Norway, Poland open new gas pipeline amid Nord Stream leaks
30 September 2022 | 4:22 pm
As European leaders were warning of sabotage to the Nord Stream 1 and 2 pipelines, Poland and Norway inaugurated a new conduit that will reduce dependence on Russian gas. The move underscores the urgency of EU economies' search for new energy sources.
Over 3 million refugees have arrived in Poland since the war in Ukraine began. The majority are still in the country and many have found homes with Poles who took them in spontaneously. But many volunteers are exhausted, and the government says it needs help.
Poland has long been the poster boy among EU economies, but behind its remarkable growth story is a widening inequality gap. This may help explain why Poles vote for parties that promise redistribution.
Poland's spending plans for billions of euros in pandemic recovery funding has been cleared by the EU's executive. But Warsaw must still make changes to ensure judicial independence before any payments can be made.
As war continues to rage in Ukraine, neighbouring countries worry that they might see the conflict spill over into their territory. In Poland, fears are centered around the Suwalki gap, a strip of Polish land that lies between the Russian enclave of Kaliningrad and Belarus. NATO troops are currently training nearby, in anticipation of every possible scenario. Our team reports.
The European Parliament has approved a bill prohibiting the sale of new CO2-emitting cars by 2035, part of plans to cut net emissions by 55% by 2030. The move highlights Poland's lack of electric charging facilities.
For the latest edition of Europe Now, we head to Poland and Hungary. These two EU members both border Ukraine and have both taken in large numbers of Ukrainian refugees. But on more political issues, their governments' responses to the war have been drastically different. Our team meets lawmakers from across the political spectrum of both countries to discover why the Polish and Hungarian governments have taken such different stances. We also explore other key issues, such as the ever-expanding EU files on degradations of rule of law.
The man behind the attack that shook a small Norwegian town has been sentenced to mental health care. The prosecution and defense both argued he was not capable of criminal responsibility.
Police said they were investigating an overnight mass shooting outside a bar popular with the LGBTQ community as a "terrorist act." Oslo's annual Pride parade, which was planned for Saturday, has been called off.
The Norwegian government has intervened to halt a strike by oil and gas workers. The move came amid concerns that the strike could have worsened Europe's energy crisis, which is already aggravated by the war in Ukraine.
Canada will return to Germany the repaired turbine of the Russian Nord Stream 1 pipeline, vital for sustaining German gas supply. Ukraine has condemned the move, saying it undermines the sanctions against Russia.
The presidents of both countries announced the shift as they attempt to restore diplomatic ties that frayed after the passage of a Polish law blocking restitution.
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