Europe's East 24-02-2020

Poroshenko fights selective justice ‘at the orders of Zelenskiy’

Former Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is fighting a court decision to have him brought in by force for questioning by the State Bureau of Investigations (SBI). Poroshenko's lawyers and his party said this latest development illustrates what the West calls “selective justice” in Ukraine.
Economy & Jobs 24-02-2020

The EU must stop importing human rights violations

The EU needs to adopt a mandatory due diligence approach to supply chain management to ensure that it stops importing human rights violations, argue Anna Cavazzini and Heidi Hautala.
Health 24-02-2020

Commission calls for coordination before any border measures for coronavirus

Any border restriction related to coronavirus in the EU should be based on a thorough risk assessment and scientific advice, two European Commissioners said on Monday (24 February), highlighting that it must be a proportional response and above all, one that is coordinated among different member states.
Brexit 24-02-2020

UK employers urge Johnson not to sacrifice services in EU deal

Britain must not exclude its huge services industry from a planned trade deal with the European Union as the price for reclaiming control over its economy, a group representing British employers said on Monday (24 February).
Politics 24-02-2020

Italy loath to suspend Schengen despite coronavirus cases soar

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the outcome to the state elections in Hamburg, Italy dealing wth now about 150 coronavirus case, and so much more.
Agrifood 24-02-2020

How is tech revolutionising the agricultural sector?

High-tech is gaining ground in the age-old world of agriculture and agricultural innovations have gradually revolutionised work in the fields and on the farm in recent years.
Agrifood 24-02-2020

‘Agri-tech’ spreading like wildfire across French farms

Technology can already be found everywhere on French farms, but the so-called "agri-tech" trend wants to push innovation even further. Two hundred fifty of France's start-ups are already specialising in agriculture and working towards developing software, drones, robots, artificial intelligence and satellites. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 24-02-2020

Erdogan announces Syria summit with France, Germany and Russia

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Saturday (22 February) said he would hold a summit with the leaders of Russia, France and Germany on 5 March to discuss the escalating violence in Syria's last rebel enclave of Idlib.
Digital 24-02-2020

EU police plan massive facial recognition database

Police forces in the European Union are planning to establish an interconnected bloc-wide network of facial recognition databases, leaked documents reveal.
24-02-2020

Serbian democracy under attack

Democracy in Serbia is under attack by self-appointed opposition leaders who are calling for a boycott of the April elections, Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić argues in this opinion piece written exclusively for EURACTIV.
Enlargement 24-02-2020

New Kosovo PM ready to revoke tariffs for Serbian goods

A few years ago, the newly elected Kosovo prime minister overturned Serbian trucks. But Albin Kurti now says he is ready to revoke tariffs introduced by his predecessor on Serbian goods.

Finland joins Portugal and France in alleviating Greece’s migrant burden

Finland will help Greece, Cyprus and Malta by taking 175 refugees from the camps and reception centres in these countries. With this move, Finland joins France and Portugal which made similar decisions previously.
Circular economy 24-02-2020

Last year the EU slashed single-use plastics. Now it needs to do the same for all other resources

Last year the EU passed ambitious new laws to reduce the consumption of single-use plastics. That same thinking now needs to be applied to the economy as a whole, argues Meadhbh Bolger, saying Europe can get started by setting targets in its upcoming Circular Economy Action Plan.
Digital 24-02-2020

Is Germany’s digital ministry just a ‘phantom debate’?

The conservative CDU/CSU union is demanding a new digital ministry. While the discussion is not new, the union's coalition partner, the Socialist Party (SPD), is saying that institutes are already dealing with digital issues, they are just underfunded.  EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 24-02-2020

Embracing technology to feed a growing world

It is time for America and Europe to work together to solve the next great challenge facing us - to produce enough food, with fewer inputs, to feed a growing world population - which means embracing innovation and technology in a safe, sustainable agriculture, writes Sonny Perdue.

Belgian prime minister reacts to controversial Aalst Carnival

A year after sparking controversy and a wave of international protests over anti-Semitism, the Aalst Carnival organisers brought back anti-Semitic caricatures to the annual parade. For the first time, Belgium's prime minister stepped into the debate and asked legal institutions to determine if the laws had been broken.
Elections 24-02-2020

Crisis-ridden SPD wins state parliamentary elections in Hamburg

Voters in Hamburg gave the SPD one of their best election results in recent years in a regional election on Sunday (23 February). With 38,9% of the vote, Peter Tschentscher (SPD) will continue as the city’s mayor, while the Greens doubled their share of the vote to reach 24,4%. Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU, however, performed poorly.
Global Europe 24-02-2020

Iran’s leader says enemies tried to use coronavirus to impact vote

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said on Sunday (23 February) Iran's enemies tried to put people off voting in Friday's parliamentary election by exaggerating the threat of the new coronavirus but that participation had been good.
Global Europe 24-02-2020

Global spread of coronavirus raises pandemic fears

Fears mounted on Monday (24 February) that the coronavirus outbreak in China will grow into a pandemic with disruptive and deadly consequences for countries around the world, after sharp rises in infections in South Korea, Italy and Iran.
Economy & Jobs 24-02-2020

G20 finance heads wrap up Riyadh meeting overshadowed by virus outbreak

Finance leaders of the world's top 20 economies wrapped up their two-day meeting on Sunday (23 February) in Riyadh that was dominated by growing concern over the widening fallout from the coronavirus outbreak.
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2020

EU leaders fail to agree on first post-Brexit budget as divisions grow

EU countries failed to narrow deep differences over the bloc's next seven-year budget as a group of net contributors refused to approve bigger spending and instead pushed for big cuts for farmers and poorer regions, in a bid to fill a €75 billion hole left by Brexit.
Health 21-02-2020

Italy’s Conte urges people not to panic as coronavirus outbreak grows

The number of people confirmed having contracted the coronavirus in northern Italy rose to 16 on Friday (21 February) but Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said the country is prepared to manage the outbreak and people don't need to be worried.
Economy & Jobs 21-02-2020

Bulgaria delays entry into euro ‘waiting room’ until July

Bulgaria has delayed until July its plans to join the ERM2 Exchange Rate Mechanism, also known as the eurozone "waiting room", Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said Friday (21 February).
Future EU 21-02-2020

The Brief – Late-night MFF ennui

EU budget banter is all the rage it seems. One EU official posted a picture on Twitter of his shirt supply – four, if you’re asking – in anticipation of several hard days of summitry.

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