economies after Covid-related lockdowns along with Brussels’ unwillingness to approve Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline created the perfect storm for…

The price of gas futures for November delivery at the TTF hub in the Netherlands went down to $983.50 per thousand cubic meters Monday morning, marking a long-anticipated drop of around 10% compared to the previous trading day. However, the decline was followed by a spike in prices of more than 20%. Earlier this month, the TTF hit an all-time high as the gas price topped $1,900 per thousand cubic meters. Seasonal factors exacerbated by the reopening of European economies after Covid-related lockdowns along with Brussels’ unwillingness to approve Russia’s Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline created the perfect storm for…

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