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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
Despite Hungarian government claims of p... […]

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
Members of the MPK, the National Defence... […]

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
Emmanuel Macron celebrates his victory in France's presidential election run-off on the Champ de Mars in Paris on April 24, 2022. Photo: Thomas Coex / AFP
Emmanuel Macron celebrates his victory i... […]

Five challenges for Macron in new term

French President Emmanuel Macron faces a daunting range of tasks after defeating far-right leader Marine Le Pen and winning a new term at the Elysee Palace. AFP looks at five challenges ahead for the centrist
The Baltic Performer, a 150-metre cargo ship operated by a Swedish subsidiary of the Russian company Baltic Shipping, arrives in the Swedish port of Helsingborg on April 4, 2022. Photo: Camille Bas-Wohlert / AFP
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Europe warms up to Russian shipping blockade

One of Sweden's two main dockworkers' unions decided at the end of March that it would not unload vessels with ties to Russia, in protest against Moscow's invasion of Ukraine
Russia's President Vladimir Putin pictued during the opening ceremony of the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympic Games at the National Stadium in Beijing, on February 4, 2022. Photo: Wang Zhao / AFP
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Putin warns EU nations need ruble accounts to get gas

President Vladimir Putin has warned "unfriendly" countries, including all EU members, they will be cut off from Russian gas unless they open an account in rubles to pay for deliveries
The last Allegro train from St Petersburg in Russia arrives at the central railway station in Finland's capital Helsinki on March 27, 2022. Photo: Alessandro Rampazzo / AFP
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Last EU train out of Russia arrives in Helsinki

Just after 7pm on Sunday, the Allegro express train from St Petersburg pulled into the Finnish capital Helsinki, marking the closure of the last rail link between Russia and the EU