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Global Europe 21-10-2016

Russia’s strategy is to weaken the EU, declares Tusk at summit

Russia’s strategy is to weaken the EU, Council President Donald Tusk said following a five-hour summit discussion on the Union’s relations with Moscow, described as “tough” by diplomats.
Global Europe 20-10-2016

Sanctions off the table as EU holds ‘strategic discussion’ on Russia

European Union leaders will review the whole range of their “selective” cooperation with Russia – including on the Syria conflict – when they meet in Brussels today (20 October). Expanding EU sanctions on Moscow is off the table at this stage.
Security 18-10-2016

Mosul offensive may send ISIS fighters back to Europe

Security Commissioner Julian King told Die Welt (18 October) that the anti-ISIS offensive created an increased risk of attacks in Europe. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière quickly refuted King's claim, saying the threat was already high. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

EU sounds out Egypt on possible refugee deal

Libya is not the only North African country that is playing host to a large number of refugees: Egypt finds itself in a similar position. Cairo has indicated its interest in brokering some form of agreement akin to the EU's deal with Turkey. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 18-10-2016

EU condemns Russia over Aleppo, to impose more Syrian sanctions

EU foreign affairs ministers yesterday (17 October) condemned Russia's air campaign in Syria, saying it may be guilty of war crimes, and it vowed to impose more sanctions on President Bashar al-Assad's government.

The Brief: Does the EU actually care about Syria?

The European Union slapped sanctions on Russia for annexing Crimea. Why isn’t it doing the same to Moscow for breaking international law in Syria?
Global Europe 17-10-2016

EU divided over Russia in Syria and more sanctions

Russia's role in Syria has led to calls for more sanctions against Moscow, but the deadline for deciding whether to renew the current raft of punitive measures is fast approaching. There are powerful figures on both side of the argument. EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Global Europe 17-10-2016

UK, France and Germany seek EU condemnation of Russia over Syria

Britain, France and Germany aim to persuade the European Union today (17 October) to condemn Russia's devastating air campaign in Syria and pave the way for imposing more sanctions on the regime of President Bashar al-Assad.

The Brief: Is 'better regulation' getting better?

Is the European Commission’s 'better regulation' strategy getting, well, better? The REFIT program, where EU laws are called in for “fitness checks”, was touted as Brussels’ response to the accusation it was drowning Europe in red tape.
Global Europe 13-10-2016

Britain, France seek more EU sanctions on Syria, Russia over Aleppo

Britain and France are leading EU efforts to impose more sanctions on Syrians close to President Bashar al-Assad in response to the devastating bombing of Aleppo, diplomats said on Wednesday (12 October), signalling that Russians may eventually be added to the list.
Global Europe 12-10-2016

Cut funds to states that turn away refugees, Italy urges EU

Eastern states that continue to refuse to take in refugees to help frontline countries in Europe's migration crisis should have their EU funding cut, Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi said on Wednesday (12 October).
Security 12-10-2016

Women and their all-important role in stamping out extremism

Tackling radicalism and extremism is a task for society as a whole, but women can perform a crucial role as mediators in their communities, combatting the ignorance that often leads to the horrors of terrorism. EurActiv Spain reports.

EU security tsar pledges more backing in terror fight

Europe's new security Commissioner Julian King on Tuesday (11 October) praised EU members for their work in beefing up security, as he pledged more backing from Brussels to fight the growing terror threat.
Global Europe 11-10-2016

Escalation in Syria means EU less likely to soften stance on Russia

Outraged by Russia's intensified air strikes on rebels in Syria, the European Union is now less likely to ease sanctions on Moscow over Ukraine, diplomats say, and some in the bloc are raising the prospect of more punitive steps against the Kremlin.
Global Europe 10-10-2016

Car bomb attack kills 18 at Turkish military checkpoint

Eighteen people were killed yesterday (9 October) when a van packed with five tonnes of explosives blew up in Turkey's restive southeast, the prime minister said, in an attack blamed on Kurdish militants.
Global Europe 07-10-2016

Middle East expert: 'Syrian war is only going to get bloodier', 'no end in sight'

The conflict in Syria is only going to get worse. Middle East expert Günther Meyer explained to EurActiv's partner Wirtschaftswoche why Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad must stay in power , how the US is primarily to blame and why a no-fly zone would be ineffective.
Global Europe 06-10-2016

Queen of Jordan calls on Europe to rethink refugee crisis

Queen Rania of Jordan has called on Europe to collaborate with her country and make the refugee crisis a “joint success” and insisted that it is about humanity’s “common future”. EurActiv Spain reports.
Trade & Society 06-10-2016

German-led 'Scramble for Iran' underway, slowed by fearful banks

German Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has embarked on a visit to Iran in order to promote German businesses and start working towards an opening up of the country. But many experts still doubt whether his "change through trade" mantra will bear fruit. EurActiv Germany reports.
Future EU 04-10-2016

Kerry makes the case for a united Europe

US Secretary of State John Kerry made the case on Tuesday (4 October) for a stronger European Union after the Brexit vote, arguing in favour of a reformed EU and reinforced partnership between the United States and Europe in the face of growing populism and a more muscular Russia.
Global Europe 03-10-2016

EU proposes new Aleppo aid plan, seeks safety guarantees

The European Union proposed a new humanitarian plan in coordination with the United Nations for the besieged half of the Syrian city of Aleppo yesterday (4 October), but said it required cooperation from all parties to the conflict.
Global Europe 03-10-2016

Helen Clark: UN needs a well-established leader, not a technocrat

The United Nations need a "well-established leader" capable of working across divisions, and able to mobilise people around the aspirations the member states themselves have expressed for a more inclusive, sustainable world, Helen Clark said in a wide-ranging interview with's editor-in-chief Daniela Vincenti.
Euro & Finance 28-09-2016

Panama Papers committee courts public opinion to exert pressure

The European Parliament's Panama Papers inquiries has invited the journalists that first published the leak to its first hearing, in a political charged move against a "system that many European countries are involved in". EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

US, European allies call on Russia to save Syria truce

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini joined the foreign ministers of France, Italy, Germany, the UK and the US on Saturday (24 September) in ordering Russia to take "extraordinary steps" to bring about a truce in its ally Syria. But renewed attacks by Syrian forces on Sunday prompted  stronger criticism by the US.

The Brief: Roaming U-turn not worth the effort

The European Commission today set out its latest plan to abolish EU mobile roaming charges by 2017.