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27/07/2016

Merkel warms up to ‘safe zones’ in Syria

Location: Syria


Terror expert: Europe can survive ISIS without electing nutjobs

Terrorism is not new to Europe, despite the recent Islamic State inspired attacks that have rocked France and Germany, Alexander Ritzmann has said. The terror and radicalisation expert said it was vital that the outrages did not lead to policy decisions confusing migration with terrorism ahead of crunch elections in Germany and France next year.
UK & Europe 26-07-2016

UK and EU ‘failing’ unaccompanied child refugees

The European Union is ‘systematically’ failing unaccompanied child refugees, a UK parliamentary report, which criticised Britain for not taking in its fair share of asylum seekers, has warned.
Europe's East 25-07-2016

Rebecca Harms: 'Possibility of Turkey sanctions has to be considered'

The leader of the Green-European Free Alliance group spoke to EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel about the EU’s refugee deal with Turkey and its current chances of EU membership in the aftermath of the attempted coup.
Security 25-07-2016

Syrian man dies carrying bomb in Germany, 12 injured

A 27-year-old Syrian man who had been denied asylum in Germany a year ago died on Sunday (24 July) when a bomb he was carrying exploded outside a music festival in Ansbach, Germany, a Bavarian state official told a news conference, according to a website.
UK & Europe 22-07-2016

Brexit: A very British drama, a very European challenge

We must not fall prey to the idea that Brexit is the start of an "unravelling" of the EU, write Enrico Letta, Yves Bertoncini and other members of the Jacques Delors Institute.
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Yazidi genocide victims deserve European Parliament prize

Nadia Murad is a Yazidi woman that has been the victim of the brutal atrocities carried out by Daesh. Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea asks what better way to highlight her and her people’s plight, than awarding her the EU’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

World Bank: Libya and Jordan 'have got into serious debt’ to host refugees

Four million people have fled the violence in Syria seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Refugees now make up 20% of the population in Jordan and 30% in Lebanon, as national debts have climbed to unsustainable levels.
Global Europe 13-07-2016

Germany content to return Afghan asylum seekers to 'islands of safety'

More than half of Afghan asylum-seekers have their applications rejected by German authorities and are returned to the Middle-Eastern country. EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Security 11-07-2016

German public 'misled' on weapon exports

Germany recently released its report on arms exports, which showed that sales have nearly doubled, despite promises to scale back the number and value of weapons being sent abroad. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 05-07-2016

UNICEF denounces lack of aid for refugee children

In a new report, UNICEF outlines the dramatic situation in which millions of children currently find themselves. Worldwide, one in nine children is a victim of violence or armed conflict. The report spoke of a "new era of humanitarian crises". EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 05-07-2016

Warsaw NATO Summit: Time to act

Tomasz Poręba discusses the ever-growing threat coming from Russia and the importance of the upcoming Warsaw NATO Summit in order to strengthen Europe’s eastern border.
Development Policy 29-06-2016

Sachs: 'China's development strategy is more successful than Europe's'

One of the world's leading economists, Jeffrey Sachs, has told EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche why Africa needs more development aid. He also urged Europe to be more like China.
Europe's East 28-06-2016

Towards compassion and a ‘compact’ on refugees

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appeals to European leaders meeting in Brussels today (28 June) to contribute for a new Global Compact on Responsibility-sharing for Refugees, as well as a Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration.
Global Europe 23-06-2016

The conflict in Syria cripples the soul, not just the body

The mental health of refugees in Turkey remain a controversial topic surrounded by cultural taboos, writes Dimitar Iv. Ganev.
Global Europe 20-06-2016

UN refugee chief: Worrying 'climate of xenophobia' in Europe

The UN's refugee chief says a worrying "climate of xenophobia" has taken hold in Europe as the continent struggles with the biggest influx of migrants since World War II.
Security 17-06-2016

The EU’s collective security: Stronger together!

The people of Europe are facing a multi-faceted security challenge that they need to confront together, whatever the outcome on 23 June. "Collective security" needs to be placed at the very heart of the European construction, write Jacques Delors, António Vitorino, Pascal Lamy, Enrico Letta and Yves Bertoncini.
Global Europe 10-06-2016

Italy arrests two Ukrainians suspected of trafficking Syrians by boat

Italian police have arrested two Ukrainians suspected of trafficking Syrians to Italy on a sail boat and have launched a probe to find the criminal organisation responsible.
02-06-2016

Hungarian police secure refugee camp, block protesters from leaving

Hungarian police secured a fenced-in refugee processing centre near the Serbian border on Wednesday (1 June) to block about 300 protesting refugees from marching to Budapest, police said in a statement.
Security 02-06-2016

OSCE: More international cooperation needed

What is needed in the fight against terrorism and violent extremism? Representatives from numerous countries have been debating that very issue for two days at the OSCE conference in Berlin, but divergent approaches emerged from the talks. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 30-05-2016

Stop ignoring the refugee crisis and start working on solutions

Nothing better demonstrates the decline of the EU as the pillar for common solutions than the painful scenes of refugees abandoned at Idomeni. The crisis is here to stay, so the EU must adapt, write Joost Lagendijk and Monica Frassoni.
Development Policy 27-05-2016

G7 leaders promise to boost global aid

The leaders of the G7 have committed to increasing global aid in the face of the biggest migration crisis since the Second World War. Currently the United Kingdom is the only member of the group to fulfil its aid commitments. EurActiv France reports.
Europe's East 20-05-2016

Turkish minister: Anti-terror law amendment 'not on the agenda'

The granting of visa liberalisation, and to a lesser extent the German parliament’s expected recognition of the Armenian genocide, could threaten to derail the EU’s refugee pact with Turkey. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel spoke with the Turkish Minister of Youth and Sport, Çağatay Kılıç.
Global Europe 19-05-2016

Survey: Chinese, Germans the most welcoming of refugees, Russians the least

China is the most welcoming country when it comes to refugees, according to a new survey of citizens' attitudes published on Thursday (19 May), with Germany ranking second and Britain third.
Global Europe 25-04-2016

Merkel warms up to ‘safe zones’ in Syria

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (24 April) that she did not favour classical "safe zones" in Syria which would need to be protected by foreign forces but believed that peace talks in Geneva could agree areas where fleeing Syrians could feel safe from bombardment.