Thailand’s military junta came under cross-party attack at the European parliament on Thursday (8 October), with MEPs demanding a return to democratic rule, the release of political detainees, and an end to human rights and labour abuses.
Despite political unrest and internal conflict, Ukraine does not pose a “migration threat” to the EU and has implemented the measures that have been asked of it, write Iryna Sushko and Kateryna Kulchytska.
A fragile majority in the Bulgarian parliament rejected yesterday (7 October) a motion for abandoning the EU sanctions against Russia in the context of the Ukrainian crisis, Dnevnik, the EurActiv partner in Bulgaria reported.
Syrian troops and militia backed by Russian warplanes mounted their first coordinated assault on Syrian insurgents yesterday (7 October), while Moscow said its warships fired a barrage of missiles at Syria from the Caspian Sea.
The large-scale migration of people from poor countries to richer ones will “reshape economic development for decades” but could help end extreme poverty and increase global prosperity if the flow is properly harnessed and regulated, according to the World Bank.
European Union governments are set to agree today (8 October) to accelerate the repatriation of illegal immigrants among the hundreds of thousands who have failed to win asylum, as they try to cope with a surge in refugees from war-torn Syria.
In a rare address to the European Parliament on Wednesday (7 October), French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, acknowledged that the refugee crisis was a “test of historic proportions” putting the EU at risk, and warned against the destructive power of nationalism.
A conference in Cape Town, South Africa, attended by ministers and government representatives of 28 countries, called for increased development of renewable energy, with rural needs being met with grid and off-grid solutions.
The Dieselgate scandal has highlighted the dangers of NOx emissions and the justified public backlash should be used as momentum to make sure public health is not put in further danger, write Jordi Sunyer and David Rojas-Rueda.