EURACTIV.com with AFP

Enlargement 27-09-2021

North Macedonia holds high-stakes census, first in 20 years

In the country called today North Macedonia -- which gained independence in 1991 following the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and came close to civil war in 2001 -- the long postponed census is far from being a statistical operation.

Polish copper giant signs deal with US firm for small nuclear reactors

Polish copper giant KGHM on Thursday (23 September) signed a memorandum of understanding with NuScale Power of the United States for the development of at least four small nuclear reactors to power its plants.
Elections 24-09-2021

Catalan separatist MEP Puigdemont arrested in Italy

Exiled former Catalan president Carles Puigdemont was arrested in Italy on Thursday (23 September), his lawyer and an aide said, four years after fleeing following an independence referendum that Madrid ruled unconstitutional.

Italy’s Draghi announces €3 billion package to keep energy prices down

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi on Thursday (23 September) announced measures worth three billion euros to keep gas and electricity bills down this winter as power prices soar across Europe.
Global Europe 23-09-2021

EU says US tech talks going ahead despite French anger

The European Union said on Thursday that trade and tech talks with the United States would go ahead as planned next week, despite France's submarine spat with Washington putting them in doubt.
Health 23-09-2021

Biden says US donating ‘historic’ extra 500 million Covid vaccines

US President Joe Biden addressed a Covid-19 summit of world leaders Wednesday (22 September) with a promise to donate a "historic" extra 500 million vaccines to countries struggling to overcome the pandemic.
Global Europe 23-09-2021

Australia submarines: How the ‘contract of the century’ fell apart

Australia's scrapping of a massive multi-billion-euro contract for the purchase of French submarines has led to a diplomatic crisis between France and its erstwhile allies in Canberra and Washington. Here is a timeline of the spat:
Electricity 23-09-2021

Why Europe is facing an energy price surge

Prices for gas and electricity are soaring in Europe as winter approaches, forcing governments to react. Here is what's behind the price increase:
Global Europe 22-09-2021

Denmark sides with Biden in submarine row

Denmark, one of Washington's closest allies in Europe, disagrees with French and EU criticism of the United States over a submarine deal with Australia, Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen said Wednesday (22 September).
Global Europe 22-09-2021

France builds EU support in sub row, but some warn against US rift

European allies rallied cautiously around France on Tuesday (21 September) after the US and Australian decision to strip Paris of a submarine supply contract, but some warned the dispute should not torpedo trade talks.
Global Europe 22-09-2021

Iran new president backs nuclear talks but berates US

Iran's new ultraconservative president voiced support Tuesday (21 September) in his international debut for reviving a nuclear accord even as he berated the United States, hailing what he described as its failures.
Global Europe 22-09-2021

Trudeau begins third term weakened at helm of Canada minority government

Justin Trudeau's snap election gamble has landed the Canadian leader back at square one: reelected without a majority, the liberal prime minister will once more need backing from opposition rivals to govern.
Global Europe 21-09-2021

Russia ‘responsible’ for killing dissident Litvinenko: Europe rights court

The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) on Tuesday (21 September) ruled that Russia was "responsible" for the 2006 killing in London of the dissident former agent Alexander Litvinenko with the radioactive substance Polonium.
Global Europe 21-09-2021

France eyes momentum at UN on Iran nuclear deal talks

France's top diplomat said Monday (20 September) that he hoped a meeting of foreign ministers in New York this week would build positive momentum towards kick-starting stalled talks over the Iran nuclear deal.
Global Europe 21-09-2021

EU chief Michel denounces ‘lack of loyalty’ by US

EU chief Charles Michel on Monday (20 September) accused the United States of a lack of loyalty after Australia canceled a mega-contract with France to buy US nuclear submarines.
Transport 21-09-2021

US to end travel bans for vaccinated passengers

The United States announced Monday (20 September) it will lift COVID travel bans on all air passengers in November if they are fully vaccinated and undergo testing and contact tracing.
Coronavirus 20-09-2021

Vaccine bookings spike in Italy after COVID pass extended to all employees

Bookings for coronavirus vaccines in Italy jumped last week after the government said all employees must show proof of a jab, negative test or recent recovery from COVID-19 or be considered on unpaid leave.
Politics 16-09-2021

End of ‘Merkron’: EU’s power couple prepares to bow out

French President Emmanuel Macron hosted Angela Merkel in Paris on Thursday (16 September) for the last time before the German chancellor stands down, spelling the end of a partnership at the heart of the European Union for the last four years.
Economy & Jobs 16-09-2021

EU sweetens its Blue Card for foreign professionals

The EU's Blue Card giving eligible foreign professionals the right to live and work in the bloc is being made more attractive under modifications approved Wednesday (15 September) by the European Parliament.

Germany, France warn Mali over Russian mercenary deal

Germany warned Mali on Wednesday (15 September) that a deal with Russian private security group Wagner would "call into question" its deployment in the West African country as part of United Nations and European Union missions.
Brexit 15-09-2021

UK delays full post-Brexit border checks from EU

Britain on Tuesday (14 September) said it would push back its implementation of full post-Brexit borders checks on goods from the European Union, as the pandemic, red tape and new immigration rules fuel supply problems.

European Prosecutor’s office probes suspected fraud worth €4.5 billion

The EU's prosecutor's office, launched with fanfare three months ago, is already probing various suspected frauds against the bloc's funds, amounting to €4.5 billion, it said on Tuesday (14 September).
Global Europe 15-09-2021

Will the World Tourism Organization leave Madrid for Riyadh?

Will the World Tourism Organization leave Madrid for Riyadh? Stricken at the thought, Spain is making major diplomatic efforts to prevent Saudi from snatching the only UN agency headquartered in the Iberian peninsular.
Central Asia 15-09-2021

US says nearly 500 Afghan citizens evacuated from Uzbekistan

The United States said Tuesday (14 September) it had evacuated nearly 500 "military and civilian" Afghans from Uzbekistan, while the Central Asian country declared there were now no Afghan refugees on its territory.