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Regional Press Review (21-27 Iulie)


U.S., Germany reach deal on Nord Stream Pipeline.

Kremlin critics are fleeing Russia. 

Putin oversees crowded Russian naval parade despite pandemic. 

U.S., Russian diplomats to hold arms control talks.

EU condemns Russia’s “unabated crackdown” on independent media, NGOs. 

Russia on track to deliver fighter jets to Myanmar. 


Azerbaijan imprisons 13 Armenian military personnel for six years. 

Russian jailed for fighting Azerbaijani forces in Nagorno-Karabakh. 

Aliyev rules out talks on Karabakh Settlement. 


In rule of law report, EC reiterates concerns about Bulgaria’s Prosecutor-General. 

Bulgarian Parliament meets for first session after razor-thin election result.

Bulgarian Recovery Plan published for discussion. 


PM Garibashvili to journalists: “you are simple abusers”. 

Parliament again fails to elect CEC chair, members.

Alarms raised as homophobic ads open election campaign. 


Romania relaunches strategic partnership with Moldova. 

Moldovan parliament to be summoned on 26 July.


EU’s 2021 Rule of Law Report: Justice laws amended in 2017–2019 are still in force in Romania. 

President Iohannis decorates the Patriarch of the Romanian Orthodox Church. 

President Iohannis among potential candidates for NATO top seat.


EU, U.S. reject Erdoğan’s plans for a two-state solution in Cyprus. 

Concern over proposals to introduce new regulation of “fake” and “foreign-funded” news.

Several journalists seriously injured by rubber bullets shot by police while covering protests in Turkey.


Russia files case against Ukraine at European Court over MH17, alleged rights abuses.

Ukrainian MFA protests over Russian CEC’s decision to engage ORDLO population in parliamentary elections.

Investigation finds evidence equipment sent by Lithuania-based company used at Crimean power plants. 


EC’s Rule of Law report identifies shortcomings in implementing Czech anti-corruption strategy. 

Czech Senate approves compensation for illegally sterilized women. 

Senate committee declares President Zeman fit for office.


Government neither denies nor confirms use of Pegasus spyware.

Orbán calls for referendum amid outrage over controversial “anti-LGBT” law. 

Thousands join Budapest Pride March to protest LGBT law.

“Norway owes us,” says Hungary after Oslo suspends aid in NGO row.


EU warns Hungary, Poland over rule of law, media freedom. 

EU threatens to fine Poland over judicial changes. 

Poland detains rights activist from Siberia on Russian red notice.


Bratislava Pride took place online. 


Rule of law report raises alarm over prosecutors, media situation.

Social partners and regions get greater say in conference on EU future. 

Report of Janša’s vacations with lobbyists in Mauritius raising dust.

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