Global Europe

14-05-2021

Global Europe Brief: ‘Coalitions of the Willing’, Balkan disappointment & Hungary’s ‘Eastern Opening’

Welcome to EURACTIV’s Global Europe Brief, your weekly update on the EU from a global perspective. You can subscribe here. /// The Global Europe Brief takes a small break this week. We’re back with our regular edition next week. EU IN...
14-05-2021

Violence against protesters destabilize the Colombian government

Colombia's foreign minister resigned Thursday (13 May) amid international condemnation of excessive force used by law enforcers against civilians engaged in anti-government protests since 28 April.
14-05-2021

Venezuela leader Maduro ‘ready’ to restart talks with Guaido

Venezuelan president Nicolas Maduro has indicated he is ready to restart halted talks with opposition leader Juan Guaidó, according to state media.
14-05-2021

Republicans urge Biden to end Iran talks over Hamas rockets

US Republicans on Thursday (13 May) stepped up calls on President Joe Biden to end talks to return to a nuclear agreement with Iran as the clerical state’s ally Hamas fires rockets into Israel. The United States has been holding...
14-05-2021

Baltics step closer to plugging into EU power grid, ending dependence on Russia

Three EU Baltic states on Thursday (13 May) took a big step toward accessing the bloc's power grid, a move intended to end energy dependence on Russia dating back to the Soviet era.
China 13-05-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Franco-German vaccine trade-offs and EU-China deal

When the EU-China Comprehensive Agreement on Investment (CAI) was agreed “in principle” last December, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Chinese President Xi Jinping and French President Emmanuel Macron were rather satisfied. Their plan was to have the deal agreed upon during...
13-05-2021

World powers call for de-escalation after Israel clashes

Calls grew on Wednesday (12 May) for a de-escalation of violence after intense hostilities between Israel and the Palestinians that have left at least 65 dead and hundreds injured.
13-05-2021

The EU-India Summit: Gearing up for global challenges

The recent EU-India summit has highlighted that the relationship has developed into a mature strategic partnership, writes Gauri Khandekar.
13-05-2021

Independent expert panel blasts early pandemic failures

An expert panel on Wednesday (12 May) blamed bad coordination as well as dithering by national governments and international organisations for the failure to tackle Covid-19 before it became a full-blown pandemic, as India's death toll topped 250,000.
13-05-2021

EU Commission urges limiting travel from India

The European Commission on Wednesday (12 May) urged EU member states to work together to restrict travel from India in order to limit the spread of a Covid-19 variant that has ravaged the Asian country.
13-05-2021

San Marino to offer tourists Sputnik jabs for 50 euros

San Marino, an independent micro-state in northern Italy, announced Wednesday (12 May) it would offer the Russian Sputnik Covid-19 vaccine to tourists for €50.
Enlargement 12-05-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – Western Balkans photo-op

Janez Janša surprised everyone by deciding to unveil the priorities of Slovenia’s presidency of the Council of the EU during a trip to Greece this week. One of the highlights of its six-month stint at the helm will be an “informal EU-Western Balkans summit".
Economy & Jobs 12-05-2021

As Hungary lauds its ‘Eastern Opening’ policy, statistics fail to show benefits

The Hungarian government has been boasting of its trade policy’s Eastern success, but data shows that the country’s economic reliance on the EU has not changed since 2010, and the promised Eastern opportunities have never materialised. EURACTIV’s media partner Telex...
EU-Africa 12-05-2021

EU–Africa relations: a partnership delayed but not derailed

Talk of an EU–Africa partnership may have only emerged in the last two years, but the promise of better trade and political relations with its southern ‘sister continent’ came from Jean Claude Juncker, who set out plans for a continent–to–continent...
12-05-2021

India’s COVID deaths cross quarter million mark, no sign of peak

India said a record number of people were killed by the coronavirus, pushing its death toll over a quarter million, while a leading virologist said it was too early to say if infections had reached a peak.
12-05-2021

35 killed in Gaza, 5 in Israel, as violence escalates

Hostilities between Israel and Hamas escalated on Wednesday (12 May), with at least 35 killed in Gaza and five in Israel in the most intensive aerial exchanges for years.
Enlargement 12-05-2021

Facing pressure, Bulgaria tries to explain its North Macedonia veto

Facing pressure from EU members, the Bulgarian ambassador to the EU explained on Tuesday (11 May) to the EU ministers his country’s decision to veto the start of neighbouring North Macedonia's accession negotiations.
12-05-2021

Ukraine advances treason case against Kremlin ally

The Ukrainian authorities put Viktor Medvedchuk, the Kremlin's most prominent ally in Ukraine, under formal suspicion for high treason on Tuesday (11 May) as part of a crackdown on his circle that has fuelled tensions between Kyiv and Moscow.
12-05-2021

Italian and Turkish fishing boats in skirmish off Cyprus

A skirmish broke out between Turkish and Italian fishermen near the divided Mediterranean island of Cyprus on Tuesday, the Italian navy said on Tuesday (11 May). The navy said in a statement that people on board an unspecified number of...
11-05-2021

The Brief, powered by FACEBOOK – The next war over water

We Europeans take water for granted. Barring the occasional ban on using hosepipes during heatwaves, we use as much water as we like, when we like. It won’t be like that for much longer.
Enlargement 11-05-2021

Albania has voted – will it be a new momentum for its EU path?

Pressed by major challenges such as endemic corruption, brain drain and economic hurdles, Albania needs a strong and stable political establishment that will push for an ambitious reform agenda. The latest elections provide hope, but much work lies ahead, write Tobias Rüttershoff and Teona Lavrelashvili.

EU approves strengthened civil protection mechanism

EU member states on Monday (10 May) approved a strengthened EU Civil Protection Mechanism, with new rules to better prepare for emergencies like forest fires, and more resources allowing a faster response to new threats such as pandemics.
Central Asia 11-05-2021

Oettinger: It’s time to take EU-Kazakhstan relations to a new level

Former European Commission Vice President Günther Oettinger called on Monday (10 May) for elevating the EU-Kazakhstan relations to “a new level”, inviting the European business to invest more in added-value products manufactured in the Central Asian country.
11-05-2021

Brussels calls on EU countries to help Italy by taking migrants

The EU's commissioner for home affairs, Ylva Johansson, on Monday (10 May) called for the bloc's countries to show "solidarity" with Italy after it took on more than 1,400 migrants arriving on boats over the weekend.