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EU recession warning: Scholz rings alarm bells over ban on Russian energy imports




The German Chancellor has pushed back against energy sanctions on Russia over the invasion of Ukraine. Now, Mr Scholz has explained an immediate ban on Russian energy would trigger an economic recession in Germany and across Europe.

Speaking to the Bundestag, Mr Scholz said Germany would end its energy dependence on Russia in due course, but cutting all ties now would hit the German economy when it was unprepared.

He said: “We will end this dependence [on Russian oil, coal and gas] as quickly as we can, but to do that from one day to the next would mean plunging our country and all of Europe into a recession.”

The Chancellor then warned “hundreds of thousands of jobs would be at risk, entire industries would be on the brink” should an immediate ban be put in place.

He said: “The truth is that the sanctions that have already been decided also hit many citizens hard, and not just at the gas pump.”

Mr Scholz continued by arguing sanctions “must not hit the European countries harder than the Russian leadership”.

The Chancellor also noted Germany has already begun the process of moving away from Russian energy dependence.

He said: “In the short term, we are securing additional sources of gas, oil and coal … We are diversifying our supply sources, already in the coming months.

“In doing so, we’re building on the existing liquid natural gas terminals on the European west coast, and we will build our own LNG terminals much faster than we have until now.”

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Ahead of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on February 24, Germany announced it had stopped the certification process for the controversial Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline.

Mr Scholz said at the time: “This may sound technical, but it is the necessary administrative step without which the pipeline cannot be certified.

“Without this certification Nord Stream 2 cannot go into operation.”

The Chancellor said the move was over Vladimir Putin’s recognition of the Russian-controlled self-proclaimed republics in Luhansk and Donetsk in east Ukraine.

He regarded them as a “grave breach” of international law which broke with decades of agreements between Russia and the West.


The EU buys around a quarter of their oil and more than 40 percent of their gas from Russia.

Since the start of the Russian war, the EU has paid Moscow nearly $19 billion (£14,387,655,000), according to news website Quartz.

According to the International Energy Agency, the EU bought 155 billion cubic metres of Russian gas in 2021.

Data from the US government show that, in the same year the EU bought 2.3 million barrels a day of Russian oil, for almost half of Russian exports.

According to European Central Bank estimates, a 10 percent gas shortfall will trigger a 0.7 percent contraction in GDP.

It comes after Boris Johnson held a summit with nuclear industry leaders as part of an expansion of energy plans.

The Prime Minister said at the Conservatives’ spring conference: “We must take the bold steps necessary to end our dependence on Putin’s oil and gas. And that’s what we are doing.

“In the immortal phrase, it is time to take back control of our energy supplies. After years of short-termism and hand to mouth solutions, we are setting out a British energy security strategy.

“And we will make better use of our own naturally occurring hydrocarbons, rather than import them top dollar from abroad and put the money into Putin’s bank account.

“We’re going to make some bets on nuclear power and big bets on nuclear power, not just the big projects, but also the small modular reactors.

“And we’re going to take that bull-at-a-gate spirit of the booster rollout and use it to build more offshore wind.”

Currently accounting for around 15 percent of UK electricity generation, the Government said nuclear power “provides a safe, clean and reliable energy source” as part of Britain’s energy mix.



Pay Attention To Childhood Cancer



Childhood Cancer

Childhood cancer is not very common, since it is estimated that for every 100 adults affected by cancer, there is one child who suffers from it. It comprises numerous types of tumors that develop in children and adolescents from 0 to 18 years of age. The most common types are leukemia, brain tumor, lymphomas, and solid tumors such as neuroblastoma and Willms tumor (kidney tumor).

Don’t Ignore Signs

Sometimes the symptoms of childhood cancer can be confused with those of other diseases, so it can take time to obtain a timely diagnosis that allows the disease to be treated in time. In this sense. Most doctors recommend that parents not ignore the signs, among which are persistent bone and abdominal pain, fever without apparent causes for more than a week, bruising or bleeding from the nose or gums, tumor or node growth, weight loss, among others.

Genetic Factors

Genetic factors and malformations play an important role in the onset of the disease, unlike in adults, where environmental factors such as infectious agents, radiation, smoking, minerals, and chemical compounds have a high incidence. In children, the main cause is still unknown.

