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Vehicles coming from Russia queue at the Vaalimaa check point, Finland, on the border with the Russian Federation on September 28, 2022. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo / AFP
Vehicles coming from Russia queue at the... […]

Europe faces dilemma on Russians fleeing Putin’s draft

The European Union is facing a tough balancing act over how to deal with Russians fleeing military mobilisation, as some countries look to block entry and others offer possible refuge
European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen delivers the annual 'State of the European Union' address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France. Photo: Frederick Florin / AFP
European Commission President Ursula von... […]

EU plans ‘comprehensive reform’ of electricity market

The EU plans a "deep and comprehensive" reform of the electricity market to cope with an energy crisis sparked by Russia's war in Ukraine, European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen has said.
Tourists gather on a bridge overlooking a dam on the Vuoksi river, near the Imatra Rapids in Imatra, Finland, on August 12, 2022. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo / AFP
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Russian tourists to Finland greeted with Ukrainian anthem

A crowd including Russian tourists gathers in the Finnish town of Imatra as water rushes from a dam to the sound of music. But since the end of July, the show has begun with Ukraine's national anthem.
The EU executive, which tracks the economy for the 27 countries in bloc, said GDP growth in the eurozone would reach 2.6% in 2022 and a sharply lowered 1.4% in 2023. Photo: Andre Pain / AFP
The EU executive, which tracks the econo... […]

EU cuts growth forecasts as war-stoked inflation surges

The European Commission has slashed growth forecasts for the eurozone, saying the consequences from the war in Ukraine were continuing to destabilise the economy because of record high inflation
A view of the centre of Kaliningrad, the largest city in the Russian exclave of the same name, pictured during the Russia 2018 World Cup football tournament on June 21, 2018. Photo: Patrick Hertzog / AFP
A view of the centre of Kaliningrad, the... […]

Kaliningrad: Russian outpost in the heart of Europe

Situated some 1,000 miles from Moscow, the Russian outpost of Kaliningrad has been drawn into the war in Ukraine, after Lithuania said it would no longer act as a conduit for sanctioned goods arriving in the territory from the motherland
Smoke rises after explosions hit the Ukrainian capital Kyiv early on June 5, 2022. Photo: Sergei Supinsky / AFP
Smoke rises after explosions hit the Ukr... […]

War, hunger, Covid-19 cast gloomy shadow over Europe

Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the list of Europe's woes keeps growing as it battles rising food and energy prices and continued disruption caused by the Covid-19 pandemic
Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orban on Tuesday said his country had averted "the most hair-raising idea" of a full oil embargo on Russia. Photo: Emmanuel Dunand / AFP
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Hungary celebrates EU Russia oil ban ‘victory’ — for now

Nationalist Prime Minister Viktor Orban has hailed Hungary's exemption from an EU Russian oil ban, but analysts warn he has only won more time and will need to adjust to the new reality
Despite Hungarian government claims of providing for hundreds of thousands of refugees, only an estimated 10 to 20% of Ukrainians stay more than a few days, relief organisations say. Photo: Attila Kisbenedek / AFP
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Hungary’s neutral war stance puts off Ukraine refugees

Like Kristina Novytska, most Ukrainian refugees in Hungary are keen to leave the country, whose nationalist leader's neutral stance on the war is an exception in the EU
Members of the MPK, the National Defence Training Association of Finland, attend training at the Santahamina military base near Helsinki on May 14, 2022. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo
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Rattled by Russia, Finns flock to military training

On a windy island off Helsinki, people from all walks of life are spending their weekend doing military training, as volunteer numbers soar and Finland readies to join NATO to protect itself from Russia
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