Beyond the Byline
Welcome to EURACTIV's Beyond the Byline, your weekly curated update on news about EU politics and policy generated by our newsroom and network.
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Aug 31 2021
Energy Crisis and Conference on the Future of Europe
This week our Beyond the Byline Podcast focuses on the Energy Crisis and the effects that this is having on the economy of Europe, especially in terms of impact on the low-middle income classes. I'm joined by EURACTIV's Energy and Environment Senior Editor Frédéric Simon. We are also talking about the Conference on the Future of Europe, six months after its official start, to shed some light on how it is going and where it is going. For this segment I've hosted our EURACTIV reporter Eleonora Vasques, who is following the work of the Conference.
Swiss/EU misunderstandings and the dispute over the push backs in Greece
This week our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on the launch of a political dialogue between the EU and Switzerland, in an attempt by the two parties to resolve continuous misunderstandings regarding the single market. To shed some light on the story, I’m joined by EURACTIV’s Economy and Jobs Editor Janos Amman. We are also talking about the reaction of Greek Prime minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis to a question asked by Dutch journalist Ingeborg Beugel about the pushbacks against migrants in the Aegean, and the journalist’s subsequent decision to flee Athens to protect herself, which is also raising questions about the media freedom in Greece. To hear more on that I spoke with Matthaios Tsimitakis from Euractiv Greece.
Nov 18 2021
COP 26 summit and the French/ UK dispute over fishing rights
This week our Beyond the Byline podcast travels to Glasgow, where the United Nations climate change conference is being held. We focused on its importance for the future of climate and teething issues the leaders have to discuss. To break down the most critical components of COP26, I am joined by Kira Taylor, EURACTIV’s Energy and Environment reporter. We are also talking about the fishing dispute between France and the UK, the planned punitive measures and the discussion behind closed doors of the two leaders. What did Macron and Johnson talk about, and what can we expect?
Nov 4 2021
COVID-19 fourth wave and China’s Cosco under fire in Greece
This week our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on the COVID-19, the fourth wave the European countries try to avoid, the offered third vaccine dose and the new measures decided by the EU members. To explain what we know about what is happening in Europe right now, I’m joined today by EURACTIV’s health reporter Giedre Peseckyte. We’re also discussing the Chinese company that controls 67% of the Piraeus port, the working conditions that are leading to strikes there, the deals signed by the Greek government, and the reaction of environmentalist groups. To break down the components of this story, I spoke with EURACTIV Greece's Matthaios Tsimitakis.
Oct 28 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, where the health of its president, Miloš Zeman, is causing instability, while the electoral loss of Prime Minister Andrej Babiš means other political parties will have to form a new government. And returning to Brussels, we focus on the relaunch of the EU’s economic governance review. What are the Commissions targets, and what can the EU members expect?
Oct 22 2021
Polexit, Kurz resignation and the ''historic" international tax regime
This week our Beyond the Byline podcast focuses on the potential Polexit and the tension between the EU and the Polish government over the EU treaties that were considered unconstitutional. To find out more on what is happening between the EU and Poland I’m joined by Piotr Macej Kaczynski from EURACTIV Poland. We’re also discussing about the resignation of Austria’s chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, the reasons behind it and the political instability in the country. To break down the components of this story I spoke with EURACTIV’s Oliver Noyan. Finally, we are talking about the historic international tax regime, where 136 countries decided to follow the same policy when it comes the digital age and the corporate tax evasion. To hear more on the new tax regime, I was joined by EURACTIV’s Jobs and Economy reporter Janos Amman.
Oct 14 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. The massive leak of financial documents revealed the wealth of the world’s most powerful people, allegedly including 27 EU politicians and global leaders. To find out who was on the list, what the reactions were, and if there would be action, I was joined by EURACTIV’s Senior Editor Georgi Gotev. We’re also discussing the meeting of the EU environment ministers in Luxembourg, the topics on the table, concerns over energy prices at the COP26 Summit, and the Fit for 55 climate package. I spoke with EURACTIV’s Energy and Environment reporter, Kira Taylor, to hear more on this story.
Oct 8 2021
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. To break down the components of the Commission's plans to combat the spike in energy prices, I’m joined today by EURACTIV’s senior editor for energy and environment, Frederic Simon. We are also talking about the situation on the Polish and Belarusian borders, where migrants and refugees have been trapped. Five people have lost their lives and the EU is accusing Belarus of orchestrating the influx of migrants in retaliation against the sanctions the EU imposed because of the regime’s crackdown on political dissent. To hear more on this story, I spoke with Piotr Macej Kaczyński from EURACTIV Poland.
Oct 1 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. This week's Beyond the Byline podcast takes us to Germany with a special episode focusing on the possible political changes in the EU’s biggest country and their possible impact on EU affairs. To shed some light on the upcoming elections, the electorate’s behaviour, and the exit polls I was joined by Oliver Noyan from EURACTIV Germany. You can subscribe to the Beyond the Byline podcast in our new podcast newsletter and you can listen to it on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Amazon music and Stitcher.
