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Politics 25-01-2022

Spanish government asks coalition partner not to undermine relations with NATO

Left-wing party Unidas Podemos (United We Can) is being asked to show “containment” in its statements on the situation in Ukraine and not jeopardise Spain’s relationship with NATO, government spokesperson Isabel Rodríguez of the ruling socialist party PSOE said on...
Politics 25-01-2022

Greek army steps in to save government snowstorm fiasco

After a heavy snowstorm paralysed Athens, the Greek army was asked to intervene and help citizens who were trapped in their cars for hours. Despite initial guarantees that the state was prepared, the government has lost control of the situation....
Politics 25-01-2022

Brussels could take Portugal to court over 5G rollout delay

Portugal has fallen behind schedule with fifth-generation (5G) networks as it took the country too long to allocate frequencies and it failed to transpose European electronic communications rules, according to the European Court of Auditors (ECA), which expects Brussels will...
Politics 24-01-2022

Berlusconi withdraws presidency candidacy

Silvio Berlusconi, former prime minister and president of Forza Italia, announced on 22 January he would withdraw his presidential candidacy. The 85-year-old who is still in the midst of legal proceedings over his “Bunga Bunga” sex parties, insisted he had the...
Politics 24-01-2022

Spanish leftists oppose Black Sea mission, NATO membership

Coalition partner Left-wing Unidas Podemos (United We Can) and eight other left-wing parties signed a joint manifesto making clear their “total rejection” of a Spanish mission in the Black Sea and Bulgaria to support NATO if tensions in Ukraine continue to...
Politics 24-01-2022

Increasing number of children getting COVID in Greece

More and more children have been contracting COVID after the opening of schools, news website News247 has reported, despite the overall drop of cases in the total population. About 45,000 children were infected with coronavirus last week, which shows an increase of...
Politics 21-01-2022

Sun in December, drought in January is the new normal in Portugal

Drought and lack of rain in winter are becoming the new norm in Portugal, environmental association Zero said on Thursday while calling for proper water management. Speaking to Lusa, the president of Zero, Francisco Ferreira, noted that the drought affecting almost all...
Politics 21-01-2022

Some Spanish regions extend COVID-19 measures as others relax them

Some regions have decided to extend the extraordinary COVID-19 measures, while others opted to gradually relax them to reach a “new normal”. La Rioja, Andalusia, Navarre, the Canary Islands and Galicia will extend until the end measures until the end...
Politics 21-01-2022

Fresh poll: support for Spain’s socialists and centre-right increases

The ruling socialist party of PSOE and the main opposition force, the Partido Popular (PP), are gathering more support, according to a fresh poll released on Thursday by state-owned Centro de Investigaciones Sociológicas (CIS). According to the new poll, more...
Politics 21-01-2022

Italian labour minister receives threats and unknown substance

Labour and Social Policies Minister Andrea Orlando received an envelope containing a threatening letter and an unknown substance at his ministry on Thursday morning. Firefighters, together with the police and sanitary staff, have put under analysis the contents of the...
Politics 20-01-2022

Second investigation into Abramovich citizenship launched

Portuguese public prosecutors have opened a formal investigation into granting Portuguese nationality to Russian oligarch Roman Abramovich under the Nationality Law for Sephardic Jews, the office of the attorney general said on Wednesday. This is the second investigation into the...
Politics 20-01-2022

Spanish MP slams government for newly agreed labour reform

Gabriel Rufián, MP and spokesman of the left Catalan independentist party (ERC), criticised the government for the labour reform agreed with trade unions and employers, during a press conference on Wednesday, eldiario.es reported. Rufián spoke against Vice-President and Labour Minister...
Politics 20-01-2022

Left-wing bloc opposes Berlusconi’s presidential candidacy

Italy’s left-wing bloc has agreed to oppose Silvio Berlusconi’s presidential candidacy if the right-wing proposed him, a source of Italy’s 5-Star Movement said on Wednesday. This discussion took place during a meeting on Wednesday between Democratic Party leader Enrico Letta, 5-Star...
Politics 19-01-2022

Spanish CEOs worried about good management of EU Next Generation funds

A number of Spanish CEOs have expressed concerns over the fair and proper management of EU financial resources to help mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the country’s battered economy, Spanish media reported. According to data revealed by...
Politics 19-01-2022

Italy mulls transferring renewables incentives costs from bills to recovery plan

Italy wants to lower the prices of bills by transferring renewable energy incentive costs from bills to the national recovery and resilience plan, Ecological Transition Minister Roberto Cingolani said during a meeting with the Senate Committee on Industry on Tuesday....
19-01-2022

Almost 2 million people in Portugal at risk of poverty in 2020 – report

The risk of poverty increased from 16.2% to 18.4% between 2019 and 2020, according to provisional data from Statistics Portugal (INE) reaching almost two million people and with increases among women, the elderly, and families. The at-risk-of-poverty rate increased by...
Politics 18-01-2022

Spanish government to approve affordable housing plan for young people

The government will approve on Tuesday a royal decree that develops a national State Plan for Access to Housing 2022-2025, endowed with €432 million, and a rental aid voucher for young people, with a budget of €200 million, EURACTIV’s partner...
Politics 18-01-2022

One in four Italian youngsters did not work or study in 2020, top EU ranking

More than two million Italians, or one in four aged 15-29, were not working or studying in 2020, according to a report from the Institute of National Statistics, ISTAT. This is the highest rate in the EU, which has a...
Politics 18-01-2022

Greek conservative MEP slams his own ruling party over press freedom

Greek MEP from ruling New Democracy party (EPP) Giorgos Kyrtsos has strongly criticised the government over the quality of press freedom in Greece, hinting that Brussels will soon react.  “Should we discuss whether there is freedom of the press in...
Politics 17-01-2022

Close to half of Spain’s children already have their first COVID-19 jab

More than 1.3 million children aged 5-12 have received their first jab of Pfizer’s paediatric COVID-19 vaccine, although health authorities expressed moderate optimism about the situation as infections with the Omicron variant are rising. The high number of teachers on...
Politics 17-01-2022

Greece starts to fine unvaccinated over 60s

Greeks over 60 who have not been vaccinated yet will begin receiving a €100 monthly penalty, as of Monday. However, the government ruled out the scenario of extending mandatory vaccination to other age groups. Since the announcement of fines, 90%...
Politics 17-01-2022

Italian parliament’s president: next president needs to be of ‘high morality’

The next president has to be a “profile of high morality, adhering to our Constitution, principles and strong values, which can represent Italy in all its aspects” the Italian Chamber of Deputies’ President Roberto Fico told Rai3 on Sunday. Fico...
Politics 17-01-2022

Sanchez and Scholz want to take lead on EU social policy

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz – both socialists – intend to lead European social democracy together, Sanchez announced on the eve of Scholz’s first official visit to Spain, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. Sources close to...
Politics 14-01-2022

Right-wing wants Berlusconi to be the next president

League Party leader Matteo Salvini said the right-wing supports the Silvio Berlusconi in the race for the country’s presidency and Mario Draghi should remain prime minister, A right-wing summit will be held Friday afternoon at Villa Grande, the Roman residence...