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Canal+ Polska revives Warsaw listing ambitions amid IPO boom

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FILE PHOTO: The Vivendi logo is pictured at the main entrance of the entertainment-to-telecoms conglomerate headquarters in Paris March 14, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau/File Photo LONDON (Reuters) – Polish pay-TV platform Canal+ Polska has revived plans for an initial public offering (IPO) in Warsaw, seeking to take advantage of a surge......

German far-right AfD bids to win back voters with anti-lockdown campaign

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BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany’s far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) cast itself as the anti-lockdown party at a weekend conference in a bid to win back support before for a September election. Almost 600 members of the party, which entered the national parliament for the first time after the 2017 election,......

Moldova to buy 400,000 doses of Sinovac COVID-19 vaccine

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CHISINAU, April 9 (Reuters) – Moldova will buy 400,000 doses of the Chinese Sinovac coronavirus vaccine, the health ministry said in a statement on Friday. Moldova and neighbouring Ukraine, two of Europe’s poorest countries, have lagged behind the rest of the continent in the scramble for vaccines and welcomed donations......

Poland seems to have passed COVID-19 infections peak – minister

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FILE PHOTO: People wearing protective masks wait in line at the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine centre situated at a temporary hospital organised at the National Stadium in Warsaw, Poland April 7, 2021. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel WARSAW (Reuters) – Poland seems to have passed a peak in the number of coronavirus infections,......

Jailed Kremlin critic Navalny says he has temperature and cough, some inmates may have TB

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FILE PHOTO: Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny delivers a speech during a rally to demand the release of jailed protesters, who were detained during opposition demonstrations for fair elections, in Moscow, Russia September 29, 2019. REUTERS/Shamil Zhumatov MOSCOW (Reuters) – Jailed Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny said on Monday that he......

Putin signs law allowing him to run for two more terms in Kremlin

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FILE PHOTO: Russian President Vladimir Putin takes part in the signing ceremony of the general agreement between the All-Russian unions of trade unions, employers and the government of the Russian Federation, via a video conference call, at the Novo-Ogaryovo state residence outside Moscow, Russia March 31, 2021. Sputnik/Alexei Druzhinin/Kremlin via......

GERB party of PM Borissov wins Bulgaria’s polls – partial official results

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FILE PHOTO: Bulgaria’s Prime Minister Boyko Borissov attends a news conference in Vienna, Austria March 16, 2021. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger SOFIA (Reuters) – The centre-right GERB party of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has won 24.2% of votes in the parliamentary election in Bulgaria, data from the central electoral commission showed on......

Kosovo parliament elects Vjosa Osmani as new national president

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PRISTINA (Reuters) – Kosovo’s parliament has appointed a 38-year-old U.S.-educated female law professor and candidate of the ruling Vetevendosje party as the country’s new president, following an election in February. FILE PHOTO: Acting president in Kosovo Vjosa Osmani speaks during a news conference after preliminary results of the parliamentary election......

Kosovo parliament elects Vjosa Osmani as new national president

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PRISTINA (Reuters) – Kosovo’s parliament has appointed a 38-year-old U.S.-educated female law professor and candidate of the ruling Vetevendosje party as the country’s new president, following an election in February. Vjosa Osmani took over as acting president of Kosovo last November when her predecessor, Hashim Thaci, resigned ahead of his......

Bulgarians elect new parliament amid COVID fears, anger over graft

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SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgarians vote in a parliamentary election on Sunday that will decide whether long-serving Prime Minister Boyko Borissov wins a fresh four-year mandate despite persistent concerns about graft in the European Union’s poorest member state. FILE PHOTO: A woman walks past election posters of the ruling centre-right GERB......

Nine EU advisers threaten walkout over sustainable finance row

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BRUSSELS, April 1 (Reuters) – Nine members of the expert group advising the European Union on its sustainable finance rules have threatened to step down if Brussels pushes ahead with plans that they say would discredit its efforts to fight climate change. The European Commission is attempting to finish its......

Brexit reality only hitting now, EU’s Barnier says

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BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union’s former Brexit negotiator, Michel Barnier, said on Wednesday the reality of Britain’s decision to leave the bloc was only now being felt, years after the British 2016 referendum on membership. FILE PHOTO: European Union’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier gives a statement on the......

Romanian police investigate death threats against prominent Jewish actor

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FILE PHOTO: Romanian actress Maia Morgenstern, who portrays Virgin Mary in Mel Gibson’s “The Passion of the Christ”, answers questions during a press conference after the Romanian premiere of the movie in Bucharest April 16, 2004. REUTERS/Bogdan Cristel BUCHAREST (Reuters) – Romanian police were investigating on Sunday death threats made......

Aviva sells Polish business to Allianz for $2.9 billion

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LONDON (Reuters) – Aviva has sold its Polish operations to Germany’s Allianz for 2.5 billion euros ($2.94 billion) in cash, completing a programme to sell European and Asian assets begun last year, the British insurer said on Friday. Allianz beat rival bids from Italy’s Generali and Dutch insurer NN, sources......

Pandemic rages in Eastern Europe leaving hospitals struggling to cope

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By Krisztina Than, Jan Lopatka BUDAPEST/PRAGUE (Reuters) – Hungary’s hospitals are under “extraordinary” pressure from rising coronavirus infections, its surgeon general said on Wednesday, as the country became a hotspot in the third wave of a pandemic that has hit Central Europe especially hard. FILE PHOTO: A paramedic walks near......

Russia set to attract retail investors in record numbers, lobby group says

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MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia is on track to attract a record number of retail investors in 2021 despite an anticipated rise in interest rates, the head of the National Association of Stock Market Participants (NAUFOR) lobby group said. FILE PHOTO: Moscow Exchange’s logo is displayed outside its office in the......

Russia, China support summit of permanent U.N. Security Council members: joint statement

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FILE PHOTO: Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov attends a meeting with China’s State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Guilin, China March 22, 2021. Russian Foreign Ministry/Handout via REUTERS MOSCOW (Reuters) – Russia and China have expressed support for a summit of permanent members of the U.N. Security Council......

Bulgaria COVID-19 hospitalisations jump to record high – Reuters

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Bulgaria to resume vaccinations with AstraZeneca’s shots

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FILE PHOTO: A man waits to receive a dose of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus disease (COVID-19) vaccine administered by medical personnel from a mobile unit in the village of Ognen, Bulgaria, February 25, 2021. REUTERS/Stoyan Nenov SOFIA (Reuters) – Bulgaria will resume inoculations with the AstraZeneca vaccine from Friday after the European......

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