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European Union

The Eurocrat

From Brussels, Beatriz Ríos looks with a critical eye at what is keeping the EU busy in the coming week
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 20.09.2021
Europe's wind farms may not be able to keep the cold out this winter
Europe's wind farms may not be able to keep the cold out this winter
Energy ministers meeting in Slovenia have urgent matters at hand
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 20.09.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 15.09.2021
Von der Leyen at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday
Von der Leyen at the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Tuesday
Beatriz Ríos previews Ursula Von der Leyen’s annual self-assessment
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 15.09.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 06.09.2021
The European Commission in Brussels
The European Commission in Brussels
EU finance ministers meet in Slovenia to discuss the main challenges ahead for the bloc as money from the recovery plan slowly kicks in
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 06.09.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 30.08.2021
An US Air Force aircraft takes off from the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan
An US Air Force aircraft takes off from the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan
As evacuations come to a close, the EU needs a plan for the thousands of Afghans brought to safety in Europe, says Beatriz Rios
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 30.08.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 23.08.2021
American soldiers facing Afghans desperate to leave their country at the Kabul airport
American soldiers facing Afghans desperate to leave their country at the Kabul airport
Columnist Beatriz Ríos looks at what the fall of Kabul means for EU foreign policy
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 23.08.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 16.08.2021
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Brussels on 20 June, 2019
Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki in Brussels on 20 June, 2019
The Commission's row with Poland and Hungary is about the very essence of the EU
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 16.08.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 09.08.2021
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
German Chancellor Angela Merkel
The Eurocrat weighs up the EU’s main challenges after the August recess
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 09.08.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 12.07.2021
Road traffic around Paris
Road traffic around Paris
Discussions on how to reach climate targets take large step forward
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 12.07.2021
Business & Finance by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 05.07.2021
The European Commission in Brussels
The European Commission in Brussels
EU Commission goes step further this week to craft its own green bonds standards
Business & Finance by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 05.07.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 28.06.2021
All smiles, but that may change: Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva handing over the keys to the EU to Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa on Friday
All smiles, but that may change: Portuguese Foreign Minister Augusto Santos Silva handing over the keys to the EU to Slovenia's Prime Minister Janez Jansa on Friday
Slovenia Prime Minister - a lover of conspiracy theories - set to occupy the EU's rotating chair for half a year
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 28.06.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 21.06.2021
Looking green: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during her European tour, here in Vienna on Monday
Looking green: European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen during her European tour, here in Vienna on Monday
A look at what's on the political agenda of the European Union this week
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 21.06.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 14.06.2021
Macron (left) in discussion with US President Joe Biden before a NATO meeting in Brussels on Monday
Macron (left) in discussion with US President Joe Biden before a NATO meeting in Brussels on Monday
US President Joe Biden brings friendlier tone to talks with European leaders this week - but not all problems are over
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 14.06.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 07.06.2021
Some European countries are already using the Covid-19 passport, such as here at a border crossing between Croatia and Slovenia
Some European countries are already using the Covid-19 passport, such as here at a border crossing between Croatia and Slovenia
Parliament holds first session in Strasbourg after start of the pandemic
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 07.06.2021
Business & Finance by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 31.05.2021
Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders addresses the Schengen rules at a press conference on Monday
Commissioner for Justice Didier Reynders addresses the Schengen rules at a press conference on Monday
Free movement of people - one of the pillars of the EU - has been curtailed for years
Business & Finance by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 31.05.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 25.05.2021
Von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Brussels summit on Monday
Von der Leyen and German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Brussels summit on Monday
From her post in Brussels, Beatriz Ríos looks at a busy EU agenda this week
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 25.05.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 17.05.2021
EU's executive arm to propose changes to tax laws days after losing Amazon tax fight
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 17.05.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 10.05.2021
US President Joe Biden caused commotion in Europe by presenting a plan to waive patents for Covid-19 vaccines
US President Joe Biden caused commotion in Europe by presenting a plan to waive patents for Covid-19 vaccines
Boosting production and allowing exports are more important than waiving patents, EU says
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 10.05.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 2 min. 04.05.2021
Chinese paramilitary policemen watch as people walk along the Shanghai waterfront on Saturday. The European Commission is expected to propose legislation this week that could limit EU market access to Chinese state-ownedcompanies.
Chinese paramilitary policemen watch as people walk along the Shanghai waterfront on Saturday. The European Commission is expected to propose legislation this week that could limit EU market access to Chinese state-ownedcompanies.
Commission to unveil reciprocity rules that target state-owned foreign companies
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 2 min. 04.05.2021
People sit at a cafe's terrace close to Duomo square in central Milan on Monday. Bars, restaurants, cinemas and concert halls partially reopened across Italy on Monday as parliament debated the government's €220-billion, EU-funded recovery plan.
