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Today β€” January 20th 2020EurActiv

Spaniards bicker over β€˜parental veto’ on education


In today's edition of the Capitals, find out about Ireland giving the Apple chief a reward, a long-time minister of Slovenia resigning from his post as defence minister, clashes between Spanish parties over parental controls in schools, and so much more.

PODGORICA – β€œNight Wolves” support Serbian church in Montenegro

By Zeljko Trkanjec

The head of the pro-Kremlin Russian bikers group, the Night Wolves, has lent strong support to pro-Serbian protesters in Montenegro in a video published on Facebook, in protest against a new law on freedom of religion passed by the Montenegrin...

  • January 20th 2020 at 08:53

LJUBLJANA – Defence minister leaves government

By Zeljko Trkanjec

Hours after former Defence Minister Karl Erjavec and long-time party leader of the pensioner’s party (DeSUS-Re) lost the party presidency to Agriculture Minister Aleksandra Pivec on Saturday (18 January), he announced his resignation on Sunday, adding he would also be...

  • January 20th 2020 at 08:52

ZAGREB – Candidate to become prime minister

By Zeljko Trkanjec

Davor Bernardić, the leader of the Social-Democratic Party (SDP) has said that he would be the party’s only candidate to become prime minister despite him having never had any executive political or business position. Bernardić’s announcement comes at a time of...

  • January 20th 2020 at 08:51

BELGRADE – Energy Community launches procedure against Serbia

By Sarantis Michalopoulos

With nine of 16 large combustion plants in Serbia not fulfilling the Large Combustion Plan Directive (LCPD), the Secretariat of the Energy Community (EC) has launched a preliminary procedure against Serbia for incomplete implementation of the directive giving the government...

  • January 20th 2020 at 08:49

UK PM Johnson seeks post-Brexit deals at Africa summit

By Georgi Gotev

Prime Minister Boris Johnson meets 16 African leaders at an investment summit Monday (20 January) that will see Britain cast out a net for trading partners in its new life outside the EU.

WARSAW – President Duda attacks European institutions

By Łukasz GadzaΕ‚a

Following the opinion of the Council of Europe’s Venice Commission criticising the country’s judicial reforms and the European Parliament’s resolution calling on the EU to set concrete demands and deadlines regarding their judicial independence situation, President Andrzej Duda took aim...

  • January 20th 2020 at 08:48

ATHENS – Greek β€˜hopes’ in Libya

By Sarantis Michalopoulos

Ruling New Democracy lawmaker Evangelos Syrigos said the Turkish president’s goal is to keep Faiez el-Serraj as an ally in the new Libyan government. “In this way, he wants to prevent the denunciation of the memorandum of understanding (MoU) he...

  • January 20th 2020 at 08:47

DUBLIN – Apple chief gets award from Varadkar

By Samuel Stolton

Tim Cook, head of the US tech giant Apple, will be presented with an award by Ireland’s Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin today (20 January). Cook will receive the accolade in recognition of Apple’s 40 years of investment in...

  • January 20th 2020 at 08:45

EU sidelined as Berlin summit thrashes out shaky Libya ceasefire

By Alexandra Brzozowski

World powers at a Berlin Conference on Sunday (19 January), attended by the main backers of the rival Libyan factions, committed to end military support for the civil war parties and uphold an existing UN arms embargo.

LONDON – Doubt of Africa

By Ben Fox

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will not be the headline attendee at a UK-Africa investment conference starting on Monday, a small diplomatic blow to the UK government as it first big pitch for post-Brexit trade deals with African countries. The...

  • January 20th 2020 at 08:44

BRUSSELS – Turkish connection

By Alexandra Brzozowski

The French-speaking Socialists (PS) has expelled St-Josse mayor Emir Kir from the party, after he held a meeting with a delegation of mayors from Turkey, including some members of a far-right party, in December. The Turkish delegation, which was in...

  • January 20th 2020 at 08:43

VIENNA – Education ombudswoman β€˜let go’ after publishing critical book

By Philipp GrΓΌll

Following the publication of her book claiming that partisanship and ideology were being prioritised over the good of school children, Susanne Wiesinger, who worked as ombudswoman on “questions of values and cultural conflicts” was let go on Sunday (19 January)...

  • January 20th 2020 at 08:42

BERLIN- Protests against government’s agricultural policy

By Sarah Lawton

27,000 people took to the streets of Berlin to protest the government’s agriculture policy and industry on Saturday (18 January).  Under the “Wir haben es satt” (“We are sick of it”) banner, protestors demanded widespread reforms to end factory farming...

  • January 20th 2020 at 08:40

MADRID – Spaniards bicker over β€˜parental veto’ on education

By Beatriz Rios

Government and opposition parties have clashed over the degree of control parents should have over their children’s education, following the initiative by the far-right Vox party to allow parents to veto any complementary activities during school days that they consider...

  • January 20th 2020 at 08:38

Capitalism seen doing β€˜more harm than good’ in global survey

By admin

A majority of people around the world believe capitalism in its current form is doing more harm than good, a survey found ahead of this week's Davos meeting of business and political leaders.

Turkey targets β€˜weakest link’ Cyprus in regional dominance bid

By Georgi Gotev

Striving to extend its influence in the eastern Mediterranean where tensions revolve around energy resources, Turkey sees Cyprus as the weakest link in a regional alliance buffering Ankara's ambitions, analysts told AFP.

EU warns Turkey off Mediterranean gas exploration plans

By Georgi Gotev

The European Union has urged Turkey to drop plans to drill for oil and gas around Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean, saying such exploration was "illegal".

China confirms spread of coronavirus as new cases surge

By Georgi Gotev

An outbreak of a new coronavirus in China has spread to more cities, Chinese authorities said on Monday (20 January), as the number of patients tripled and a third person died, stoking concerns about the containment of the virus.

Billions to be wasted on β€˜unnecessary’ gas projects, study says

By FrΓ©dΓ©ric Simon

Europe does not need new gas infrastructure to safeguard security of supply, according to a new study by industry consultants Artelys, which warns that there is a risk of €29 billion being wasted on 32 mostly “unnecessary” gas projects.