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German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called for closer trade ties with African countries and announced new investment funds for the continent, as European leaders vied for Africa’s “hearts and minds” at the G20 Africa Summit in Berlin on Monday. Learn more.



The Palestinian state is the “best guarantee” for Israel’s security, Borrell says. The creation of a Palestinian state would be the best way to ensure Israel’s security, said the head of European diplomacy, Josep Borrell, after the bloc’s foreign ministers met virtually on Monday, November 20, on the current situation in Gaza. Learn more.



China is banking on France in its relations with the EU. France should play a key role within the EU to ensure the smooth functioning of relations between the bloc and China, Chinese President Xi Jinping told his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Monday in a phone call during which he said China was willing to maintain high-level exchanges with France. and welcome its products entering the Chinese market. Learn more.



Austrian ‘sticky’ climate activists anger leaders with arrest of 57 people. Leading politicians have sharply criticized climate action group Last Generation for its large-scale protest on Austrian highways, which resulted in 57 arrests. Learn more.



Sánchez and De Croo travel to Israel and Palestine to promote “de-escalation”. Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo want to promote de-escalation in the Middle East, the two men said before their visit Thursday for talks with their Israeli counterpart and the president of the Palestinian Authority. Learn more.



Finnish commissioner runs for national politics despite discouraging polls. Commissioner for International Partnerships Jutta Urpilainen became the fourth commissioner to leave her post to focus on domestic politics, announcing her candidacy for the presidency of the Finnish Social Democratic Party (SDP), despite polls showing little support. chances of victory. Learn more.



The Swedish government will look into ankle monitors for juvenile criminals. The Swedish government wants to study ankle monitors as a way to monitor young people in care for crimes or links to serious criminal activity, Swedish Social Affairs Minister Camilla Waltersson Grönvall told a conference on Monday. press, amid a continued increase in gang violence. Learn more.



Sánchez is recruiting two MEPs to complete a “Europeanized” government. Green MEP Ernest Urtasún has joined Spain’s new government as culture minister, and left-wing MEP Sira Rego will be the new Minister of Youth and Children, former Prime Minister Pedro announced on Monday Sanchez. Learn more.

Sánchez forms an “iron dome” government to resist strong opposition from the PP and Vox. Sánchez has added “core loyalist” ministers to his new coalition government – ​​the “Sánchez III” cabinet – which will struggle to resist fierce opposition from the right (PP/PPE) and the far-right Vox party, both of whom strive to build resistance against Sánchez. Learn more.



Greece adopts plan to prevent dementia ‘pandemic’. In what has been described as a “legislative breakthrough”, the Greek government has announced a comprehensive action plan to combat dementia, seen by analysts as a significant challenge for the country’s aging population. Learn more.



Poland will help Finland counter migratory pressure from Russia. Poland is ready to support Finland in defending its borders against Russia’s hybrid attacks, President Andrzej Duda said on Monday during his meeting with his Finnish counterpart Sauli Niinistö, referring to increased migration pressure on the border Finnish. Learn more.



Czech official: Illegal immigration managed by organized crime is no longer a taboo. The debate on illegal immigration to the EU has changed in recent years and it is no longer taboo to talk about the fact that organized crime is mainly responsible, said Pavla Novotná, director of the EU’s policy department. Asylum and Migration of the Czech Ministry of the Interior. said Monday. Learn more.



The Slovak Prime Minister suspends “all communication” with the main media. Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico decided on Monday to suspend “all communication” with TV Markíza, Denník N, SME And News for failing to provide “true, complete and timely” reports – an approach that Dennik N. According to editor-in-chief Matúš Kostolný, this violates the obligation of public officials to inform the media. Learn more.



Bulgaria requests the extradition of three Russian spies in the Novichok affair. Bulgarian prosecutors are calling on Russia to extradite three of its GRU officers accused in Bulgaria of poisoning Bulgaria’s best-known arms manufacturer and dealer Emilian Gebrev, his son and Emko production director said , Valentin Tahchiev. 24 Chase. Learn more.



German companies in Romania expect an economic slowdown. German companies operating in Romania expect a slowdown in the country’s economy, according to a survey carried out on Monday by the Romanian-German Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Learn more.



Serbia is experiencing a decline in the number of professional drivers, a figure expected to fall by 2030. Serbia There is a shortage of more than 20,000 professional workers, as many go abroad or resign due to working conditions, Goran Aleksić, director of the Association of Road Transport Companies of Serbia, told Euractiv, adding that more than 50 % of them will disappear by 2030. Learn more.


  • EU: The Foreign Affairs Council, in its development configuration, meets to discuss Ukraine, aid to Palestine, the Gender Equality Action Plan III and the follow-up to the EU-CELAC summit;
  • The President of the Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, chairs the college of commissioners; He receives the president of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in Parliament Iratxe García-Pérez, the president of the European People’s Party group in Parliament Manfred Weber, the president of the Renew Europe group in Parliament Stéphane Séjourné, the co-presidents of the Greens/Group EFA in Parliament Terry Reintke and Philippe Lamberts;
  • Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson takes part in the trilogue on the Asylum Procedure Regulation (APR), the Eurodac Regulation (EU Asylum Fingerprint Database), the the single permit;
  • Health Commissioner Stella Kyriakides takes part in Parliament’s plenary debate on the sustainable use of pesticides;
  • Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit takes part in the trilogue on the regulation of social security systems;
  • Commissioner for International Partnerships, Jutta Urpilainen, takes part in the signing ceremony of the El PAcCTO (Europe-Latin America Assistance Program against Transnational Organized Crime) 2.0 program;
  • The President of Parliament, Roberta Metsola, receives the Prime Minister of the French Republic, Élisabeth Borne; He welcomes the President of the Republic of Kenya, William Samoei Ruto;
  • ECB President Christine Lagarde delivers a speech during the inflation debate, in Berlin, Germany;
  • Germany: President Frank-Walter Steinmeier receives the President of Montenegro Jakov Milatovic;
  • Serbia, North Macedonia: NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on an official visit;
  • OECD: Publication of a report on the taxation of multinationals;
  • UN: The Security Council meets on the Sahel;


(Edited by Sarantis Michalopoulos, Daniel Eck, Alice Taylor, Sofia Stuart Leeson, Sofia Mandilara)

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