Politics

Elections 30-07-2021

Little known businessman Plamen Nikolov nominated as Bulgaria’s prime minister

The political force that won the 11 July election ‘There is Such a People’ of TV showman Slavi Trifonov nominated on Friday (30 July) Plamen Nikolov, a little-known businessman, to be the next Prime Minister of Bulgaria.
30-07-2021

COVID in continuum: EURACTIV’s 2021 summer review

Even journalists need holidays, though whether we can use them to go anywhere these days is more complicated. As we pack our real and metaphorical bags for the summer recess, we offer a look back at some of the headlines that have dominated the first seven months of 2021
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.
30-07-2021

Greek islands face lockdowns – Portugal’s nightlife closed until October

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the overcrowding of Italian prisons, the streets of Prague making way for the 'vaccine bus', and so much more.

Slovenian opposition calls for independent probe into Pegasus concerns

Slovenia's opposition Social Democrats have called on Prime Minister Janez Janša to initiate an independent, voluntary forensic investigation of mobile devices of political leaders, journalists and civil society in the face of the Pegasus surveillance scandal.

Polish minister says European rights law breaches constitution

Poland's justice minister on Thursday (29 July) asked its Constitutional Tribunal to examine whether an article of the European Convention on Human Rights breaches the constitution, deepening an international row over the country's judicial reforms.

Italy government reaches accord on contested justice reform

The Italian government has reached an accord over a contested reform of the judicial system, a government spokesperson said on Thursday (29 July), apparently putting an end to weeks of friction in Mario Draghi multi-party coalition.

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.
29-07-2021

Protesting Bulgarians wiretapped under ‘coup’ accusation

In today's edition of The Capitals, find out more about Slovakia announcing an official pandemic wave, Czechia considering offering two extra days paid leave to those vaccinated, and so much more.
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.
28-07-2021

UNESCO saves Romanian gold mine site from cyanide developers

In today's The Capitals , Hungary prepares its citizens for the third COVID-19 jab and the Polish government look to set up a fund to fight cybercrime, all this and much more in the capitals..
Global Europe 28-07-2021

Interpol nets 286 in global operation against human trafficking

Criminal groups behind human trafficking and migrant smuggling have been hit hard in a 4-day operation coordinated by Interpol with 286 suspects arrested worldwide, the international criminal police organization announced on Tuesday (27 July).

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.
Non-discrimination 27-07-2021

French equality body sounds alarm over extension of COVID-19 pass

France's equality agency, Défenseur des droits, has published a 10-point opinion paper raising concerns about the controversial extension of COVID-19 pass, which is now pending approval by the Constitutional Council on 5 August following approval by the French parliament.
27-07-2021

Austria opposes Turkey’s bid to join EU military project

In today's edition of The Capitals, find out more about Poland considering making the COVID-19 vaccine mandatory for healthcare workers, Macron discussing the Pegasus spyware case with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett, and so much more.
Non-discrimination 26-07-2021

9 in 10 hate crimes go unreported, EU fundamental rights agency finds

Up to 9 in 10 hate crimes and attacks in the EU still go unreported because victims face difficulty reporting them, do not trust the police and believe that nothing would change if they report it, according to a new study by the EU’s Fundamental Rights Agency.
26-07-2021

Austria says it will not solve Europe’s Afghanistan problem

In today's edition of the capitals, the Czech Republic start their vaccination campaign for the homeless and former DUP leader Arlene Foster joins Nigel Farage's GB News, all thsi and much more in the capitals.

EU Commissioner rejects Janša’s accusation of ‘harming’ Slovenia

European Commissioner Janez Lenarčič has rejected an accusation by PΜ Janez Janša that he was acting against Slovenia's interests saying "Slovenia is being harmed by those who undermine the rule of law and media freedom".
Elections 26-07-2021

Protesters opposed to COVID measures clash with police in Paris

French anti-riot police fired teargas on Saturday (24 July) as clashes erupted during protests in central Paris against COVID-19 restrictions and a vaccination campaign, television reported.
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.
23-07-2021

US warns Warsaw over licence renewal of top private broadcaster

In today's edition of The Capitals, find out more about the Czech Republic amending its gun laws, Ireland preparing its ICU's for a new surge in COVID-19 cases, and so much more.
Brexit 23-07-2021

Von der Leyen rejects UK bid to reopen Irish protocol

European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen on Thursday (22 July) insisted that the EU would not reopen the controversial Northern Ireland protocol, a key part of the Brexit agreement with the UK, just a day after Boris Johnson’s published a paper setting out its plans to renegotiate it.

More than 230 migrants jump fence into Spain’s Melilla

Over 230 migrants from Sub-Saharan Africa arrived in Melilla in the early hours of Thursday after jumping the border fence between Morocco and the Spanish North African enclave. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reported. 
Elections 23-07-2021

Preparing for curtain calls, Merkel too busy to think about life after office

Germany's Angela Merkel made clear she would keep working on issues such as climate change till her last day as chancellor but, inscrutable as ever, gave little away about her plans once she leaves office after the 26 September election.