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Kosovo Halts Power Plant After Green Groups Protest

Kosovo citizens protesting against the Hydro Power Plant in Lumbardhi/ Bistrica River, Peja/Pec. Photo: BIRN

The decision came after thousands of citizens, environmentalists and civil society members protested on Monday in Peja/Pec, claiming the project will damage the river that passes through the Rugova national park.

#Romania2019.eu/Senior official Ciamba represents EU Council in a debate on security threats related to rising Chinese technological presence

Romania's Minister-delegate for European Affairs George Ciamba represented the European Union Council in a debate on security threats connected with the rising Chinese technological presence in the EU in a plenary session of the European Parliament (February 12-14), Romania's Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MAE) says in a press statement.

PNL's Orban says action undertaken in Kovesi case - political vengeance orchestrated by JusMin, PSD Chairman

Chairman of the National Liberal Party (PNL) Ludovic Orban believes that the action undertaken by the Special Section for Magistrates' Investigation against former prosecutor-in-chief of the National Anticorruption Directorate (DNA) Laura Codruta Kovesi represents "a political vengeance" orchestrated by Justice Minister Tudorel Toader, under the coordination of Social Democratic Party (

Iohannis: Fight for liberty today is to voice opinion, be connected to what is going on, go out to vote

The fight for liberty nowadays means to voice one's opinions, be preoccupied with the current events and participate in voting, on Monday night said President Iohannis at "The 80east (eighties) space - Home in communism" inauguration event, but also that should the values of democracy not be protected, "ghosts" from "the darkness of not very old days" could rise.

SOFIA Will Host a Meeting of Young Leaders From 35 Countries

Sofia will host the European Junior Presidents' Meeting of the Junior Chamber International European Presidents. It will be held in the period 07-10.02.2019 in Hilton Sofia Hotel. Participants in the event will be 110 delegates from 35 countries. Apart from Europe, delegates from the United States, Indonesia, Japan and Paraguay will take part in the event.

"Antisemitism, xenophobiia, hate speech on rise in Europe"

Council of Europe Commissioner for Human Rights Dunja Mijatovic posted this on Facebok on Monday, adding:

"We all, state authorities, international organizations, civil society, academia and the media must do our utmost to counter this trend and recommit to the values and principles born after the tragedy of the Holocaust."

UN Chief: We are Losing the Race on Climate Change

The world is "losing the race" against climate change, UN chief Antonio Guterres warned Thursday, demanding bolder action from governments to arrest runaway warming, reports AFP. 

Guterres delivered a no-holds-barred appraisal to business and political leaders gathered at the World Economic Forum in Davos, which has featured much hand-wringing on the planetary crisis this week.

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