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In today’s news from the capitals:

The long history of Italian politicians relying on EU infrastructure and institutional resources to raise their profile in their home country is at the forefront of the upcoming national elections, where 12 of Italy’s 76 MPs presented their candidacy.

Fratelli d’Italia, the current favorite in the elections on September 25, was one of the beneficiaries of the Brussels “cursus honorum”. Read more.

BERLIN

Berlin will implement a windfall electricity profit tax, a price limit with or without the EU. The German government will tax windfall profits from the electricity market, using the revenue to cap electricity bills as part of a €65 billion relief package agreed over the weekend. Read more.

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PARIS

The former socialist prime minister calls for “another left”. The French left must be reborn, believes Bernard Cazeneuve, prime minister of President François Hollande from 2016 to 2017, who published a manifesto on Saturday on the Sunday newspaper website. Read more.

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VIENNA

Vienna will grant a relief of 2.5 billion euros on the electricity bill. An ‘electricity price brake’, which will allow households to consume 80% of last year’s electricity consumption at lower prices, was revealed in Electricity Aid Details on Sunday Austrian government households. Read more.

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THE HAGUE

The Dutch begin building emergency shelters for asylum seekers. The construction of emergency shelters for asylum seekers has already started in Zoutkamp, ​​in the municipality of Het Hogeland, Dutch media reports. NL Times reported. Read more.


NORDIC AND BALTIC

HELSINKI

Finland offers a loan and guarantee scheme for electricity companies. A program of loans and guarantees of up to 10 billion euros for power generation companies threatened with insolvency was approved by the Finnish government on Sunday. Read more.

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STOCKHOLM

The Swedish government is counting on Europe to solve the energy crisis. Social Democratic Party leader and Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson hopes to find a European solution to what her opponents see as a problem her party helped create as Sweden grapples with soaring energy prices ahead of the elections. Read more.


SOUTHERN EUROPE

ATHENS

Erdoğan threatens the Greek islands with a “night” invasion. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called on Greece to stop “militarising” the Greek islands neighboring Turkey and warned that Turkish military forces could come “at night”. Read more.

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MADRID

Sánchez launches the “marathon campaign” ahead of the 2023 elections. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez launched a “marathon” political campaign in Seville on Saturday with a clear message to those affected by the crisis: this is “the government of the people”. Read more.


VISEGRAD

WARSAW

Morawiecki: Poland will relaunch its relations with Hungary. Poland wants to collaborate with Hungary in various policy areas after a short-lived rift caused by a divergence of stances on the war in Ukraine, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki has told the pro-government magazine Weekly meeting. Read more.

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PRAGUE

The Czech Prime Minister accuses the pro-Russian forces of demonstrating massively against the government. Pro-Russian forces are to blame for the protest against the Czech government’s foreign and economic policies in which 70,000 people gathered, according to conservative Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala. Read more.

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BRATISLAVA

The doubling of energy prices will push half of Slovak companies into the red. According to a new study by the National Bank of Slovakia (NBS). Read more.


BALKAN NEWS

ZAGREB

Croatia is preparing to block the purchase by a Hungarian fund of the first food group. Croatia wants to block a Hungarian investment fund’s plan to buy a 43% stake in leading food and retail group Fortenova from a Hungarian businessman believed to be a close ally of the Prime Minister Minister Viktor Orban, the National weekly report on Sunday. Read more.

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SOFIA

Bulgaria will increase the price of Russian visas. Bulgaria will raise the price of visas for Russian tourists from €35 to €80 following a decision taken at EU level, Interim Tourism Minister Ilin Dimitrov has announced. Read more.

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BELGRADE

Ukraine shares European values ​​with Serbia, wants more support. Serbia and Ukraine share the same European values, but Ukraine wants more Serbian support, Ukrainian Foreign Ministry spokesman Oleg Nikolenko said on Saturday in Kyiv. Read more.

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BELGRADE | LJUBLJANA

Slovenian president visits Belgrade, says there is political will to keep the peace. Slovenian President Borut Pahor traveled to Belgrade to meet his Serbian counterpart Aleksandar Vucic and discuss the political will to maintain the European vision of the Western Balkans and stability/ Read more.

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PRISTINE | BELGRADE

The fragile Balkan peace is under threat as Germany and France appoint regional advisers. The fragile Balkan peace is under threat because of Russia, which would be happy if a conflict breaks out, Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama has told The Spiegel since France and Germany have appointed special advisers to the EU envoy for the Serbia-Kosovo dialogue. Read more.

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TIRANE | WESTERN BALKANS

Calls for the EU to help keep the Western Balkans warm this winter are mounting. Albanian Power Corporation (KESH) director Ergys Verdho has asked for EU help to tackle the energy crisis, joining calls from Prime Minister Edi Rama and other regional leaders over price fears high and falling temperatures as winter approaches. Read more.

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Agenda

  • EU: Meeting of the EU-Ukraine Association Council, chaired by Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and EU Chief Diplomat Josep Borrell.
  • Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson receives the Minister of the Interior of the Czech Republic.
  • Commission Vice-President Margrethe Vestager and Economics Commissioner Paolo Gentiloni meet French Transport Minister Clément Beaune.
  • European Parliament President Roberta Metsola had a working breakfast with Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and held a Facebook live chat on the State of the Union.
  • European Parliament committee meetings.
  • Germany: Chancellor Olaf Scholz welcomes Israeli President Isaac Herzog to the Chancellery.
  • Greenpeace and the legal team hold a press conference on the case against Volkswagen.
  • France: Trial of the suspects of the Nice truck attack in 2016, which left 86 dead and more than 400 injured.
  • Austria: OPEC+ ministers meet to assess oil production.
  • The Netherlands: Summit on adaptation in Africa, ahead of COP27.
  • UK: Conservative leadership election result and announcement of new Prime Minister.
  • The High Court is hearing a legal challenge over government plans to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda.
  • Bulgaria: Acting Prime Minister Galab Donev will meet Prime Minister of the Republic of North Macedonia Dimitar Kovachevski, who will pay a one-day visit to Sofia on Monday.
  • Kosovo: Prime Minister-designate Ana Brnabić on one-day visit to Kosovo.
  • Russia: Russian Economic Forum.
  • A court hearing to shut down the print edition of the Novaya Gazeta newspaper.

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

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