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Will Europeans speak with one voice on Nord Stream 2 issue?

The Fortuna pipelayer, together with the Baltic research and Murman construction vessels, are to complete the construction of two lines of the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline in the exclusive economic zone of Denmark by late April 2021, the construction operator Nord Stream 2 AG reports. Germany remains the largest buyer of Russian gas in Europe. It is followed by Italy, Great Britain, France and Austria

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Merkel: 'every vaccine is welcome' in EU

Russia's coronavirus vaccine could be used in the EU if it receives regulatory approval, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. "Every vaccine is welcome in the European Union," Merkel told German public …

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Germany does not want to vote for Merkel's successor

Armin Laschet, just elected to chair Angela Merkel's CDU party, seems little preferred by Germans as a candidate to succeed her as chancellor in September. One pollster puts him on 12% with Bavaria's Markus Söder on 43%, Deutsche …

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Merkel weighs tougher German lockdown

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is pushing to tighten Germany’s lockdown, as the country’s death toll rose by more than 1,500 for the first time since the start of the pandemic. Merkel aims to meet with regional leaders soon …

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World takes in muted New Year’s Eve

In Sydney the fireworks soared into the sky above the Opera House, but the harbour below was empty. In New York, Times Square was mostly deserted. No light show illuminated Beijing from the top of the TV tower. With revelry around the world curtailed by lockdowns and curfews imposed to stem the spread of Covid-19, the lions of London’s Trafalgar Square were barricaded off, and there were no crowds in St Peter’s Square and no one diving into the Tiber in Rome. This New Year’s Eve is being celebrated like no other as many people bid farewell to a year they would much prefer to forget – one that has seen more than 1.7 million people killed and 82 million infected by the coronavirus since January

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Merkel: COVID-19 vaccine offers hope

In her traditional New Year's address to the nation, German Chancellor Angela Merkel pointed out that the COVID-19 vaccine offers hope. "For a few days now, hope has a face: the faces of the first vaccinated, the …

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Nord Stream 2: Western experts express optimism

The almost-complete 55 Bcm/year pipeline remains a major bone of political contention between Russia, Europe and the US, with the threat of sanctions from Washington testing trans-Atlantic ties. And a political end-game still looks some way off. But beyond the politics, the continued uncertainty about when the pipeline will be completed remains a key factor for the European gas market to consider heading into 2021

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Why has Turkey grown apart from EU?

I was about to start college when Turkey signed the Ankara Agreement with which the European Union accepted Turkey’s application for the “establishment of an association until Turkey's circumstances permitted its accession.” I graduated, worked as a journalist and retired from it. We saw 27 governments and prime ministers since then. There have been countless "additional protocols" to establish a timetable for formal membership into the European Economic Community, later the EU, and endless talks of negotiations for full membership but to no avail

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Putin and Merkel discuss situation in Karabakh

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the situation in Nagorno-Karabakh during a phone conversation. Putin briefed Merkel on Russia's mediation efforts to end military operations, as well as …

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