EU gives green light to Spanish, Portuguese recovery funding
17 June 2021 | 1:17 pm
The EU has approved spending plans by the Spanish and Portuguese governments, clearing the way for them to receive money from the bloc's €750 billion recovery fund. But how will the emergency funding work – and how will it be paid back? We take a closer look. Also in the show, the Federal Reserve brings forward its timetable for interest rate hikes, as US inflation continues to rise.
23 Jun 2020
Prosecutors in Madrid have indicted Italian soccer coach Carlo Ancelotti on suspicion of avoiding 1 million euros ($1.12 million) in taxes due for revenues from image rights while coaching Real Madrid between 2014-15.
18 Aug 2020
The former monarch abruptly left Spain after probes into his involvement in financial wrongdoings heated up. His whereabouts remained unknown, until now.
12 Sep 2020
A woman who went surfing when she should have been self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19 is arrested on a beach in San Sebastian in northern Spain, according to police and as seen in Twitter footage of her arrest.
9 Oct 2020
The Spanish king and prime minister took part in the Barcelona New Economy Week in order to promote the country's ailing economy. Local politicians chose not to attend, but hundreds of protesters turned up.
11 Jan 2021
Spanish police say they have seized 827,000 ecstasy tablets as part of the "largest seizure of synthetic drugs" in the country.
15 Jan 2021
After the heavy snowfall caused by Storm Filomena in Spain's Madrid region, emergency military teams work to clear the snow off streets.
8 Feb 2021
20 Feb 2021
Pablo Hasel was meant to start jail time for a controversial conviction but the rapper and some supporters locked themselves in a university instead. Prosecutors took offense to the content of his tweets and song lyrics.
3 Mar 2021
Spain's former king Juan Carlos, who moved to the UAE last year under a cloud of scandal, has settled a debt of nearly 4.4 million euros ($5.3 million) with the Spanish tax authorities to try to avoid an embarrassing lawsuit. The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez criticised the former king's actions, saying that "an institution is not being judged," but "what is being questioned is the behaviour of a person."
18 Apr 2021
Spanish dancer Ariadna Hafez performs the tango underwater while freediving at a depth of 10 metres.
28 Apr 2021
Euskal Gozogileak (Basque Confectioners) association members exhibit a life-size chocolate version of Picasso's painting "Guernica" in the Spanish Basque town of Guernica. The 7.70m x 3.50m chocolate replica made by around 40 confectioners is been exhibited in the town to commemorate the 85th anniversary of the 1937 bombing raid of the small Basque town by Nazi aircraft, at the behest of General Francisco Franco.
6 May 2021
In this edition: the bodies of two Spaniards and one Irishman killed in an ambush during an anti-poaching patrol in Burkina Faso on Monday are flown back to Spain. We hear from the Spanish defence and foreign ministers. Also, South Africa's Zulu Queen has died aged 65. Our correspondent tells us about the significance of her honorary role. And we take a look at a new TV police drama taking Central African Republic by storm. It's called "Bangui, Special Unit" and focuses on the fight against sexual violence.
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This week on Talking Europe we take a look at some of the other countries, aside from Ukraine, that are knocking on the EU's door to join the bloc. EU leaders held a summit on Thursday with the Western Balkan states to discuss their accession process. For Albania, that started back in 2008 and still hasn't advanced to the negotiations stage. Albanian Prime Minister Edi Rama spoke to FRANCE 24’s Luke Brown on the sidelines of the EU-Western Balkans leaders' meeting in Brussels.
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Since Russia invaded Ukraine four months ago, the cost of living crisis has become a global issue. Prices have gone up around the world. In Europe, the countries that use the euro saw an average of 8.1 percent inflation in May. Pressure on prices, combined with stuttering economic growth, has sparked fears of a recession. These concerns could still come into play regarding the EU's response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine. In this programme, we're joined by two MEPs to discuss how the EU should balance sanctions against Russia with the risk of recession.
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German airline Lufthansa has said it is canceling over 2,000 additional flights at its Frankfurt and Munich hubs due to staff shortages. Its low-cost subsidiary, Eurowings, is also expected to cancel flights.
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On November 17, 2018, French men and women gathered for the first time on the capital’s iconic Champs-Élysées and on hundreds of roundabouts throughout France to protest against the high cost of living. They were easily recognisable by their yellow high-visibility vests. The months-long demonstrations against the government of President Emmanuel Macron turned violent and were met with a fierce crackdown by security forces. Almost four years later, those who participated in the movement tell FRANCE 24’s reporters how the struggle has changed their lives.
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The man behind the attack that shook a small Norwegian town has been sentenced to mental health care. The prosecution and defense both argued he was not capable of criminal responsibility.
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Bottom trawling is often singled out by scientists and activists as one of the world's most destructive fishing techniques. It's prevalent in European waters. Nothing escapes the vast nets: fish, crustaceans, but also coral reefs and seagrass beds. Wherever trawlers go, the ocean floor turns into a desert. In this edition of Down to Earth we head to Spain, where bottom trawling is rife, even in marine protected areas.