From the capitals

Future EU 19-04-2021

The Brief, powered by VDMA – Facebook 2.0 for the Future of Europe?

Key EU officials presented today a multilingual digital platform for the Conference on the Future of Europe, a massive event that will be launched officially on Europe Day (or should we say Saint Schuman Day) on 9 May.
Brexit 19-04-2021

‘Comfortable Leavers’ study scotches myth of the average Brexit voter

The popular image of the classic Brexit voter as “a poorly educated inhabitant of a faded seaside town or the grim, post-industrial north” of England has been shown as wildly inaccurate according to new research on so-called "Comfortable Leavers" published on Monday (19 April).
Electricity 19-04-2021

Is the EU ETS getting it right?

The EU ETS is our main climate policy tool that allows for emission reductions and it has been a solid pillar of EU climate policy. One of the things we are constantly told is that you will be rewarded for...
Transport 19-04-2021

The EIB needs to support the transformation of EU mobility, not undermine it

The upcoming review of the EIB's transport policy provides an opportunity to shift public spending away from high-carbon and polluting projects to more sustainable transport modes such as trains, public transport, and cycling, writes Clara Bourgin.
Elections 19-04-2021

Promising renewal, Baerbock to run as German Greens chancellor candidate

Germany's Greens have put forward their co-leader Annalena Baerbock as their candidate for federal elections in September in the party's first bid to win the chancellery since it was founded 40 years ago.
Economy & Jobs 19-04-2021

Italy risks missing Recovery Plan deadline ‘due to EU concerns’

Italy risks missing the deadline for submitting a final version of its Recovery Plan to the European Commission because Brussels is not satisfied with several aspects of the drafts presented so far, two sources close to the matter said.

LEAK: EU taxonomy draft leaves bioenergy and forestry off the hook

The European Commission has decided to leave out agriculture but kept controversial criteria for bioenergy and forestry in the first batch of proposed implementing rules due to be presented on Wednesday (21 April) as part of the EU’s green finance taxonomy, EURACTIV has learned.
Politics 19-04-2021

Eastern Europe awakes to Russian covert action threat

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Czech Republic expelling Russian agents after Babis announced Russian intelligence was involved in a 2014 explosion, Macron saying he is prepared to sanction Russia in case of "unacceptable behaviour", and so much more.
China 19-04-2021

Beijing huddles with autocratic friends, seeks to fracture US-led ‘clique’

China is shoring up ties with autocratic partners like Russia and Iran, as well as economically dependent regional countries, while using sanctions and threats to try to fracture the alliances the United States is building against it.

Portugal: Europe needs ‘comprehensive, balanced view’ of Asia

The European Union must adopt a “comprehensive and balanced view” on Asia, Portugal’s minister of foreign affairs has told a conference, stressing the “enormous challenges” posed by the United States-China-Russia triangulation.
Global Europe 19-04-2021

EU foreign ministers to meet on Navalny health as tensions with Russia soar

EU foreign ministers will meet for talks on the health of dissident Alexei Navalny, as the United States warned Moscow of "consequences" if the Kremlin critic dies in prison and tensions soared over a Russian military build-up on Ukraine's border.
Coronavirus 19-04-2021

Spain expects to have its own COVID-19 vaccine ready this year

Spain expects to launch a COVID-19 vaccine before the end of the year, according to Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez, who described Spanish pharmaceutical firm Hipra's vaccine candidate as one of Europe's most promising to end the pandemic, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported.
19-04-2021

Slavi Trifonov: Bulgaria’s miracle worker

The big surprise of the pivotal Bulgarian elections held on 4 April was the performance of showman Slavi Trifonov’s party, "There is such a people", which captured 17.66% of the vote and is likely to go on to form a government. But who is Stanislav Slavi Trifonov?
Europe's East 18-04-2021

EU, US call on Georgia lawmakers to sign compromise pact

The EU and US jointly called on lawmakers in Georgia to sign on to a compromise agreement to resolve a protracted political crisis in the Caucasus country.
Economy & Jobs 16-04-2021

EU pushes for convergence of insolvency rules to support recovery

The European Commission is preparing a series of proposals to drive the capital markets union to facilitate the recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic. One of the most difficult battles will be reducing the differences between national insolvency frameworks.
Agrifood 16-04-2021

Agrifood Brief: Two birds, one score

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.   We speak with the chair of the European Parliament’s AGRI committee, Norbert Lins, about...
Brexit 16-04-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Sold down the river

Even those of us who have the rosiest impressions of our politicians know that they all twist the truth. Most get away with it, but the biggest lies have a nasty habit of catching up with them.
Energy 16-04-2021

Paris looks to citizen power to speed up energy transition

French citizens' cooperative EnerCit'if aims to install 14 solar power plants in Paris before the end of the year, a project that is being seen as an opportunity to boost citizen participation in the city's energy transition. EURACTIV France reports.
Brexit 16-04-2021

Brexit sparks £1 trillion UK assets switch to EU: study

UK banks and insurers have shifted more than £1.0 trillion to the European Union in response to Brexit, a study published Friday (16 April) found.
Digital & Media 16-04-2021

Digital Brief: The state of EU media, AI plans, digital green passports

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.  A short personal message from me, before we start. This is my last edition of the Digital Brief for EURACTIV,...
Global Europe 16-04-2021

Global Europe Brief: Western Balkan faultlines

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU from a global perspective. You can subscribe here. /// EDITOR’s TAKE EU foreign ministers were scheduled to hold a debate with and about the Western Balkans during their meeting...
Global Europe 16-04-2021

Radio Free Europe petitions Strasbourg court to block Russian fines

The US-funded Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty news website in Moscow said Friday (16 April) it was urgently appealing to Europe's highest rights court to stop Russia from heavily fining the media outlet for hundreds of alleged infractions.
Romania's centrist government on Thursday (April 15) approved a United States-backed bill that effectively bars China and Huawei from taking part in development of its 5G network, a member of the IT&C and National Security Committee told Reuters.
5G 16-04-2021

Romania approves bill to bar China, Huawei from 5G networks

Romania's centrist government on Thursday (April 15) approved a United States-backed bill that effectively bars China and Huawei from taking part in development of its 5G network, a member of the IT&C and National Security Committee told Reuters.
Global Europe 16-04-2021

Navalny allies plead for EU to pressure Moscow over medical access

The European Union must pressure Moscow to allow Alexei Navalny to have access to his doctor, allies of the hunger-striking Kremlin critic wrote in a letter sent this week to EU foreign ministers.

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