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‘Balkan route’ nations turn away from EU solution to refugee crisis

People: Angela Merkel

Strache: 'Most dangerous woman in Europe' Merkel has made civil war 'not unlikely'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has faced renewed criticism from the leader of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), Heinz-Christian Strache, who has once again tried to drum up support through angry and exaggerated rhetoric.  EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 24-10-2016

EU may be going to the dogs, Steinmeier warns

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned on Sunday (23 October) that the European Union faced an existential risks.

The Brief: Brexit is humbling footnote at EU summit

EU leaders had far bigger fish (and chips) to fry than Brexit at the European Council summit in Brussels.
Future EU 21-10-2016

The End of Europe

The EU risks disintegration with the emergence of a xenophobic and populist wave. The European project needs to be completely rethought, far from the current state of exception, argues historian Enzo Traverso.
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.
UK & Europe 20-10-2016

May sets down summit marker on future meetings of EU-27

UK Prime Minister Theresa May last night (20 October) told EU leaders that Britain would not just rubber-stamp agreements made between the other member states when they meet as 27.
Europe's East 20-10-2016

Progress over Ukraine war at Berlin summit with Putin

Moscow and Kiev agreed Wednesday (19 October) to end a deadlock on the conflict in eastern Ukraine by the end of November, Ukraine's president said, after a four-way summit in Berlin with the leaders of France and Germany.
Europe's East 18-10-2016

Merkel to host Putin for Berlin summit on Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin heads to Berlin tomorrow (19 October) for a summit on Ukraine amid escalating tensions between Moscow and the West over Russia's role in Ukraine as well as Syria.
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: 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.
Development Policy 14-10-2016

Merkel’s Africa visit provokes mixed reaction

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s recent three day tour of Africa has been greeted with mixed signals. Political leaders, academics and policy makers are divided on whether it added any value to the continent. EurActiv Germany reports.
Europe's East 14-10-2016

France urges elections in Eastern Ukraine

French President François Hollande called on all parties in the Ukraine conflict to draw up a roadmap to end the crisis, after talks with his Ukrainian counterpart yesterday (13 October) in which he urged early elections to be held in rebel-held Eastern Ukraine.
Future EU 13-10-2016

Live: EU begins to talk life after UK

The negotiations haven't even started yet, with the now infamous Article 50 yet to be triggered by Theresa May's government. Things are starting to take shape and the news will come thick and fast. Follow EurActiv's live feed for all the latest developments and talking points.

Germany to impose strict welfare curbs for EU immigrants

The German government yesterday (12 October) approved a new law to curb social benefits for EU citizens who arrive in the country without a job, as it responds to pressure to get tough on migrants.
Global Europe 12-10-2016

Putin cancels Paris visit in Syria row

Russian President Vladimir Putin yesterday (11 October) cancelled a visit to France in a furious row over Moscow's role in the Syrian conflict.

Social media knocking on the door of gender inequality in politics

Female members of parliament from around the world are using social media to bridge a gender inequality gap that still lingers, even in Europe, according to a landmark study released today (11 October).
Development Policy 11-10-2016

Merkel announces Niger aid package to stem migrant flow during Africa trip

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Monday (10 October) announced a €27 million aid package for Niger, her second stop in a three-nation Africa tour aimed at fighting terrorism and stemming the migrant influx to Europe.
Development Policy 07-10-2016

Merkel heads to Africa to look at stemming migrant influx

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will embark on Sunday (9 October) on a visit to three African countries before hosting leaders from Chad and Nigeria for talks in Berlin, as she seeks ways to stem a migrant influx to Europe.
UK & Europe 07-10-2016

Hollande argues for ‘firm’ stance on Brexit

French President François Hollande warned last night (6 October) against the continued "ambiguity" surrounding Britain's EU membership, arguing in favour of tough Brexit negotiations with the UK.
Global Europe 04-10-2016

Crimea: The cost of sanctions and the risk of retaliation

Sanctions have already cost Russia one third of its GDP. As they come up for renewal, the EU must be wary of backing Putin into a corner and forcing him to take drastic action, writes John Dale Grover.

Energy and climate change all-important to new EU

As the debate over priorities for EU reform post-Brexit ramps up, misguided attempts to avoid political tensions are undermining popular and necessary action on energy and climate change, writes Nick Mabey.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

CSU warns against Turkish visa liberalisation

Bundestag Vice-President Johannes Singhammer (CSU) has warned that refugee numbers would increase if plans to grant visa liberalisation to Turkey come to fruition. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Euro & Finance 26-09-2016

Deutsche Bank plunges to historic low

Fears that Deutsche Bank will have to raise capital, in order to pay its US Justice Department fine for misselling subprime mortgages, have seen it suffer badly. Angela Merkel has ruled out state aid. EurActiv’s partner Milano Finanza reports.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

'Balkan route' nations turn away from EU solution to refugee crisis

European countries on the route used by more than a million migrants to reach the continent last year agreed on Saturday (24 September) to focus on the more easily achievable ways of preventing another influx than the big issues the EU is divided over, Austria said.