16 weeks paternity leave in Spain comes into effect from 2021. In France, it is two weeks. A sharing of responsibilities to push Spanish women to have more babies. The country has the lowest fertility rate in the European Union.

A Russian gas pipeline in Serbia was inaugurated on Friday January 1. A section of the Turkstream that is over 400 km long connects Serbia to Russian gas with the promise of lower bills for future consumers.

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Portugal takes over the presidency of the European institutions, succeeding Germany, with the onerous task of managing a concerted response to the coronavirus pandemic. For the occasion, Lisbon has adorned its monuments with the colors of the Union.

A Covid-19 epidemic that did not cancel the New Year’s concert in Vienna (Austria). The hall was empty, but the show was broadcast in 90 countries. A moment of grace while waiting for better days.

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