The Diagnosis 

There are numerous diagnostic tests used to detect childhood cancer; these allow to determine the type of tumor, where it is located and if it has invaded neighboring organs, (if it has metastasized) for which laboratory tests, imaging studies, and biopsies are used. From which the type of treatment to be used to combat the disease will be established.

Medical Treatment

Many doctors give the reassurance that childhood cancer should be treated in institutions where there is a multidisciplinary health team, such as the Cancer Institute. This team consists of pediatric surgeons, radiation oncologists, orthopedists, hematologists, clinical oncologists, psycho-oncologists, among others.

Seek Local Help

The treatment is multidisciplinary, where excellence, professionalism, dedication, avant-garde in medical knowledge are combined, whose main objective is the fight against cancer. You should also consider local centers that offer cancer care Orange County-based.

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'This is huge' Swedish Air Force jet deployed over Belarus border in threat to Putin




The Scandinavian country is not a member of NATO, but could be ready to trade in its neutral status in the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

News of Stockholm’s decision to send a jet was revealed by twitter user Jamming.

They wrote: “Swedish Air Force Korpen active over Poland border area with Belarus.

“Sweden part of surveillance of Belarus and Ukraine!!!

“This is a huge political statement! Update on SwAF Korpen.”


The Gulfstream IV aircraft was tracked taking off from Linking airport and then flying towards the city of Grodno in western Belarus.

It was flying at an altitude of just under 12,000 metres at a speed of 836 kilometres per hour.

Although Sweden is not a NATO member, it is an “enhanced opportunity partner” of the military alliance.

The government also signed a statement in 2018 pledging to strengthen its defence cooperation.

Swedish Prime Minister Magdalena Andersson rejected calls by opposition parties earlier this month for the country to join NATO.

She argued that such a move would further destabilise Europe.

Her statement came in the wake of threats from Moscow that NATO membership would bring “serious military-political consequences” for Sweden.

However, there is growing public support among Swedes for their country to join the transatlantic military alliance.

A poll conducted in late February by broadcaster SVT found that 41 percent of the public supported NATO membership, while thirty-five percent were against.

It was the first time an opinion study in Sweden had found more people in favour of the country joining NATO than were against it.



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Putin humiliated: Russia tries and fails to capture defiant Ukraine village for tenth time




Russia has tried and failed to capture the village of the Chornobaevka ten times, according to Ukrainian presidential adviser Aleksey Arestovich. Videos shared by Ukrainian officials online showed the “tenth defeat of the Russian invaders in Chornobaevka”. The continued failures to capture the village comes as Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said last night that his country’s forces had “dealt powerful blows” to the Russian military.

Mr Arestovich told a press conference that Russian troops had tried to take Chornobaevka for the tenth time, but the assault again ended in failure.

Following this, the head of the nearby Mykolaiv Regional State Administration Vitaly Kim published a video showing “the defeat” as explosions erupt on the outskirts of the village.

The resolute village has become famous in Ukraine for its defence, as President Zelensky commended Chornobaivka last weekend for fending off six invasions at the time.

He said: “Ukrainian Chornobaivka will go down in war history. This is a place where the Russian military and their commanders have shown themselves for who they truly are – incompetent, capable of simply handing over their people for slaughter.

“Our military has annihilated the invaders near Chornobaivka six times.

“Six times, yet they keep coming back.”

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Online users ridiculed the latest Russian failures and hailed the Ukrainian defiance, with one Reddit user remarking: “At some point, I think every military intelligence outfit looking at this must be wondering how bad the rot is in the Russian military.”

One user visavillem added: “So this is the 10th time. Are Russians trying to bait Ukrainians to waste ammo with some obsolete/broken equipment, or are they really so stupid, that they keep stepping on the same rake again and again?”

Another user on Reddit adfgqert posted: “The Ukrainian people have resolve and determination that is beyond what I think is normal.

“Beyond inspirational and they bring fighting for what they believe in to a new level for me.” 

This comes amid ongoing setbacks for Russian military forces in the south of the country.

Earlier this week, it was reported that Russia had withdrawn most of its helicopters from a strategic airport in Kherson, in southern Ukraine, according to satellite images.

Kherson has also been the site of several local protests against the occupying Russian soldiers.

The official said: “We can’t corroborate exactly who is in control of Kherson but the point is, it doesn’t appear to be as solidly in Russian control as it was before.

“That would make it very, very difficult for them to make any kind of ground movement on Odesa.

“That would be a significant development, no question about that, in terms of the southern part of the war.” 


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