Alexei Navalny: Russian activist discharged from Berlin hospital

The poisoned Russian opposition figure Alexei Navalny has been discharged from a hospital treating him in Berlin. The Charité Hospital said it was ending acute medical care because his condition had sufficiently improved. Mr Navalny posted a picture of himself on social media standing unaided with a message saying doctors had given him every chance […]

Informal deal on measures to support fishermen and sustain fish stocks in the Baltic Sea

The Council and the European Parliament reached a provisional agreement to support fishermen affected by difficult stocks situations in the Baltic Sea. The provisional agreement aims at protecting the financial viability and livelihood of fishermen in the Baltic Sea while allowing for fish stocks, particularly the Eastern Baltic cod, to recover. It includes specific measures […]

EU summit postponed as Charles Michel goes into isolation

An EU summit planned for 24 and 25 September has been postponed for a week after ex-Belgium prime minister Charles Michel went into coronavirus quarantine. The get-together of European leaders will instead take place on 1 and 2 October. Michel, president of the European Council, the body that brings together leaders of European countries, went […]

Liveurope Online Festival aims to give music scene a shot in the arm

An EU-supported live music initiative is to hold its first festival since the pandemic. But there will be one key difference: it will be completely online. Liveurope Online Festival will feature artists playing at 16 venues across Europe on the 24 and 25 September. With concert halls either empty or open to just a limited […]

EU wants to improve air traffic control and cut continent’s carbon footprint

Brussels has announced plans to improve Europe’s air traffic in order to reduce its carbon footprint. EU transport chief Adina Vălean claimed better management of the continent’s skies could reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 10%. Delays, waiting to land or resorting to longer flight paths because of busy air corridors are just three […]

Bulgaria: Thousands urge Borissov government to resign in Independence Day protests

Thousands of people took to the streets in cities across Bulgaria on Tuesday – the country’s Independence Day – calling on the prime minister and the chief prosecutor to step down over allegations they allowed an oligarchic mafia to seize control of the Balkan country. The predominantly young protesters say they want real steps to […]

Coronavirus: Bayern Munich fans could face quarantine after Super Cup

Bavarian authorities are fearful a Super Cup football match in Budapest later this week between Bayern Munich and Sevilla cause spark a new COVID-19 cluster. Markus Soder, governor of the south-eastern German lander, told reporters on Monday that the level of infections in the Hungarian capital is “very high”. “We have to be very, very […]

Airbus unveils concepts for zero-emission planes powered by hydrogen

Airbus has unveiled plans to produce the world’s first zero-emission commercial planes to run on hydrogen by 2035. The European aerospace company on Monday released three different aircraft concepts, each exploring a different approach to achieving zero-emission flight but all relying on hydrogen as a primary power source. “This is a historic moment for the […]

Commission launches initiative for more sustainable cocoa production

The European Commission today kicks off an initiative to improve sustainability in the cocoa sector. A new multi-stakeholder dialogue will bring together representatives of Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana – the two main cocoa producing countries accounting for 70% of global cocoa production – as well as representatives of the European Parliament, EU Member States, cocoa […]

Coronavirus: 4 new Member States join the rescEU medical reserve

Today, Denmark, Greece, Hungary and Sweden have joined Germany and Romania as host states of the rescEU medical equipment reserve. With financial support from the European Commission now altogether 6 EU Member States are building up common European stocks of lifesaving protective and other vital medical equipment that can be distributed across Europe at times […]