Sarantis Michalopoulos

Economy & Jobs 07-05-2021

Cyprus to push for gender equality at Porto summit

Cyprus will prioritise women’s role in the post-COVID era at the EU social summit in Porto, according to a non-paper seen by EURACTIV.com.
Coronavirus 06-05-2021

US surprises Europe, backs waiving COVID-19 vaccines patents

The US administration has backed lifting patents of COVID-19 vaccines in order to speed up vaccination of those in need worldwide. Europe, until a couple of months ago, had been reluctant to this option and it is unclear if it will follow the US example.
Coronavirus 28-04-2021

Tsipras backs AstraZeneca, slams Europe’s ‘one-industry’ approach

Greece’s main opposition leader Alexis Tsipras has given his backing to the much maligned AstraZeneca vaccine, questioning why its COVID-19 vaccine was being rolled out without drama in the UK but not in the European Union and implying that political and business interests were at play.

Convicted Greek neo-Nazi MEP arrested in Brussels

A former leading member of Greece's neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party was arrested in Belgium on Tuesday (27 April), hours after the European Parliament lifted his immunity, Greek police said.
Health 27-04-2021

Debate heats up over electronic cigarettes in Europe

Electronic cigarettes and novel tobacco products have emerged as alternatives to cigarette smoking, which is responsible for nearly 700,000 deaths every year in the EU.

EU Parliament to lift immunity of convicted Greek neo-Nazi MEP

The plenary session of the European Parliament is expected on Monday (26 April) to waive the immunity of Greek MEP Giannis Lagos, who was convicted in October for directing the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn party as a "criminal organisation".
Agrifood 21-04-2021

Report warns EU about increased imports of palm oil in disguise

A new report has found that the imports of Used Cooking Oil (UCO) intended for the decarbonisation of EU transport are expected to significantly rise. However, the report also called on the EU to put limits on its use, considering its controversial origin and its hidden links to palm oil.
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 EURACTIV.com in an interview.
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.

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 EURACTIV.com, 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.