Nordic leaders on Monday vowed to step up cooperation on defence. "Finland and Sweden applying for membership of Nato is a historic shift for Nordic security policy and co-operation on defence. It makes it possible to see Nordic cooperation on defence in a broader and more binding context," said Jonas Gahr Støre, prime minister of Norway when he received his colleagues from Sweden, Iceland, Finland, and Denmark.
Scientists are investigating the cause of a "catastrophic" mass death of fish in the River Oder, between Poland and Germany, the Guardian reported. Polish scientists have traced high salt levels, but rejected German claims of mercury pollution, but with both governments suspecting an untraced chemical spillage. German authorities have banned fishing and bathing in the river. Some 2,000 police, 300 firefighters and 200 soldiers have been deployed to remove carcasses.
Ukraine says it has hit a base being used near the occupied city of Melitopol by Russia's mercenary Wagner group. The governor of the Luhansk region said the target was destroyed "by a precision strike", after the address was inadvertently revealed by a Russian journalist, according to Ukrainian website Ukrainska Pravda. The shadowy Wagner group is believed to have hundreds of mercenaries fighting in Mali and elsewhere in Africa.
Households in Germany are set for an annual €480 increase for gas as part of levy to wean the country off Russian supplies. German gas market operator Trading Hub Europe said it had set the charge at €2.419 cents per kilowatt hour (kWh). The levy will be imposed from October 1 and until April 2024 in an effort to ease the costs for its Russian gas importers.
France has withdrawn its last troops from its Barkhane operation in Mali, ending a nine-year struggle against jihadist forces. France started withdrawing its troops after the junta seized power in Mali in 2020. France still has around 2,500 personnel in the Sahel, with many posted in Niger. "The French army forces continue to fight terrorism in the Sahel, in close coordination with our African and international partners," it said.
Finnish newspaper Etelä-Saimaa reported that Russian citizens have made a total of 212 real estate transactions in Finland between January and July 2022. This compares to 222 properties bought by Russians for the whole of last year. The newspaper says most of the recent purchases have been made in the South Karelia region, close to Finland's border with Russia.
Greek police said they had located 38 Syrian refugees in the Lavara area of Evros, including seven children and a pregnant woman. "Since they were located, Greek police forces and other government services have rushed to their aid, to provide healthcare, food and water and to transfer them to an area of temporary accommodation," it said. The statement comes after public backlash over the reported death of a five-year old.
German chancellor Olaf Scholz said a total ban on tourist visas will not be supported by Berlin — adding that many refugees do not agree with the Russian regime.
The number of so-called 'femicides' in Italy has risen by almost 16 percent over the past year, with the vast majority taking place in a family context. Data published by the interior ministry on Monday showed 125 femicides between 1 August 2021 and 31 July 2022, compared with 108 during the same period in the previous year, with 68 women killed by either their partner or former partner.
After 16 months of talks, Iran says "considerable progress" had been made on to revive the 2015 nuclear deal — but that three issues still needed to be resolved.
There are many things to love about France. But a stated policy of colour blindness is not one of them.
We won't stop illegal plundering of the seas by those who don't respect the rules if the EU doesn't tackle problem of flagging and reflagging of convenience.
Germany must cut its gas use by a fifth if it wants to prevent an energy shortage this winter. If it fails to reach 20 percent gas savings, the country is at "serious risk" of an energy crunch.
The chief executives of Denmark's Vestas and Ørsted, the world's largest manufacturers of wind turbines, respectively, said that governments need to simplify and speed up renewable-energy planning. "We need a fundamental review on how we dramatically shorten the consenting process," Ørsted chief executive Mads Nipper told Reuters. "There is a task force required in every government right now that needs to accelerate permitting," Vestas chief executive Henrik Andersen said.
Some 660,000 hectares of land has been burned from the start of the year until 13 August, according to figures from the European Forest Fire Information System (Effis).
A senior Hungarian judge has spoken to the Observer newspaper about how the government of Viktor Orbán is "constantly overreaching" its authority to sway courts. Csaba Vasvári, a senior judge at the Budapest metropolitan court for 18 years, said we "have been witnessing external and internal influence attempts" for several years — a rare domestic confirmation of EU fears over Hungary's attack on the independence of the judiciary.
Vladimir Putin has said Russia and North Korea will expand bilateral relations. Putin told the North Korean ruler, Kim Jong-un, that the two countries would "expand the comprehensive and constructive bilateral relations with common efforts", the Pyongyang's state news agency KCNA reported on Monday. Separately, the Russian ambassador in Kabul, Dmitry Zhirnov, has said working with the Taliban is necessary where it "suits our interests", the Guardian reported.
So far in 2022 more than 20,017 people have been recorded attempting to cross the Channel between France and the UK, the Guardian reported. At the same point in 2021, the figure was 11,300 crossings. On Saturday the daily total topped 600 for the third time this year, with 607 people detecting crossing the Channel in 14 boats — the equivalent of about 43 people per vessel.
EU leaders condemned over the weekend the stabbing attack on British author Salman Rushdie in New York state, with EU foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell calling it "despicable". French president Emmanuel Macron said: "[Rushdie] has just been the victim of a cowardly attack by the forces of hatred and barbarism. His fight is our fight; it is universal", while UK PM Boris Johnson said he was "appalled" by the attack.
Russian soldiers shooting at or from Europe's largest nuclear power station in occupied Ukraine will become a "special target" of his forces, Ukrainian president Volodmyr Zelensky said in a video address on Sunday. Zelensky warned that Russia may be about to conduct a false flag operation to claim Kyiv had struck the Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant. He added anyone giving orders for attacks on the site should face an international court.