Capitals archive

Politics 21-04-2021

Former diplomat: Germans know Nord Stream 2 is a ‘disgrace’

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the German defence minister saying German-French cooperation is needed as security threats are increasing in Europe, US fighter planes being deployed in Poland, and so much more.
Politics 20-04-2021

Greece recognises Sputnik V as ‘equivalent’ to European vaccines

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the violence against journalists increasing in France and several EU countries during the pandemic, the Hungarian government giving state support to a sunflower operation owned by the Czech PM's Agrofert company, and so much more.
Politics 19-04-2021

Eastern Europe awakes to Russian covert action threat

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Czech Republic expelling Russian agents after Babis announced Russian intelligence was involved in a 2014 explosion, Macron saying he is prepared to sanction Russia in case of "unacceptable behaviour", and so much more.
Politics 16-04-2021

Baltic ministers call for ‘red lines’ towards Russia in Kyiv trip

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov resigning and immediately taking leave, Baltic ministers in Kyiv saying the EU should be prepared to impose new sanctions against Russia, and so much more.
Politics 15-04-2021

Prague and Vienna compete to host a US-Russia summit

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Turkish President Erdogan slamming Italian PM Draghi for calling him a "dictator", the decision of Romanian PM Florin Citu to fire now-former health minister Vlad Voiculescu creating a political storm, and so much more.
Politics 14-04-2021

Belgium looks towards ‘cautious’ relaxations, with hospitality sector to open on 8 May

Belgium's Consultation Committee on Wednesday (14 April) decided to 'cautiously' loosen certain COVID-19 restrictions, including lifting a travel ban, reopening outdoor terraces for the hospitality sector and extending social bubbles.
Politics 14-04-2021

Baltic countries ready to cut last ties to Soviet past

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Irish non-Erasmus students not having their quarantine costs covered, Slovakia lifting its COVID-19 measures for the first time since it went into a strict lockdown in December, and so much more.
Politics 13-04-2021

Bulgaria mulls withdrawing AstraZeneca jab

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Greece reopening its high schools as it has recently started offering free home-testing kits to its population, Croatia's pensioners set to receive COVID-19 relief from the government, and so much more.
Politics 12-04-2021

Bulgarian PM: price of Pfizer vaccine jumps from €12 to €19,50

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Bulgarian PM Borissov revealing the cost of a Pfizer dose according to contracts between the Commission and Pfizer, Turkey suspending Italian contracts following Prime Minister Mario Draghi comments on Erdogan, and so much more.
Politics 12-04-2021

Germany’s far-right AfD firms up election strategy with EU exit and anti-lockdown campaign

Germany’s far-right AfD party vowed to campaign for an end to COVID-19 restrictions, a tougher line on migration and an exit from the EU as it finalised its manifesto for the September elections on Sunday (11 April), with the radical...
Politics 02-04-2021

Russia defends corruption in Bulgaria from US criticism

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Luxembourg being a tax haven for Finnish companies and the super-rich, an error in Poland's vaccination system allowing registration for the vaccine being allowed for everyone over 40, and so much more.
Politics 01-04-2021

No joke: COVID-vaccinated urged to eat tomatoes

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about 28 independent Hungarian media outlets demanding access to COVID-19 wards in hospitals and vaccination points, Spain's Central Bank urging the government to maintain temporary lay-off schemes, and so much more.
Politics 31-03-2021

Czech government defies intelligence warnings over Russia’s Rosatom

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Hungarian and Polish PMs Viktor Orban and Mateusz Morawiecki, as well as Italy's League leader Matteo Salvini meeting in Budapest Thursday to discuss a “political alliance at European level”, Slovakia's PM resigning, and so much more.
Politics 29-03-2021

Merkel presses German states to get tough with COVID curbs

Chancellor Angela Merkel pressed Germany’s states on Sunday to step up efforts to curb rapidly rising coronavirus infections, and raised the possibility of introducing curfews to try to get a third wave under control. Merkel expressed dissatisfaction that some states...
Politics 26-03-2021

Belarus’ radiation monitoring goes dark after alleged incident at nuclear plant

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about toll dodgers costing Slovakia €1 million per month in uncollected fines, UK lawmakers giving ministers sweeping COVID-19 emergency powers for another six months, and so much more.
Politics 26-03-2021

Dutch PM sees UK, EU coming to vaccine deal soon

Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte said Thursday (25 March) that London and Brussels could agree a deal on vaccine sharing by the weekend “or soon after” to avoid the imposition of an EU embargo. But he said that if Brussels...
Politics 25-03-2021

Few signs that EU health passports can be ready before July

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Croatian president urging parliament to decide on his Supreme Court president pick, Romanian authorities to discuss a nationwide lockdown, and so much more.
Politics 25-03-2021

Belgium enters new four-week Easter lockdown

Belgium has announced it will close schools, limit access to non-food stores and hairdressers for four weeks from Saturday, in a strict renewed lockdown designed to contain a rising third wave of COVID-19 infections.
Politics 24-03-2021

Eurovision sparks more tension between Sofia, Skopje

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Irish cabinet approving an ambitious climate action bill, Romanian kids possibly getting their holidays extended from two to five weeks, and so much more.
Politics 24-03-2021

