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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.
Digital & Media 22-10-2021

China’s digital policy and the impact on European businesses

China has been pushing an aggressive agenda on a number of digital issues. We discussed the Chinese strategy to regulate the tech sector, and its implication for European businesses, with Vera Demary.

Dissension without a fuss: A way forward for the New Pact on Migration?

`Issues such as the COVID-19 pandemic and addressing climate change are pushing immigration further down the political agenda. This shift is a chance for less contentious law-making on asylum and migration.
Climate change 19-10-2021

Poland urges ‘postponement’ of EU climate plans amid rising energy prices

As EU leaders meet this week to discuss rising energy prices, Warsaw has called for an in-depth review of EU climate policies, including the “revision or postponement” of the 'Fit for 55' legislation tabled in July.

Spanish medical experts warn about advanced breast cancer after COVID-19 slowdown

Spain’s focus on handling the COVID-19 pandemic has overshadowed other vital healthcare fields. Medical professionals warn that an increasing number of patients are now only accessing treatment when the cancer has already spread.

EU ministers call for unified criteria regarding Covid pass

Slovenia's Janez Poklukar said that the informal meeting of the EU health ministers in Brdo pri Kranju on Tuesday asked for unified criteria to implement the recovered-vaccinated-tested rule. European Commissioner for Health and Food Safety Stella Kyriakides also called for coordination.
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.

EU political groups meet on margins of Western Balkans summit

Talks on the future of Western Balkan countries in the EU took place between leaders and politicians from different political groups on the sidelines of this weeks EU-Western Balkans summit.
Global Europe 06-10-2021

The Tides of Change in Transatlantic Security

With Angela Merkel stepping down, French elections a few months away, and the drama surrounding the AUKUS announcement, a convergence of events is starting to solidify new contours in the transatlantic security relationship.

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.
Global Europe 30-09-2021

Bosnia envoy urges EU to show the Balkans that Europe cares

Bosnia's international peace envoy has urged European Union leaders to send a message of encouragement to the six Balkan countries seeking membership of the bloc when they meet for a summit next week.
Economy & Jobs 28-09-2021

Europe and China must continue talking despite disagreements, EU says

The European Union and China must continue engaging on a number of issues despite differences, the bloc's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell told his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in a video call on Tuesday, according to an EU statement.
Enlargement 27-09-2021

Albania’s prime minister comes to Kosovo in the midst of escalation with Serbia

Kosovo’s political parties have rallied together as Serbian troops gather along the border, following an alleged attack on two Kosovo interior ministry offices on Saturday 25 September.
Brexit 24-09-2021

EU must respond to UK’s demand on Brexit deal urgently, minister says

The European Union must respond urgently to Britain's demands for changes to the deal overseeing problematic post-Brexit trade involving Northern Ireland, British Brexit Minister David Frost said on Thursday.
Global Europe 23-09-2021

EU says US tech talks going ahead despite French anger

The European Union said on Thursday that trade and tech talks with the United States would go ahead as planned next week, despite France's submarine spat with Washington putting them in doubt.
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...
Global Europe 08-09-2021

US, Germany to host talks on how to engage with Taliban

The EU on Wednesday (8 September) sharply criticised the composition of the new Taliban “caretaker” government, as international coordination efforts are under way to find a way in dealing with the new rulers in Kabul. The Taliban on Tuesday had...
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...
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...
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...
Economy & Jobs 01-06-2021

Global Europe: Is the EU serious about engaging with Africa?

The EU and African Union seek to make up for the time lost in 2020 by accelerating talks on a new strategic partnership covering political and economic cooperation. But some are asking whether the EU’s plan to strike a strategic...