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Schengen Zone tremblors center on Bulgaria and Romania

The Netherlands announced on December 2 that it will accept Romania and Croatia's joining the EU’s special passport-free Schengen Zone but intended to block...

EU invests over €110 million in environment and climate protection in 11 member states

The European Commission announced on February 17 an investment of over €110 million into LIFE program integrated projects for environmental and climate protection, selected...

Commission approves EU funding for nature, environment and climate action projects

The European Commission approved on November 25 an investment package of more than €290 million for 132 new projects under the LIFE programme for...

Enough of the Durban depravity

This month marks the 20th anniversary of the so-called “World Conference Against Racism”, otherwise known as Durban I. The 2001 conference was to be...

Siemens Gamesa to double offshore blade facility in UK

Offshore wind industry major Siemens Gamesa said on August 9 it will expand its successful offshore blade factory in Hull, England by 41,600 square...

If Europe is serious about fighting antisemitism, it must skip Durban 20

Countries are lining up to declare they will not attend the20th anniversary of the UN’s notorious 2001 World Conference Against Racism, held in Durban,...

MEPs slam EU food companies over caged confinement of animals abroad

In a strongly-worded letter released on May 15, members of the European Parliament called on food companies to end the caged confinement of animals in their global supply...

In Afghanistan the Allies invested in the US’ security

After nearly twenty years of engagement in Afghanistan, the United States has now set in motion the process of pulling out all its forces...

Dutch Stone City Energy to build 1,560 MW thermal power plant in Uzbekistan

Dutch company Stone City Energy and Uzbekistan’s Energy Ministry signed in Tashkent on April 19 a Power Purchase Agreement and an Investment Agreement for...

EU medicine regulator finds possible link between AstraZeneca jab and blood clots

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said it has found a possible link between the Coronavirus jab, developed by British-Swedish pharmaceutical AstraZeneca and the Oxford...

EU probes possible anticompetitive behaviour by power exchange EPEX Spot

The European Commission has opened a formal investigation to assess whether the power exchange EPEX Spot has been taking advantage of its dominant position...

Russia’s Gazprom, Shell ink 5-year ‘strategic’ deal

Gazprom and Royal Dutch Shell signed on March 16 an Agreement of Strategic Cooperation for a five-year period, the Russian gas giant said.The signing...

Turkey launches investigation into Dutch politician Wilders over Erdogan comments

Turkish prosecutors have launched an investigation into remarks by Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders about Recep Tayyip Erdogan, local media reported on Tuesday. The investigation...

Dutch govt appeals court order to scrap Coronavirus curfew

The Dutch government has appealed against a court ruling on Tuesday which ordered it to scrap a night curfew on the grounds that it...

Despite COVID, Europe invests €26 billion in offshore wind

Despite constraints due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Europe confirmed a record amount of €26.3 billion of investments in new offshore wind farms in 2020.According...

US takes charge on climate

The new US Administration of President Joe Biden plans to “mobilize in unprecedented ways” to fight the accelerating climate change problem, John Kerry, special...

Coronavirus curfew sparks protests across the Netherlands

Police and protesters clashed for the third consecutive day across the Netherlands after the government imposed a nationwide 9pm to 4.30 am curfew to...

Mass anti-lockdown protest in Amsterdam

Thousands held an unauthorised protest in Amsterdam on Sunday against a nationwide lockdown imposed to curb the spread of Coronavirus, set to remain in...

Dutch government could collapse over child benefits scandal

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte and his cabinet will decide on Friday whether to resign over his government's mismanagement of childcare benefits, after a...

Kosovo’s President Thaci heading to The Hague

Kosovo’s President Hashim Thaci, former commander of the Kosovo Liberation Army (KLA), announced his resignation on November 5 upon confirming that a tribunal in...

Polish fine against Gazprom over Nord Stream 2 unlikely to ever be paid

Poland anti-monopoly watchdog has fined Russian gas giant Gazprom $7.6 billion over the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, which is unlikely to ever be...

Could bad data be to blame for high coronavirus death toll

European countries saw some of the highest death told for coronavirus over the last month. Deaths in Italy have surpassed those in China many...

