27 September 2021

Morning headlines – September 2021

Florin Jipa

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Coronavirus and vaccines

  • Vaccination in Romania: In the last 24 hours, more than 11.000 people got vaccinated. Totally, more than 5.4 million people got the vaccine, with more than 5.3 getting both doses.
  • Coronavirus in Romania: In the last 24 hours, there were recorded 6.333 new SARS CoV-2 cases, 111 deaths, and in ICU there are now 1.220 people hospitalized.

Global political and military events

  • Germany – negotiations for the election of a new chancellor. According to the lat estimations, the center-left party SPD and its leader, Olaf Scholz, have won 25.8% of the votes, less than the conservatory union CDU-CSU of Armin Laschet, which got only 24.1%, the lowest result in its history. Both parties want the chancellor position and today they will start to negotiate to create a new governing coalition. (Mediafax)
  • Erdogan imposes conditions to the Taliban in order to administrate the Kabul airport. Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has announced that his country will take over the Kabul airport’s administration only after the Taliban will allow in the government members of other groups, including women. (AP)
  • Turkey will buy more defense systems from Russia. Turkey’s president, Recept Tayyip Erdogan, has stated, on Sunday, during an interview, that his country plans to acquire a second batch of S-400 defense systems from Russia and underlined that no one can interfere in his plans related to these systems. (Reuters)
  • Taiwan needs long range of action weapons. The Defence Minister, Chiu Kuo-cheng has stated, on Monday, that Taiwan needs guided weapons with long range of action to counter China. The country increased its defence budget with 9 billion dollars in the following five years. (AP)
  • Great Britain will use its troops to drive fuel trucks. The British government could allow, at the end of this week, for the troops to drive fuel trucks in order to solve the drivers’ crisis. Two thirds of the 5.500 gas stations no longer have gas for sale. (Daily News)
  • Russia sends mercenaries in Mali. The Russian Foreign Affairs Minister, Sergey Lavrov, has admitted that representatives from Mali asked for the support of Russian security companies. France and Germany have warned Mali that they will withdraw their troops if Russian mercenaries arrive in Mali. (AP)
  • The energy crisis in Europe deepens even more and could become chronic. The CEB president, Christine Lagarde, warns that the volatility of energy prices could last even after solving the supply issues provoked by the global pandemic. (Mediafax)

Romania’s security and defence

  • The President of the European Commission comes to Bucharest today to present the NRRP. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen arrives in Bucharest on Monday to announce the approval of the National Recovery and Resilience Plan. Romania could receive through NRRP financing worth 29.2 billion euros. The visit begins with face-to-face talks at the Cotroceni Palace, with President Klaus Iohannis and Prime Minister Florin Citu. At 5:45pm they will go together to the Bucharest University Hospital, where they will start, from 6:15 pm, a press conference broadcast online. (Mediafax)
  • The cloud of pollutants generated by the volcano in La Palma reaches Romania. The volcano in La Palma generated a cloud of pollutants that reached the west of the country on Sunday, and will spread all over the country until Monday evening. (Mediafax)