Portugal will ‘do everything’ to ensure health passport by June

The Portuguese presidency of the EU will "do everything possible" to ensure that the legislative process for the implementation of a COVID-19 digital health certificate is completed by June, the Secretary of State for European affairs has said.
Politics 23-03-2021

EU leaders struggle to solve AstraZeneca-UK equation

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Hungary approving the COVID-19 jab from China's CanSino Biologics, France's labour minister being hospitalised after testing positive for the coronavirus, and so much more.
Politics 22-03-2021

Bulgarian PM calls on Russia to cease espionage activity

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Greece being the first country to provide free COVID-19 tests as of April, the Slovak PM urging his critics to resign along with him, and so much more.
Politics 19-03-2021

German MEP: Nord Stream 2 needs a ‘European’ perspective

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Czech Senate rejecting a controversial food quota provision, Slovenia conducting negotiations with Italy, Austria, and Hungary to form joint police patrols along its border with Croatia, and so much more.
Politics 18-03-2021

Belgium eyes suspended AstraZeneca jabs surplus

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about French President Emmanuel and Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki met to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, a former Slovenian PM is calling for the impeachment of current PM Janez Janša, and so much more.
Politics 17-03-2021

Pandemic helped Germany reach its climate targets

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Turkey promising to send vaccines to Bosnia and Herzegovina, Portuguese President Marcelo Rebelo de Sousa vetoing the parliament's draft euthanasia bill, and so much more.
Politics 16-03-2021

Spain announces football match with ‘territory of Kosovo’

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about several countries suspending the administration of the AstraZeneca vaccine, France allowing the use of 'intelligent video' to monitor mask-wearing at bus, metro, and train stations, and so much more.
Politics 15-03-2021

EU ‘green pass’ fuels the fire in Balkans

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Serbian president calling the EU's idea of COVID-19 passports "scandalous", a report showing that the UK army would be "outgunned" in a major conflict, and so much more.
Politics 12-03-2021

Denmark bans donations from anti-democratic sources

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Denmark bans donations from sources possibly endangering democracy, Poland's justice ministry preparing a bill same-sex couples from adopting children, and so much more.
Politics 11-03-2021

Air Serbia among first to test digital COVID-passport

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Serbia being among the first countries to test the IATA digital passport, Slovakia's agriculture minister threatening to resign, and so much more.
Politics 10-03-2021

Slovenian PM urges national press agency director to quit

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Portuguese not wanting to participate in the Conference on the Future of Europe but still wanting a voice, French President Emmanuel Macron granting access to over-50-year-old archives, and so much more.
Politics 09-03-2021

Czechia, Poland, Slovakia never followed up on global COVID-19 pledge

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Ireland re-instating a 14-day quarantine for travellers from high-risk countries, Czechia, Poland and Slovakia not following up on the V4 pledge made at a global pledging conference last May, and so much more.
Politics 08-03-2021

Slovaks trust Russia’s vaccine more than AstraZeneca, Moderna

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about most Poles not trusting the Russian and Chinese COVID-19 vaccines, French health associations call for all healthcare workers to have 'vaccine priority', and so much more.
Politics 08-03-2021

Swiss agree to outlaw facial coverings in ‘burqa ban’ vote

A far-right proposal to ban facial coverings in Switzerland won a narrow victory in a binding referendum on Sunday instigated by the same group that organised a 2009 ban on new minarets.
Politics 08-03-2021

EU ‘surprised’ at Belgium extending virus travel ban

The European Commission said Monday (9 March) it was “surprised” that Belgium has extended a blanket travel ban to fight Covid-19, despite warning against limits on Europeans’ freedom of movement. “We were surprised to read in the press about the...
Politics 05-03-2021

Finland denied China an airbase in the Arctic

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Finland China an airbase on its territory, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki creating a Council of Political Advisors composed of 21 people representing the ruling PiS party, and so much more.
Politics 04-03-2021

EU prosecutor rejects seven out of 10 Bulgarian candidates

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about France dissolving a far-right group with links to the Christchurch terror attack, Czechia ordering the Chinese Sinopharm vaccine, and so much more.
Politics 03-03-2021

Slovak government faces collapse amid Sputnik purchase

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Lithuania's foreign minister saying China's "17+1" summit with Eastern European states divides Europe, Germany's Friedrich Merz (CDU) confirming he will run for a seat in the Bundestag, and so much more.
Politics 02-03-2021

Tusk: Don’t be naive with Russian and Chinese jabs

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Slovakia receiving Russian Sputnik V vaccines, former French President Nicholas Sarkozy being sentenced to prison for corruption and influence peddling, and so much more.
Politics 01-03-2021

EU blocked over sanctions on Hungary, Poland

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban threatening to leave the EPP political group, Finland enters a three-week partial lockdown, and so much more.
Politics 26-02-2021

Spanish flag carrier tests mobile ‘health passport’

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Spanish flag carrier Iberia testing out 'health passports', a German MP being raided by police for allegedly lobbying the government to enter a contract with a mask supplier, and so much more.

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