Shell exits Lake Charles LNG project in Louisiana

Royal Dutch Shell announced on March 30 the company will not proceed with an equity interest in the proposed Lake Charles LNG (liquified natural...

The Netherlands recalls defective masks from China

The Netherlands has ordered a recall of around 600,000 masks out of a shipment of 1.3 million from China, after an inspection showed they...

As the COVID-19 virus spreads, Shell acts to reinforce business resilience financial strength

As the COVID-19 virus spreads across the world - seriously impacting people’s health, their way of life and global markets, Royal Dutch Shell said...

MH17 trial resumes amid coronavirus restrictions

The MH17 trial resumed briefly at The Hague on March 23 amid coronavirus restrictions. The three Russians and one Ukrainian are charged with multiple...

New joint venture by AMG and Shell gets EU approval

The creation of a new joint venture called Shell & AMG Recycling, by AMG Advanced Metallurgical Group (AMG) and Shell Overseas Investments (SOI), all...

Dutch prosecutors claim Moscow is trying to thwart MH17 investigation

Dutch prosecutor Thijs Berger said Tuesday that there are “strong indications” Russia wants to undermine investigations in the MH17 case. He explained that there was...

German police raid ABN Amro Bank over tax scandal

German law enforcement officials raided ABN Amro NV’s offices in Frankfurt for a second time in three months to probe the bank’s involvement in...

Global demand for LNG grows by 12.5% in 2019

Global demand for liquefied natural gas (LNG) grew by 12.5% to 359 million tonnes in 2019, according to Shell’s latest annual LNG Outlook published...

Cyprus, Portugal among states rebuked by EU over delays in money-laundering reforms

Legal warnings have been sent to Cyprus, Portugal, the Netherlands, Hungary, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain over delays in turning anti-money laundering rules into national laws, the...

The Netherlands refuses Moscow’s request to prosecute MH17 Russian suspects

The Dutch justice minister, Ferd Grapperhaus, said the Netherlands refused a request by Moscow to consider allowing Russia to prosecute three Russian nationals identified...

Acquisition of Eneco by Mitsubishi Corporation gets EU approval

The acquisition of Eneco Group of the Netherlands by Mitsubishi Corporation (MC) of Japan complies with EU merger regulation, the European Commission said on...

Europe installs 3.6 GW of new offshore wind capacity in 2019

Europe installed 3.6 GW of new offshore wind capacity in 2019, statistics released on 6 February by WindEurope showed. This is a new record...

Netherlands issues first apology for WWII persecution of Jews

Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte apologized for the first time on behalf of the government for the persecution of Jews during World War II. "Since...

Kazakhstan invites Shell to invest in Caspian exploration

NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – Kazakhstan’s Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources Minister Magzum Mirzagaliev met on 23 January with Shell Kazakhstan Country Chair Olivier Lazare and...

Cyprus, Noble Energy reach deal to expedite Aphrodite development

Cyprus’ government has reached a deal to revise the contract with US-based company Noble Energy and its joint venture partners, Israel’s Delek Group and...

Name Dispute: Important issues progressing while public attention fades

While the Name Dispute between Greece and the newly-renamed Republic of North Macedonia has fallen out of the headlines, several notable developments occurred in...

Trump vs Nord Stream-2

At an early breakfast meeting with NATO chief Jens Stoltenberg in Brussels on July 11, US President Donald J. Trump launched an attack on the...

Nord Stream 2 gas project strives to fill EU’s import gap

DUSSELDORF – Ukraine can still be a transit gas country to Europe even after the Nord Stream 2 pipeline from Russia to Germany is...

Dutch court backs Russia, nixes $50m YUKOS penalty

On 20 April, the District Court of The Hague allowed the challenge brought by Russia to the landmark 2014 arbitral award ordering Russia to...

Nord Stream 2: It’s the Ukraine gas transit, stupid

The leaders of Latvia, Estonia, Lithuania, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, and the Czech Republic have reportedly signed a letter objecting to enlarging the Nord...

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