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25/05/2016

Austrian right’s strong showing suggest further successes to come elsewhere


Greek police steps up evacuation of Idomeni border camp

Greek police yesterday (24 May) transferred some two thousand refugees out of the overcrowded camp of Idomeni, launching a major operation to clear up the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months.
Global Europe 25-05-2016

Cyprus leader calls off peace meeting after snub

Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades on Tuesday (24 May) cancelled scheduled peace talks with the Turkish Cypriot leader over what he sees as attempts to recognise the Turkish-held north of the divided island.
UK & Europe 25-05-2016

Brexit: A last testament

To remain or to leave, that is the question. Before answering, try and distil what we have learned, Michael Emerson suggests.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

International emergency assistance requires reform

The present demand for emergency assistance is almost unprecedented, and the World Humanitarian Summit is a golden opportunity to push for much-needed systemic reforms, write Jörn Grävingholt and Benjamin Schraven.
Euro & Finance 24-05-2016

Moscovici wants to make EU deficit rules more flexible

Pierre Moscovici, has said he hopes that all the EU’s excessive deficit procedures will be over by 2017. A change in the European deficit rules may be on the horizon. EurActiv France reports.
UK & Europe 24-05-2016

Live: Countdown to Brexit referendum

The United Kingdom will vote on its membership of the European Union on 23 June. As we move within a month of the all-important date, follow EurActiv's live feed for all the latest developments.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

Divert 10% of EU funds to deal with refugee crisis, says Germany

Germany wants to divert 10% of the EU budget towards dealing with the refugee crisis, after a lack of joined-up thinking exacerbated the challenges posed by irregular migration to Europe.
Energy 24-05-2016

EU and Algiers look forward to more gas business

Officials from Algeria, the European Union and energy firms meet in Algiers today (24 May) in an attempt to get their energy cooperation back on track and find ways to pump more gas north again after years of dwindling exports.


Development Policy 24-05-2016

Come on, donors, be courageous!

The first World Humanitarian Summit takes place in Istanbul today (23 May) and tomorrow. It should be used as an opportunity by donors to put more trust in the people being granted aid, so the recipients can start determining the course of their own lives, writes Merle Kreibaum.
Enlargement 24-05-2016

Journalists denounce ‘political’ dismissals at Serbian regional broadcaster

A protest rally was held in Novi Sad on 23 May over dismissals at the public Radio Television of Vojvodina, less than two weeks after the ruling Serbian Progressive Party, led by Prime Minister Aleksandar Vučić, came to power in the province. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Europe's East 24-05-2016

Ukraine fatigue is spreading in Europe

The appointment of Yurii Lutsenko as Ukraine’s general prosecutor on 13 May will even further curb enthusiasm for Ukraine in Europe’s capitals. All branches of power in the country are in desperate need of reform, writes Michael Meyer-Resende.
Agriculture & Food 24-05-2016

EU's decision on beef and ethanol 'disrespected' Mercosur countries

The EU’s decision to exclude beef and ethanol from its trade offer to Mercosur countries was “disrespectful” toward Latin America, according to the Brazilian Confederation of Agriculture and Livestock (CNA).
Transport 24-05-2016

Auditors slam Commission for inefficient railway funding

A new report from the European Court of Auditors says €28 billion in EU funds didn't do enough to boost the share of freight shipped on railways—instead, that figure dropped despite beefed up investments.
Elections 24-05-2016

Austria's close shave with the extreme right

Austria's next President, the Green-backed independent Alexander Van de Bellen, edged out FPÖ candidate Norbert Hofer in a tight second round vote, which saw one of Europe’s strongest nationalist parties triumph in rural areas and among male voters. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 24-05-2016

Kenya's closure of refugee camp sparks international outrage

Kenya has announced plans to shut down the largest refugee camp in the world and repatriate its occupants to their home countries in a move intended to counter terrorism but which has also been condemned worldwide. EurActiv Germany reports.
Elections 24-05-2016

Austrian right's strong showing suggest further successes to come elsewhere

Nearly half of Austrian voters ended up voting for far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer, showing that European right-wing populism's time in the sun is far from over.  EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.