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Global Europe 19-05-2022

€9bn assistance to Ukraine from the EU / Can electric cars harm our health?

This week in our Beyond the Byline podcast, we are focusing on the European Commission’s decision to increase the Ukrainian government’s short-term budgetary aid by 9 billion and set up a reconstruction platform to help with financing the rebuilding of...
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...
Technology 05-05-2022

The mental health impacts of COVID-19 and the war in Ukraine/ The state of press freedom in Europe

In recognition of the upcoming EU mental health awareness week (9-13 May), this week in our Beyond the Byline podcast we are asking: How has our mental health been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic and the war in Ukraine? What...
Economy & Jobs 29-04-2022

Why women have to fight for positions on boards and what will Macron face in France?

This week in our Beyond the Byline podcast we are focusing on how companies are implementing initiatives to boost gender equality on corporate boards and in decision-making positions. Listen to our special guest Hedwige Nuyens, chair of European Women on...
Europe's East 15-04-2022

The West demands investigation of the crimes in Ukraine while EU’s energy policy has shifted

This week, our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on how western leaders and human rights organisations like the OSCE are trying to investigate reports of war crimes committed in Ukraine by the Russian army. I talked to EURACTIV’s reporter Alexandra...
Economy & Jobs 07-04-2022

Poland vetoes international tax agreement while all eyes are on France’s presidential elections

This week, our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on Poland’s veto of a proposal for an EU directive that would implement the internationally agreed 15% minimum effective tax rate for large multinationals. What were the reactions, and what are the...
Global Europe 31-03-2022

EU membership candidates on the waiting list and can diplomacy stop the war in Ukraine?

This week, our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on EU membership candidates, progress made, and the silence from the EU’s side. We looked at the instrument for pre-accession assistance and why there is a special process to join the bloc...

Coal and nuclear to manage energy crisis and a German state’s unwillingness to aid Ukraine

This week, our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on several EU countries' decisions to prolong using coal while others, like Germany, mull whether existing nuclear power plants should continue.
Europe's East 10-03-2022

EU meets in Versailles over Ukraine and Russian embassies ‘retaliate’ after EU sanctions

This week, our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on informal summit of the EU leaders this Thursday in Versailles.
Europe's East 03-03-2022

EU breaks ‘taboo’ to help Ukraine and wants to be independent from Russian gas

This week, our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on the latest EU response to Russia’s war in Ukraine and the geopolitical 'taboos' involved in the EU's activation the European peace facility program.
Politics 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?
Politics 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...

Revolt over EU energy taxonomy and issues with cookies and EU privacy laws

This week, our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses EU’s proposed green investment label for nuclear and gas attracting scathing criticism.
Politics 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.
Politics 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.
Health 20-01-2022

Europe’s mental health in decline and EU taxonomy ‘under fire’

This week our podcast focuses on the rise of the suicide rates amongst Europe's youth, the increase of depression among EU citizens, what has been done and what can we do better.
Politics 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.
Politics 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.
Politics 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.
Politics 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.
Economy & Jobs 10-12-2021

EU minimum wage directive and COVID vaccinations of children

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on the position on the minimum wage directive agreed by the EU council. We are also talking about the opening of the vaccinations for children aged between 5 and 11 years old in France and other EU countries.
Politics 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.
Politics 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.