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European Council President Charles Michel was in Skopje on Tuesday to convince Macedonians to agree to a deal that could launch their EU accession negotiations, giving new impetus to EU enlargement in the Balkan.

As the politically hard-to-swallow deal presents the latest in a series of hard choices imposed on EU hopes in the region, the bloc faces the challenge of not repeating past mistakes in its new promise of expansion. east to Ukraine and Moldova.

Czechia, which currently holds the rotating EU Council presidency for six months, will have to strike a balance between countries pushing for Ukraine’s early EU membership and countries that have been waiting for many years. , like those of the Western Balkans, on the other hand. Read more.


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On Tuesday evening (July 5), he faced the biggest and perhaps decisive challenge to his post as Prime Minister when Chancellor Rishi Sunak and Health Secretary Sajid Javid, two of his most senior ministers, resigned . Read more.

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  • EU: The European Parliament votes on the motion to block the Commission’s “green label” plans for gas and nuclear investments.
  • European Commission President Ursula Von der Leyen participates in the EP plenary debate on the presentation of the Czech Presidency’s program of activities, followed by a press conference.
  • The European Court rules on complaints lodged by Catalan politicians against acts of the European Parliament.
  • The head of European diplomacy Josep Borrell takes part in the meeting of G20 foreign ministers in Indonesia.
  • Germany: Chancellor Scholz answers questions from MPs during a question and answer session in parliament.
  • Greece: Resumption of the appeal trial of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party.
  • Czech Republic: Czech Prime Minister Fiala will present the priorities of the Czech EU Presidency at the plenary session of the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
  • The United Nations: Online press conference to present the state of food security and nutrition in the world 2022 in the United States.


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

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