Europe's South

Politics 27-09-2021

San Marino holds referendum to legalise abortion

People of the tiny landlocked country of San Marino voted in favour of legalising abortion following a referendum that took place on Sunday 26 September.
Politics 24-09-2021

Masks to soon only be required in Portugal’s high-risk, crowded places

The use of masks will only be required on public transport, in supermarkets, homes, hospitals, entertainment venues and big events from 1 October in Portugal, once the third phase of lifting measures announced Thursday kick in. Prime Minister António Costa...
Politics 24-09-2021

Fresh data casts doubts about Spain’s quick economic recovery

Less than 48 hours after the Spanish Central Bank (Banco de España) and the OECD had predicted a robust recovery of the Iberian country’s economy this year and in 2022, fresh data released on Thursday by Spain’s National Statistics Institute...
Politics 24-09-2021

Italy reforms its criminal trial procedures at Brussels’ request

The Italian Senate has approved the criminal trial reform on Thursday, part of a set of broader justice reforms Brussels has asked Italy to enforce so it can obtain Next Generation EU funding. Italy is known for its excessively lengthy...
Politics 24-09-2021

Greek state to lose majority of public electricity company

In a surprise statement on Thursday, Greece’s Public Power Corporation (PPC) announced that it is proceeding with a €750 million capital share increase which will see the state lose its majority. The state, which currently owns 51% of the company’s...

Coimbra University student science project to go into space

A science project undertaken by a group of students at Portugal’s Coimbra University is ready to go into space on the Bexus 31 balloon to be launched by the European Space Agency (ESA), the university announced on Wednesday. “After a...
Politics 23-09-2021

Italy’s far-right Lega split over mandatory health pass

A decree making it mandatory for workers in the private and public sectors to have a health pass indicating that they are vaccinated, tested negative within the past 48 hours or recovered from COVID-19 was only backed by 69 of...
Politics 23-09-2021

Greece silent over report about 20,000 refugee children out of education

The Greek government has declined to confirm a recent report suggesting that more than 20,000 refugee children are denied the right to education despite having received relevant EU funding. For its part, the European Commission seems to ignore the exact...

La Palma volcano eruption could last up to November, experts warn

The area affected by the lava flow on the Spanish island of La Palma has increased by 50% since the eruption of the volcano three days ago and experts predict it will continue for an average of 55 more days but could last up to 84, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Politics 22-09-2021

Mayors of Athens and Istanbul seek bottom-up solutions

The mayors of Athens and Istanbul said they believe they can build bridges of communication, friendship and mutual understanding and proceed together to solve growing problems facing Greece and Turkey. Athens Mayor Costas Bakoyannis and Istanbul Mayor Ekrem Imamoğlu met...
Politics 22-09-2021

Three out of 10 Italian entrepreneurs unaware of Italy’s recovery plan

Three in ten Italian entrepreneurs have little or no idea what the national recovery and resilience plan set by PM Mario Draghi’s government stands for although the deadline to submit projects for funding is looming, a survey published by market research...
Politics 22-09-2021

Far-right MEP Francesca Donato leaves Salvini’s Lega

Eurosceptic MEP Francesca Donato has resigned from Matteo Salvini’s far-right Lega party after the latter backed a string of COVID-19 measures, including last week’s decision making the health pass mandatory for all workers. “I made my choice after watching values...
Economy & Jobs 22-09-2021

Stars seem to align for Spanish economy after disastrous 2020

The Spanish economy appears to be recovering faster than expected after a disastrous 2020 marked by the coronavirus pandemic, with the latest forecasts pointing to a robust growth in 2022 and 2023. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Politics 21-09-2021

Greece to closely monitor re-opening of schools

The Greek National Agency for Public Health will be announcing every Wednesday separately the epidemiological data of children aged 4-17, the government spokesman announced on Monday. “The government is monitoring the course of the pandemic in the educational community as...
Politics 21-09-2021

Italian court finds auto part company guilty of breaching trade union rights

The Florence Labour Court found driveline component manufacturer Gkn Driveline, owned by British fund Melrose, to be “in clear violation of trade union rights” for having fired 422 employees via email in early July. The firing led to a series...
Politics 20-09-2021

Greek politicians clash over status of deliverymen

The decision of a company that used the efood platform to change the status of its 115 employees to freelancers has triggered not the reaction of those directly affected, but also from the food industry as a whole and became...
Politics 20-09-2021

EU Commissioner: Deal on migration pact expected after French elections

A final deal on Europe’s new migration pact could be reached right after the French presidential elections due next year, EU Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas told EURACTIV Greece in an exclusive interview. “We are very close to the German election, soon after,...
Politics 20-09-2021

Volcano erupts on Spanish island of La Palma, PM suspends US trip

A volcano erupted Sunday (19 September) on the island of La Palma, in Spain’s Canary Island archipelago, following a week of seismic activity in the area. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Politics 17-09-2021

Spain’s energy prices continue to hit record highs despite government intervention

The seemingly unstoppable surge of wholesale energy prices in Spain continued on Thursday with a new record of €188.18 per megawatt-hour, a rise of 22% this week, despite government efforts to bring down costs amid public outcry, EURACTIV’s partner EFE...
Politics 17-09-2021

Unprecedented racism incident puts Greek PM to the test

A lawmaker from the ruling conservative New Democracy party (EPP) has caused turmoil in Greek politics after he re-tweeted an article that made public a list with names of “foreign” underage children in a kindergarten. The article’s aim was to...
Politics 17-09-2021

Italy gets closer to referendum decriminalising cannabis

A referendum aiming to decriminalise growing and consuming cannabis in Italy has been signed by more than 420,000 people in just four days. At the current pace, it is set to reach the 500,000 signatures it needs to be considered valid much...
Politics 16-09-2021

Italy ready to pick a fight with Croatia over ‘Prošek’

Rome is ready to raise its objections to Croatia’s request to get EU protection for its Prošek, a sweet dessert wine produced in Dalmatia, whose name is similar to that of Italy’s famous sparkling wine, prosecco, the agriculture minister has...
Politics 16-09-2021

Italy to make COVID-19 certificates mandatory for both public and private sector workers

“The vaccine is the only weapon we currently have against COVID, and we can only contain the infection by vaccinating a large majority of the population”, Regional Affairs Minister Mariastella Gelmini said. No other European country has made a health...
Future EU 16-09-2021

Portuguese MEPs critical of von der Leyen’s state of the union speech

Portuguese MEPs were sharply divided in their appreciation of the state of the Union speech presented on Wednesday by the President of the European Commission Ursula von der Leyen in the European Parliament. EURACTIV's partner Lusa reports.