Sarantis Michalopoulos

Digital & Media 09-04-2021

Greece shocked by cold-blooded assassination of journalist

A famous Greek journalist covering police-related issues was assassinated on Friday in a mafia-style cold-blooded execution in front of his house, causing shock in Greek society.  
Health 08-04-2021

EU countries fail to reach a common position on how to use the AstraZeneca jab

EU member countries have adopted different tactics on how to use the AstraZeneca vaccine, despite the Commission’s push for a coordinated approach.
Coronavirus 06-04-2021

Greek politicians bicker over Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has clashed with opposition leader Alex Tsipras over whether the country should order Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine outside of the European Union's vaccine framework.
Economy & Jobs 02-04-2021

EU auditing agencies should stand ready for 2022 budget, MEP says

Auditing and rule of law mechanisms should be ready to scrutinise how the first money from the Recovery Fund will be dispersed across the bloc in 2022, MEP Nicolae Ștefănuță told in an interview.
Coronavirus 31-03-2021

The Brief, powered by bp – Not that ‘smart’ after all

All it took was a few hours of warm weather and the Brussels parks were suddenly flooded with hundreds of young people on Tuesday as if there had never been any confinement. Similar pictures could be seen across Europe - a clear sign that people are reaching their confinement limits during this seemingly never-ending pandemic.
Global Europe 24-03-2021

Greece, Cyprus frown at ‘too many carrots’ in draft EU declaration on Turkey

A common EU declaration on Turkey currently under discussion ahead of the EU summit on 25-26 March “does not reflect” the balanced approach of EU top diplomat Josep Borrell recent report, Athens and Nicosia have said.
Agrifood 23-03-2021

RED II: EU Commission can’t see the wood for the trees, analysts warn

The revision of the Renewable Energy Directive II (RED II) as part of the new Green Deal should recalibrate the legislative initiatives which have so far failed to decarbonise Europe’s transport sector, stakeholders have said.
Coronavirus 16-03-2021

Cyprus to purchase Russia’s Sputnik vaccine

The Cypriot government will purchase 50,000 doses of Russia’s Sputnik V vaccine once it’s approved by the European Medicines Agency (EMA), a government official in Nicosia has said.

The Brief, powered by Eurochild – Being proactive in a slow-moving Europe

When Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis first proposed to have a European vaccination certificate a few months ago, to facilitate life and travel across the continent, the first EU reactions – especially from Germany and France – were dismissive and...

Athens rocked by riots as tensions rise amid claims of police violence

Riots shook an Athens suburb late on Tuesday (9 March) as police officers clashed with demonstrators protesting against alleged police brutality, with the government and opposition accusing each other of exploiting the worsening pandemic for political gain.
Future EU 10-03-2021

Conservatives mull radical shake-up of European Parliament groups

The departure of Hungarian Prime Minister’s Fidesz party from the EU centre-right family has opened the Pandora’s Box in the European Parliament and whetted conservatives’ appetite to reshape the political scene.
Coronavirus 08-03-2021

EU drugs agency says national authorising of Sputnik V is ‘Russian roulette’

The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has described as a “Russian roulette” the decision of some EU member states to unilaterally grant market authorisation to Russia’s Sputnik V COVID-19 vaccine at this stage, without prior approval at the EU level.
Future EU 08-03-2021

Trouble brews in Macron’s Renew as EU Parliament power shift looms

Trouble is brewing in Renew Europe, the third-largest group in the European Parliament, pitting the old 'liberals and democrats' of ALDE against the group leadership and the French delegation of Emmanuel Macron's party, according to an insider source in the centrist group.
Future EU 26-02-2021

EPP silent over Orban’s flirt with nationalist Brothers of Italy

Europe's biggest political group, the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), has declined to comment on a letter of support Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbàn sent to Italy’s nationalist party Brothers of Italy, member of another political family, where he cites their shared "Christian and conservative values".
Coronavirus 26-02-2021

EU leaders take baby step toward vaccination certificate, fume at pharma industry

EU leaders decided at a teleconference on Thursday (25 February) to start working on a digital vaccination certificate now and start implementing it when there is sufficient number of EU citizens vaccinated.
Coronavirus 25-02-2021

EU Commission cautious with ‘unilateral’ moves on vaccination passports

The European Commission is cautious with EU member states moves to unilaterally issue a certificate offering travel privileges to those vaccinated, EU sources told, suggesting instead a common approach.

Paedophilia scandal in theatre rocks Greek politics

Greece’s former national theatre director, Dimitris Lignadis was arrested on Saturday (20 February) on suspicion of having committed multiple rapes involving also children, prompting politicians from the ruling New Democracy party (EPP) and the main opposition leftist Syriza (GUE-NGL) to trade accusations over the weekend.
Coronavirus 19-02-2021

Moscow hits back at Europe and von der Leyen over Sputnik vaccine

Russia has dismissed as unsubstantiated, deplorable, or ill-informed a recent statement by European Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen, who wondered why Moscow is offering millions of vaccines around the world while it has not vaccinated its own population yet.

Sexual harassment claims expose Greece’s hidden secret

An increasing number of Greek artists and athletes have come forward in recent weeks to report cases of sexual harassment in the world of sports, TV and theatre, exposing a well-hidden secret in Greece.
Coronavirus 17-02-2021

Over 20% of digital healthcare startups emerged during the pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has accelerated the digital transformation of healthcare, encouraging numerous innovative startups to step up and address previously unmet challenges, analyst Benedikt Blomeyer told EURACTIV in an interview, stressing the huge potential of digital applications in health.
Coronavirus 12-02-2021

AstraZeneca denies claims of ‘separate’ vaccine deals

British-Swedish pharmaceutical AstraZeneca has dismissed as untrue a statement by Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babiš that he was offered to sign a separate deal with the company for COVID-19 vaccines.
Economy & Jobs 12-02-2021

Opposition leader: Romania’s recovery plan further sidelines left-led poor regions

Romania’s proposed recovery plan is economically unbalanced and politically biased as it focuses on investments in rich regions while disregarding poorer areas led by leftist local authorities, the leader of the country's main opposition, the Social Democratic Party (PSD), told in an interview.
Coronavirus 12-02-2021

Russia’s vaccine and the political side-effects for Europe

As EU-Russia relations hit a new low over the jailing of Kremlin critic Alexei Navalny, Moscow’s Sputnik V vaccine is seen as a window of opportunity for Europe to make up for the delayed vaccine deliveries. But the Russian jab may also creates additional headaches across EU capitals.
Politics 12-02-2021

Greece passes controversial university surveillance law

With the support of the right-wing populist Greek Solution party, the ruling conservative New Democracy party (EPP) passed a law on 11 February establishing a special police force for the surveillance of universities.