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24/05/2016

Austria approves fence on Slovenian border

Location: Slovenia


Enlargement 12-04-2016

Tensions grow over Serbian accession talks

Croatia’s refusal to agree to the opening of Chapter 23 in Serbia’s EU accession negotiations has heightened tensions between the two countries, which, over the past six months, have grown significantly cooler. EurActiv Serbia reports.
Agriculture & Food 14-03-2016

France gathers Eastern allies to take on agricultural crisis

The EU’s eastern member states could throw their weight behind France’s calls for a temporary suspension of the rules of the internal market to counteract the agricultural crisis. EurActiv France reports.

Slovenia says ready to comply with EU migrant quota scheme

Slovenia, which this week closed its borders to migrants, will begin accepting refugees shared out among the European Union in April, under its troubled quota scheme, the government said Thursday (10 March).

Hungary declares 'state of crisis', poised to build more fences

Following the Balkan states’ decisions to either close or partially shut down their borders, Hungary has decided to send more troops and police to guard its frontiers. Budapest announced it is prepared to build a wall on its border with Romania within ten days. EurActiv Romania reports.
Global Europe 09-03-2016

Balkan Route ‘closed’ after cascade of border shutdowns

Slovenia and Serbia said on Tuesday (8 March) they would place new restrictions on the entry of migrants, putting extra obstacles in the way of those trying to reach the European Union via the Balkans.
Global Europe 04-03-2016

Tusk warns refugees away from Europe

Speaking in Athens on Thursday (3 March), Council President Donald made a pathetic appeal to 'economic' migrants not to come to Europe.
Central Europe 24-02-2016

Austria buries hope for EU response to refugee crisis

Tensions reached a boiling point between the European states worst affected by the refugee crisis ahead of a meeting of Balkan states in Vienna today (24 February), as new figures showed no let-up in the influx of asylum seekers.
Global Europe 23-02-2016

EU rules prevent sharing of refugee fingerprints

According to EU rules, only the fingerprints of migrants who apply for asylum are shared among the member countries, which basically means that privacy concerns don't allow the use of the vast majority of migrants' fingerprints taken.
Global Europe 17-02-2016

Austria sets asylum limit as Eastern Europe hikes pressure

On the eve of a European Union summit to debate Europe's migrant crisis, Austria announced on Wednesday (17 February) a daily limit in the number of asylum requests, and eastern EU members set a mid-March deadline for a plan agreed with Turkey to bear fruit.
Central Europe 17-02-2016

Austria moves to ‘plan B’, defies EU-wide solution to refugee crisis

Austria announced  it would step up controls along its southern borders on Tuesday (16 February), edging closer to Eastern European member states in their defiance of Germany's push for an EU solution to the migrant crisis.

Be ready to completely stop the migrant flow, Austria tells Macedonia

Austria told Macedonia today (12 February) to be ready to "completely stop" the flow of migrants across its southern border from Greece and said it would do the same on its own frontiers within months.

Daily limit on refugees still not enough for Austrians

Austria is now nearly in a position to introduce its daily limit on numbers. But for many Austrians, it does not go far enough. EurActiv Germany reports.

The EU’s core values are at stake in the migration crisis

Our governments’ failure to act on the migration crisis is destroying the European Union and undermining our core values. This is not the Europe we dreamed of, writes Madi Sharma.
Central Europe 22-01-2016

Balkan countries fear becoming buffer zone for refugees

Fearing that Western countries will close their borders, Macedonia, Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia are only letting refugees whose registration papers say that they will apply for asylum in Austria and Germany pass through.
Central Europe 21-01-2016

Austria introduces cap on refugees, will deport ‘surplus’

The Austrian government announced yesterday (20 January) that it would cap the number of people allowed to claim asylum this year, and that it would send excess refugees back, or deport them to the neighbouring countries through which they came.

Macedonia ‘temporarily’ closes its Greek border to migrants

Macedonia has closed its border with Greece to migrants, police in Skopje said yesterday (20 January), blocking the path of hundreds trying to reach northern Europe.

Eastern Europe’s first black mayor: 'If we're Schengen, then why the fences?'

“Are we Schengen or not?” the Ghana-born mayor of Slovenian border-town Piran has asked in an interview with EurActiv. “And if we are, why is the government putting up fences?”, he said, before warning that a German decision to close its borders would kill the passport-free zone forever.

Austrian Catholics decry lack of refugee charity

European borders are gradually becoming more opaque, as national governments struggle to come up with answers to the refugee crisis. The Catholic Church has criticised moves to limit the number of refugees entering the country. EurActiv Germany reports.

Razor wire on the Schengen border: Obstruction or self-destruction?

Closing borders and building fences is the wrong response to the migrant crisis. Allowing our actions to be governed by fear and xenophobia will only strengthen the hand of the extremists, argues Bruno Nikoli?.

190 tonnes of illegal pesticides seized by Europol

Around 190 tonnes of illegal pesticides have been discovered at airports and harbours in Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, Slovenia and Spain, Europol on Friday (18 December). EurActiv’s partner EFE reports.
Euro & Finance 08-12-2015

Ten EU states agree aspects of Financial Transaction Tax

Ten euro zone countries agreed on Tuesday on aspects of a harmonised tax on financial transactions - and gave themselves until the middle of next year to reach agreement on remaining issues, including tax rates, the group said in a statement.
Health & Consumers 08-12-2015

Slovenia and Netherlands lead way in cholesterol treatment

Familial hypercholesterolemia is a disease that can be detected easily and for which treatment exists. However, in Europe, only Slovenia and the Netherlands have put in place screening for the disease. EurActiv France reports.
Med & South 23-11-2015

Conditions worsen for refugees stranded at Balkan borders

New border controls in the Western Balkans are leaving refugees stranded behind barbed wire as temperatures start to plunge, and aid agencies warned that the clampdown would lead to a rise in smuggling.

Austria approves fence on Slovenian border

The Austrian government has, at the last hour, approved a control system on its border with Slovenia that will actually include a fence. EurActiv Germany reports.