Sarantis Michalopoulos

Economy & Jobs 24-01-2020

LEAK: EU charts 6G future in ambitious industrial plan

The European Commission has set out a series of comprehensive plans to revolutionise the bloc's industrial sector, with a heavy interest in developing key technologies with 'strategic importance', including measures to go 'beyond 5G' and 'towards 6G.'
Global Europe 24-01-2020

Greece and Turkey enter a cyberwar era

A number of cyberattacks took place this week between Athens and Ankara amid an ongoing escalating crisis between the two countries.  
22-01-2020

The Brief – ‘Family’ members should not stab each other

Family is usually defined as a group of people who stick together in tough moments. The EU is frequently described as such, especially in times of calm. But the moment we hear the first disturbing noise, windows are closed and ostrichism prevails.
Global Europe 20-01-2020

EU to use revamped ‘Operation Sophia’ to enforce Libyan arms embargo

EU foreign minister decided on Monday (20 January) to revive a maritime surveillance mission in the Mediterranean to enforce a potential cease-fire in Libya and a UN arms embargo against the country’s warring parties. Meanwhile, the bloc is scrambling to...
Agrifood 20-01-2020

Investing in consumer ‘proximity’ to produce biodiesel from UCO

A Greek company says it has found a way to collect much more effectively used cooking oil for biodiesel production: by making it easier for consumers to find nearby collection points and avoid simply pouring the used oil down their kitchen sink,
Politics 16-01-2020

Greek PM Mitsotakis nominates first-ever female president

Greece's conservative Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis nominated on Wednesday (15 January) judge Ekaterini Sakellaropoulou to become the first-ever female president of the Hellenic Republic, saying it was a “progressive proposal” that should be approved by all Greek lawmakers.
Global Europe 16-01-2020

Athens smarting after exclusion from German-hosted Libya conference

Germany’s decision not to invite Greece to a conference on the Libya crisis next Sunday (19 January) while Turkey will attend the meeting, has left the Greek government smarting from a  perceived diplomatic snub.
Health 14-01-2020

Athens metro advertises anti-abortion campaign

An anti-abortion campaign poster displayed in the metro of Athens has triggered the strong reaction of the government, which forced the transportation company to immediately remove it.
Global Europe 10-01-2020

The Brief, powered by MPE – Americans are bad… but not when it comes to crises

Europe has always praised its soft power skills in doing international politics and criticised Washington’s harsh, interest-driven, 'cowboy' approach. But when a problem appears at home, Europeans invariably ask Americans to intervene.
Agrifood 10-01-2020

Lisbon bus project uses 100% used cooking oil as fuel

Lisbon’s public transportation company CARRIS has joined forces with the private sector in a project aiming to boost sustainable mobility in the country’s capital through the use of 100% used cooking oils.
Global Europe 09-01-2020

MEP McAllister: The EU stands united behind Greece in crisis with Turkey

The European Union stands united behind Greece in its escalating dispute with Turkey, the Chairman of the European Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, David McAllister, told EURACTIV.com.
Future EU 07-01-2020

The Brief, powered by MPE -Time for EU socialists to leave behind ‘dinosaur era’

The Party of European Socialists (PES), the EU's second-largest political family, usually holds its Congress after the EU elections in autumn. However, currently, there are only rumours that it’s going to take place at some point in spring.
Energy 03-01-2020

EU welcomes EastMed gas pipe deal as ‘one option’ to strengthen energy security

The European Commission has said the EastMed natural gas pipeline deal signed by Cyprus, Greece and Israel yesterday (2 January) is a “welcome development” but insisted on exploring further the cost-benefits of the different options.
Agrifood 27-12-2019

Precision farming ‘saved’ extra virgin olive oil, Greek producers say

Precision farming practices have helped Greek extra virgin olive oil growers keep overhead cost low and ultimately ‘save’ the product from mounting pressure on its market price, EURACTIV Greece’s media partner Ypaithros Chora reported.
Global Europe 27-12-2019

Tunisia denies joining a Turkey-led alliance in Libyan crisis

The Tunisian Presidency has denied claims that the country would join an alliance with Turkey and Algeria in light of the ongoing crisis in Libya and insisted it wanted to preserve its neutral status, without taking part in any coalitions.
Arab Spring 27-12-2019

Moscow fumes at Ankara over meddling in Libyan crisis

Russia has condemned Turkey’s intention to send troops to Libya to support Fayez al-Sarraj, prime minister of the UN-backed Government of National Accord of Libya against the head of the Libyan National Army, General Khalifa Haftar.
Economy & Jobs 26-12-2019

Alarming low birth rates shut down schools in Greece

The growing decline of Greece’s population, due to low birth rates and emigration, has resulted in closures of schools and kindergartens across the country, Greek media reported.
Global Europe 26-12-2019

Diplomacy heats up in the Mediterranean amid escalating Greece-Turkey row

The memorandum of understanding (MoU) recently signed between Turkey and Libya to demarcate maritime zones has shaken up politics in the Mediterranean, with Greece preparing a diplomatic counter-offensive.

Athens claims advantage over Poland on Just Transition Mechanism

The Greek government plans to take advantage of Poland staying away from the new Green Deal to push forward its own priorities since the very start of the talks about the Just Transition Fund, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has said.
Future EU 19-12-2019

S&D chief: We hope to cooperate with the Greens on EU legislation

Iratxe García, the leader of the Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament (S&D), hopes to achieve closer collaboration with the Greens in light of upcoming legislation on the European Green Deal.
Arab Spring 18-12-2019

EU foreign affairs chief ready to go to Libya

EU Foreign Affairs chief Josep Borrell stands ready to go to Libya and help solve the ongoing crisis between the different parties, EU spokesperson Peter Stano said on Wednesday (18 December).
Agrifood 17-12-2019

COP25: Push for electric cars intensifies but cost question remains unanswered

A number of policymakers emphasised at the global climate conference COP25 in Madrid that electrification should play a leading role in road transport’s decarbonisation efforts. However, the affordability of transport electrification raises questions, as key stakeholders have not yet addressed...
Future EU 16-12-2019

The Brief, powered by Eurogas – A zero-cost goodbye

A quasi zero-cost timely departure is sometimes better than reaching a zero-sum situation. The European People’s Party (EPP) has now been presented with a great opportunity to be released from the pain of Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz party.

Athens says Turkey ‘blackmailed’ Libya to sign MoU by sending weapons

Turkey blackmailed Libya to agree to sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) demarcating maritime zones in the region by sending weapons to the country, Greek media quote a high-ranking diplomat as saying.

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