EURACTIV.com with AFP

Agrifood 30-07-2021

In Spain, dozens of villages struggle for drinking water

Across the country, nitrates and arsenic have made the water undrinkable for village's residents, who number 350 in winter and nearly 1,000 in summer. Groundwater resources are at risk from agricultural pollution, a lack of water quality controls and drought.
Global Europe 30-07-2021

EU pushes Iraq to stem migrant flights to Belarus

The European Union said on Thursday (29 July) it was pressing Iraq to help stem the flow of migrants to Belarus who are then smuggled across the border into Lithuania.

Turkey courts Biden with Kabul airport offer

Turkey is offering to protect Kabul's strategic airport after US forces leave in what experts view as a high-risk bid to improve Ankara's strained ties with Washington.
Global Europe 29-07-2021

Turkey detains over 200 migrants in Aegean

Turkey's coast guard has detained more than 200 migrants, including Afghans and Syrians, who were crossing the Aegean Sea on a fishing boat in an attempt to reach Greece, local media reported.
Global Europe 29-07-2021

Biden meets Belarus opposition leader, vowing support for democracy

US President Joe Biden met Wednesday (28 July) with Belarus opposition leader Svetlana Tikhanouskaya at the White House, in a strong show of support for pro-democracy protesters who say she won last year's election.

French ex-minister charged with corruption in Ghosn case

France's financial crimes unit said Tuesday (27 July) it had charged prominent rightwinger Rachida Dati, a former cabinet minister and close ally of ex-president Nicolas Sarkozy, over her dealings with disgraced former Renault chief Carlos Ghosn.
Agrifood 27-07-2021

Knives out in France for ‘ersatz’ lab-grown foie gras

The quintessential French pate delicacy of foie gras cannot be called as such if it is grown in a lab, an association said Monday (26 July), after a start-up launched a high-profile bid to grow the food from duck cells.
Arab Spring 27-07-2021

Tunisia president sacks defence minister amid political turmoil

Tunisian President Kais Saied sacked the defence minister Monday (26 July), a day after ousting the prime minister and suspending parliament, plunging the young democracy into constitutional crisis in the midst of a pandemic.
Enlargement 26-07-2021

Serbia fumes over Croatia’s plan to put Tesla on euro coins

Croatia's plan to put famous inventor Nikola Tesla on its euro coins has sparked criticism in Serbia, whose central bank said Monday (26 July) it would take the issue to the EU.
Climate change 26-07-2021

UK hosts 51 countries for climate talks ahead of COP26

Britain hosts climate and environment ministers from 51 countries on Sunday (25 July) for “critical” climate talks ahead of November’s COP26 summit in Glasgow. British minister Alok Sharma, President of COP26, will lead the two-day meeting, which London said will...
Global Europe 26-07-2021

Another presidential hopeful arrested in Nicaragua

Another presidential candidate was arrested in Nicaragua on Saturday (24 July), police said -- the seventh potential contender detained by Daniel Ortega's government in the lead-up to elections on 7 November.
Non-discrimination 26-07-2021

Thousands march for LGBTQ rights in Budapest’s biggest Pride

Thousands of Hungarians marched in Budapest's biggest Pride parade on Saturday (24 July), amid tension sparked by a series of anti-gay steps by prime minister Viktor Orbán.
Global Europe 23-07-2021

Argentina complains to Russia over vaccine delivery

Argentina has complained to Russia about delays in delivering second doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine in a letter warning of breach of contract repercussions, the government in Buenos Aires said Thursday (22 July).
Health 23-07-2021

Half of Europeans vaccinated as Germany warns on rising virus cases

More than half of all European adults are now fully vaccinated, the EU said on Thursday (22 July), as countries across Europe and Asia battled fresh outbreaks blamed on the fast-spreading Delta variant.
Europe's East 22-07-2021

Russia takes Ukraine to European court over MH17 plane crash

Russia said Thursday (22 July) it had filed a complaint against Ukraine with the European Court of Human Rights, blaming Kyiv for the 2014 crash of a Malaysian airliner and civilian deaths in Russia and Ukraine.
China 22-07-2021

Montenegro starts paying off $1 billion Chinese road loan

Montenegro paid the first instalment of a billion-dollar road loan from China that critics say could wreck the Balkan nation's economy.
Global Europe 21-07-2021

EU, US reject Erdogan’s plans for a two-state solution in Cyprus

Brussels and Washington have reacted strongly to Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s decision to partially reopen a coastal resort town emptied of its original Greek Cypriot residents as well as his proposal for a two-state solution on Cyprus issue.
Climate change 19-07-2021

Merkel sees ‘surreal’ wreckage as Europe flood death toll tops 180

Chancellor Angela Merkel said Sunday (18 July) that she was horrified by the "surreal" devastation in the flood-ravaged region of Germany, as the toll in western Europe reached at least 184 people dead with dozens still missing.
Armenia 17-07-2021

EU chief backs international mediation to Armenia-Azerbaijan conflict

The European Union supports international efforts to ease tensions between Armenia and Azerbaijan following their war last year over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region, chief Charles Michel said on Saturday (17 July).
Global Europe 16-07-2021

Turkish ship fires warning shots at Cyprus coastguard

A Turkish coastguard vessel fired warning shots Friday (16 July) at a Cyprus police boat on patrol for undocumented migrants near the line of control off the island's north coast, Cypriot media reported.
Climate change 16-07-2021

China steps up climate fight with emissions trading scheme

Two days after the European Union unveiled new carbon-cutting plans, China launched its long-awaited emissions trading system on Friday (16 July), a key tool in its quest to drive down climate change-causing greenhouse gases and go carbon neutral by 2060.
Economy & Jobs 16-07-2021

Ireland rejects global tax reform plans, says Donohoe

Ireland will not support global tax reform plans, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe insisted Thursday (15 July), entrenching its hold-out position as momentum builds for a deal meant to ensure multinationals pay a fair share.
Global Europe 15-07-2021

EU mission meets with Venezuela defense minister, supreme court

European Union election experts met on Wednesday (13 July) with Venezuela's defense minister and Supreme Court president, at a time when the opposition is demanding the release of a top leader accused of terrorism and treason.
Global Europe 15-07-2021

‘Get this done,’ Biden says on historic US infrastructure spending

President Joe Biden went up to the Senate on Wednesday (14 July) in an effort to get Democrats to commit to his historic, high-wire bid to transform the United States with trillions of dollars in infrastructure spending.