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Global Europe 26-03-2021

EU says after Biden meeting: Let’s safeguard global security together

The European Union and the United States must together safeguard global security, democracy and stability, European Council President Charles Michel said on Thursday (25 March) after chairing an EU summit that US President Joe Biden joined briefly. Michel said the...
Global Europe 24-03-2021

Biden looks to ‘revitalise’ ties at EU video summit

President Joe Biden will join the European Union summit by video link on Thursday (25 March), as the new US leader looks to "revitalise" ties that frayed under predecessor Donald Trump.
Global Europe 22-03-2021

LEAK: Borrell report suggests new carrot-and-stick approach for Turkey

Turkey will be invited to follow a path of dialogue and reap some economic benefits, or move further away from Europe and face consequences, the EU's chief diplomat wrote in his Turkey report, set to be discussed by EU leaders later this week, according to a draft report seen by EURACTIV.
Politics 26-02-2021

Tweets of the Week: Daft Punk, EUCO, Barnier Farewell

Music masterminds duo is ended, Europe’s vaccine policy needs to be mended and Farewell Mr Barnier, you were totally splendid.
Politics 10-02-2021

Porto EU social summit expected to focus on youth

The European Commission wants to promote a "strong social dimension" at the May summit in Porto, as part of the Portuguese EU Council presidency, advocating a focus on young people who are facing a "difficult period" due to the COVID-19 crisis​​​​​​​.
Coronavirus 22-01-2021

EU leaders ‘strongly discourage’ travel, eye tougher border rules

EU leaders on Thursday (21 January) "strongly discouraged" Europeans from non-essential travel and warned tougher restrictions on trips could come within days if efforts to curb the coronavirus fell short.
Health 21-01-2021

EU summit to weigh race between variants versus jabs

EU leaders will grapple Thursday (21 January) with the threat of new coronavirus variants whose spread risks outpacing the hope that vaccines will put a quickish end to the pandemic in Europe.
Coronavirus 21-12-2020

‘If European governments do not act now, expect further waves of infection’

More than 300 scientists mostly from EU countries published on Saturday (19 December) in the prestigious general medical journal The Lancet a proposal for a joint European strategy for the COVID-19 pandemic. EURACTIV re-publishes the full text.

Inconclusive video summit hashes over EU budget hurdle, vaccines

EU leaders said Thursday (19 November) they would intensify efforts to convince the Prime Ministers of Poland and Hungary to drop their veto of the EU coronavirus economic recovery plan, which has plunged the bloc into a new crisis.
Economy & Jobs 19-11-2020

Row over rule of law infects EU virus summit

Hungary and Poland’s opposition to Brussels’ oversight over the rule of law will be top of the EU summit agenda Thursday (19 November), sidelining efforts to tackle the coronavirus epidemic. EU member states had planned to share the lessons learned...
Coronavirus 28-10-2020

Ahead of COVID summit, Council chief calls for coordination to avoid a ‘tragedy’

European Council President Charles Michel on Tuesday (27 October) urged member states to adopt the quicker antigen coronavirus testing method, common rules on virus management and to avoid vaccine "chaos".
Global Europe 16-10-2020

EU condemns Turkey ‘provocations’ in eastern Med

EU leaders on Friday (16 October) condemned "unilateral actions and provocations" by Turkey in the eastern Mediterranean, where it is locked in a standoff over energy resources with Greece and Cyprus.
Energy 16-10-2020

Bulgaria calls for EU help to phase out coal

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has asked European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen for a "plan" to support the country coal phase-out, saying Bulgaria's own capacity was insufficient to achieve the bloc's 2030 climate goals.
Politics 16-10-2020

Tweets of the Week: EUCO, Cyber Work, Female Clothing

European Council is the same old racked, this Fatima advert just doesn’t hack it, and Finnish PM is shamed over low-cut jacket.
Azerbaijan 15-10-2020

Azerbaijan warns over pipelines as Nagorno-Karabakh tensions rise

Azerbaijan accused Armenia on Wednesday (14 October) of trying to attack its gas and oil pipelines and warned of a “severe” response as tensions rose sharply around a fraying ceasefire in the mountain enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.
Brexit 15-10-2020

Brexit talks’ fate hangs in balance at EU summit

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson declared himself disappointed in the progress of post-Brexit trade talks Wednesday (14 October), but he will wait for news from an EU summit before deciding whether to pull the plug.
Global Europe 01-10-2020

EU leaders meet to break stalemate over Belarus and Turkey

EU leaders meet physically for an extraordinary summit in Brussels on Thursday (1 October) in an attempt to break the deadlock over imposing sanctions on Belarus and resolving a standoff with Turkey, both crucial for the EU's credibility on the international scene.
Azerbaijan 30-09-2020

Macron criticises Turkey’s ‘warlike’ rhetoric on Nagorno-Karabakh

French President Emmanuel Macron said on Wednesday (30 August) Turkey’s “warlike” rhetoric was encouraging Azerbaijan to reconquer Nagorno-Karabakh and that was unacceptable, though he added that he had no proof at this stage of direct Turkish involvement. Fierce fighting broke...
Digital & Media 28-09-2020

Commission documents reveal vision for European Digital Identity

The European Commission has outlined its vision for a European Digital Identity, which would seek to provide a 'trusted and secure' form of online identification for the use of public and private services, according to documents obtained by EURACTIV.
Politics 25-09-2020

Tweets of the Week: Migration Pact, Council Cancellation, Kent’s Brexit Border

Does anyone know what the Migration Pact meant? European Council cancellation letters are sent, and Brexit means there’ll be a hard border in Kent.
Global Europe 23-09-2020

EU must openly discuss Turkey sanctions, says Austria’s EU minister

At the next European summit, Austria wants to speak openly about sanctions against Ankara, including the possibility to break off accession talks with Turkey, the country's EU Minister Karoline Edtstadler told EURACTIV Germany.
Global Europe 19-08-2020

Crisis in Belarus not geopolitical, EU leaders say after 3-hour summit

EU leaders made it clear following a 3-hour long online summit on the situation in Belarus on Wednesday (19 August) that the crisis following the controversial elections was not a geopolitical one and that it should not antagonise Russia.
Europe's East 19-08-2020

While EU leaders discuss Belarus, Lukashenko orders police to put down protests

Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko ordered his police on Wednesday (19 August) to put down protests in the capital Minsk, signalling an escalation after a week and a half of mass demonstrations against his rule.
Europe's East 19-08-2020

Belarus opposition urges EU to reject vote as leaders hold online summit

The exiled head of Belarus's opposition urged European leaders to reject President Alexander Lukashenko's "fraudulent" re-election on Wednesday (19 August) as the EU held an emergency summit on the country's political crisis.