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Turkey welcomes peaceful election in Azerbaijan

Turkey on Feb. 9 welcomed the peaceful voting in Azerbaijan.

"We wish that the parliamentary elections held today will be auspicious for brotherly Azerbaijan," the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

It also congratulated President Ilham Aliyev and the New Azerbaijan Party (YAP) under his leadership, for their election success.

The Eiffel Tower is Closed Today due to a National Strike

Due to the national strike, the Eiffel Tower is closed today. Access to the esplanade remains open and free of charge

French unions have resumed their fight against President Emmanuel Macron's pension reform plan after the law is to be discussed in the National Assembly. But participation in strikes and protests is diminishing.

EU overhauls process for admitting new members

The European Commission will propose changes to the system for letting new countries into the European Union to give existing members more say, in a bid to mollify France which has vetoed expansion of the bloc to six countries in the Balkans.
In October, President Emmanuel Macron halted the process of admitting Serbia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Albania, Bosnia and North Macedonia.

Putin congratulates Sakellaropoulou on being elected president

Russian President Vladimir Putin has sent a letter of congratulations to Katerina Sakellaropoulou, the top judge elected by Parliament earlier this month as Greece's new president.

In his letter to the former Council of State president, Putin stressed the "traditional" friendship between the two nations and heralded a deepening of dialogue and cooperation.

Greece pins high hopes on strategic cooperation with France as Macron, Mitsotakis meet

French President Emmanuel Macron confirmed France's planned strategic partnership with Greece in the crucial areas of defence, energy, and business and the two countries' "common vision" after talks with Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis in Paris.