Alice Taylor

Coronavirus 18-01-2022

Suicide increasing amongst Europe’s youth, governments underprepared

The COVID-19 pandemic has strained the mental health of Europeans and suicide amongst young people is rising, but in a number of countries, national health authorities have provided only patchy responses so far, according to the EURACTIV network reporting.
Global Europe 14-01-2022

NGO: Human lives at stake as Italy blocks migrant rescue ship

Delays caused by the blocking of the Ocean Viking rescue ship by Italian port authorities have put human lives at stake, Julia Schaefermeyer, communications officer at SOS Mediterranean, the NGO that charters the vessel, has told EURACTIV.
Global Europe 13-01-2022

Erdogan tells EU envoys bloc ignored Turkey’s efforts to improve ties

President Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday told ambassadors from the European Union that the bloc had not provided meaningful support in battling migration and that it had not reciprocated Turkey's efforts to improve relations.
Global Europe 09-01-2022

Albanian opposition in crisis as warring members storm party headquarters

The Albanian capital of Tirana was rocked by protests on Saturday (8 January) as one warring faction of the opposition Democratic Party (PD) used force to enter their own headquarters. Police special forces dispersed demonstrators, and several arrests were made.
Central Asia 07-01-2022

Kazakh president says gave order to ‘open fire with lethal force’ amid continued unrest

Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev said he has personally ordered security forces to “open fire with lethal force” against protestors amid a violent uprising currently gripping the Central-Asian country.

Swedish defence strategy in tatters if Russian demands met – military chief

Sweden's security strategy would be entirely undermined if NATO agreed to refrain from expanding further and curb some of its activity in Europe, as Russia has demanded, Sweden's top military commander told daily Dagens Nyheter.
Global Europe 07-01-2022

Turkey steps up soft power efforts, neglecting domestic issues

Turkey is one of a handful of countries using charity and aid to raise its international profile and extend its influence to other countries, particularly in the Western Balkans, while struggling at home with poverty, lack of jobs, rising inflation, and increasingly authoritarian rule.
Global Europe 06-01-2022

Russia sends military to Kazakhstan to quell anti-government uprising

On Thursday, Russia sent paratroopers into Kazakhstan to quell a countrywide uprising after deadly violence spread across the tightly controlled former Soviet state.
Health 05-01-2022

COVID-19 cases on the rise across the continent following festive period

From Paris to Podgorica, COVID-19 cases are surging across the continent in the wake of two weeks of festivities and exacerbated by the highly-infectious Omiron variant and challenges in national vaccination campaigns.

Russia test-fires new hypersonic Zircon missiles from frigate, submarine

Russia test-fired around 10 new Tsirkon (Zircon) hypersonic cruise missiles from a frigate and two more from a submarine, Interfax news agency said on Friday.
Health 30-12-2021

Record COVID-19 infections reported across Europe

Several European countries have reported all-time high daily COVID-19 infection rates one day before New Year's Eve and amid surging Omicron variant cases.
EU-China 29-12-2021

German foreign, sports ministers won’t travel to China for Winter Olympics

BERLIN, Dec 29 (Reuters) – Germany’s ministers for foreign affairs and sports will not attend the Beijing Winter Olympics in February, spokespeople said on Wednesday, as Berlin liaises with its European allies on an overall diplomatic boycott. A foreign ministry...
Global Europe 28-12-2021

New Macedonian prime minister to be led by unity and dedication

Dimitar Kovacevski, the new leader of North Macedonia's ruling Socialists, said on Tuesday that his party had confirmed him as the country's prime minister-designate following Zoran Zaev's formal resignation as premier last week.
Global Europe 28-12-2021

Italy gives safe port to 558 migrants rescued at sea

Italy on Tuesday allowed a charity boat carrying hundreds of migrants rescued at sea to dock in the Sicilian port of Augusta, with another vessel waiting offshore for permission to bring 440 more to land.
Global Europe 28-12-2021

Afghans living in limbo in Albania start knitting to heal their trauma

Four months after Albania stepped up to accept thousands of Afghan refugees fleeing the Taliban, some 2000 live in hotels on the country’s Adriatic coast. While they are ever-thankful to their hosts' kindness, the uncertainty of knowing their future is causing problems.
Global Europe 21-12-2021

Three Western Balkan leaders sign agreements to open trade and travel for citizens

The leaders of Albania, Serbia, and North Macedonia signed six agreements on Tuesday (21 December) facilitating free movement of trade, people, and services throughout the three Western Balkan countries.
Politics 21-12-2021

Maltese gas pipeline detracts from green alternatives, says son of murdered journalist

Malta needs to end its energy isolation, but we should be looking at other options such as wind or solar rather than deals that are fossil-fuel based and linked to corruption and murder, said Matthew Caruana Galizia, journalist and director of the Daphne Foundation.
Digital & Media 20-12-2021

EU countries miss deadline to implement whistleblower directive

Not a single EU country has met the 17 December deadline for transposing into national law the whistleblower directive, meant to increase the protection of those who report breaches of EU law.
Health 14-12-2021

Albania worst in Europe for access to fertility treatments

Albania provides “exceptionally poor” access to fertility treatment for citizens, ranking last out of 43 other European and Western countries, according to the European Atlas of Fertility Treatment Policies.
Enlargement 13-12-2021

Balkan brain drain could be costing the region its future

'Brain drain' has become a sad refrain in the Western Balkans, where many youngsters harbour dreams of living and working abroad. But is brain drain real, and what impact is it having?
Digital & Media 09-12-2021

Media watchdog: Number of imprisoned journalists hits all-time high

Twenty-four journalists were killed in 2021 and 293 have been jailed concerning their work, making this year the most dangerous on record for media workers, according to data from the Committee to Protect Journalists

Family of murdered journalist ask EU not to fund gas pipeline linked to suspect

The family of murdered Maltese journalist Daphne Caruana Galiza, as well as several EU lawmakers, has called on the EU not to fund a gas pipeline project between Malta and Sicily that will link to a power station part-owned by the man on trial for her killing.
Digital & Media 02-12-2021

Reporters without borders calls out EU over silence on Greek media law

Amid continuing silence from the European Commission, international media freedom organisation Reporters Without Borders has asked both the EU executive and the European Parliament to “firmly denounce” Greece’s new defamation law as “an attack on press freedom.”
Politics 30-11-2021

Environmental organisations slam construction of new airport in protected area

Twenty Albanian nature organisations have condemned the start of works on a new airport in Vlora, in the south of the country, saying it is illegal and environmental assessments were unprofessional, reports Prime Minister Edi Rama inaugurated the Vlora...