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Study completed for first nuclear station in Poland

Study completed for first nuclear station in Poland

US-based Westinghouse and Bechtel have completed a front-end engineering and design (Feed) study for the construction of nuclear power plants in Poland, the Polish Press Agency (PAP) reported.

US drone attack in Afghanistan killed Ayman al-Zawahiri – leader of Al-Qaeda

US drone attack in Afghanistan killed Ayman al-Zawahiri – leader of Al-Qaeda

On Monday, the FBI released a poster about the death of the Al-Qaeda leader, a 71-year-old Egyptian doctor. Ayman Al-Zawahiri was killed by a drone attack in Afghanistan, where he was in his hideout. At the time of the drone attack, he was on a balcony and it was then that two missiles were fired at him, which led to his death. The attack was organized by the CIA, Al-Zawahiri and Osama Bin Laden worked closely together on the September 11 attack.

The European Commission’s Guidelines regarding transit through Lithuania

The European Commission’s Guidelines regarding transit through Lithuania

On July 13, the Commission published new guidelines for the transit of Russian goods through Lithuania, allowing the transit of goods like steel and iron by train to Kaliningrad. The Commission’s point of view doesn’t seem to be randomly chosen, given the existing legal provisions. On a political level, however, the disagreement over the issue may have weakened Western unity against Russia.

The pipeline that could help Slovakia become less dependent on Russian gas with Polish help

The pipeline that could help Slovakia become less dependent on Russian gas with Polish help

Dependence on Russian gas is proving to be a headache for Eastern European countries. Slovakia is one of the most affected: the Slavic country imports approximately 87% of its natural gas and two-thirds of its oil from Russia, according to Euroactiv. For that reason, Slovakia has repeatedly rejected the new package of sanctions on Russia, because it includes an embargo on Russian oil.

What to expect from the upcoming extraordinary EU Council on Energy of 2022?

What to expect from the upcoming extraordinary EU Council on Energy of 2022?

Jozef Sikela, the Czech Minister of Industry and Trade has called for an extraordinary EU Council on Energy to be held on the 26th of July 2022. The goal of the summit is to discuss gas deliveries to the European Union, as well as possible solidarity mechanisms amongst member states to cope with the reduced gas supplies.

Comparing Western and Russian arms exports to the Middle East and North Africa

Comparing Western and Russian arms exports to the Middle East and North Africa

As the war in Ukraine goes on, the tensions between Russia and the West could enter a new phase of geopolitical rivalry on a global level. One region of great importance both for the West and Russia are the countries of the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) and one area of contest are arms exports.

Why do Americans need guns? Analysis of the Second Amendment to the American Constitution

Why do Americans need guns? Analysis of the Second Amendment to the American Constitution

The right to possess a gun is a distinctive attribute in American political and social life. This theme can warm the emotions of society, and it returns almost every time a tragedy involving firearms occurs in the United States. However, it is worth considering what the 2nd Amendment to the American Constitution is, what its interpretations are and what function it performs in American legislation.

Albania is a regional leader in the use of renewable energy

Albania is a regional leader in the use of renewable energy

Albania has emerged as a leader in the Western Balkans region in the production of crude oil and the consumption of renewable energy sources in its own energy mix. It is a small country in terms of area (28,000 km2) and population (2.8 million), which carefully plans its energy policy. Albania, through the implementation of EU standards and efficient modernization of its energy infrastructure, has been introducing new legal documents for two decades, which facilitate the development of renewable energy sources in Albania and the reduction of greenhouse gas and CO2 emissions to the atmosphere. With the signing of the “European Union Energy Community Treaty”, Albania has committed to increasing the share of renewable energy sources in its energy mix by 38% by 2020.

Sweden’s and Finland’s current status in NATO

Sweden’s and Finland’s current status in NATO

On May 18, Sweden and Finland applied to join NATO. After the accession protocols were signed on July 5, the protocols are currently being ratified by each member state. Until July 14, twelve out of the thirty member states have done so. It is expected that Sweden and Finland will become full members of NATO by the end of the year.

Russia temporarily halts natural gas flow to Europe via Nord Stream 1

Russia temporarily halts natural gas flow to Europe via Nord Stream 1

Nord Stream AG has temporarily stopped the supply of gas from Russia to Europe through the Nord Stream 1 gas pipeline, due to scheduled annual preventive maintenance. The pipeline system is scheduled to be deactivated from July 11 to July 21. During this period, a test of mechanical components and automation systems will be carried out “to guarantee the effective, safe and reliable operation of the gas pipeline”.

Kishida’s victory after Shinzo Abe’s death

Kishida’s victory after Shinzo Abe’s death

The party of Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) won Sunday’s elections to the upper house of the Japanese parliament. Together with its coalition partner, Komeito, the ruling camp won 76 seats, 70 of which were won by the LDP. Despite the death of Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, on Sunday, 07/10/22, Prime Minister Kishida’s party won a parliamentary majority in the upper house. The government coalition exceeded the required 125 seats to achieve a parliamentary majority. Currently, there are 146 councilors from the above-mentioned ruling camp in the chamber. The opposition as a camp fighting for the votes of the LDP voters, in the form of: conservatives from the Japanese Innovation Party, center-rightists from the DPP (Democratic Party for The People), liberals from the CDP (Constitutial Democratic Party) and communists from the Japanese Communist Party, won in Sunday elections 46 seats, giving them a maximum of 102 seats in the upper house.

The LDP party with Prime Minister Kishida goes to victory

The LDP party with Prime Minister Kishida goes to victory

On July 10, elections to the upper house of parliament in Japan will be held. According to experts, the current prime minister, Fumio Kishida, has an advantage over his political opponents. They are Yuichiro Tamaki from DPP and Ichiro Matsui from Innovation for Japan. In domestic politics, according to a Nikke poll, Prime Minister Kushida’s party has not been successful in terms of image among the public, due to the rising prices on the fuel market since the beginning of the war in Ukraine, from February 2022. In 2019, the nationalists from the LDP in the coalition with Komaito won the election to the upper house. Currently, the LDP needs 55 seats in the upper house to take it over and run the overall parliament of the Diet. In the current context, the LDP’s biggest rival, the Constitutial Democratic Party, represents the greatest threat to the LDP in the House of Councilors.

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