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The energy crisis ahead of today's special meeting of EU energy ministers, Erdogan's 180-degree turn on the issue of the expulsion of 10 ambassadors and the coup in Sudan are some of the key issues in the international press.

For energy crisis: The energy crisis is returning to the forefront today as EU energy ministers meet extraordinarily in Luxembourg. The meeting was requested by the Slovenian presidency two weeks ago, and will take place just days after the EU summit focused on increased energy costs. The ministers will meet first to discuss the Commission's response through the toolkit it has proposed and the measures it has proposed for a month. A press conference will follow, before a closed-door working lunch where the crucial issue of gas supply will be discussed, reports the Political.

On the eve of the meeting, eight countries, including Austria, Germany, Luxembourg and the northern Baltic states, issued a statement calling for no plans to restructure the EU electricity market (requested by Spain and France) and the emissions trading scheme. gases. "We share the European Commission 's analysis of the causes of the current price increase, which is mainly aimed at encouraging global economic recovery and further demand and supply of fossil fuels, but not in planning EU energy markets or climate policy. Says the announcement.

Overnight, Spain issued  DON'T paper in response to the "northerners". "Every increase + 1EUR / MWh "In the price of gas, it represents € 2 billion a year in additional electricity costs; diverting resources from the transition to energy and economic recovery and getting worse every day," the Spanish document said. Environment Minister Teresa Ribera will once again call for support for a change in the way wholesale electricity prices are calculated - currently determined by the more expensive fuels needed to meet the last bit of demand. Instead, prices should reflect the average electricity mix, which includes cheaper renewable energy sources, Country. He also called for measures to be taken to stop speculation in the emissions trading system. Instead of changing the rules for everyone, Spain proposes that it should at least be allowed to change them temporarily for itself. "In exceptional cases, Member States should be able to adjust their electricity prices to their specific situations," the proposal said.

As the price of gas has risen, electricity costs across Europe have also skyrocketed - despite the fact that gas accounts for only 18-20% of the EU electricity mix. Countries including France have called for electricity market reform at last week’s EU Summit, recalls the Political.

Paris is particularly keen to reform its electricity pricing system - but it is also in a unique position, with 70% of France's electricity coming from nuclear power. As a result of the EU price-fixing system, electricity prices in France have risen, with President Emmanuel Macron arguing at last week's summit that this undermines EU citizens' confidence in the Green Agreement.

Diplomats from countries opposed to a radical overhaul have argued that the French and Spanish proposals would work if there was only one energy provider - an excavation of the state-run EDF in France. A private power plant would suffer losses if it had to buy gas at market prices but resell electricity generated at average prices across the country, a diplomat said.

For Turkey: The crisis caused by the comments of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on the expulsion of the ambassadors of ten western countries from his country seems to be easing. The ambassadors, including those of the United States and Germany, sent a letter calling for the release of businessman Osman Kavala, who has been detained for four years, a move that Erdogan described as "interference inside Turkey." The diplomatic background was intense after Erdogan's threat and eased yesterday. The US embassy in Ankara said on Twitter that "the United States continues to abide by Article 41 of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations", meaning that it respects the diplomatic treaty of non-interference in the internal affairs of the country hosting its diplomatic mission. The embassies of Canada, the Netherlands and New Zealand sent similar messages, while the embassies of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Finland retweeted the US announcement.

Almost immediately, President Erdogan, as he entered the cabinet to discuss the deportation of foreign ambassadors, "welcomed" the announcements, which the state-run Anadolu agency described as "a step backwards" for the embassies. A little later, Erdogan himself stated that he believed that the ambassadors would be more careful in the future and that no one could stay in the country if he did not respect it. Erdogan threatens to deport diplomats hit Turkish economy with analysts such as Daniel Moss Bloomberg to comment that "it is as if Turkey wants an economic crisis". The threat of deportation of ambassadors of powerful western countries one day after the incomprehensible and irrational, for many, reduction of interest rates despite the galloping inflation, led yesterday morning to further collapse of the pound, which fell to its lowest point against the dollar. The Turkish currency has lost 24% of its value since the beginning of the year. Yesterday at noon, however, when it seemed that the crisis was easing, the pound recovered a little. "There is a lot of upset among investors who," the Washington Post writes, "are closely monitoring the outcome of the case. The expulsion of the diplomats would bring Turkey to an even worse situation in all fields. Perhaps that is why President Erdogan did not immediately carry out his threat, in order to have time for diplomatic relief. Because in the end, both this threat and the reduction of interest rates a few days ago led to the same conclusion: confidence in Turkey's ability to manage relations with funds and allies is increasingly eroding. Why should Erdogan undermine the Turkish pound, which is considered a barometer of financial strength? Analysts say he may want to emphasize or promote the idea that dark forces have targeted Turkey and he is the only one who can resist. That is why he is dealing with countries that are Ankara's allies in NATO and EU countries, in which he asks his country to join.

For Sudan: Sudan seems to be following in the footsteps of almost all the countries that have been ruled for decades by authoritarian dictators and at some point got rid of them. Indeed, after the overthrow of Omar al-Bashir in April 2019, chaos and clashes prevailed in the country, while the "transitional government" formed - by military and political - never managed to function effectively and inspire confidence states o Guardian. So, rather naturally and as expected, we reached yesterday's coup. The military has seized power, arresting and restricting Prime Minister Abdullah Hamdok and several government officials, making the same argument in all cases: Restoring order and ensuring calm - even if everyone knows that he and his executives played an active role in the controversies and conflicts of the past two years. He also made the usual commitments: Holding elections and handing over power to a democratically elected government as soon as possible. In fact, General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, who heads the council that determines the distribution of powers, hastened to set the date for the elections for July 2023, 20 months from today - unless, of course, this proves impossible. "What the country is going through today is a real threat and danger to the dreams of the youth and the hopes of the nation," he said, even though, at the same time, thousands of young people were protesting in Khartoum against the coup and being violently confronted by the forces. repression.

Yesterday's developments, however, provoked strong reactions and international condemnation. It is worth noting that the coup in Sudan follows others that have taken place this year in African countries, such as Mali and Guinea, while in Niger a coup was prevented in March. In Tunisia, the opposition also blamed a coup on the president, who ousted the government, while in Chad, the armed forces took power after the death of longtime President Idriss Debbie.

For Afghanistan: Millions of Afghans, including many children, could starve to death if immediate action is not taken to help Afghanistan, which is on the brink of collapse, a senior UN official warned yesterday, calling for the release of frozen funds. to fund humanitarian efforts Political. UNFPA Executive Director David Beasley told Reuters that 22,8 million people - out of a total population of 39 million in Afghanistan - face acute food insecurity and are "starving" compared to just 14 million. two months ago.

Alexandra Voudouri

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