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06/05/2016

Commission admits visa-free travel for Turks depends on national parliaments


UK & Europe 06-05-2016

Live: Countdown to Brexit referendum

Britain will vote on its membership of the European Union on 23 June. Follow EurActiv's live feed for the latest developments.
Europe's East 06-05-2016

Why Ukraine's NATO membership is not in America's interests

It is time for Washington to make clear that Ukrainian accession to NATO is not on the table, writes Josh Cohen.
Trade & Society 06-05-2016

Germans increasingly doubtful of TTIP

Germans are growing increasingly wary of a vast EU-US trade pact currently under negotiation, an opinion poll showed on 5 May, as Chancellor Angela Merkel said she hoped for a deal by December.
Elections 06-05-2016

Labour set to lose local elections, but win London mayoral post

The elections have been framed as a test of Corbyn's first eight months in charge of Labour after his surprise victory in an internal leadership contest last September shifted the party's political stance sharply to the left.

Borissov urges Eastern Europe to end opposition to refugee quotas

Eastern European countries opposing new refugee quotas should show more solidarity with the European Union, Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said yesterday (5 May), adding that Sofia would accept its share of people fleeing war and persecution to Europe.

EU unsure if Davutoglu’s resignation will affect refugee deal

The European Union is unsure how the departure of Turkey's prime minister will affect the deal he struck with the EU to curb migration, the EU's foreign affairs chief said on Thursday (5 May), as Brussels watched events in Ankara with unease.
Future EU 06-05-2016

Juncker on EU anniversary: We have too many part-time Europeans

The presidents of Europe's three main institutions yesterday (5 May) presented a bleak picture of the European Union, saying the 28-nation bloc lacked leadership and was descending into petty, nationalist politics.
Enlargement 06-05-2016

Kosovo Serbs worried about EU proposal for visa-free travel

Kosovo Serbs voiced concerns on Thursday (5 May) about an EU proposal to allow visa-free travel for citizens of Kosovo, fearing it would force the Serb minority to recognize the territory's disputed independence.


Europe's East 06-05-2016

Polish opposition creates coalition after ruling party 'takeover'

Several Polish opposition parties on Thursday (5 May) announced the creation of a coalition with the declared aim of safeguarding the rule of law and Poland's place in the European Union.
Digital 06-05-2016

Commission's digital single market turns one and has a big seven months ahead

The European Commission's digital single market strategy turns one year old today. With seven months left in the 16-point policy plan, the executive has only scratched the surface.
Elections 06-05-2016

Oppermann: ‘Any decent German must condemn’ AfD's stance on Islam

Thomas Oppermann, the SPD parliamentary group's chairman, spoke with EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel about the rise of right-wing populism, Germany's relationship with Turkey and his own party's performance.
Digital 04-05-2016

End of roaming charges could see mobile operators hike other tariffs

The planned end of roaming charges within the European Union is often presented as a victory for consumers, but it could actually push up prices. EurActiv’s partner La Tribune reports.
Development Policy 04-05-2016

EU among donor groups suspending aid to Mozambique over hidden debt

Donor nations and institutions including the EU that contribute to Mozambique's state budget have suspended their support over revelations of $1.4 billion in hidden debt, officials said Wednesday (4 May).

Commission says EU asylum rules 'dead as Jon Snow from Game of Thrones'

The migration crisis has left the European Union’s Dublin asylum rules as dead as Game of Thrones heartthrob Jon Snow, Commission First-Vice President Frans Timmermans has said.

Commission approves extending border checks at internal Schengen borders

The European Commission approved today (4 May) extending by six months controls at several frontiers inside the free-travel Schengen area, saying checks were justified by deficiencies in Greece's management of the bloc's external border.

Commission admits visa-free travel for Turks depends on national parliaments

The European Commission today (4 May) proposed that Turkish nationals would enjoy visa-free travel to the EU’s Schengen zone by the end of June, praising Ankara for its fast delivery on meeting the necessary conditions. But Commission experts admit that national parliaments could upturn the deal.