Hotspots are important. But detention centres are also needed for those ordered to return to their home countries, particularly if they are not willing to return voluntarily, Dimitris Avramopoulos said in an exclusive interview with EurActiv.
Germany's Minister for the Environment, Barbara Hendricks, has conducted talks with the Belgian government on extending the lifespan of its two nuclear power stations. They agreed to strengthen cooperation on nuclear safety. EurActiv Germany reports.
Due to a lack of space, Berlin is looking at alternative means of housing refugees, with German media reporting that Angela Merkel’s government is negotiating a multi-year contract worth some €600 million with a hotel chain. EurActiv Romania reports.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko yesterday (1 February) accused Russia of sending troops and weapons into the ex-Soviet state's conflict-torn east, warning that a fragile peace deal was not being fully implemented.
Europe will resolve its migration crisis only by giving people fleeing the Middle East new reasons to stay there, such as legitimate jobs, schooling and a future, the UK’s international development secretary has said.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's center-right Christian Democrats (CSU), and their Social Democrat (SPD) coalition partners agreed on Thursday (28 January) to tighten asylum rules, reaching a compromise on how to stem an influx of migrants that topped one million last year.
British Prime Minister David Cameron and European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker will try to thrash out a deal on migrant benefits on Friday in a final push for a reform deal to keep Britain in the EU.
The propaganda war between the West, in particular Germany, and Russia, entered a new phase this week with the case of a 13 year-old girl who was allegedly raped by asylum-seekers in Berlin. EurActiv's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
The European Union edged closer yesterday (25 January) to accepting that its Schengen open-borders area may be suspended for up to two years if it fails in the next few weeks to curb the influx of migrants from the Middle East and Africa.
In view of Donald Tusk’s warning this week that the European Union had "no more than two months" to tackle the migrant crisis, the time has come to pause and appraise some of the key recent highlights in this policy area, writes Solon Ardittis.
Europe needs to make a greater contribution to stabilising the Middle East and should think about developing a joint strategy with Russia to reduce tensions between regional powers Iran and Saudi Arabia, German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said.
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.
“The European model is dead,” Jean-Michel de Waele told EurActiv in an exclusive interview. Our future model should be based on a core of six or seven countries that are capable of real political union.
Germany is ready to help Britain win reforms on welfare benefits paid to migrants from other European Union countries and would itself like to see these rules tightened, the country's Labour Minister Andrea Nahles said in a newspaper interview on Wednesday (20 January).
Germany wants to limit migration from North Africa by declaring Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia 'safe countries', officials from the ruling coalition said yesterday (18 January), cutting their citizens' chance of being granted asylum to virtually zero.
As Germany continues to grapple wth the refugee crisis, Vice-Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel has urged countries of origin to take back rejected asylum seekers, or have their development aid cut. Other senior figures have called for a limit on numbers to be introduced. EurActiv Germany reports.
Italy is blocking a European Union plan to provide Turkey with €3 billion in aid in exchange for a commitment to stem the flow of migrants into Europe, two European officials said yesterday (14 January).
An irate local politician in Germany's southern state of Bavaria has dispatched a bus filled with dozens of refugees on a 7-hour journey to Chancellor Angela Merkel's office in Berlin as a protest against her open-door refugee policy.