From the capitals

Circular economy 14-06-2021

Rare earth metals at the heart of China’s rivalry with US, Europe

What if China were to cut off the United States and Europe from access to rare minerals that are essential to electric vehicles, wind turbines and drones?
Europe's East 14-06-2021

Ukraine’s president thanks G7 nations for support

Ukraine’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskiy, thanked the G7 group of wealthy industrial nations on Sunday (13 June) after it voiced support for Kyiv and called on Russia to withdraw troops and weapons from near Ukraine’s eastern border.
Brexit 14-06-2021

UK’s sausage row with EU goes from bad to wurst

UK anger with Europe sizzled on Sunday (13 June) after a sausage-themed dispute between the British and French leaders over post-Brexit trading arrangements in Northern Ireland.
Global Europe 14-06-2021

Israel’s Netanyahu ousted as ‘change’ coalition forms new government

A motley alliance of Israeli parties on Sunday (13 June) ended Benjamin Netanyahu's 12 straight years as prime minister, as parliament voted in a new government led by his former ally, right-wing Jewish nationalist Naftali Bennett.
Climate change 14-06-2021

Understanding the new ‘normal’: putting climate change into perspective

What does it mean when someone tells us that this spring has been unusually cold? How should we interpret the news that snowfall from the past winter was not typical? In fact, what is perceived as normal depends on perspective, writes Andreas Hoy.
Economy & Jobs 14-06-2021

Bundestag adopts supply chain law tackling human rights abuses

The German Bundestag has adopted the Due Diligence in Supply Chains Law that will force companies to respect human rights in their supply chains, despite opposition from some political parties and industry
Climate change 14-06-2021

G7 pledge cooperation on carbon leakage as EU border tariff looms

The Group of Seven leaders on Sunday (13 June) pledged to work together to tackle carbon leakage, weeks before the European Union is due to propose a world-first plan to impose CO2 emission costs on imports of certain polluting goods.
Politics 14-06-2021

Thousands rally in Madrid against pardons for Catalan separatists

Thousands of people gathered in Madrid on Sunday (13 June) to protest against pardons the Spanish government is poised to grant to 12 Catalan separatist leaders serving sentences of between 9 and 13 years in prison for their roles in an unauthorised independence referendum.
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Digital & Media 14-06-2021

Beyond the Mobile Phone – Leveraging 5G for Automotive

France Brevets, Eurecom, IMT and Qualcomm hosted a conference together to share the success of their multilateral collaboration. They brought together technology experts, academic researchers and intellectual property professionals to discuss the exciting digital transformation of auto by 5G. For...
Eastern Europe 14-06-2021

Georgian mediation obtains the release of 15 Armenian POWs by Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan on Saturday (12 June) released to Armenia 15 prisoners of war captured last year during hostilities over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, under a deal mediated by Georgian Prime Minister Irakli Garibashvili and saluted by the US and the EU.
Global Europe 14-06-2021

Biden suggests ‘autocrat’ Putin’s Russia might be weaker than it seems

US President Joe Biden said that "autocrat" Vladimir Putin was right to say that relations were at their lowest point though he suggested that Russia might be weaker than it seemed and that Moscow had overreached in the Middle East.
Global Europe 14-06-2021

‘Intense’ Iran nuclear talks resume as Germany calls for rapid progress

Indirect talks between Tehran and Washington on reviving the 2015 Iran nuclear deal resumed in Vienna on Saturday (12 June) as the European Union said negotiations were "intense" and Germany called for rapid progress.
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Health 11-06-2021

Tobacco is a threat to a just and sustainable development

The EU is preparing a due diligence law by June 2021 to hold companies accountable for their impact on people and the planet. There is an urgent need to address the human rights violations, child labour, environmental impact, and disinformation of the tobacco industry, write Helen Stjerna, Farida Akhter, and Sonja von Eichborn.
Brexit 11-06-2021

The Brief – Battle of the bangers

In the British vintage comedy series Yes, Minister, the hapless Jim Hacker becomes prime minister on the strength of a campaign against plans by the European Commission to introduce a “Euro sausage”. That would mean the end of the gritty...
Brexit 11-06-2021

Macron plays on EU unity as Brexit row overshadows summit

French President Emmanuel Macron sought to portray a united European front at the G7 summit on Friday (11 June), tweeting a picture of the five EU leaders together, in a thinly veiled warning to the UK that the EU is united about the implementation of the Brexit agreement.
Digital & Media 11-06-2021

Digital Brief, powered by FACEBOOK: Slovenia’s digital agenda, recovery plans falling short, Google sanctioned

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “We want to promote the EU digital agenda, to contribute to its success especially on the regulatory side. We...
Agrifood 11-06-2021

Agrifood brief: The art of counting chickens

Welcome to EURACTIV’s AgriFood Brief, your weekly update on all things Agriculture & Food in the EU. You can subscribe here if you haven’t done so yet. This week: We spoke with EURACTIV’s very own Ben Fox about the so-called “sausage war”...
Cities & regions 11-06-2021

Some EU delegations remain ‘passive’, development chief admits

The European Commission is looking into a number of European outposts with a central role in programming EU external aid which remain “passive” despite receiving instructions to actively engage with a wide variety of local actors, Commissioner for International Partnerships...
Batteries 11-06-2021

Brussels in balancing act to gain EU support for battery regulation

The European Commission’s proposed battery regulation was alternatively branded too ambitious or too restricting at a meeting of EU environment ministers Thursday (11 June), highlighting the gap between the 27 member states on the issue.
Global Europe 11-06-2021

Global Europe Brief, Special Edition: Transatlantic Summitry Cheat-sheet

Welcome to the transatlantic summits galore with EURACTIV's Global Europe Brief. Here's your ultimate cheat sheet for Biden's Tour d'Europe.

NATO to stay a regional alliance, but could increasingly look towards Indo-Pacific

The West’s recent pivot towards Asia has heightened tensions in the Indo-Pacific. As NATO leaders are looking to update the alliance's official master strategy document, its “Strategic Concept”, a more global role for the alliance seems to be emerging.
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It’s time for a serious discussion on EU waste exports

Can Europe treat all its waste in-house? Apparently not! As we all agree that sending European waste far abroad is a wrong action, let’s start an open discussion on the best ways to managing it safely within our borders.
Global Europe 11-06-2021

Morocco the apparent winner after migrant skirmish with Spain

Morocco appears to have triumphed in its diplomatic joust with Spain two weeks after opening its borders for thousands of migrants to cross into the Spanish enclave of Cuelta.

Montenegro dismisses NATO drift allegations as ‘disinformation’ ahead of alliance summit

Allegations of a cooling relationship between Montenegro and NATO is disinformation and fake news, defence minister Olivera Injac told EURACTIV in an exclusive interview.

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