Global Europe

20-10-2017

Italy seeks EU’s help on migration

Italy's Prime Minister Paolo Gentiloni sought member states' support for stemming migrant flows at this week's EU summit and called for an EU mission to police Niger's border with Libya.

Politics 20-10-2017

The Brief: More EU money for Turkey’s civil society

The toughest discussions EU leaders had during the two-day summit that just ended was on Turkey, multiple sources said.

Brexit 20-10-2017

#EUCO wrapup: EU summit agrees on ‘Leaders agenda’ despite Brexit

EU leaders wound up two-days of high-level talks in Brussels on Friday (20 October). Digital single market, migration, defence, but also Catalonia and Turkey, were discussed on Thursday. On Brexit, the leaders welcomed 'some progress' in the talks, but said it was not enough to move to phase two, postponing that assessment for December.

Development Policy 20-10-2017

Development banks join forces to tackle climate change

Director general of French development agency (AFD) was appointed to lead the International Development Finance Club (IDFC), uniting credit institutions worth $3,000 billion. Their objective: to throw their weight behind sustainable development. EURACTIV France reports.

Development Policy 20-10-2017

Juncker: Member states contributed too little to Africa Fund

Speaking to the press after the first round of talks of the EU summit yesterday (19 October), Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned that the EU action was “reaching its limits” due to insufficient financing.

Enlargement 20-10-2017

Serbia is moving forward, PM says after 100 days in office

Serbian citizens eagerly awaited Prime Minister Ana Brnabić to present her cabinet's first 100 days in office, not because they wanted to be reminded of what the government had done but to find out how much their pensions and salaries would be raised. EURACTIV Serbia reports.

19-10-2017

Borissov gives preview of Turkey debate before EU summit dinner

The future of EU-Turkey relations was an agenda item at Thursday's (19 October) EU summit dinner, which was still ongoing at the time this article was published.

19-10-2017

The Brief: Can Europe afford to continue its ‘politics with a smile’?

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini described yesterday the European way of doing politics: with a smile.

19-10-2017

Erdogan in Warsaw tells EU: Stop leading us by the nose

Polish President Andrzej Duda said after meeting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Tuesday (17 October) that he backed Turkey’s aspirations for joining the European Union.

Development Policy 19-10-2017

UNFPA: Inequality and lack of reproductive rights threaten development

Gender inequality, denial of reproductive rights and shortcomings in sexual education are becoming a possible threat to reach the UN development goals on ending poverty by 2030, a new report by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) finds.

19-10-2017

Khamenei says Iran will ‘shred’ nuclear deal if US quits it

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said yesterday (18 October) Tehran would stick to its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers as long as the other signatories respected it, but would "shred it" if the United States pulled out, state TV reported.

Economy & Jobs 19-10-2017

Not so fast: Macron and his farmers get trade onto ‘full’ EU summit agenda

French President Emmanuel Macron has succeeded in pushing trade onto the agenda of the EU summit which starts on Thursday (19 October), calling for caution in commercial deals that would bring a surge of beef and other agricultural imports.

Defence policy 19-10-2017

Mogherini lashes out at Trump, says EU is the ‘only credible’ global power

EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini launched an attack against US President Donald Trump on Wednesday (18 October), without directly naming him, claiming that isolation in foreign policy leads nowhere and that the EU is currently the “only credible and predictable” global power.

18-10-2017

The Brief: Islamic State and our way of life

The Commission today presented a communication which begs to be translated into more understandable language. Security Commissioner Julian King faced the press and presented a set of new measures to help protect EU citizens against terrorist threats. The measures at aimed at protecting our “public spaces”. This means our way of life.

Data protection 18-10-2017

EU-US Privacy Shield pact to pass first annual review

A year-old pact underpinning billions of dollars of transatlantic data transfers will get the green light from the European Union today (18 October) after the first review to ensure Washington protects Europeans’ data stored on US servers.

Future EU 18-10-2017

Tusk proposes two-year EU reform blitz, new working methods at summits

EU President Donald Tusk on Tuesday (17 October) proposed an ambitious timeline of 13 summits over the next two years to reboot the European Union after the shock of Brexit and other setbacks.

Development Policy 17-10-2017

Aid campaigners put pressure on MEPs ahead of budget vote

Ahead of the European Parliament's vote on the EU's draft 2018 general budget next Wednesday (26 October), campaigners have put pressure on MEPs not to reduce the EU’s development aid.

Electricity 17-10-2017

Cyprus set to come in from the cold and end energy isolation

Cyprus is due to end its energy isolation after it agreed with fellow EU member Greece to press on with an undersea electricity cable, which will also link the island to Israel in the hope of tapping into significant gas reserves in the eastern Mediterranean.

17-10-2017

Tropical storm hits Europe, fuels wildfires in Portugal and Spain, batters Ireland

Tropical storm Ophelia killed at least 36 people in wildfires raging through Portugal and another three in Spain on Sunday and Monday (15 and 16 October). Three people died in Ireland as the storm battered the island’s southern coast, knocking down trees and power lines and whipping up 10-metre waves.

17-10-2017

EU tells Ankara to stay calm, respect UN framework for Cyprus

The European Commission backs a Cyprus settlement process under the auspices of the United Nations and calls on Turkey to refrain from creating any source of friction that could damage neighbourly relations, an EU spokesperson told EURACTIV.com.

Development Policy 16-10-2017

Ex-football star Weah headed for presidential run-off in Liberia

Former soccer star George Weah was set to win the first round of a presidential election in Liberia after the elections commission said on Sunday he was leading with 39% of votes and less than 5% of precincts still to be counted.

Enlargement 16-10-2017

Ahead of summit, Turkey appeals for keeping the EU accession process alive

Turkey is determined to press on with its efforts to join the European Union despite tensions with the bloc, the government said yesterday (15 October) ahead of an EU summit which will discuss the frayed relations between Brussels and Ankara.

16-10-2017

EU ministers close ranks to support Iran deal

Europe will give fresh backing to the Iran nuclear deal on Monday (16 October) after US President Donald Trump threatened to tear it up in a belligerent speech that alarmed allies across the Atlantic.

Central Europe 16-10-2017

Bulgarian MEPs discuss EU’s future, dissect Juncker, Macron speeches

The European Movement and the Union of European Federalists held a discussion on Friday (13 October) in Sofia on the EU’s future with three prominent Bulgarian MEPs from three different political forces.