EU wants gas, nuclear energy classified green, sustainable (New Europe)

The European Commission proposed on December 31 natural gas and nuclear energy to be included in the so-called EU taxonomy as sustainable energy sources.

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Hot in the city: Teaching Europe how to live on a warmer planet (Politico)

Two weeks after Eleni Myrivili started her job as Athens’ chief heat officer, Greece was struck by one of the worst heat waves in its recorded history.

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Time is not on our side: EUMed 9 leaders discuss climate crisis (New Europe)

ATHENS – The EUMed 9 summit begun in Athens today (September 17), focusing on stability in the eastern Mediterranean as well as efforts to tackle climate change and migration flows in the region.

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Extreme weather slows Greece’s coal phaseout (Politico)

ATHENS — Greece’s plan to phase out coal is coming under stress from the very thing the government is seeking to address: climate change.

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Science vs. religion as Greek priests lead the anti-vax movement (Politico)

ATHENS — Anti-vaxxers and churchgoers are out in force on a warm July Sunday morning in central Athens — and, for the most part, they are the same people.

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Investigating Femicide: A GIJN Guide (G.I.J.N.)

Femicide — the intentional murder of women because they are women — is a global problem. According to the UN’s latest estimates, 50,000 women and girls are killed each year by intimate partners or other family members.

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Cyprus talks failed to find common ground, UN says (Politico)

Three days of talks between Cypriot leaders yielded not enough common ground to resume formal talks on a settlement, the United Nations said Thursday.

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How Poetry Won Independence for Greece (The Wall Street Journal)

Two hundred years ago, the Greek revolution against Ottoman rule became a European cause thanks to the support of writers and artists.

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For Greece’s 200th Independence Day, Russia reaches out for relations upgrade (New Europe)

ATHENS – Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin will visit Athens on March 24 to discuss bilateral relations with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, a conversation that is expected to cover topics ranging from culture, economy and energy and Russia’s participation in a military parade to mark the 200th anniversary of Greece’s 1821 revolution against the Ottoman Turks and the country’s Independence Day, which is celebrated on March 25.

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Western Balkans goes east for coronavirus vaccines (Politico)

Serbia has emerged as the frontrunner in continental Europe’s vaccination race — thanks to China.

The Western Balkan country has given at least one dose of a coronavirus shot to some 7 percent of its population, a rate more than twice as high as the current European Union average, where between 3 and 4 percent of people have been vaccinated as of early February.

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