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Ukraine-Russia crisis… Stoltenberg: We are at a grave moment for Europe’s security

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NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who gave a message of unity at the joint press conference held with the European Union (EU) after the Russian operation in Ukraine, said, “We describe the Russian invasion of Ukraine as barbaric and condemn it.”

European Council President Charles Michel and EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen met with NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg at NATO headquarters in Brussels and condemned Russia ‘s operation against Ukraine.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg, who hosted the press conference, said: “We just discussed Russia’s brutal and ongoing offensive against Ukraine. We describe the Russian invasion of Ukraine as barbaric and condemn it. We are at a grave moment for Europe’s security. Russia is trying to turn back the clock by force. “It wants to re-establish a sphere of influence and undermine the global rules that have kept Europe safe for decades.”

“NATO WILL DO WHATEVER NEEDED”

“We have all made tireless efforts to involve Russia in diplomacy,” Stoltenberg said. But Moscow refused the dialogue and chose aggression. NATO and the EU stand by the brave people of Ukraine. We support Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity and support its rights of self-defense. There should be no misunderstanding or miscalculation by Russia. NATO will do whatever it takes to protect and defend all Allies. In response to Russia’s massive military buildup in recent months, we have already strengthened our collective defenses. “With more troops, jets and ships than the United States and many other allies, our commitment to collective defense is Article 5 solid.”

“NATO AND EU ARE TOGETHER”

Stating that he was satisfied with the reaction from the EU, Stoltenberg said, “We condemn Russia’s gross violation of international law, and we do not give up on the principles on which European security is built. I welcome the coordinated action announced by the European Union, NATO Allies and partners. This is a strong message of unity and shows how lonely and isolated Russia is. I will hold a virtual NATO summit tomorrow to address the consequences of Russia’s actions. I invited both President Von der Leyen and President Michel to participate, along with the leaders of our esteemed partners Finland and Sweden. NATO and the European Union are united. “Thank you both again for coming, and thank you for the fact that the European Union and NATO are so strong together,” he said.

EU Representatives Charles Michel and Ursula von der Leyen, who attended the press conference held at NATO Headquarters, also reiterated that as the EU, Russia invaded Ukraine and strongly condemned this attempt. Noting that serious sanctions are being prepared by the EU, Charles Michel said that they support Ukraine, while the President of the EU Commission Ursula von der Leyen said that the EU stands by Ukraine with the financial aid package and economic investments, and that Russia will pay heavily for this initiative with the sanctions to be applied.

 

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year

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Used car prices in the Netherlands fell for the first time this year. Data were obtained from the vehicle sales platform AutoScout24. According to the platform, the reason for the decrease is the summer holiday.

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AutoScout24 stated that during the summer holidays, people’s interests are generally towards vacationing, so the decrease in prices may be due to this.
 
An average used car was sold for 23,531 euros in July. This rate is 1.2 percent less than the previous month. At the beginning of this year, the average price of second-hand was 22,158 euros. There has been no decline in used car prices since the spring of 2021.
 
On the other hand, the increase in second-hand items in other European countries continues. Prices continued to rise in France, Austria and Belgium last month, while Germany saw a small decline of 0.2 percent.
 
Germany is still at the top of Europe in this field, with an average used car price of 27,361 euros.
 
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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

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Declining interest in Randstad region in the Netherlands

The proportion of people leaving the Randstad area in the Netherlands has increased over the past year. According to the National Statistics Agency (CBS), 75,000 people left the region last year. The number of people who moved to the region was 55 thousand.

 
CBS data indicated that those over the age of 30 are increasingly leaving the west of the country.
 
Statistics also show that the number of people leaving the Randstad area has increased since 2014. While 48 thousand people left the region in 2014, this number increased to 70 thousand in 2020.
 
On the other hand, the proportion of those who moved to Randstad remained roughly the same, reaching 55 thousand last year. Looking at all the data, the number of Dutch people giving up city life has been increasing since 2017.
 
However, the increase in the number of people leaving Randstad does not mean that the region is empty.

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Netherlands uses Europe’s most expensive natural gas

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The Netherlands became the country that used the most expensive natural gas among the European Union countries with its natural gas prices in July.

 
Nieuwsuur, which collects data from the comparison site Energievergelijk.nl, last month the natural gas bill of a house in the Netherlands cost 283 Euros. This rate is double that of many EU countries. Neighboring countries of the Netherlands are Germany and Belgium, a few of these countries.
 
In June, the peak of gas prices was in Sweden, while the Netherlands took the second place. In July, the leadership changed hands. Last month gas bills in Sweden averaged 237.
 
Electricity bills in the Netherlands are also quite high compared to other countries. The Dutch paid an average of 419 euros for electricity in July. There are only two European countries that face more electricity bills than the Netherlands: Italy and Denmark.
 
According to the estimates of Energievergelijk.nl, citizens who will renew their energy contracts this year will pay an average of 3,700 euros more per year.
 
Nibud, who is a budget consultant, stated that many households will have difficulty paying the bills in the future. Nearly 30 percent of them highlighted the difficulty ban on this issue last month.

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