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Global Europe 20-02-2017

Czech deputy PM: A ‘different’ migration is needed

We have to change NATO from a defence pact to tan offensive pact, Andrej Babiš, the Czech minister of finance, who also serves as deputy premier, told Euractiv Poland.

Global Europe 15-02-2017

Nervous NATO allies seek reassurance from Trump’s defence chief

European allies will tell the United States' new defence secretary on Wednesday (15 February) that NATO is not the weak alliance US President Donald Trump has accused it of being, at one of the most anticipated NATO meetings in years.

Global Europe 08-02-2017

Commission threatens to sue countries that don’t take refugees

The EU warned today (8 February) that it will consider punishing member states next month if they fail to share the burden of asylum seekers stranded in Greece and Italy.

Global Europe 31-01-2017

#WelcomeToEurope?

People across Europe have fervently opposed US President Donald Trump’s ban on various groups of refugees and citizens. But EU leaders, and citizens, must not forget that policies imposed by EU members states are causing thousands of people to suffer every day, warns Philippa Nuttall Jones.

Global Europe 31-01-2017

France, worried by Trump, promises to defend Iran nuclear deal

France vowed on Monday (30 January) to defend Iran's nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up, but said it was imperative Tehran abide strictly by the conditions of the accord.

Global Europe 30-01-2017

Global backlash grows against Trump’s immigration order

The global backlash against US President Donald Trump's immigration curbs gathered strength yesterday (29 January) as several countries including long-standing American allies criticised the measures as discriminatory and divisive.

Global Europe 28-01-2017

Putin and Trump agree to try to rebuild US-Russia ties, cooperate in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump agreed to try to rebuild US Russia ties and to cooperate in Syria, the Kremlin said on Saturday (28 January), after the two men spoke for the first time since Trump's inauguration.

Central Europe 27-01-2017

Hate crimes on the rise in Czech Republic despite refugee progress

From Syria to an integration centre and finally to a new home in Prague. A refugee's path may rake this route. But life for Arabs in the Central European country also has its dark sides. EurActiv Czech Republic reports.

Future EU 27-01-2017

Trump will divide Europe

European leaders want to strengthen defence cooperation to prepare for the rest of Trump’s presidency and a weakened NATO. However, the new president will most likely divide Europe, not bring it together, warns Jonas J. Driedger.

Brussels wants Schengen zone restored from mid-May, Germany sceptical

The EU executive said yesterday (25 January) emergency border controls imposed within the bloc's free-travel zone over the migration crisis should get a final three-month extension to mid-May, but Germany wants to keep them in place longer.

Global Europe 25-01-2017

EU looks to limit migration from Libya

After blocking the main migrant route from the Middle East, the EU will this week seek ways to check a feared spring surge from Libya and North Africa across the Mediterranean.

Global Europe 19-01-2017

Putin, Merkel and Hollande discuss Ukraine, Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed peacemaking efforts in Ukraine and Syria during a conference call yesterday (18 January), a Kremlin statement said.

Global Europe 16-01-2017

Visegrád and migration: Few prospects for a change in position

With Slovakia handing over the EU presidency to Malta and agreement on a new EU asylum system out of sight, the Visegrád Group remains in opposed to compulsory refugee relocation. EurActiv Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, and Budapest's Political Capital, report.

Global Europe 06-01-2017

Frontex: Arrivals of refugees to EU by sea two-thirds lower in 2016

The number of asylum seekers reaching the European Union by sea fell by two-thirds in 2016 due to a migration deal with Turkey but arrivals in Italy from North Africa hit an all-time high, the EU said on Friday (6 January).

Global Europe 20-12-2016

Syrian refugees must be part of the solution

The horrors of Aleppo continue to shock the world and the war has displaced millions. Syrian activist Mohammed Alsaud calls on the EU to involve the Syrian diaspora and the refugees themselves in efforts to tackle the issues at stake.

Global Europe 20-12-2016

EU plan to support refugee scientists remains irrelevant one year later

Only 113 refugees applied to a European Commission initiative to help scientists and researchers escape from conflict zones, as the programme missed some of the lessons offered by established schemes in Europe.

Global Europe 20-12-2016

EU, US ‘shocked’ by killing of Russian ambassador in Turkey

Russian ambassador to Turkey Andrei Karlov was shot in the back and killed as he gave a speech at an Ankara art gallery yesterday (19 December) by an off-duty police officer who shouted "Don't forget Aleppo" and "Allahu Akbar" as he opened fire.

Global Europe 15-12-2016

Tusk: EU powerless to stop Aleppo carnage

A downbeat Donald Tusk last night (15 December) admitted that the European Union was powerless to stop Russian-backed bloodshed in the Syrian city of Aleppo.

Global Europe 15-12-2016

Mediterranean Union chief: We promote regional cooperation

Following the recent political chaos in the Mediterranean region, the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) group is now focussing on collaborative local projects rather than large-scale regional policy.

Euro & Finance 15-12-2016

Juncker: Italy’s banking problems can be solved, EU will help

Italy's banking problems can be solved and the EU will do everything to help, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said yesterday (14 December), dismissing fears of something akin to the euro crisis.

Global Europe 12-12-2016

MEPs: EU should recognise ISIS crimes against the Yazidi as genocide

The European Parliament's 2016 Sakharov Prize will be awarded tomorrow (12 December) to Iraqi Yazidi survivors and activists. On this occasion, 104 MEPs signed a letter to EU’s foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini, asking the EU to recognise the ISIS genocide against the Yazidis.

Enlargement 12-12-2016

Kurdish militants claim responsibility for Istanbul attack that killed 38

An offshoot of the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) claimed responsibility yesterday (11 December) for twin bombings that killed 38 people and wounded 155 outside an Istanbul soccer stadium, an attack for which the Turkish government vowed vengeance.

Development Policy 08-12-2016

UNICEF deputy chief: 2016 was ‘one of worst years in history for children’

UNICEF organised a campaign event at the European Parliament on Tuesday (6 December), highlighting the plight of tens of millions of children in conflict and emergency situations going without schooling.

Elections 06-12-2016

Merkel attacks populists, but calls for niqab ban

Chancellor Angela Merkel Tuesday (6 December) lashed out at populists trying to exploit fears over Germany's refugee influx, but set out a tough line on integration, including a ban on the veil, as she launched into election campaign mode.