Politics

13-05-2022

Why is Eurovision so political and what is the new European Political Community?

This week, our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on why the Eurovision Song Contest has become so politicised and whether this year’s event is a good reflection of current European affairs. Who are the traditional allies that we will see...
24-02-2022

Russian invasion: How did we get here? And what are the next steps for the EU?

This week, our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on the Russian invasion in Ukraine. How did we get to the invasion?
17-02-2022

Prices on the rise and the EU-African Union partnership of equals

This week, our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on inflation in Europe, what is driving it and why, and what role the European Central Bank in ensuring stability. I spoke with EURACTIV’s Jobs and Economy Editor, Janos Amman, to hear...
03-02-2022

Russia showers Budapest with money and the COVID certificate the only requirement for traveling

This week, our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on Viktor Orbán’s visit to Moscow amid Russia's tensions with the EU and the West in general.
27-01-2022

The escalation in Ukraine and the Italian presidency race explained

This week our podcast focuses on the escalation in the Ukrainian and Russian borders. On the diplomatic efforts to maintain the peace in the region and what does Russia want from Ukraine and the West.
13-01-2022

Kazakhstan’s unrest explained and the foreign defence ministers meet in Brest

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on Kazakhstan, the demonstrations that caused significant unrest across the country, Russia’s involvement, and possible measures coming from the EU.
06-01-2022

EU observes tension on Ukrainian border and Spain counts dead migrants in the Atlantic

In the first episode of 2022, EURACTIV’s Beyond the Byline focuses on the tension between Russia and Kyiv and the EU’s role in it.
23-12-2021

Beyond the Byline’s 2021 wrap up

In the last episode of the year, our Beyond the Byline podcast revisits some of the stories that caught our attention in  2021.
17-12-2021

Lukashenko’s jailed opposition leader and France’s digital push in EU Council Presidency

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on the imprisoning of the leader of opposition in Belarus, strongman’s Lukashenko’s practices against his political opponents and what is EU’s position.
03-12-2021

Fines on the unvaccinated and Merkel’s ‘biggest mistake’

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on the fines Austria and Greece are proposing against unvaccinated people, the reactions so far, and the exceptions.

Energy Crisis and Conference on the Future of Europe

This week our Beyond the Byline Podcast focuses on the Energy Crisis and the effects that this is having on the economy of Europe, especially in terms of impact on the low-middle income classes.
18-11-2021

Swiss/EU misunderstandings and the dispute over the push backs in Greece

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on the launch of a political dialogue between the EU and Switzerland, in an attempt by the two parties to resolve continuous misunderstandings regarding the single market.
22-10-2021

President’s health causes turmoil in Czechia and the EU reviews its economic governance

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast is “travelling” to Prague to talk about the political crisis in Czechia.
14-10-2021

Polexit, Kurz resignation and the ‘historic’ international tax regime

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on possible 'Polexit' and tensions with the EU following a Polish court's ruling that EU treaties were unconstitutional.
08-10-2021

The who’s who of the Pandora Papers and ministers discussing energy

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on the Pandora papers.
23-09-2021

Germans to decide on a future without Angela Merkel

All eyes are on Berlin this week as Germans vote on a new government on Sunday (26 September). The final result is difficult to predict but the new government will be one without Chancellor Angela Merkel, who has been in power for 16 years and will step down from politics altogether.
09-09-2021

Poland to pay daily fines over judicial reforms; Russia discredits the EU in Mali

This week our podcast focuses on the European Commission’s decision to step up its legal feud with Warsaw by asking the top EU court to impose a daily financial penalty on Poland for its’ non-compliance with temporary measures European judges...
02-09-2021

Austria wants to limit refugee influx from Afghanistan and Parisians could swim in the Seine

This week our podcast focuses on a security conference organised by Austria with the Central Asian states to discuss further strategy regarding Afghanistan. Austria and other EU countries are asking Afghanistan’s neighbours to manage migrations flows and prevent a potential...

‘Fit for 55,’ Belarus migrant stand off and Whatsapp complaints

In our last episode of the season, the Yellow Room brings you all the reaction to Europe’s “Fit for 55” climate package unveiled this week. To break down the components of this story we spoke with EURACTIV energy and environment reporter Kira Taylor.
08-07-2021

Far right leaders want to reform EU, and the promising Sanofi vaccine

Our weekly podcast focuses on a document signed by the leaders of 16 far-right parties across the EU asking for a deep reform of the Union in order to preserve its heritage. To shed some light on what this new “coalition” brings, I spoke with EURACTIV’s Senior Editor Georgi Gotev.
Global Europe 17-06-2021

The Hungarian bill against the LGBTQI+ minority and North Macedonia’s policy win with UEFA

This week, the Yellow Room takes us to Budapest, where the government passed a new bill introducing tougher penalties for paedophilia, in the wake of several cases of child abuse. However, the new amendments put the LGBTQI+ minority on the...
11-06-2021

Transatlantic summits and a Bulgarian organ scandal

Next week, all the lights will be shining over Brussels, where a double summit is taking place. World leaders are hoping to set a key milestone in renewing the transatlantic partnership and maintaining economic ties between the EU and the...
Transport 03-06-2021

Spying on Germans and avoiding Belarusian airspace 

This week our podcast takes us to Berlin, where a spying deal between Denmark and the US is shaking German politics ahead of elections in September. To find out more we spoke with Oliver Noyan and Niko Krumayer from EURACTIV...
27-05-2021

EU fury with Belarus and the Turów coal mine dispute

This week, our podcast takes us to Belarus, where a Ryanair passenger plane was forced to land so the Belarusian authorities could detain one of the passengers, the dissident journalist Roman Protasevich.