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28/09/2016

Renzi concedes he made a ‘mistake’ to personalise Italy’s constitutional referendum

Location: Italy


28-09-2016

EU likely to break refugee promise one year after vowing to relocate 160,000

The European Union looks set to break its promise to relocate 160,000 refugees across the bloc from Greece and Italy by September 2017, after figures released today (28 September) revealed that just 5,651 asylum seekers were resettled in the year since the pledge was made.
Elections 27-09-2016

Italian constitutional reform referendum to be held on 4 December

A referendum on Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi's flagship constitutional reform will be held on 4 December, the government said yesterday (26 September), with the fate of his administration likely to hinge on the outcome.

New EU border guard agency is no magic bullet

The European Union’s new border guard agency is meant to remedy the failings of its predecessor, Frontex. Dr Lisa Watanabe asks whether the EBCG will be endowed with what Frontex lacked.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

EU summit to consider how to improve Russia ties without dropping sanctions

Next month, European Union leaders will explore the possibility of improving strained ties with Russia in response to growing irritation among some member states over economic sanctions imposed on Moscow over its role in the Ukraine crisis.
Public Affairs 22-09-2016

Racism row hits campaign to boost Italian birthrate

An Italian government campaign hoping to boost the country's flagging birthrate was yesterday (21 September) condemned as racist, just weeks after its original promotional material was panned for being sexist.

Migrant deaths at sea signal Egypt becoming departure country

A boat carrying up to 450 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean off Egypt's north coast on yesterday (21 September), drowning 42 people and prompting a search operation that rescued 163 passengers, officials said.
Global Europe 22-09-2016

Outsourcing European border security - 'at the whim of foreign dictators'?

If Europe wants to stabilise itself against the relentless pressure of South-North migration — a must rather than an option now — taking matters into its own hands is the only sustainable way forward, argues Leopold Traugott.
Global Europe 19-09-2016

Frustrated Renzi attacks EU and Merkel after 'boat trip' Bratislava summit

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi stepped up his attacks against other European Union leaders yesterday (18 September) after an EU summit in Bratislava which he said amounted to no more than "a nice cruise on the Danube."
16-09-2016

Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, former Italian president and premier, dies

Former Italian president, prime minister and central bank governor Carlo Azeglio Ciampi, who played a key role in guiding the country into the European single currency, has died, the government said on Friday (16 September).
Trade & Society 16-09-2016

12 EU ministers back divisive trade deal with the US

Ministers from 12 EU countries have written to the bloc's trade chief to back a planned trade accord with the United States, declaring clear support for negotiations that have divided opinion on both sides of the Atlantic.
Euro & Finance 09-09-2016

Economist: Distrust rife between Greece and its lenders

Following on from EurActiv's exclusive interview with Alexis Tsipras, our partner WirtschaftsWoche spoke to Greece expert Jens Bastian about Greek distrust of its donors, Tsipras' political future and how Angela Merkel has made herself popular in the country.

Breweries, bakeries and brides: Where Italy spent its EU billions

The EU promised the south of Italy billions to promote research and innovation, but, as EurActiv Germany reports, the money was spent on some strange projects...
Future EU 06-09-2016

Preparation for Rome Treaty anniversary to begin in Bratislava

The Bratislava summit on 16 September will launch a reflection on what needs to be done to overcome the problems the EU faces, which could result in a clearer vision to be formulated in March 2017 - the occasion of the 60th anniversary of the Rome Treaty - the Slovak Presidency said.
Energy 05-09-2016

New discoveries improve the Southern Gas Corridor’s prospects

Azerbaijan said natural gas produced in the Absheron offshore gas field in the Caspian Sea could be exported through the Southern Gas Corridor. Until now it was planned that only gas from Shah Deniz 2, another offshore field, would be sent to Europe.

Germany and Italy to step up repatriations of economic migrants

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed Wednesday (1 September) to step up efforts to send migrants with no right to asylum in Europe back to their homelands.
Global Europe 30-08-2016

6,500 migrants rescued off coast of Libya in one day

Around 6,500 migrants were rescued off the coast of Libya on Monday (30 August), the Italian coastguard said, in one of its busiest days of life-saving in recent years.
Med & South 24-08-2016

EU provides Italy with satellite maps of earthquake damage

The EU has pledged to provide whatever help Rome requests in the wake of an overnight earthquake in central Italy which has so far claimed at least 38 lives.
Global Europe 24-08-2016

Greece asks EU to do more on migrant relocation

Greece has asked the European Union to speed up the relocation to other member states of migrants and refugees in the country under a plan agreed last year to ease pressure on frontline countries Greece and Italy.
Global Europe 23-08-2016

Italy: Germany to accept hundreds of migrants to boost EU program

Germany has agreed to take in hundreds of migrants who are blocked in Italy in a move that might revive the European Union's failed relocation program, Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Tuesday (23 August).
UK & Europe 22-08-2016

Italy calls for reboot as EU big three mull Brexit wreckage

The European Union needs a reboot in the wake of Britain's vote to leave, Italy's prime minister said Monday (22 July) as he prepared to meet his French and German counterparts to discuss the fallout from Brexit.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Swiss-Italian frontier becomes flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis

Nine months pregnant and desperate to cross from Italy into Switzerland after fleeing Ethiopia, a young woman along with her husband are among hundreds stranded by a Swiss border clampdown that is drawing international scrutiny.
16-08-2016

Italy to seek new EU deal to keep economy on track

Italy is to seek a new deal with the European Union to allow it to kickstart its stalling economy with an expansionary 2017 budget, a government minister said on Saturday (13 June).

EU agency: Number of migrants arriving in Italy rises 12% in July

More than 25,000 migrants arrived in Italy in July, 12 percent more than in the same period last year, EU border agency Frontex said on Friday (12 August).
Elections 09-08-2016

Renzi concedes he made a 'mistake' to personalise Italy's constitutional referendum

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Tuesday (9 August) it had been a mistake to personalise a referendum, due to be held later this year, in which he originally promised to resign if he failed to convince voters to support the need for constitutional change.