Author: Jonathan

Ukraine is unable to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in safe conditions. The EBU (European Broadcoast Organisation) indicates that it is too unsafe and too uncertain whether Ukraine can host the Eurovision Song Contest in its own country. The United Kingdom is now the big favorite to host the song festival next year. Normally, the winning country organizes the Eurovision Song Contest a year later. Especially in the past (in 1957, 1960, 1963, 1972, 1974 and 1980) it sometimes happened that the winning country did not organize it the following year. Reasons for this were that a country usually…

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Pressure on the candidate list of the European Union now that Kosovo also wants to join. Prime Minister Albin Kurti announced this at a press conference with German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, who was visiting the Kosovo capital Pristina. Scholz, who has been chancellor since 2021, has indicated that he is in favor of a substantial enlargement of the EU. In fact, according to Scholz, membership of the Western Balkans is a priority for his government. This is to reduce Russian influences in these countries. However, a definitive membership for Kosovo will still take a long time. There are several countries in Europe that…

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Emotional and all, that was the emotion that splashed off from party chairman Sophie Hermans. Almost crying on the podium her sad words roll out after the somewhat light attack of the leader of the PVV. Wilders touched a nerve with the just-new party chairman of the largest party in the Netherlands. “Chairman, I would like to ask Mrs Hermans through you how long she still has the ambition to remain Mr Rutte's assistant bag carrier.” What is sad about this fragment in the Chamber is not Wilders' question, but Hermans' response. Mrs. receives monthly…

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It has long been clear that we are dealing with idiots. Minister of Social Affairs and Employment, Gennip, confirms it three times more by starting a “banlieue plan”. The House of Representatives reacted furiously to the proposal of the minister, who soon backed down from her statements to have French young people from slums in Paris move to the Netherlands. All this to lower unemployment. It seems as if we have people in the cabinet who live in a crazy fairytale world. 'Young people from the banlieues?' was the reply from Algemeen Dagblad. "Well, there really is a…

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Halfway through the year, the discussion about the fireworks ban is already flaring up again, including in the House of Representatives. Parties debated the fireworks ban this week and an official vote will follow next week. The initiators are GroenLinks and the Party for the Animals. They point to the fact that every year hundreds of people are injured as a result of fireworks. It would also be bad for nature and for the animals. Various political groups, including the VVD, CDA and SP, point out that the rules for fireworks have already become stricter. In 2020, heavier fireworks, of the so-called F3 category, were…

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The European Union is working on a European Digital Identity Document (eID) for every citizen of an EU country. The proposal comes from the European Commission. In Luxembourg, the responsible EU ministers are discussing the eID. Citizens will soon be able to identify themselves throughout the European Union and share documents electronically via a 'digital wallet' on a smartphone. This wallet app can then store things such as a passport, driver's license, marriage certificate or other documents. You can then open a bank account, take out a mortgage, pay taxes and other things anywhere in the EU. The Cabinet and the Chamber are fully behind this. But the intention…

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An expansion for the economy of all EU countries, that is how Ursula von der Leyen described the expansion of the currency. On January 1, 2023, Croatia will be allowed to part with its current currency, the Croatian kuna. According to the European Central Bank and the European Commission, the former Yugoslav republic meets all the requirements to join the eurozone. This will enable Croatia to become the twentieth country with the euro. “Congratulations, Croatia! In less than a decade since Croatia joined the EU, it is ready to join the euro, our common currency, on January 1.…

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Ukraine's World Cup dream is finally shattered. An own goal by attacker Andriy Yarmolenko kills the Eastern European country for a participation in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Yarmolenko, 32, who was born in Saint Petersburg, scored an own goal in minute 34 by means of a header. After a long qualifying run, both countries faced each other tonight in a fraught match. It is the first time since 1958 that Wales has entered a world championship against Ukraine's nil. The last World Cup ticket on behalf of UEFA was also handed out in Cardiff. Wales is the…

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It has been quiet for a while around climate pope Frans Timmermans, but he is back with a new 'brilliant idea'. The day before yesterday Timmermans presented his new proposal 'RePowerEU'. RePowerEU must ensure that the European Union can absorb Russian oil and gas in every Member State. The 61-year-old vice-chairman has devised various plans for this. For example, Timmermans wants member states to run on renewable energy for 2030 percent by 45 (previously 40 percent). The capacity for solar energy should be doubled by 2028. The Commission also wants to jointly purchase liquefied gas, via a platform that also welcomes neighboring EU countries. The production of –…

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The 66th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest is over, with -of course- Ukraine as the winner. Never before has a winner been so predictable according to the betting offices. The band Kalush Orchestra was allowed to represent Ukraine this year in the largest music show in the world. The band came second in the national final of Ukraine and then wins the Eurovision Song Contest. Ukraine won with the song 'Stefania' and has received the most points ever in the Eurovision Song Contest after Portugal in 2017. Although the jury did not want to be 'too political', it chose…

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