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Politics 15-01-2021

Parliament ratifies Greek-French Rafale fighter jet deal

The Greek parliament ratified a Greek-French contract to procure 18 Rafale fighter jets with extensive support from the majority and opposition, including from the centre-right New Democracy, leftist SYRIZA, socialist Movement of Change, and nationalist Hellenic Solution. Only the Greek...
Politics 15-01-2021

Conte ready for a political clarification in parliament

Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte told President Sergio Mattarella that he will hold a political clarification in parliament to see whether a majority of MPs still back the current executive.  While the resignations of Italy Alive ministers Teresa Bellanova and...
Energy 15-01-2021

Portugal on track to become coal-free by year end

The Sines coal plant in Portugal went offline at midnight yesterday evening (14 January), leaving the country with just one remaining coal power station in operation, which is scheduled for closure in November.
Politics 15-01-2021

University ‘police guards’ open the Pandora’s Box in Greece

Greek politicians bicker over the intention of the ruling conservative New Democracy party (EPP) to establish a special police force for the surveillance of universities. All opposition parties have reacted strongly accusing PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis of attempting to establish a...
Politics 14-01-2021

Portugal announces new lockdown, schools to remain open

A national lockdown, similar to the one in force between March and April, will be imposed as of midnight on Thursday, Prime Minister António Costa announced on Wednesday, warning that this is both “the most dangerous moment, but also a...
Politics 14-01-2021

Greek socialists say Mitsotakis is no longer a ‘centrist’

The Greek socialist “Movement of Change” party (S&D) has lashed out against the ruling conservative New Democracy party (EPP), accusing it of a right-wing turn putting the country’s democracy at risk.   The socialist leader Fofi Gennimata said the government...
Politics 13-01-2021

Former PM Renzi ready to move into opposition

The row between the government and former Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi continued on Tuesday evening following a vote on the recovery plan, after which Renzi said he is ready to have his two ministers resign from government and go...
Politics 12-01-2021

EU migration pact a priority for Portuguese Council Presidency

The development of the “migration pact” in the EU is a priority despite being a “divisive” issue, Portuguese Prime Minister Anónio Costa told a joint press conference with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on Monday. During the press conference, where...
Politics 12-01-2021

First batch of Moderna vaccines arrives in Italy

The first batch of 47,000 doses of Moderna vaccines is expected to arrive in Italy on Tuesday and will first be dispatched to the National Health Institute, which is considering to first distribute the doses to the regions showing the...

Portuguese minister: UK’s new migration policy is problematic

The UK’s more restrictive new migration policy “will be a problem”, which will have to be monitored by the Portuguese EU Council Presidency, said Portugal’s Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva on Friday. “The new UK migration policy will be a...
Politics 11-01-2021

Italy – a government reshuffle in sight?

Following former Italian Prime Minister and Italy Alive party leader Matteo Renzi’s threat to have the current ministers of his party resign from the current government, a cabinet reshuffle appears likely. Renzi sent a letter to the government on 6...
Politics 11-01-2021

Cyprus asks vaccines from Israel amid EU delay

Cyprus has asked neighbouring Israel for COVID-19 vaccines, Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades told Politis journal in an interview. “I have contacted [Israeli PM] Mr Netanyahu and asked him to consider supplying a quantity for the Republic of Cyprus. He will...
Politics 18-12-2020

Greece, US enhance strategic cooperation on energy

Athens and Washington agreed on Thursday to enhance bilateral strategic cooperation on energy as the US has proved to be a significant ally in Athens’ attempt to become a strong energy hub in the wider region. Greek PM Kyriakos Mitsotakis...
Politics 18-12-2020

Italy to impose tighter restrictions for Christmas

The controversial measure that would see movements between municipalities banned on Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year’s Day will likely be substituted by a stricter one, which will see any movement even inside the municipalities banned, thus putting all...
Health 18-12-2020

Spanish parliament approves controversial euthanasia bill

The Spanish parliament (Congreso de los Diputados) approved on Thursday with a large majority a controversial bill to regulate euthanasia in the country, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
5G 17-12-2020

Greece enters the 5G era

5G broadband frequency networks auction concluded on Wednesday and all three main mobile companies – German-owned Cosmote, multinational Vodafone and fund owned WIND – were awarded some spectrum for the new generation networks. The government got a total price of...
Politics 17-12-2020

Portugal hopes first EU recovery fund tranche in early 2021

Portugal’s Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva is hoping the first tranche of EU recovery fund will reach member states “in the first half of 2021”, saying Portugal aims to reach the end of its EU Council presidency with “all national...
Coronavirus 17-12-2020

Spain ready to implement tougher measures as ‘Christmas clock’ is ticking

With the virus not going away ahead of the Christmas season, the Spanish government is ready to implement tougher measures, Spain’s socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez told parliament on Wednesday, EFE reports.
Politics 16-12-2020

Turkey turns to EU after US sanctions?

Athens has welcomed US sanctions against two Turkish ministries and three officials over Ankara’s purchase of the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft system. The US Ambassador to Greece, Geoffrey Pyatt, briefed Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Dendias on Tuesday about Washington’s sanctions. Read...
Politics 16-12-2020

Conte: Italy’s government ‘pushing in same direction’ on recovery

The whole government is “pushing in the same direction” for the economic relaunch of the country, said Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, though coalition partner Italy Alive, led by former PM Matteo Renzi, has asked for a meeting to discuss...
Politics 15-12-2020

Greek-Turkish row in the hands of Biden and NATO?

The escalating crisis between Greece and Turkey in the Eastern Mediterranean is being handed over to the new US administration, Greek media have reported. At the 10 December summit, EU leaders postponed once again a decision to impose sanctions on...
Politics 15-12-2020

Gentiloni: Italy to get EU funds in ‘late spring or summer’

EU funds could be expected in late spring or summer, European Commissioner for Economy and former Italian Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni told the Rome Investment Forum 2020 in reference to the Next Generation EU fund, adding that “the final decision...
Politics 14-12-2020

Majority of Greeks say ’wait and see’ regarding COVID-19 vaccine

Almost 42% of Greeks say they will wait for the first months and then decide whether to take the COVID-19 vaccine, a poll has shown. Particularly, according to the poll conducted by ALCO for OPEN TV channel, 33% of Greeks...
Politics 14-12-2020

Portugal hands over TAP restructuring plan to EU Commission

The Portuguese government has handed over its proposal for a restructuring plan of flag carrier TAP to the European Commission, which foresees up to 2,000 dismissals, 25% cuts for wages over €900 and financial aid ranging up to €3.7 billion...