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Coronavirus 09-06-2020

Latin America is the new COVID-19 epicentre

Latin America has become the new epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic in recent weeks with more than a million cases. The next month will be crucial in slowing the progress of the outbreak in the region, according to Marcos Espinal, an expert at the Pan American Health Organisation.
Global Europe 05-06-2020

Europe’s COVID crisis does little to disparage Mediterranean migrants

Alfa Jafo has spent the last few months working in the kitchen at a restaurant in the historic city of Agadez in Niger, a launchpad for irregular migration in the Sahel. Asked if the COVID-19 pandemic has killed his dream of going to Europe, Jafo looks genuinely puzzled and says 'No'.
Economy & Jobs 29-05-2020

Canary Islands: Spain’s tourist paradise seeks to lead revival of sector

When the Spanish government put the country on lockdown in March to contain the spread of the coronavirus, tourism in the Canary Islands quickly dropped to zero. But the Atlantic archipelago hopes to rebound soon.
Economy & Jobs 27-05-2020

Madrid toasts lockdown easing as outdoor terraces partially reopen

Four friends sat around a table in Madrid’s central La Latina neighbourhood and enjoyed a round of beers in the late Monday morning sun, a toast to rediscovered freedoms. A year ago, it would have seemed like a perfectly ordinary spring day, but for most Madrid residents today, it was almost a landmark event.
Coronavirus 30-04-2020

Coronavirus board game to teach and entertain Italian kids

One board says: "You do the shopping for your neighbours: throw the dice again”. Another orders: “You go out without a face mask: go back to the previous square”. Those are some of the rules of a new, educational cum fun, ‘coronavirus board game’ designed for kids in Italy.
Coronavirus 27-04-2020

Children venture out in Spain after six weeks at home

Spain’s children were allowed to go for first walks on Sunday (26 April), after spending six weeks locked in their homes, as the country continued a downward trend in the number of deaths and rate of infection.
Future EU 20-04-2020

Von der Leyen: ‘We now need to build a resilient, green, and digital Europe’

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen believes the “real Europe is standing up” to the coronavirus crisis now. In a written interview with EURACTIV's media partner Efe, she spoke about a broad range of issues, from the challenges facing the Eurogroup earlier this month to the expectations for the summit of European leaders this week.
Economy & Jobs 31-03-2020

Spain unveils fresh economic relief measures for vulnerable groups

The Spanish government approved on Tuesday (31 March) a fresh package of economic relief measures to mitigate the negative effects of the full suspension of non-essential activities enforced as part of the country’s efforts to fight the coronavirus outbreak. “What...

MEPs rejected boost to search and rescue operations in Mediterranean by two votes

On Thursday (24 October), the European Parliament voted by a thin majority against a resolution calling on the EU to step up its search and rescue (SAR) operations in the Mediterranean, exposing a certain degree of political volatility in the hemicycle.
Global Europe 18-02-2019

France, Spain condemn Venezuela’s expulsion of EU fact-finding team

The foreign ministers of France and Spain condemned on Monday (18 February) the Venezuelan government's decision to expel a group of EU lawmakers who had travelled there on a fact-finding mission and wanted to meet with the self-appointed but widely recognised interim president. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Economy & Jobs 06-07-2017

Spain joins Poland in opposing EU posted workers law

Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and his Polish counterpart, Beata Szydło, last week reaffirmed their commitment to the European project but reiterated their concerns about the EU’s posted workers directive. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Global Europe 28-10-2016

Columbian president: Thankful for ‘heaven-sent’ Nobel Prize, hopeful of new FARC peace deal

Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos hopes that a new peace deal with the FARC guerrilla group could be possible by the end of November and did not dismiss the possibility of organising another referendum, in an exclusive interview with EURACTIV’s partner EFE.

Global Europe 05-04-2016

EU asked to recognise Palestine and boycott illegal Israeli products

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah yesterday (4 April) called upon the European Union to recognise the State of Palestine and to boycott Israeli products “produced in illegal Israeli settlements”.
Trade & Society 09-03-2016

New Orleans looks to EU and TTIP to rebuild fortunes

A decade after Hurricane Katrina devastated much of New Orleans, the city is still in the process of rebuilding and is now setting its sights on foreign trade and foreign investment, especially when it comes to the European Union and TTIP.
Transport 09-03-2016

MEPs back cheaper services in EU ports

MEPs on Tuesday (8 March) backed a proposal to increase efficiency and lower the cost of services provided in European Union ports.
Development Policy 04-03-2016

Former coca plantations given new purpose by EU funding

EU-funded agricultural projects in Colombia that make use of former coca plantations could be expanded if a fragile peace deal between the government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces guerrilla movement (FARC) survives.
Global Europe 04-03-2016

Mogherini plans Cuba visit as accord nears

The European Union's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini is set to visit Cuba next week for talks that could finalize an agreement on normalizing relations, Havana said on Thursday (3 March).
Agrifood 04-03-2016

Spanish fishermen go on pilgrimage to protest law change

Thousands of people braved the Spanish rain to protest in the Galician city of Santiago de Compostela over the regional government's alleged betrayal of its all-important fishing industry.
Enlargement 02-03-2016

Georgia lauded as ‘most advanced’ in the Eastern Partnership

Spanish Foreign Minister José Manuel García concluded a visit to Georgia by praising the Caucasian republic's rapid implementation of its EU association agreement and highlighted Madrid and Tbilisi’s ‘close links’.
Global Europe 29-02-2016

Peruvians all set for visa-free Schengen travel

Peru's migration authority has started issuing its first biometric passports that will allow its citizens to undertake short-term visa-free travel within the Schengen area.
Development Policy 23-02-2016

Mercosur makes EU free trade offer before French visit

South American bloc Mercosur is offering to open up 93% of its trade to competition from the European Union to seal a long-sought free-trade deal, Uruguay's president said yesterday (22 February).
Future EU 22-02-2016

Josep Borrell: Spain’s influence on EU is ‘negligible’

Former President of the European Parliament Josep Borrell has criticised Spain’s role in European politics over the last decade and Mariano Rajoy’s role in forwarding Spanish interests.
Global Europe 18-02-2016

EU seeks closer anti-terrorism cooperation with Algeria

The European Union wants to strengthen its ties with Algeria in order to step up the fight against terrorism.
Global Europe 18-02-2016

US, Cuba look to boost trade ties, despite embargo

US and Cuban government officials met again yesterday (17 February) to strengthen trade ties amid growing interest by the American business community and Cuban calls for Washington to further reduce restrictions.
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