European Union

Finland closes the Russian border from midnight
Finland

Finland closes the Russian border from midnight

The entry of Russians for family visits, for work or study reasons, will continue to be allowed. Finland will close the border to Russian citizens from midnight this Thursday, according to an announcement by Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto, quoted by Reuters. According to the official, the decision follows the increase in the flow of Russian tourists after Vladimir Putin ordered a "partial mobilization" of his citizens for the conflict in Ukraine. The entry of Russians into Finland is now seen as a danger to the Nordic country's international relations, according to the minister, and so they cannot keep their borders open to Russian citizens. Despite the measure, the entry of Russians for family visits, for work or study reasons will continue to be allowed, according to the o...
“EU will never recognize illegal referendums and their falsified result”
European Union, Ukraine

“EU will never recognize illegal referendums and their falsified result”

Borrell accused Russia of wanting to "change Ukraine's internationally recognized borders by force, in clear and serious violation of the Charter of the United Nations." “The EU does not and will never recognize these illegal 'referendums' and their falsified outcome, nor any decision taken on the basis of this outcome and urges all UN members to do the same,” Borrell said in a statement on behalf of the 27. The official also accused Russia of wanting to "change Ukraine's internationally recognized borders by force, in clear and serious violation of the United Nations Charter". “The result is null and cannot produce any legal effect”, he stressed. Referendums, Borrell added, "have no legitimacy and blatantly violate international law and Russia's international obligations." Referendu...
Sweden detects new leak in Nord Stream pipelines
Europe, NATO, Sweden

Sweden detects new leak in Nord Stream pipelines

The Swedish coast guard has detected a new leak in the Nord Stream gas pipelines linking Russia to Europe, the fourth since the beginning of the week. The incident comes after three gas leaks were detected on Tuesday - two in the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, next to Sweden, and another in Nord Stream 2, southeast of the Danish island of Bornholm. "There are two breakouts on the Swedish side and two breakouts on the Danish side," a Coast Guard official told France-Presse news agency. "The distance is subjective, but they are close to each other," said the official, referring to the two escapes on the Swedish side. "This is a large spill of about 900 meters in diameter and a smaller one of about 200 meters," Jenny Larsson, a spokeswoman for the Coast Guard, told the Svenska Dagbladet newspa...
Deaths in France increased during heat wave, says statistics institute
France

Deaths in France increased during heat wave, says statistics institute

A report by the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee) of France found a clear increase in mortality in the country in July 2022. According to the organization, the phenomenon is explained "probably by the heat wave" experienced in this period. The document, published on Friday (2), is just a monthly update on mortality in the country, but it revived in French memory painful memories left by the summer of 2003, one of the hottest in French history. That year, high temperatures caused the death of more than 14,000 people, the vast majority elderly. According to provisional data published by Insee, the number of deaths per day increased significantly in July this year. On a daily average, 1,750 people lost their lives this month, for various causes, against 1,610 ...
Macron calls for a 10% reduction in energy consumption
France

Macron calls for a 10% reduction in energy consumption

The question is in dosing the gestures of everyday life. This is how French citizens were asked to voluntarily reduce energy consumption in the coming months. This, says the French president, to avoid more radical measures, such as supply cuts. "If we collectively know how to act more soberly and make savings, there will be no rationing, no cuts. If the winter is very cold, if we have to appeal to European solidarity, we can overcome the challenge, if in the meantime we manage to save about 10 % of energy," said Emmanuel Macron. Following the Russian suspension of the Nord Stream 1 pipeline, France is prepared to send gas to Germany in exchange for electricity. It is just one example of solidarity that can become essential. If we have to appeal to European solidarity, we can overcom...
France wants to avoid power cuts this winter
France

France wants to avoid power cuts this winter

The French government wants to avoid power cuts this winter at all costs - following the Defense Council on the energy crisis, chaired by Emmanuel Mácron, to assess gas and electricity supplies and avoid future shortage scenarios. At a time when Russian gas supplies are compromised and the French nuclear fleet unavailable, electric power company "EDF is committed to restarting all reactors this winter," said energy transition minister Agnès Pannier-Runacher. Currently, almost all nuclear power plants are affected by the shutdown of one or more reactors. But according to plans by electric power company EDF, 27 reactors are to be restarted by the end of December, followed by another 5 between early January and mid-February 2023. Russia's gas supplies have dwindled and Europe is preparin...
Macron says need for gas pipeline between Spain and France is not evident
France

Macron says need for gas pipeline between Spain and France is not evident

"We are in favor of common gas purchase practices (...) This would allow Europe, buying together, to buy cheaper", assured the French President, after a conversation with Scholz about the energy crisis in Europe. French President Emmanuel Macron said today that he sees no clear evidence of the need for a new gas pipeline between France and Spain, advocating a strategy of common energy purchase in Europe. "We need more electrical interconnection. But I am not convinced that we need more gas interconnection, whose consequences, in particular on the environment, and in particular on the ecosystem, are more important. (...) There is no evidence of its need", defended Macron, during a press conference, after a meeting with the German chancellor, Olaf Scholz. Macron was "in favor of common ...
Official: Strategy for cutting gas consumption has already been published in the Journal of the EU
European Union

Official: Strategy for cutting gas consumption has already been published in the Journal of the EU

The regulation was published this Monday, establishing the strategy to reduce gas consumption by up to 15% in the European Union until March 31, 2023. As of tomorrow, August 9, Member States will have to start tightening the “energy belt” to ensure that Europe has enough gas reserves to face the coming winter. The text determining the standards for saving gas in the European Union was published in the Official Journal of the EU and enters into force the next day, that is, tomorrow. The proposal was approved by the European Council, with 25 votes in favor and two against (Hungary and Poland), after the first version of the plan put forward by the European Commission under Ursula von der Leyen was strongly criticized by a majority of States. members, who accused the initial strategy of b...
Romanians advised to buy iodine pills over risk of nuclear disaster
Romania

Romanians advised to buy iodine pills over risk of nuclear disaster

Romania's Health Minister Alexandru Rafila today urged the population under 40 to stock up "as soon as possible" with iodine tablets, given the risk of a nuclear disaster in neighboring Ukraine. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) warned Sunday of the risk of a “nuclear disaster” at the Ukrainian power station in Zaporijia, which has been occupied by Russia since March after the installations were attacked again on Friday, including Kyiv and Moscow accuses each other. This power station, the largest in Europe, is located in a region 700 km from the border with Romania. The Minister of Health, Alexandru Rafila, urged those under 40 to “present themselves as soon as possible to the family doctor from whom they must ask for a prescription”, reports the Romanian news agency Agerp...
Gazprom suspends gas supply to Latvia
Latvia

Gazprom suspends gas supply to Latvia

The Russian consortium Gazprom announced today the immediate suspension of gas supplies to Latvia, alleging violation of supply conditions. “Today Gazprom suspended gas supplies to Latvia […] due to breach of supply conditions,” the company announced in a statement. The decision comes at a time when Gazprom decided to lower deliveries of Russian gas to Europe through the Nord Stream pipeline, citing the need for maintenance of the turbines. Source: With Agencies