Politics

25-06-2021

Angela Merkel to take last bow on EU stage

Germany's Angela Merkel headed Thursday (24 June) into what is expected to be her last EU summit, with admiration from her fellow leaders after 16 years in power tempered by a sober sizing-up of her achievements.
25-06-2021

Tweets of the Week: LGBTIQ divide, EUCO, Recovery Tour

Stadium lights are not political, member states stay critical, and Von der Leyen sees it all.

Portuguese FM: EU enlargement could be ‘great achievement’ for Slovenia

Portugal's foreign minister, Augusto Santos Silva, said on Thursday (24 June) that the launch of EU accession negotiations with North Macedonia and Albania would be "a major achievement" of Slovenia's upcoming EU Presidency.
Non-discrimination 25-06-2021

EU leaders confront Hungary PM over LGBTQ law

EU leaders holding a summit Thursday (24 June) attacked Hungary's Prime Minister Viktor Orbán over a new law in his country banning LGBTQ content in schools, which they view as homophobic and contrary to EU values.
24-06-2021

The Brief, powered by Martens Centre – Rainbow EU, divided EU

Who would have thought it? With such big issues like Russia and Turkey on the EU summit agenda, not to mention the COVID-19 travel certificate, without which our holidays will be spoiled, LGBTQI+ rights would eclipse both geopolitics and our sacrosanct lifestyle?

Catalan pardons are welcome but the political conflict is not over

The release of nine Catalan pro-independence leaders is a welcome end to years of suffering. But the political battle is far from over, writes Jordi Solé i Ferrando.
Non-discrimination 24-06-2021

Portrayal and promotion – Hungary’s LGBTQI+ law explained

Controversy over a new Hungarian law banning LGBTQI+ references for minors is set to be raised by several EU leaders during their 24-25 June summit, originally intended to focus on foreign policy issues. But what is this law, and how does it fit into the Hungarian government’s anti-LGBT agenda? EURACTIV's media partner Telex takes a closer look.
Non-discrimination 24-06-2021

Row over Hungary’s LGBTQ law blows EU summit off course

Controversy over a new Hungarian law banning LGBTQ references in school materials is threatening to overshadow an EU summit on Thursday and Friday (24-25 June) intended to focus on foreign policy issues: confronting Russia and tricky ties with Turkey.
24-06-2021

Catalan separatists released from prison after pardon

Nine Catalan separatists have been released from prison after their sentences for their role in a banned independence referendum in 2017 were commuted by the Spanish government. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Non-discrimination 23-06-2021

Half of the EU countries voice ‘grave concern’ at Hungary anti-LGBTQ law

Thirteen, or less than half of the EU's 27 member states on Tuesday (22 June) voiced their "grave concern" at a new law in Hungary they said discriminates against LGBTQ people while claiming to protect children.
23-06-2021

UEFA pulls the plug on rainbow arena in Munich

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about Romania's government facing a vote of no-confidence soon, Swedish police investigating producers of faulty COVID-19 tests, and so much more.
Brexit 23-06-2021

Five years on, Brexit bedevils pandemic-hit UK

Five years on from Britain's shock decision to quit the European Union, the wounds opened by Brexit have yet to heal, and analysts say its far-reaching changes are only just beginning.
23-06-2021

Spanish government pardons jailed Catalan separatist leaders

Spain’s socialist-led coalition government has finalised controversial pardons for nine Catalan politicians jailed for their involvement in an unauthorised referendum and declaration of independence in 2017. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.

UK will not extend settlement scheme deadline for EU nationals

EU nationals living in the UK have a week until a 30 June deadline to apply for settled status, after officials confirmed that the cut-off date would not be extended.
Brexit 22-06-2021

The Brief, powered by Martens Centre – Not so settled status

Whether or not the UK government and EU counterparts care to admit it, living abroad has become more complicated in the age of no more free movement.

Sven Giegold: ECB should start ‘digging into’ financial crime in Bulgaria

To join the Euro, Bulgaria needs to tidy up with financial crime, and the European Central Bank (ECB) should be doing its job and finally start “digging into this”, MEP Sven Giegold told EURACTIV in a telephone interview.
22-06-2021

Spanish government to pardon jailed Catalan separatist leaders

The Spanish government is poised to issue pardons for nine Catalan politicians jailed for their involvement in the illegal and ill-fated referendum and declaration of independence in 2017, EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports.
Global Europe 22-06-2021

Britain begins negotiations to join trans-Pacific trade deal

Britain will begin negotiations on Tuesday (22 June) to join a trans-Pacific trade deal that it sees as crucial to its post-Brexit pivot away from Europe and towards geographically more distant but faster-growing economies.
22-06-2021

Turkey holds key to EU migration pact deadlock

In today's edition of the capitals find out more about the European Commission giving the green light for both Austria's and Slovakia's recovery plans and the Swedish government losing the no-confidence vote, these stories and so much more...
Enlargement 22-06-2021

Slovenian FM: EU inaction in Western Balkans ‘strategically dangerous’

The EU needs to move "as soon as possible" from a wait-and-see approach to a problem-solving strategy in dealing with enlargement and the Western Balkans, Slovenian Foreign Minister Anže Logar told EURACTIV in an interview about the priorities for his country's upcoming EU Council presidency.
OpinionPromoted content
22-06-2021

Another future for Europe

‘Democracy owes its existence to Christianity'. These words were uttered by Robert Schuman, the primary founding father of the European Union, half a century ago.
21-06-2021

Orban’s Europe vision: Dismantle EU Parliament

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Pride march in Warsaw amid the current backlash against the LGBT community, Germany's health minister warning football fans not to travel to London, and so much more.
Non-discrimination 21-06-2021

Turkish women rally in defense of Istanbul Convention

Hundreds of women rally in Istanbul on Saturday (19 June), urging President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to reverse his decision to withdraw from a Council of Europe anti-violence treaty ahead of a formal exit on1 July.
Elections 21-06-2021

Spanish PM heads to Catalonia before pardon to separatists

Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez will deliver a major speech in Barcelona Monday (21 June) as his government is poised to pardon the jailed Catalan separatists behind a failed 2017 independence bid.