From the capitals

Economy & Jobs 14-05-2021

Fund unleashes resources to finance European recovery

The EU's recovery fund and private investors will push investment to a level not seen for more than a decade, but the risk of corporate insolvencies could hamper the European economy take-off.
Agrifood 14-05-2021

Spain declines EU Parliament’s invitation to clear livestock ship affair

The Spanish government has rejected a request to speak before the European Parliament's inquiry committee (ANIT) about issues related to live transport of animals, according to documents seen by EURACTIV.
Digital & Media 14-05-2021

The Duopoly – How platforms are killing the press

From the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, the media have been accused of creating a false image of the situation and fuelling the negative mood in our society. The word “media” has been used to paint all with the same brush, the criticism is aimed at everyone, and the guilt is collective, writes Libuše Šmuclerová.

Impasse deepens in Poland over new ombudsman

Poland's Senate on Thursday (13 May) rejected the latest candidate for the politically sensitive role of national ombudsman, deepening an impasse that has pitted the ruling conservative party against opponents who say it is eroding democratic rights.

France, New Zealand review online terror steps since Christchurch Call

French President Emmanuel Macron and New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are set to co-host a summit on Friday (14 May) to review progress made on combatting terrorist content online two years on from the livestreaming of the deadly Christchurch mosque attack. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 14-05-2021

Violence against protesters destabilize the Colombian government

Colombia's foreign minister resigned Thursday (13 May) amid international condemnation of excessive force used by law enforcers against civilians engaged in anti-government protests since 28 April.
Economy & Jobs 14-05-2021

Spain aims to boost COVID-stricken tourism sector with new campaign

Spanish Tourism Minister Reyes Maroto this week urged foreigners to start preparing for their getaway in Spain now, stressing that the conditions in the country allowed for the resumption of international and domestic travel. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports. 
Global Europe 14-05-2021

Venezuela leader Maduro ‘ready’ to restart talks with Guaido

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has indicated he is ready to restart halted talks with opposition leader Juan Guaidó, according to state media.
Global Europe 14-05-2021

Republicans urge Biden to end Iran talks over Hamas rockets

US Republicans on Thursday (13 May) stepped up calls on President Joe Biden to end talks to return to a nuclear agreement with Iran as the clerical state’s ally Hamas fires rockets into Israel. The United States has been holding...
Global Europe 14-05-2021

Baltics step closer to plugging into EU power grid, ending dependence on Russia

Three EU Baltic states on Thursday (13 May) took a big step toward accessing the bloc's power grid, a move intended to end energy dependence on Russia dating back to the Soviet era.
Climate change 13-05-2021

Spanish parliament approves clean energy bill

The Spanish parliament approved a clean energy bill on Thursday (13 May), aiming to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 in line with EU-level ambition and banning the sale of fossil fuel vehicles by 2040.
China 13-05-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Franco-German vaccine trade-offs and EU-China deal

When the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) was agreed “in principle” last December, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron were rather satisfied. Their plan was to have the deal agreed upon during...
Digital & Media 13-05-2021

Education can empower the future of Europe

Establishing a European Education Area will enable Europe to lead the green and digital transformations, write Mariya Gabriel and Victor Negrescu.
Digital & Media 13-05-2021

LEAK Commission pitching disinformation measures in Digital Services Act

The European Commission is defending its plans to tackle online disinformation from criticism from national governments, according to a working paper leaked to EURACTIV.
Global Europe 13-05-2021

World powers call for de-escalation after Israel clashes

Calls grew on Wednesday (12 May) for a de-escalation of violence after intense hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians that have left at least 65 dead and hundreds injured.
Politics 13-05-2021

Slovak journal denies removing article criticising Sputnik V

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Serbian citizens now being able to access a digital green certificate, the Czech government possibly facing a no-confidence vote for June, and so much more.
Global Europe 13-05-2021

The EU-India Summit: Gearing up for global challenges

The recent EU-India summit has highlighted that the relationship has developed into a mature strategic partnership, writes Gauri Khandekar.
Climate change 13-05-2021

EU confirms carbon market permit surplus grew in 2020

The amount of permits in circulation in Europe's carbon market increased last year, as the COVID-19 pandemic caused emissions covered by the scheme to drop, the European Commission said on Wednesday (12 May).
Brexit 13-05-2021

One in four EU citizens fear discrimination compared to UK nationals

A quarter of EU citizens living in the UK do not feel they are treated equally to UK citizens, according to the first survey of EU citizens by the watchdog set to protect their rights published on Thursday (13 May).
Politics 13-05-2021

Malta MP tables historic bill to decriminalise abortion

A bill proposing the decriminalisation of abortion in Malta was tabled Wednesday (12 May) in parliament, a first for the Mediterranean nation.
Data protection 13-05-2021

Global data transfer uncertainty undermines EU digital ambitions

Three years after the EU's flagship GDPR data protection regulation came into force, confusion over international data transfers following the landmark Schrems II ruling is hampering new technologies and jeopardising the bloc's digital agenda.
Transport 13-05-2021

EU to launch ‘adjacent’ carbon market for transport, buildings

A senior EU official on Tuesday (11 May) defended European Commission plans to extend the bloc's carbon market to road transport, arguing that revenues generated could be used to offset the effects of higher fuel prices on the poorest in society.
Global Europe 13-05-2021

Independent expert panel blasts early pandemic failures

An expert panel on Wednesday (12 May) blamed bad coordination as well as dithering by national governments and international organisations for the failure to tackle Covid-19 before it became a full-blown pandemic, as India's death toll topped 250,000.

Portugal wants to be remembered for ‘rebalancing relationship with Asia’

Portugal's minister of foreign affairs has said that he would like Portugal’s EU Presidency to be remembered as the “one that rebalanced the relationship with Asia”.

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