Europe's drugs regulator said on Monday (8 February) it had established an expert Zika task force to advise companies working on vaccines and medicines against the virus, which is suspected of causing a spike in birth defects in Brazil.
The Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights criticised Italy for its continuing stance on same-sex relationships and cast doubt on new legislation currently being considered by Rome’s lawmakers. EurActiv Italy reports.
French Green MEPs have called on Ségolène Royal to challenge the EU’s new diesel emissions limits, but the ecology minister supported the lower standards when they were adopted in October. EurActiv France reports .
The mayor of the Greek island of Kos has warned that the establishment of a refugee reception centre there will lead to riots and violence, as well as having a negative impact on the island’s lucrative tourist trade. EurActiv Germany reports.
Sterling traded below a recent one-month high against the dollar on Monday (8 February), as uncertainty about Britain's place in the European Union and diminishing rate hike prospects kept investors cautious.
Statistics and, more importantly, history itself teaches us that for questions over the UK’s EU membership to be put to bed, the winning camp must win by around 20%. The ‘remain’ campaign must emphasise the issue of security, argues Tom Spencer.
Within a few short weeks, Poland's public media have become more combative, more eurosceptic and more favourably disposed to the authorities, amid a purge by the new right-wing government that has triggered broad outcry, experts say.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has denounced a senior US official’s visit to Kurdish-controlled northern Syria, underlining the “mistrust” the visit has created in Ankara over the nature of Turkey’s “partnership” with the U.S.
Tens of thousands of Syrians remain stranded at the border with Turkey today (8 February) after escaping a Russia-backed government attack on Aleppo, as German Chancellor Angela Merkel prepared to visit Ankara.
Norway will be on its last third of natural gas reserves by 2035, much of it in the Arctic, and almost all of it destined for the EU market, the country’s Minister of Petroleum and Energy told EurActiv in an interview. Tord Lien said production would stop once the reserves were gone.
Exasperated by the flood of so-called scientific works from Romanian prisons, on 3 February, the government suspended a controversial law that allowed reduced sentences in exchange for publishing “works with scientific value”.