Central European Evening Report: "International Legal Disputes and Political Controversies Embroil Nations"

Central European Evening Report: "International Legal Disputes and Political Controversies Embroil Nations"

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Nicaragua Presents Case Against Germany at ICJ Over Alleged Aid in Gaza Genocide: Today, Nicaragua presented its arguments before the International Court of Justice in The Hague (ICJ) in its case against Germany. Nicaragua accused Berlin of aiding Israel in the genocide in Gaza, labeling Germany's provision of humanitarian aid to Palestinians while simultaneously arming Israel as pathetic. Germany will respond to these criticisms before the judges on Tuesday.

Croatian President Denounces Accusations of Lobbying Amid Controversy Over Sanctions: Amidst swirling accusations of lobbying for individuals under sanctions, Croatian President Zoran Milanović vehemently denied any wrongdoing, dismissing the claims as baseless and politically motivated.

The controversy erupted following allegations against Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Oleg Butković, who was accused of lobbying on behalf of Željko Runja, a former vice president of the Russian state oil company Rosneft. Milanović staunchly defended Butković, emphasizing that Runja had never been subject to sanctions and labeling the accusations as fabricated.

In a press conference held in Šibenik, President Milanović refuted the claims, highlighting the personal nature of his interactions with Runja and other officials, emphasizing fellowship and service as the driving force behind their meetings.

Additionally, Milanović addressed ongoing concerns regarding corruption within the government, particularly referencing the INA affair and the awaited indictment of former Defense Minister Mario Banožić, challenging the rule of law and transparency in Croatian governance.

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