EU launches process to slash Hungary’s funds

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 06, 2022 16:46 / Europe

Hungary is the first country to face proceedings under the new power. The European Commission will soon trigger a powerful new mechanism to cut funding to Hungary for eroding the bloc’s rule-of-law standards, Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said Tuesday.

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Obituary: Russian far-right populist Vladimir Zhirinovsky dies

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 06, 2022 15:32 / Europe

He courted votes with Nazi slogans, and was a loyal ally of the Kremlin. The Russian right-wing populist Vladimir Zhirinovsky has died at the age of 75. Roman Goncharenko takes a look at his life.

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Ursula von der Leyen says pressure on Putin must be increased: "Let's look at oil"

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 06, 2022 15:16 / Europe

Ursula von der Leyen, head of the European Commission, said on Wednesday that the European Union would impose new sanctions on Russia, probably on gas and oil. "At this critical time in the war, we need to increase pressure on Putin again," von der Leyen was quoted as saying in the European Parliament.

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Global COVID-19 deaths on decline - WHO

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 06, 2022 15:03 / World

After the increase observed during the first half of March 2022, the number of new COVID-19 cases has decreased for a second consecutive week, with a 16% decline during the week of 28 March through 3 April 2022 as compared to the previous week.

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Bank of Spain sees inflation hitting 7.5% in 2022, lower growth in 2022, 2023

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 05, 2022 21:00 / Economy

Spain's central bank on Tuesday lowered its economic growth forecast for this year and next due to the impact of inflation stoked by Russia's invasion of Ukraine, and said the pace of recovery had already slowed down in the first quarter. Inflation is projected to rise to 7.5% in 2022.

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Lessons from Russia: A Rights-Based Approach to Energy Policy in the EU

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 05, 2022 18:01 / Europe

Recent oil and gas sanctions imposed on Russia, in light of its human rights violations in Ukraine, have revealed major problems in the EU’s energy security. As the EU now scrambles for new sources, questions about the human rights track record of alternative energy providers are raised. How can the EU ensure that its new energy supplies and an energy policy that are committed to the protection of human rights internationally?

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France pushing for energy sanctions against Russia

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 05, 2022 16:34 / Economy

BRUSSELS: French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said Tuesday that there is a “total determination” from all 27 European Union countries for sanctions against Russia that could target oil and coal over evidence its troops deliberately killed Ukrainian civilians.

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Turkey inflation hits 61% as fallout from Ukraine war continues

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 05, 2022 16:07 / Economy

Consumer inflation has surged to a fresh two-decade high in Turkey as external headwinds spawned by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine add to the country’s own economic woes.

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Germany closes Russian darknet market Hydra

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 05, 2022 14:02 / Tech

Federal police say they have shut down the German servers for the darknet hub, which saw its sales skyrocket during the pandemic. Investigators said on Tuesday that they had shut down the German servers for Hydra, a Russian darknet marketplace that was used to sell drugs, forged documents, intercepted data, and other illegal digital services. They also seized bitcoin worth €23 million ($25 million).

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Is Apple about to send Bitcoin to the moon? A rundown of the rumor

Author: Nicolas Nicolas / April 05, 2022 00:45 / Cryptocurrency

Rumors are that Apple may incorporate Bitcoin as part of its Apple Pay service. Then again, past Apple rumors have always ended in disappointment.

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