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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.

COP 26 summit and the French/ UK dispute over fishing rights

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast travels to Glasgow, where the United Nations climate change conference is being held. We focused on its importance for the future of climate and teething issues the leaders have to discuss.
Health 28-10-2021

COVID-19 fourth wave and China’s Cosco under fire in Greece

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on on the COVID 19, the fourth wave the European countries try to avoid, the offered third vaccine dose and the new measures decided by the EU members.
Politics 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.
Politics 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.
Politics 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.

Energy prices spike and Poland is asked to protect human lives

This week the Beyond the Byline podcast is focusing on the spike of energy prices, the Commission’s monitoring of the evolution of the electricity prices, and its attempt to come up with long-term fixes like investments in energy savings and renewables as the main answer at European level.
Politics 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.
15-09-2021

The State of the Union speech explained by EURACTIV

This week our Beyond the Byline podcast is coming to you with a special episode focusing on the European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen’s annual State of the Union speech. The president addressed the key issues on the EU...
Politics 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...
Politics 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.
Politics 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.
Health 01-07-2021

Delta fears and the EU’s ‘politically suicidal’ carbon market

This week our podcast focuses on the spread of the highly contagious Delta coronavirus variant and the threat it poses to Europe’s long-awaited return to normality after almost 18 months of restrictions and lockdowns. What is the World Health Organisation...
Health 24-06-2021

Ireland’s green light for medical cannabis and calls to ban AI face recognition

This week our podcast focuses on a milestone move by Ireland: approving medical cannabis prescriptions and giving patients the right to have access to medical cannabis and be reimbursed for it. To hear more on that story, we spoke with EURACTIV’s Agrifood and health reporter, Natasha Foote.
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...
Politics 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...
Politics 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.
20-05-2021

Truce calls over Israeli-Palestinian violence and fake EU jobs controversy

This week our podcast focuses on the violent Israeli-Palestinian clashes, the EU’s role in the peace-making process and the political obstacles and differences among the bloc’s members. To shed some light on the latest developments I’m joined today by EURACTIV’s...
Politics 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 29-04-2021

The EU/UK trade deal and Czech PM slams EU auditors as ‘mafia’

This week on EURACTIV’s Yellow Room, we are talking about the ratification of the EU’s post-Brexit trade agreement with the UK. At last, we may be seeing the turning of the page on economic and diplomatic relations between the two...