From the capitals

Agrifood 15-10-2021

Agrifood Brief: Beef game

The worldwide success of the newest Netflix series, 'Squid Game', showed how Korean culture can be easily exported across Europe. But when it comes to food, South Korea is also getting ready to import European beef (again).
Elections 15-10-2021

German SPD’s Scholz moves closer to succeeding Merkel as chancellor

German centre-left Social Democrat's (SPD) Olaf Scholz, took a major step towards succeeding Angela Merkel as chancellor on Friday (15 October), announcing that he and the leaders of two smaller parties aimed to move into formal coalition talks.
15-10-2021

EU anti-child abuse law could open doors for mass surveillance, report says

Security experts warn that the tools used by tech giants to detect child abuse online pose serious security and privacy risks, raising concerns around upcoming EU legislation.
Digital & Media 15-10-2021

EDPS on the future of privacy

We have asked the European Data Protection Supervisor Wojciech Wiewiorowski about its recent proposal to organise a conference to review the enforcement of GDPR, the EU privacy law.
Economy & Jobs 15-10-2021

The Brief, powered by APPLiA — A tax needs global defence

Global agreements on tax and international finance are so rare that it is tough to begrudge politicians for leaping on them. No surprise, then, that last week’s OECD tax deal was followed by a collective round of back–slapping and self–congratulation. European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen described it as “a historic moment”.
Digital & Media 15-10-2021

Digital Brief: DMA & DSA compromise texts, roaming adoption, Europol nears recast mandate

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Digital Brief, your weekly update on all things digital in the EU. You can subscribe to the newsletter here.    “The European Council reviewed progress on the digital agenda and key legislative files. It encourages the co-legislators to […]...
Non-discrimination 15-10-2021

Three in ten black employees report discrimination at work – UK survey

Almost three in ten black employees feel discriminated against by their employer while four in ten have left a job due to a lack of workplace diversity and inclusion, according to a new UK survey published on Friday (15 October).

Fighting metastatic breast cancer is a race against time in Poland

Ewa Myślińska is a 29-year-old patient who has been fighting cancer for four years now. She remembers it was 9 October when she touched her breast incidentally and felt a strange hardness. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Agrifood 15-10-2021

‘Farmer-friendly’ data collection sets the stage for sustainable solutions

With a growing demand for sustainable products, reliable data is key for farmers to improve their production practices and prove their green credentials. But how can this be done in practice? EURACTIV takes a closer look at one protocol putting this into action.
Digital & Media 15-10-2021

Greater inclusivity in post-pandemic connectivity push is needed

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven home to policymakers the urgency of expanding connectivity, but further work is needed to ensure that its roll-out across the EU is comprehensive and inclusive, say experts working on the programme.
Coronavirus 15-10-2021

EU response to the pandemic reveals need to do more on health

The COVID-19 pandemic has exposed the lack of medical stockpiles across the EU and the vulnerability of EU supply chains for critical medical countermeasures, reinforcing the message that political leadership remains at the core of creating resilient healthcare to fight future health crises.
Energy 15-10-2021

Timmermans encourages Bulgaria to restart nuclear plant project

Commission's First Vice President Frans Timmermans advised Bulgaria to phase out coal production and said the EU would help if it reactivates a previous nuclear power plant project. EURACTIV Bulgaria reports.
Global Europe 15-10-2021

Merkel warns of ‘centrifugal forces’ in EU, calls for unity

German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned of dividing forces in the European Union and issued a plea for more unity across the continent, speaking at an award ceremony speech in Spain on Thursday (14 October).

‘At a crossroads’: Polish PM berates EU ahead of trip to European Parliament

Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki accused European Union institutions on Thursday (14 October) of infringing on the rights of member states, as he prepared to present Warsaw’s position in a row over the rule of law next week before the...
Elections 15-10-2021

Macron’s secret campaign team points to conservative battle ahead

French President Emmanuel Macron is building an election campaign machine stacked with former conservative insiders, because he has realised he needs to win over more centre-right voters to secure a second term next year.
Politics 15-10-2021

Estonia may join Europe’s pro-nuclear front

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Austria's new chancellor visiting Brussels to discuss EU policies, Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Janša's tweet, implying MEPs are "Soros puppets", and so much more.

Slovenian PM’s ‘Soros puppets’ tweet causes EU-wide political storm

Prime Minister Janez Janša is facing criticism after tweeting that some MEPs are “Soros puppets”. The MEP's under attack included Sophie in ‘t Veld.

Spanish medical experts warn about advanced breast cancer after COVID-19 slowdown

Spain’s focus on handling the COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed other vital healthcare fields. Medical professionals warn that an increasing number of patients are now only accessing treatment when the cancer has already spread.
Elections 15-10-2021

Norway’s Labour-led cabinet takes office in day overshadowed by attack

Norway's new centre-left government formally took over power on Thursday (14 October) after winning elections last month, though the ceremony was overshadowed by a deadly bow-and-arrow attack in the town of Kongsberg.
Energy 15-10-2021

Emerging renewable energy markets require well-designed auctions

Auctions are an essential part of the policy toolkit for promoting cost-efficient renewable energy development, but policymakers must be prepared to tailor design to local conditions and adjust for market-specific challenges, write Geoffrey Ho, Corinna Klessmann, and Fabian Wigand.

US, Greece expand defense ties amid Mediterranean tensions

Greece on Thursday (14 October) expanded a defense agreement with the United States days after ratifying a separate deal with France in a tacit signal to Turkey following high tensions.
Politics 15-10-2021

Tweets of the Week: Babiš, Kurz, Plain Language Day

Babiš in trouble for buying a chateau, Austrian PM Kurz gets the heave-ho, Hahn hashtag use is a no-go

EU rules out banning gas boilers, aims for ‘gradual phase-out’ instead

The European Commission will not propose banning gas-fired home boilers “overnight”, a senior EU official has said, explaining that differences in energy mix between EU member states are just too big to apply a one-size-fits-all solution.

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