Europe’s Largest Nuclear Power Plant On Fire After Russian Attack, Says Local Mayor

BUCHAREST, Romania – The Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant in Ukraine, the largest of its king in Europe, was on fire early on Friday after an attack by Russian troops, the mayor of the nearby town of Energodar said. There has been fierce fighting between local forces and Russian troops, Dmytro Orlov said in an online post, … More Europe’s Largest Nuclear Power Plant On Fire After Russian Attack, Says Local Mayor

Macron To Seek Clarification Of Putin’s Ukraine Intentions In Phone Call

PARIS, France – French President Emmanuel Macron said he would seek clarification over Russia’s intentions towards Ukraine in a phone call with President Vladimir Putin on Friday amid rising fears of an attack by the Kremlin on its former Soviet republic. Macron and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz stressed their support for Ukraine in a joint … More Macron To Seek Clarification Of Putin’s Ukraine Intentions In Phone Call

Romania Tightens Pandemic Measures Amid COVID – 19 Surge

BUCHAREST, Romania – Tighter pandemic measures came into force in Romania on Saturday as authorities hoped to quell sharply rising coronavirus cases amid concerns that the next virus wave could overstretch the country’s health care system. In mid – December, Romania was reporting fewer than a thousand COVID – 19 infections a day, but over … More Romania Tightens Pandemic Measures Amid COVID – 19 Surge

Greece Bans New Year’s Music At Venues Amid COVID Surge

PARIS, France – – Greece’s health minister said Wednesday that music will be banned at all commercial venues for New Year’s celebrations as part of new restrictions announced in response to a surge in COVID – 19 infections fueled by the omicron variant. The restrictions, originally planned to take effect on Jan.3, will start early … More Greece Bans New Year’s Music At Venues Amid COVID Surge

France Ups Pressure On Unvaccinated Amid Record Infections

PARIS, France – France’s government is forging ahead with efforts to increase pressure on unvaccinated people to get coronavirus shots, as the country reported 208,000 new COVID – 19 cases Wednesday – a record fueled by the omicron variant. Health Minister Oliver Veran on Wednesday defended a government plan to allow only the fully vaccinated … More France Ups Pressure On Unvaccinated Amid Record Infections

EU Moves To Halt Air Travel From Places With New COVID Variant

PARIS, FRANCE – The European Union might halt air travel from places where a new coronavirus variant detected in South Africa has spread, the bloc’s executive said ahead of a meeting later on Friday of the 27 member states’ envoys to decide the matter. Global authorities reacted with alarm on Friday to the new variant, … More EU Moves To Halt Air Travel From Places With New COVID Variant

Romania’s PM – designate Fails To Win Parliament Confidence

BUCHAREST, Romania – Romania’s designated Prime Minister Dacian Ciolos failed to win a parliamentary vote of confidence for his centrist minority cabinet on Wednesday, extending a political stalemate at a time of rising COVID – 19 infections. Romania, one of the European Union’s poorest states, has been in political paralysis since a liberal – led … More Romania’s PM – designate Fails To Win Parliament Confidence

Macron Unveils 30 – Bln Euro Plan For Innovation And Industrial Revival

PARIS, France – France wants to be a leader in green hydrogen by 2030 and build low – carbon planes and small nuclear reactors as part of a 30 billion euro ($35 billion), investment plan, President Emmanuel Macron said on Tuesday. Macron said the road map, dubbed ‘France 2030’, would ensure France decarbonizes its industry … More Macron Unveils 30 – Bln Euro Plan For Innovation And Industrial Revival

Greece Will Allow Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated People In Areas Of Higher Infection

PARIS, France  – Greece will lift some pandemic restrictions in regions where coronavirus cases have been the highest, its health minister said, starting on Saturday. The move, initially implemented for two weeks, is part of a drive to grant  greater freedoms to people who are fully vaccinated against the virus and to encourage a large unvaccinated … More Greece Will Allow Greater Freedoms For Vaccinated People In Areas Of Higher Infection

EU Foreign Policy Chief Says Discussed Nuclear Talks, Afghanistan In Saudi Visit

RIYADH / Saudi Arabia – European Union foreign policy chief Josep Borrell said during a visit to Saudi Arabia on Sunday that he had briefed his partners about the prospects  of restarting nuclear talks with Iran and hoped that would happen ‘soon’. Borrell, speaking at a joint news conference with his Saudi counterpart, said he had … More EU Foreign Policy Chief Says Discussed Nuclear Talks, Afghanistan In Saudi Visit