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30/08/2016

Erdogan says coup was ‘gift from God’ to reshape country, punish enemies

People: Angela Merkel


Energy 30-08-2016

Turkmenistan says in talks with EU on possible gas deliveries

Turkmenistan is discussing diversifying its gas exports and selling gas to European Union countries, President Kurbanguly Berdymukhamedov said yesterday (29 August) at a joint news conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel.
Elections 29-08-2016

Germany can accomodate 300,000 asylum seekers this year

Germany expects up to 300,000 asylum seekers to arrive this year, less than one-third of the total during 2015's record influx, the Federal Office for Migrants and Refugees (BAMF) said yesterday (28 August).
Security 26-08-2016

Eastern EU leaders call for joint army at summit with Germany

Eastern EU countries on Friday (26 August) pushed for the bloc to create a joint army as they met with Germany for talks on sketching Europe's post-Brexit future.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Germany in talks with Turkey over Incirlik airbase

Germany is in discussions with Turkey to ensure that the German military can keep flying reconnaissance missions from Incirlik Air Base in support of a US-led fight against Islamic State, Chancellor Angela Merkel said yesterday (25 August).
Future EU 26-08-2016

Hollande tries to bring together Europe’s South

At a meeting of socialist leaders yesterday (25 August), French President François Hollande pleaded against the rise of populism. He also announced his participation in another summit of the EU’s southern countries in Athens, on 9 September. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Changing mood in Europe a year after Austria refugee disaster

The gruesome discovery of 71 dead migrants in a truck in Austria last August shocked Europe and led countries to open their borders to a massive influx of people fleeing war and poverty, mainly from the Middle East.

Borissov: 'Absolute non-solidarity' reigns in the EU

The Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov made use of anti-EU rhetoric ahead of a visit to Turkey tomorrow (26 August), describing Ankara as Sofia’s only ally in the context of the refugee crisis.
Global Europe 25-08-2016

Fico to act as Putin’s messenger to the EU

Slovak Prime Minister Vladimir Fico, who will dine with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow today (25 August), will carry Russia’s messages to the EU ahead of crucial meetings concerning the Union’s future, the Russian press reports.
Future EU 24-08-2016

Ventotene - the symbolism of the Renzi-Hollande-Merkel summit

The choice of Matteo Renzi to hold the meeting with President Hollande and Chancellor Merkel in Ventotene was highly significant, writes Monica Frassoni.
Security 24-08-2016

Stockpile food in case of attack, Germany tells citizens

Germany on Wednesday (24 August) urged its population to stockpile food and water in case of terrorist or cyber attacks, as it adopted its first civil defence strategy since the end of the Cold War.
UK & Europe 22-08-2016

Italy calls for reboot as EU big three mull Brexit wreckage

The European Union needs a reboot in the wake of Britain's vote to leave, Italy's prime minister said Monday (22 July) as he prepared to meet his French and German counterparts to discuss the fallout from Brexit.
UK & Europe 22-08-2016

Brexit delivers blow to Swiss EU hopes

Imitation may be the most sincere form of flattery. But it is doubtful if anyone in Switzerland is thanking the City and big bank spin doctors who have come up with the idea that London should seek a Swiss-style relationship with Europe once Brexit is fully consummated, writes Denis MacShane.
Europe's East 19-08-2016

Merkel: No end to EU sanctions against Russia

There is no reason to lift the European Union's sanctions against Russia, as Moscow has not fulfilled all of its commitments under the Minsk peace plan, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said in an interview published on Friday (19 August).
Future EU 19-08-2016

Tusk on tour to prepare Future of EU summit

European Council President Donald Tusk met with German Chancellor Angela Merkel over dinner in Berlin yesterday (18 August). This is a first step in a series of trips to EU countries in preparation for the 16 September Bratislava informal summit on the future of the EU, following Brexit.

German interior minister rejects burqa ban in beefed up security strategy

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière will not support a ban of full body veils for women as part of a multi-pronged security strategy that he presented today (11 August) in Berlin.
Global Europe 08-08-2016

Poll: Majority of Germans want to end Ankara’s EU hopes

Most Germans believe that the EU should stop accession negotiations with Turkey as well as a controversial refugee deal, according to a poll published on Sunday (7 August).
Digital 28-07-2016

Merkel defends refugee policy, vows action on 'darknet' after terror attacks

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said today (28 July) that terrorists threatened Germany's readiness to take in refugees but her government would maintain its policy towards asylum seekers.
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.
UK & Europe 20-07-2016

Merkel grants May until new year to trigger Article 50

German Chancellor Angela Merkel gave her opposite number Theresa May breathing space to come up with a Brexit negotiation position on Wednesday (20 July), concurring with the new British PM that London will not trigger Article 50 until the New Year.
UK & Europe 20-07-2016

May warns against Scottish EU hopes ahead of Merkel talks

Theresa May warned on Wednesday (20 July) that Scottish plans to somehow remain in the EU despite the UK's Leave vote were "impracticable".
UK & Europe 20-07-2016

May to thrash out Brexit roadmap in Berlin, Paris talks

British Prime Minister Theresa May is heading to Berlin on Wednesday and Paris on Thursday (21 July) to start thrashing out the roadmap for Britain's departure from the EU.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

Turkey continues post-coup purge with over 7,000 arrests

The Turkish government is expected to continue its crackdown on suspected putschists today (19 July), while the US-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the coup attempt says he does not fear extradition.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

Germany axe attack points at problem with unaccompanied minors

German police shot dead a 17-year-old Afghan refugee yesterday (18 July) after he attacked train passengers with an axe and a knife, seriously wounding four in what one official said was a "probable" Islamist attack.
Global Europe 18-07-2016

Erdogan says coup was ‘gift from God’ to reshape country, punish enemies

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said that Friday’s failed coup (15 July) was a “gift from God”, giving him the chance to re-shape the country, and purge the country’s elite from enemies, who accuse him of creeping Islamisation in the traditionally secular state.