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GDP is forecast to expand 1.5% in 2024 against the euro area’s 0.5% © Getty Images / Andrea Nicolini

Western sanctions have so far failed to halt Russia’s economic growth, which is now projected to outpace that of the Eurozone, the Guardian reported on Thursday, citing investment firm Amundi.

According to the company’s forecast, Russia’s gross domestic product (GDP) will grow by 1.5% in 2024. In contrast, the Eurozone economy is set to expand by mere 0.5% next year, according to Amundi, Europe’s largest fund manager in terms of assets.

Hungary is set to receive 900 million euros ($981 million) in European Union money, the EU’s executive arm said Thursday, despite the Hungarian prime minister’s attempts to scupper the bloc’s support for Ukraine.

That money comes from the bloc’s REPowerEU program aimed at helping the 27 EU nations recover from the energy crisis that followed Russia’s invasion of Ukraine last year, and reduce their dependance to Russian fossil fuels.

Europe pushes aside the principle of indivisible security and NATO’s expansion cannot but prompt Russia’s retaliatory measures, Kremlin Spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Friday.

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On 22 November, 11 Members of the Estonian Parliament wrote a letter to the World Health Organisation (“WHO”) to reject the proposed international agreement on pandemic prevention preparedness and response – also known as the “Pandemic Treaty” or “Pandemic Accord”.


During a SMER party conference, Slovakian Prime Minister Robert Fico declared that his government will not sign the World Health Organisation’s Pandemic Treaty and SMER Members of Parliament will not ratify in parliament the Pandemic Treaty with the WHO because it is a project of greedy pharmaceutical companies.


Israel has expressed anger with remarks by the prime ministers of Spain and Belgium, who demanded the regime stop its massacre of civilians holed up in the besieged Gaza Strip.

On Friday, Pedro Sanchez and his Belgian counterpart Alexander De Croo held a joint press conference at the Egyptian side of the Rafah border crossing into Gaza. The two condemned the “indiscriminate” Israeli strikes on the Palestinians.

Sanchez said the situation in Gaza was “the worst humanitarian disaster in modern times.”

While Wilders still faces an uphill battle to form a government and become the next Netherlands leader, his surprise success is the latest in a string of recent political upsets that have seen so-called populist parties taking significant strides across Europe.

Here, MailOnline takes a look at the right's meteoric rise in Europe over the last few years.