People sit at a cafe's terrace close to Duomo square in central Milan on Monday. Bars, restaurants, cinemas and concert halls partially reopened across Italy on Monday as parliament debated the government's €220-billion, EU-funded recovery plan.
National governments face deadline to describe how they will spend billions in pandemic stimulus money
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 26.04.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 19.04.2021
Green fields
Green fields
The US is set to unveil its targets for reducing carbon emissions at the virtual summit
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 3 min. 19.04.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 12.04.2021
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (left) stood flummoxed on 6 April as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) and European Council President Charles Michel (centre) took the only two chairs in front of their flags.
EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen (left) stood flummoxed on 6 April as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (right) and European Council President Charles Michel (centre) took the only two chairs in front of their flags.
Michel and Erdoğan lashed over diplomatic slight in Turkey
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 12.04.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 5 min. 29.03.2021
Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz
Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz
Questions of how to divide fewer doses to get further debate this week
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 5 min. 29.03.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 22.03.2021
Britain's prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday
Britain's prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday
From her perch in Brussels, Beatriz Ríos looks at what's on the agenda in the EU
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 22.03.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 15.03.2021
Von der Leyen speaks in Brussels last week
Von der Leyen speaks in Brussels last week
The so-called digital green certificate could ease travel inside and outside the EU, writes Beatriz Ríos
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 4 min. 15.03.2021
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 2 min. 08.03.2021
EU companies like Germany’s Deutsche Telekom are pushing ahead with 5G networks, one of several technology sectors in which Europe lags behind China and the US.
EU companies like Germany’s Deutsche Telekom are pushing ahead with 5G networks, one of several technology sectors in which Europe lags behind China and the US.
European Commission looks for ways to push innovation in fields expected to see huge economic growth
European Union by Beatriz Ríos 2 min. 08.03.2021
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 4 min. 01.03.2021
Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit
Commissioner for Jobs and Social Rights Nicolas Schmit
Plan to boost social support this week as citizens call for a European response to the economic fallout from Covid-19
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 4 min. 01.03.2021
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 4 min. 22.02.2021
More EU sanctions for Russia are underway this week, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn was quoted as saying by German media Photo: Anouk Antony
More EU sanctions for Russia are underway this week, Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn was quoted as saying by German media Photo: Anouk Antony
Beatriz Ríos looks at the week that is coming for the EU from Brussels
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 4 min. 22.02.2021
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 4 min. 15.02.2021
Paolo Gentiloni, the EU’s economics commissioner, said spring and summer should see a "strengthening rebound" Photo: Shutterstock
Paolo Gentiloni, the EU’s economics commissioner, said spring and summer should see a "strengthening rebound" Photo: Shutterstock
Brussels-based Beatriz Ríos explains that the EU's positive forecast for growth is beset with obstacles along the way
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 4 min. 15.02.2021
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 4 min. 18.01.2021
Doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine Photo: AFP
Doses of the BioNTech-Pfizer vaccine Photo: AFP
From her post in Brussels, Beatriz Ríos looks at the EU's vaccine rollout and the possibility of a vaccination passport
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 4 min. 18.01.2021
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 5 min. 11.01.2021
Efforts to assist economic recovery across the bloc will be a key priority this year Photo: Shutterstock
Efforts to assist economic recovery across the bloc will be a key priority this year Photo: Shutterstock
From her vantage point in Brussels, Beatriz Ríos looks at the European Union's in-tray as 2021 gets underway
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 5 min. 11.01.2021
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 6 min. 21.12.2020
The consequences of the UK's departure from bloc is likely to be at the top of the EU's agenda for 2021 Photo: AFP
The consequences of the UK's departure from bloc is likely to be at the top of the EU's agenda for 2021 Photo: AFP
Beatriz Ríos takes a look ahead to the tasks facing the bloc over the coming year
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 6 min. 21.12.2020
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 4 min. 30.11.2020
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki Photo: AFP
Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban and Polish counterpart Mateusz Morawiecki Photo: AFP
From her post in Brussels, Beatriz Ríos looks at the EU tussle on the rule of law and the budget, and negotiations with the UK
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 4 min. 30.11.2020
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 4 min. 02.11.2020
The US Capitol seen from Pennsylvania Avenue, which leads to the White House Photo: Shutterstock
The US Capitol seen from Pennsylvania Avenue, which leads to the White House Photo: Shutterstock
Beatriz Ríos looks at the US elections from her position in the Belgian capital
European Union by Beatriz RIOS YAGUEZ 4 min. 02.11.2020