Global Europe

Central Europe 22-09-2017

Study: Cautious Slovaks take EU approach to refugees

Central European member states are reluctant to accept refugees. The Slovak government filed a lawsuit against the relocation scheme, followed by Hungary. The European Court of Justice ruled against Poland and the Czech Republic. EURACTIV Slovakia reports.

Africa 22-09-2017

EU socialists make ‘progressive’ push in Tunisia ahead of election

The European Parliament's Socialists and Democrats (S&D Group) is exploring ways to bring progressive centre-left forces in Tunisia into the fold in order to ensure a democratic transition ahead of the country's first post-revolution municipality election.

Development Policy 22-09-2017

Armed group ‘seeks legitimacy’ with Tripoli migrant deal

A powerful armed group, known for smuggling people from Libya, is seeking legitimacy and state security jobs from the Tripoli government in exchange for stopping migrant boats from leaving the coast of Sabratha for Italy, a senior group member said.

Armenia 22-09-2017

How Azerbaijani laundromat has affected EU policy on Nagorno-Karabakh

More than two decades after Azerbaijan and Armenia fought over Nagorno-Karabakh, a mixture of Azerbaijani bribes and oil politics has kept European institutions out of the disputed region. It is time for the EU to free itself from this grip and stand for its values in the Caucasus, argues Nicolas Tavitian.

Railways 21-09-2017

Commission hails Greek-Bulgarian railway project as ‘positive development’

The European Commission is satisfied with the recent cooperation between Greece and Bulgaria on a regional railway project and is ready to look into possible financial support, an EU spokesperson told EURACTIV. Earlier this month (6 September) Greece and Bulgaria signed a memorandum of understanding for the construction of a high-speed railway linking six ports, largely …

Central Europe 21-09-2017

Czech analyst: Eastern Europeans have lost faith in the EU

When countries in Central and Eastern Europe joined the EU, their expectations were high. Above all, they thought that they would quickly reach a Western standard living, Irah Kučerová told EURACTIV Czech Republic.

Enlargement 21-09-2017

Serbian media under political pressure

One of Serbia's most important and most popular local weeklies, Vranje's Novine Vranjske, was shut down after management failed to settle its taxes. EURACTIV.rs reports.

Freedom of thought 21-09-2017

Violence against girls is corrosive to society

More than a half of the world’s women and girls experience some kind of physical or sexual violence in their early years. This miserable tide of suffering is ruining millions of girls’ childhoods and undermining their chances of becoming healthy adults, warn Kevin J. Jenkins and Susan Bissell.

21-09-2017

Mogherini: No need to renegotiate Iran nuclear deal

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Wednesday (20 September) that there was no need to renegotiate the Iranian nuclear deal, insisting it was "delivering" despite US demands to re-open the agreement.

Freedom of thought 21-09-2017

May, Macron, Gentiloni push for quick removal of extremist online content

Leaders of France, Italy and the United Kingdom urged social media companies on Wednesday to more swiftly remove "terrorist content" from the internet, with the aim of stopping it from being uploaded in the first place.

Hungary set for another ‘national consultation’ targeting Soros

Hungary is set to launch another "national consultation" about US financier and philanthropist George Soros, the government said on Tuesday (19 September), paving the way for fresh attacks on the man portrayed as the public enemy before next year's elections.

20-09-2017

At UN, Macron casts himself as Trump’s antithesis

French President Emmanuel Macron cast himself as the antithesis of Donald Trump at the United Nations yesterday (19 September), a position that could enable him to play the honest broker in international conflicts.

20-09-2017

At UN, Erdogan demands Iraqi Kurds call off referendum, warns of ‘consequences’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday (19 September) demanded that Iraqi Kurds call off a referendum on independence, hinting at consequences if they go ahead.

Emissions Trading System failures sour energy policy efforts

Doubts about the effectiveness of the European Union’s Emissions Trading System (ETS) resurfaced on Tuesday (19 September) at an energy conference in Estonia, as a low carbon price continues to stymie energy market efforts.

20-09-2017

Migration and Europe: The view from Turkey

European governments seem to be treating Turkey like a game on a football pitch, pushing the ball of inclusion around, but never really having the intention of allowing it to become an equal player on their field, writes Egemen Bağış.

Development Policy 20-09-2017

Why is world hunger on the rise?

Hunger is on the rise for the first time in a decade, warns a report by the Food and Agriculture Organisation of the United Nations (FAO). EURACTIV France reports.

Climate change 19-09-2017

EU must cut emissions and adapt to climate change now, auditors urge

A wide-reaching report on the European Union’s climate action has urged Brussels to step up emissions cuts and adapt more quickly to climate change because its current efforts were not sufficient.

Development Policy 19-09-2017

More than 40 million people trapped in slavery: New global estimate

More than 40 million people were trapped as slaves last year in forced labour and forced marriages, according to the first joint effort by key anti-slavery groups to estimate the number of victims worldwide of the international crime.

Enlargement 19-09-2017

Turkish asylum applications in Germany jump 55% this year, many rejected

The number of Turks seeking asylum in Germany is up sharply this year and has been rising steadily since last year's failed military coup in Turkey, German government data showed on Monday (18 September).

Politics 19-09-2017

At UN, EU leads push to end trade in lethal cocktails, torture goods

About 60 countries led by the European Union yesterday (18 September) will launch a bid at the United Nations to end the trade in goods like electro-shock batons and lethal drugs used to carry out torture and death sentences.

Climate change 19-09-2017

My climate journey through Trump’s America

Does Trump speak for the American heartlands on climate change? Rosalind Cook spent two weeks travelling across the country meeting a range of people to ascertain what the thinking is at grassroots level. And it wasn’t what she expected.

‘Golden visas’ candidates should be thoroughly screened

The EU is bribing Libya to prevent desperate young men and women reaching the safety of our shores, while member states open wide their doors to corrupt foreign politicians who can buy ‘golden visas’, writes Ana Gomes.

Development Policy 18-09-2017

Ansip: In digital, we are equal partners with Africa

Commission Vice President for the Digital Single Market Andrus Ansip debriefed EURACTIV.com following a recent meeting of the EU ministers responsible for development in Tallinn, where “Digital for development” was one of the agenda items.

18-09-2017

Joining the community of nations serves Russia’s best interests

In the sweep of history, nations can meet or miss their moment. That moment is now for Russia to step up and join the community of nations. We need Russia - and Russia needs the world., writes Professor Herta Däubler-Gmelin.