Politics

10-05-2021

Czech PM asked EU leaders to expel Russian diplomats

In today's edition of the Capitals, look out for the Hungarian government donating excess ventilators, the Czech Prime Minister asking EU countries to expel Russian diplomats, and much more.

Commission has ‘plan B’ if Portugal’s presidency ends with no minimum wage consensus

The European Commission is considering future presidencies after Portugal's presidency as a 'plan B' should Portugal fail to reach consensus in the Council on the definition of minimum wages, according to EU Employment Commissioner Nicolas Schmit.

More than 1,400 migrants arrive on Italy’s Lampedusa

Fifteen boats packed with hundreds of migrants landed on the southern Italian island of Lampedusa on Sunday (9 May), and officials said they were expecting numbers to increase as the weather improved.
Elections 09-05-2021

Indyref 2 is ‘will of the country‘, says Scottish first minister following poll win

The pressure for a second referendum on Scottish independence will step up after the Scottish National Party secured 64 of the 129 seats following Thursday’s (6 May) Scottish parliament elections and declared that an independence poll was “the will of...

Schmit: ‘Real problem’ that ‘too few’ social rights exist in EU

European Commissioner for Employment and Social Rights, Nicolas Schmit, underlined on Friday (7 May) that it is a real problem that "too few" social rights exist, calling for a collective duty of the EU to provide concrete answers to citizens.

ILO wants investment in training, social protection

It is necessary to invest in training people, social protection and new forms of green and digital work, considering that Europe has enormous possibilities to do so, the Director-General of the International Labour Organization (ILO), Guy Ryder, urged on Friday...
07-05-2021

In search of social Europe ‘in practice’ at Porto summit

In today's edition of the Capitals, find out more about the Finnish parliament accusing Brussels of pressuring it to accept the EU stimulus package, Spain's new measures to reach eligibility for EU funding, and so much more.

EU Council chief expects an ‘important new chapter’ with India

Charles Michel, the president of the European Council, said on Wednesday (5 May) he hoped that the summit between leaders of the EU and India would open an "important new chapter" between Brussels and New Delhi, despite the "dramatic scenario" of the pandemic.
Elections 07-05-2021

German Greens leader Baerbock signals post-pacifist shift on foreign policy

The German Greens' candidate for chancellor Annalena Baerbock on Thursday (6 May) said her country must be more active on foreign policy and "take more responsibility for its own security", in a sign the party is shifting from its pacifist stance towards the centre.
06-05-2021

Press freedom crisis in Greece and COVID-19 travel certificates

This week our podcast takes us to Athens, where things are getting quite shady when it comes to press freedom. Last month there was the mafia-style execution of an investigative reporter, Giorgos Karaivaz, and shortly after that, another journalist, Kostas Vaxevanis, reported to the police that he is receiving death threats.
Brexit 06-05-2021

UK-France fishing row escalates as protest descends on Jersey

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has sent two Navy patrol vessels to Jersey over concerns that French fishermen could blockade its main port in an escalating post-Brexit row.
06-05-2021

Poland eyes J&J vaccines from Denmark

In today's edition of the capitals, find out more about Slovakia's parliament deputy speaker resigning after breaching the country's COVID-19 rules, Austria's decision to reject a possible EU-wide minimum wage, and so much more.
06-05-2021

Hungarian opposition to file police complaint after MP attends vote with virus

Hungarian opposition parties Párbeszéd (Dialogue) and Momentum have filed complaints against ruling Fidesz party lawmaker Zsolt Becsó after he attended a parliamentary session last week while infected with the coronavirus.

China Atlantic base would spark ‘strong concern’, Portuguese minister says

Any Chinese military base in the Atlantic Ocean is unnecessary and any such hypothesis would be viewed with "strong concern", Portugal's minister of defence, João Gomes Cravinho, has said, adding that it was "not a good idea" to transform this region into a scenario of "geopolitical conflict".
Non-discrimination 06-05-2021

Time to raise awareness of €1.5bn EU equality and rights programme, says leading MEP

Last month, European lawmakers proclaimed the EU’s Citizens, Equality, Rights and Values programmes as the largest ever amount of EU funding dedicated to promoting the bloc's values such as democracy and fundamental rights.
05-05-2021

Orbán has begun taking steps to preserve his power

With barely a year until what looks to be a tight election in Hungary, the government is shifting considerable amounts of public assets away from the state and into foundations. The goal could be to sustain Viktor Orbán’s "System of National Cooperation" (NER) should he lose the 2022 election. EURACTIV's media partner Telex takes a closer look.
Digital & Media 05-05-2021

Greek reporter after death threats: journalism targeted by business-politics ties

Greek journalist Kostas Vaxevanis has recently denounced a death contract against him. Less than a month ago, another well-known investigative journalist was murdered in a mafia-styled execution in Athens. EURACTIV has interviewed Vaxevanis to find out about the deteriorating conditions of independent journalism in the country.
05-05-2021

Belgium suffers major cyberattack

In today's edition of the capitals, Italy and Austria take the green travel certificate into their own hands, while the Czech Interior Minister denies exchanging data on the Russian depot blast for Sputnik V, read this and so much more.
Non-discrimination 05-05-2021

In first, WTO names women to half of deputy chief posts

World Trade Organization head Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala on Tuesday (4 May) named two women to the WTO's four deputy leader jobs for the first time in its history.

Portugal-India summit postponed until leaders can attend in person

The EU-India bilateral summit which had been planned to take place during Portugal's presidency of the Council of the EU has been postponed until the leaders involved can attend in person, Portugal's minister of foreign affairs confirmed on Tuesday (5 May).
Elections 05-05-2021

Spain’s Popular Party wins Madrid regional election

Spain's conservative Popular Party (PP) has won a snap regional election in Madrid, in a victory for the incumbent regional president, Isabel Díaz Ayuso. However the party fell short of an absolute majority and must form a coalition or rely on the abstention of far-right Vox to govern. EURACTIV’s partner EFE reports. 
Non-discrimination 04-05-2021

Belgium must halt police race violence and end racial profiling, says UN committee

Belgium must take action to tackle ‘police-related racial violence’ and racial profiling, according to new recommendations by a UN committee published on Monday (3 May).
Digital & Media 04-05-2021

Hungary may see takeovers of last free media, experts warn

Recent reports have confirmed the negative trend for media freedom in Hungary but also pointed to Budapest's negative impact on press freedom in neighbouring countries. On World Press Freedom Day (3 May), EURACTIV talked to two of the main experts on Hungarian media.
04-05-2021

Austria proposes reform of Euratom treaty

In todays edition of the capitals, find out more about Slovakia's call for an early election referendum, Sweden's statement on tighter immigration policy and so much more.