[-] [email protected] 1 points 14 hours ago

You are correct. I looked it up and re-read it. Tnx for clarifying. I'll delete my irrelevant comment.

[-] [email protected] 0 points 20 hours ago

Energy dependency ( and competitiveness) paragraph P 62.:

True, energy costs in Europe remain higher than those of its major competitors. During the energy crisis, the EU, as other regions relying on imported fossil gas (UK, Japan, South Korea) has witnessed a trend of increased price differentials with other parts of the world. Gas prices were 3 to 6 times higher than those in the U.S, compared to 2-3 times historically and are still significantly higher today. EU electricity industrial retail prices are close to 2 times the US prices and are becoming progressively higher than in China. Such a situation will persist until the marginal price is predominantly determined by renewable and low-carbon electricity sources rather than gas. The continent's limited self-sufficiency in energy also heightens its vulnerability to sudden price shocks. In 2021, the EU's dependency on energy imports was high: 91.7% for oil, 83.4% for gas, and 37.5% for solid fossil fuels, contributing to an overall energy dependency rate of approximately 55.5%. In 2022 alone, Europe's bill for importing fossil fuels amounted to €640 billion, approximately 4.1% of its GDP. In 2023, even with lower prices, it remained close to 2.4% of the EU's GDP.

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Energy single Market pointers:

● Cross-border joint auctions for additional renewable energy

● Grid expansion

●Security of supply: gas and nuclear fuels

● Global cleantech competiton and critical raw materials

● Green diplomacy

● Mutual trust but national sovereignty remains

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The 6.8% increase between 2022 and 2023 was the steepest since 2009, pushing spending to the highest recorded by the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (Sipri) in its 60-year history

For the first time, analysts at the thinktank recorded a rise in military outlay in all five geographical regions: Africa, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Oceania and the Americas.

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I wonder how much aid & support the population are going to get from Russia. I reckon most western aid programms will end or are ending

Add fyi: Niger used to get 2 billion us$ per year link Niger loses aid Reuters

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So just to illuminate the argument, Michel did not let the comment slide.

“The numbers speak for themselves,” he clapped back. “EU contribution to Ukraine: €143 billion ($150 billion).”

[-] [email protected] 0 points 3 days ago

"It also suggests that Chinese universities play a vital intelligence-gathering role, noting that [Chinese] scientists employed by western companies often work for China’s security services and state companies."

Unfortunately, academics whom work in collaboration with Chinna scientists in projects, have claimed similar experiences as to IE theft etc.

You van leave the CCP but the CCP never leaves you, it seems.

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really hope this will be taken more seriously from now on..

There's been imo much news lately about this stuff. Sometimes it feels as if it keeps "hanging " for a long time, and then there is an investigation , and suddenly, arrests.

If this news has been only " the tip of the iceberg " (in Germany and probably all of Europe), like what this expert is saying, then how big is the iceberg?

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Armenia has agreed to return several villages to Azerbaijan in what both countries say is an important milestone as they edge towards a peace deal after fighting two wars since the collapse of the Soviet Union.

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He said espionage and sabotage were an integral part of the “standard toolbox of Russian geopolitics”. The secret service activities in Germany exposed by this week’s arrests, he said, were “from that point of view no surprise. Rather, it’s the tip of the iceberg.”He said espionage and sabotage were an integral part of the “standard toolbox of Russian geopolitics”. The secret service activities in Germany exposed by this week’s arrests, he said, were “from that point of view no surprise. Rather, it’s the tip of the iceberg.”

[-] [email protected] 2 points 5 days ago

update:

Leaders of Denmark, Czechia and The Netherlands “will be looking in what ways we can support the German initiative,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

“We know we have air defence systems in Europe; some have to be delivered,” Fredriksen added.

euroactiv

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Today is a sad day for Georgia, because our government has taken another step towards Russia and away from Europe," said protester Makvala Naskidashvili.

"But I am also happy because I see such unity among the youth," the 88-year-old added. "They are proud Europeans and will not let anyone spoil their European dream."

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Leaders of Denmark, Czechia and The Netherlands “will be looking in what ways we can support the German initiative,” Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said.

“We know we have air defence systems in Europe; some have to be delivered,” Fredriksen added.

[-] [email protected] 14 points 5 days ago

Good to know that it's official now. Whether something will change; we'll see..

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holy , that's pretty weird. Also getting a 404 now. good you've it on archive. will add it to OP.

[-] [email protected] 0 points 5 days ago

The resolution states that the Russian State financial assets already frozen by several countries – approximately US$300 billion – must be made available for the reconstruction of Ukraine, pointing out that the documented damages to Ukraine's infrastructure and economy caused by the Russian Federation’s aggression had reached US$416 billion in June) 2023.(link pace

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The TV channel BabyTV has been the victim of a cyber attack in which a Russian propaganda film was suddenly shown on the children's channel.

This afternoon, it seems it was hacked again for 13 minutes, showing bombardments to babies & toddlers ( 0- 4 years old).

Unbelievable this crap

[-] [email protected] 0 points 5 days ago

iifrc: then Chinese mafia occasionally works with the CCP, this was hearsay some 20 years ago though, when I came across some several personal experiences. So I'm not sure .

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For at least ten years, the Chinese Communist Party has been abducting its overseas citizens on EU territory and forcibly returning them to China - violating the rule of law and public security in Europe - a new report finds.

We've heard some reports about illegal Chinese policestations abroad before. But it seems now that it's been going on for a very long time, and on much broader scale then previously thought.

NB: The original link gives us a 404.

alt link archive or link msn

tnx 2 @[email protected] & @fö[email protected]

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EU member states on Monday (15 April) were close to a deal, with EU diplomats saying last outstanding technical issues remained to be solved, with the aim for the bloc to use the profits by June.

Separately, G7 ministers this week, pressed by Washington, are expected to discuss the idea of confiscating the reserves in their entirety and transferring them to Ukraine

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EU member states on Monday (15 April) were close to a deal, with EU diplomats saying last outstanding technical issues remained to be solved, with the aim for the bloc to use the profits by June.

Separately, G7 ministers this week, pressed by Washington, are expected to discuss the idea of confiscating the reserves in their entirety and transferring them to Ukraine

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US officials said that China provided more than 70% of the $900m (£723m) in machine tools – probably used to build ballistic missiles – imported in the last quarter of 2023 by Russia.

They also said that 90% of Russia’s microelectronics imports – used to produce missiles, tanks and aircraft – came from China last year.

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The case is special given its international dimension and the fact that it is not only about espionage but also about the infiltration of the Austrian political system and the weakening of the country’s internal security,”

Between 2017 and 2021, the Austrian warrant says, Ott collected sensitive information on people of interest to Russia “for the purpose of transmission to Jan Marsalek and to unknown representatives of Russian authorities” by conducting numerous searches in national police databases and making requests to other European police officers, including in Italy and Britain.

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