Sep 23 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 agenda, and announced new measures, programmes, and plans. To break down the most important components of the speech I am joined today by no less than six EURACTIV reporters, who will share their expertise on health [Giedre Peseckyte], digital [Luca Bertuzzi], transport [Sean Goulding Carroll], environment/energy [Kira Taylor], rule of law/democracy [Vlad Makszimov], and economy [Jorge Valero]. You can subscribe to the Beyond the Bylines podcast in our new podcast newsletter and you can listen to it on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Amazon music and Stitcher.
Sep 15 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 put in place this past July. To hear more on this story, I’m joined today by EURACTIV’s Vlad Maksimov. We are also talking about a dispute the EU is having with Russia, this time over the EU multinational military training mission in Mali. What is Russia accusing the EU of and what are the Russian interests here? To bring this story closer to you, I spoke with Aneta Zachova from EURACTIV Czech Republic. You can subscribe to the Beyond the Bylines podcast in our new podcast newsletter and you can listen to it on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Amazon music and Stitcher.
Sep 9 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 migration crisis like the one Europe faced in 2015. To connect the dots on this unfolding story, I’m joined today by Oliver Noyan from EURACTIV Germany. We are also talking about the promise made by the Paris mayor Anne Hidalgo that swimming in the Seine will be possible in the coming years. According to the mayor, the river will even be able to host Olympic events such as the triathlon and the 10km freestyle. To hear more on this story, I spoke with Clara Bauer-Babef from EURACTIV France. You can subscribe to the Beyond the Bylines podcast in our new podcast newsletter and you can listen to it on Spotify, Apple podcasts, Amazon music and Stitcher.
Sep 2 2021
The Yellow Room is returning with a new name
Welcome back! We have decided to rename the podcast to give a better indication of what we want to do with it. From now on the Yellow Room will be the Beyond the Byline Podcast. If you are already subscribed keep listening on this feed and if not subscribe to it. We will also be launching a new podcast where we will showcase the best that the EU Bubble is producing in terms of audio content.
Aug 31 2021
'Fit for 55,' Belarus migrant stand off and Whatsapp complaints
Jul 15 2021
Far right leaders want to reform EU, and the promising Sanofi vaccine
This week our podcast focuses on the 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, and whether it could have an impact on the upcoming national elections in several EU countries, I spoke with EURACTIV’s Senior Editor Georgi Gotev. We’re also talking about the new cool kid on the EU’s block - a new vaccine that comes from France, where the pharma giant Sanofi has started phase 3 clinical trials for its COVID-19 vaccine and is expected to begin rolling it out in December. To hear more on why this vaccine is different and what we can expect, we were joined by Mathieu Pollet from EURACTIV France.
Jul 8 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 so worried about? What are the plans to shield the EU from another wave of infections and what does Delta mean for the bloc's new COVID-19 digital certificate? We spoke with EURACTIV’s health reporter, Giedre Peseckyte, to find out. We’re also talking climate legislation and the proposal to extend the EU’s carbon market, a plan French MEP Pascal Canfin considers “politically suicidal.” For more on this story, we were joined by Kira Taylor, EURACTIV’s energy and environment reporter, and Clara Bauer Babef from EURACTIV France.
Jul 1 2021
Ireland’s green light for medical cannabis and calls to ban AI face recognition
This week our podcast focuses on a milestone move by Ireland: approving medical cannabis prescriptions and giving patients the right to have access to medical cannabis and be reimbursed for it. To hear more on that story, we spoke with EURACTIV’s Agrifood and health reporter, Natasha Foote. We’re also talking about the EU’s data protection agency's call to ban the use of artificial intelligence to identify people in public spaces, the legislative proposal by the Commission and the company that may own your photos. To find out more on that we were joined by EURACTIV’s Digital Editor, Luca Bertuzzi.
Jun 24 2021
The Hungarian Bill against the LGBTQI+ minority and North Macedonia’s policy win with UEFA
This week, the Yellow Room takes us to Budapest, where the government passed a new bill introducing tougher penalties for paedophilia, in the wake of several cases of child abuse. However, the new amendments associate the LGBTQI+ minority with pedophiles and bans the portrayal of the homosexual and trans identity to underaged. To shed some light on these new amendments we spoke with EURACTIV’s Vlad Maksimov. And remaining outside Brussels, we are talking about the Euro football championship and why North Macedonia asked UEFA to intervene after the inappropriate comments of an Austrian player towards the Albanian minority of the country. To hear more on the story, we were joined by Niko Kurmayer from EURACTIV Germany.
Jun 17 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 US. To find out more about what we can expect from the NATO and the EU-US summits, I spoke with EURACTIV’s Alexandra Brzozowski. We are also going to Sofia to shed some light on the controversy that still follows the former government of Boyko Borissov and the shady findings on the organ transplant scandal. To hear more on this story I spoke with Krassen Niklov, editor in chief of EURACTIV Bulgaria.
Jun 11 2021
Spying on Germans and avoiding Belarusian airspace
This week our podcast takes us to Berlin, where a spying deal between Denmark and the US is shaking German politics ahead of elections in September. To find out more we spoke with Oliver Noyan and Niko Krumayer from EURACTIV Germany. Back in Brussels we are talking about what the EU ban on airlines entering Belarusian airspace means in practice, from pilot safety concerns, to the isolated Belarusians and unintended environmental and economic impacts. To hear more on this story, I spoke with Sean Golding Carrol, EURACTIV's transport editor.
Jun 3 2021