Global Europe

Central Europe 17-08-2017

Slovak minister under pressure in coalition row over EU funds

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico said on Wednesday that (16 August) he wants to replace the Education Minister Peter Plavčan, who is a member of junior coalition partner the Slovak National Party (SNS), over alleged mismanagement of EU subsidies in his department.

Energy 17-08-2017

Russian watchdog says Schlumberger-Eurasia Drilling deal ‘has big problems’

The acquisition of a 51% stake in Russia's Eurasia Drilling Co (EDC) by US oilfield services giant Schlumberger "has big problems" in the current political situation, the head of Russia's competition watchdog said yesterday (16 August).

Health 17-08-2017

Conflict heightens food insecurity in DRC

In the Democratic Republic of Congo, 7.7 million people are hungry, a +30% rise in one year, according to the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO). EURACTIV France reports.

Enlargement 17-08-2017

UN official: Kosovo deadlock has hurt country’s economy

Kosovo's failure to form a government two months after snap elections has hurt the country economically and socially, the head of the UN mission there said on Wednesday (17 August).

16-08-2017

Migrant rescue NGO accuses the EU of ‘hiding the dirt’ under the Mediterranean

Speaking about the refugee crisis and the Lybian and Syrian conflicts, Óscar Camps, director of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, accused the EU of “hiding the dirt under the carpet” of international waters in the Mediterranean sea. EURACTIV Spain reports.

16-08-2017

Foreign minister: Turkey asks Germany to extradite coup suspect

Turkey has asked Germany to extradite a theology lecturer suspected of playing a major role in last year's failed coup, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Wednesday (16 August).

16-08-2017

Melilla: Spanish enclave in Morocco offers an exit route to Europe

Recent uprisings in the Moroccan region of Rif have transformed the city of Melilla, a Spanish enclave in Morocco, into an exit route for persecuted people seeking refugee status in the EU. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Freedom of thought 16-08-2017

The EU disregards human rights in Iran

Federica Mogherini should be asked how she manages to continue relations with the Iranian officials despite reports of Tehran's declining respect for human rights, writes Hamid Bahrami.

Rouhani: Iran could quit nuclear deal in ‘hours’ if new US sanctions imposed

Iran could abandon its nuclear agreement with world powers "within hours" if the United States imposes any more new sanctions, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Tuesday (15 August).

Central Europe 16-08-2017

Fico ends coalition crisis, insists Slovakia should stick to EU’s core

Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico struck a deal on Tuesday (15 August) to keep his three-party coalition in power, ending a week-long crisis triggered when a Eurosceptic junior partner threatened to quit.

16-08-2017

Italy minister sees light at the end of the tunnel on migrant flows

Italy's interior minister said on Tuesday (15 August) he saw light at the end of the tunnel for curbing migrant flows from Libya after a slowdown in arrivals across the Mediterranean in recent months.

15-08-2017

EU calls for ‘peaceful, not military’ solution to Korea crisis

The European Union's foreign policy chief on Monday (14 August) called for "peaceful, not military" means to resolve the Korean peninsula crisis, urging Pyongyang to avoid any "further provocative action" that could stoke tensions.

14-08-2017

Belgrade seeks ‘delimitation’ for Serbs in Kosovo

Serbia's foreign minister and a top ally of President Aleksandar Vučić has suggested a compromise to end a conflict over Kosovo, the newest independent European state, that is blocking Serbia's hopes of European Union membership.

14-08-2017

Suspected jihadists kill 17 in attack on Burkina Faso restaurant

Suspected jihadists killed at least 17 people and wounded eight during a raid on a restaurant in Burkina Faso's capital, the communications minister said, as security forces sought to free people still trapped inside today (14 August).

Economy & Jobs 14-08-2017

EU ambassadors hold extraordinary meeting over North Korea

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini has called an extraordinary meeting at EU ambassadorial level over the current tensions over North Korea, to be held today (14 August).

Enlargement 14-08-2017

Western powers concerned at Kosovo political deadlock

Leading western powers voiced concern yesterday (13 August) at political deadlock in Kosovo, which has still not formed a government two months after snap elections in the tiny country, a former Serbian province.

14-08-2017

Italy applauds Tripoli’s decision to keep NGO ships far away from Libyan coasts

The Italian government yesterday (13 August) welcomed Libya's decision to bar foreign vessels from a stretch of water off its coast, a move that has prompted almost all international charities to halt migrant search and rescue operations in the area.

Enlargement 11-08-2017

Cyprus president: Turkish side acting ‘outside UN parameters’ in reunification talks

Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades expressed his willingness to return to the negotiations for a solution to the Cyprus problem after the failure of the talks last month.

Development Policy 11-08-2017

Melinda Gates ‘deeply troubled’ by Donald Trump’s planned budget cuts

Melinda Gates said she is “deeply troubled” by Donald Trump’s decision to cut funding for family planning, a move that threatens to reverse progress made on expanding services to women in some of the poorest parts of the world.

China 11-08-2017

China silent as Trump warns North Korea to ‘be very nervous’

President Donald Trump on Thursday (10 August) warned North Korea it should be "very, very nervous" about the consequences if it even thinks of attacking US soil after nuclear-armed Pyongyang said it was readying missile launch plans on the Pacific territory of Guam.

Four tips from peacebuilders on working with young people to transform violent extremism

If violent extremist groups recognise the power and potential of young people, why don’t those combatting them? Fien De Baere from the organisation Search for Common Ground lays out four tips to help young people avoid violence.

10-08-2017

EU expands sanctions against North Korea amid growing threats

The European Union on Thursday (10 August) expanded its North Korean sanctions blacklist as fiery rhetoric between Washington and Pyongyang sent tensions soaring. The 28-nation EU has steadily increased asset freezes and travel bans on North Korea over its repeated violation of UN resolutions on its nuclear and ballistic missile programmes. After tests of an Intercontinental Ballistic …

China 09-08-2017

Worried France and Germany urge for ‘de-escalation’ in North Pacific

France and Germany were the first EU countries to react to the escalating tensions between Washington and Pyongyang and urged all sides to reach a peaceful agreement.

09-08-2017

Pyongyang threatens missile strike on US territory after Trump’s warning

North Korea said on Wednesday (8 August) it is considering plans for a missile strike on the U.S. Pacific territory of Guam, just hours after President Donald Trump told the North that any threat to the United States would be met with "fire and fury".