EURACTIV.com with AFP

Elections 24-03-2017

Merkel-Schulz tussle faces first dry-run

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's party faces a first election-year litmus test against resurgent leftwing challengers when voters go to the polls on Sunday (26 March) in the tiny region of Saarland.

Elections 24-03-2017

Bulgarian Socialists seek to end Borissov era

Bulgaria's Socialists hope Sunday (26 March) to win power and end years of dominance by karate-kicking former premier Boyko Borissov, in elections that could tilt the EU and NATO member more towards Russia.

Politics 23-03-2017

EU summons Turkish ambassador over Erdogan safety remarks

The EU today (23 March) summoned the Turkish envoy to explain President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's warning that Europeans risk being unsafe on the world's streets.

Smugglers suspected of using migrant rescue boats as taxis

An Italian prosecutor has stepped up his investigation into charity-funded migrant rescue boats in the Mediterranean after claims they are acting as a de facto taxi service for people traffickers.

Global Europe 23-03-2017

Belarus arrests opposition activists after rallies

Belarus arrested at least six opposition activists yesterday (22 March) as President Alexander Lukashenko cracked down on opponents after a wave of major protests against his authoritarian rule, a prominent local rights group said.

Economic governance 23-03-2017

Indignation grows over Eurogroup chief’s ‘drinks and women’ remarks

Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem on Wednesday (22 March) expressed "regret" over his comments that southern European countries blew their money on "drinks and women" but rejected calls to resign, despite a growing chorus of indignation.

Economic governance 23-03-2017

Italy to stretch EU rules again with new bank bailout

Italy's plans to bail out two regional banks pose a dilemma for European regulators, who are still considering whether Monte dei Paschi qualifies for state aid, three months after giving a preliminary green light.

Politics 22-03-2017

Scottish lawmakers to vote on new independence referendum

Scotland's leader Nicola Sturgeon is expected to win a vote in the Scottish parliament today (22 March) in support of a new independence referendum, despite opposition from London.

Politics 21-03-2017

EU to hold special Brexit summit on 29 April

EU leaders will hold a special summit on 29 April to adopt Brexit guidelines aimed at making the split the "least painful" for the bloc, Council President Donald Tusk said on Tuesday (21 March).

Global Europe 21-03-2017

Bulgarian election candidates hit out at Turkey meddling

The two main candidates in Bulgaria's upcoming parliamentary election singled out Turkey yesterday (20 March) in separate interviews with AFP for what they see as interference in the campaign.

Elections 21-03-2017

Study identifies particular French form of misery

Are you pessimistic about the future, gloomy about globalisation and suspicious of political institutions? If so, you're suffering from a particularly French combination of complaints, according to a study published yesterday (20 March).

European, North Africa ministers seek to curb Libya migrant flows

Interior ministers mainly from the central Mediterranean region met in Rome yesterday (20 March) to ramp up efforts to curb migration from Libya amid a sharp rise in the number of people trying to cross to Europe.

Politics 20-03-2017

May to trigger Article 50 on 29 March

Theresa May will trigger Article 50 on 29 March, her office announced today (20 March), starting two-years of unprecedented negotiations for a country to leave the 28-member bloc for the first time.

Politics 20-03-2017

Brussels to mark attacks anniversary with ‘minute of noise’, not silence

Belgium this week marks the first anniversary of the Brussels airport and metro bombings with ceremonies showing the heart of Europe is still beating despite the country's worst ever attacks.

Economy & Jobs 20-03-2017

Back home after icy Trump meeting, Merkel calls for open markets

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe issued a staunch joint defence of free trade yesterday (19 March), as the United States pushes towards greater protectionism.

Future EU 20-03-2017

Catalonia again calls for Scottish-style independence referendum

Catalonia's separatist government yesterday (19 March) urged Spain's central government once again to let it hold a legal referendum on independence like the one Scotland staged in 2014 with London's approval.

Enlargement 20-03-2017

Germany says Erdogan has ‘gone too far’ with Nazi jibe

Germany angrily warned Turkey yesterday (19 March) that President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan had gone too far after he accused Chancellor Angela Merkel of using "Nazi measures" in an escalating diplomatic feud.

Global Europe 17-03-2017

Turkey threatens to send Europe ‘15,000 refugees a month’

Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu has threatened to "blow the mind" of Europe by sending 15,000 refugees a month to EU territory, in an intensifying dispute with the bloc.

Elections 17-03-2017

Albania warns Macedonia not to bring ethnic twist to crisis

Albania yesterday (16 March) warned Macedonia, where Albanians make up around a quarter of the population, not to try and turn a political crisis into an ethnic one.

Politics 16-03-2017

May: ‘Now is not the time’ for Scottish independence vote

British Prime Minister Theresa May on Thursday (16 March) rejected a call by the Scottish government for a second referendum on independence before Britain leaves the EU, but did not rule out a vote entirely.

Global Europe 16-03-2017

Turkey threatens EU on migrant deal as Erdogan blasts ‘spirit of fascism’

Turkey on Wednesday (15 March) threatened once again to scrap a critical deal on halting the flow of migrants to the EU amid a spiralling war of words between Ankara and the bloc.

Agrifood 16-03-2017

EU moves to avoid repeat of horse meat scandal

The EU yesterday (15 March) toughened oversight of the food industry in Europe, including unannounced inspections, as MEPs approved legislation to prevent a repeat of a horse meat scandal.

LuxLeaks whistleblowers handed reduced sentences on appeal

A Luxembourg court yesterday (16 March) gave reduced sentences on appeal to two LuxLeaks whistleblowers convicted of leaking thousands of documents that revealed tax breaks for multinational firms.

Agrifood 15-03-2017

Glyphosate is not carcinogenic, EU agency says

The European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) said today (15 March) that much-discussed glyphosate weedkiller should not be classified as a carcinogen, triggering a strong response from environmentalist NGOs.