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29/05/2016

Youth organisations have role to play in tackling violent radicalisation

Justice & Home Affairs


The AfD's 'perjury' problem

Sometimes an accusation is all that’s required. Under investigation on Wednesday (25 May) for lying under oath to the Saxon state parliament, for Frauke Petry’s critics the allegation could not have been more apt. Suspected of covering up loans made to her Alternative fuer Deutschland party, the right-wing politician could face up to five years in prison for perjury.

German trade union chief: ‘Integration law works with restrictions and that is populism’

One-euro-jobs, mandatory language courses and strict residence requirements: Germany's new integration act is already polarising opinion. EurActiv Germany spoke with trade union chief Reiner Hoffmann about whether the new law will solve the problems of the refugee crisis.
Global Europe 27-05-2016

We must solve the humanitarian crisis in Idomeni

Citizens must not tolerate their governments’ inaction on the refugee crisis. The EU and its member states have abandoned refugees, and left Greece high and dry, writes Josu Juaristi Abaunz.

EU warns Hungary over discrimination of Roma schoolchildren

The European Union said Thursday (26 May) it has launched a probe into charges that Hungary extensively discriminates against Roma children in the country's schools.
Euro & Finance 26-05-2016

EU carbon market fraudsters face heavy jail sentences

Carbon market fraud reveals the vulnerability of the EU's banking system. The speed of trading on the carbon market, coupled with lax enforcement in Cyprus and Lithuania, allowed French criminals to steal €283 million. EurActiv France reports.

Refugee crisis: Easy solutions cause big problems?

Immigration policies often miss that migration is not only a matter of managing an influx of people. A social complexity perspective contributes to a more systemic view, write Dr. Wander Jager and Rocco Paolillo.
Global Europe 26-05-2016

At G7 summit, Tusk pleads for global burden-sharing on refugees

The world needs to act together on the refugee crisis gripping Europe, and not leave the continent to battle the problem alone, European Council President Donald Tusk said yesterday (25 May).

New German immigrant integration law prioritises language skills

New job opportunities, more integration courses and new rules on housing: Germany’s new integration law is on its way towards final approval, but is not without its critics and shortcomings. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 26-05-2016

Merkel says 'not worried' about EU-Turkey migrant deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (25 May) brushed off concerns about a landmark EU-Turkey deal designed to stem the flow of refugees to Europe after critical comments by her Turkish counterpart.

Airport security chiefs question controls outside terminals

Following the terrorists attacks in Brussels on 22 March, airport security chiefs are calling for heightened intelligence cooperation.
UK & Europe 25-05-2016

Gordon Brown calls for EU migration cash to sway undecided Brexit voters

Former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown today (25 May) called for European cash for towns and cities struggling to cope with the refugee crisis, in a bid to convince 14 million undecided Brexit referendum voters to back staying in the EU.

Erdogan says Turkish parliament will block EU refugee deal if no visa-free travel

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday (24 May) warned the European Union that lawmakers would block legislation related to the landmark deal to stem the flow of refugees to Europe if Ankara was not granted its key demand of visa-free travel.


Poland, EU adopt conciliatory tone over top court row

Poland's rightwing government and the European Commission said yesterday (24 May) they were upbeat about finding a solution that would roll back Warsaw's overhaul of the top Polish court, which critics warn endangers its independence.

Greek police steps up evacuation of Idomeni border camp

Greek police yesterday (24 May) transferred some two thousand refugees out of the overcrowded camp of Idomeni, launching a major operation to clear up the squalid tent city where thousands fleeing war and poverty have lived for months.
Enlargement 24-05-2016

Merkel warns Erdogan his authoritarian drift endangers visa deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel told President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday (23 May) of her "deep concern" over the state of democracy in Turkey and voiced doubt that a plan to offer Turks visa-free travel to the EU would be implemented on time.

Romanian groups push for same-sex marriage ban

Romanian campaigners said Monday (23 May) they had collected three million signatures on a petition to block same-sex unions in the EU member state.

EU to train Libyan coast guard to fight refugee smuggling

The European Union agreed yesterday (23 May) to broaden the mandate of its naval mission to combat refugee smuggling off Libya by agreeing to train the Libyan coast guard and navy.

Bulgaria asks EU for ‘plan B’ if Turkey abandons refugee deal

Bulgaria asked the European Union to develop a backup plan, in the event that Turkey refuses to implement its agreement to deal with the refugee crisis, Foreign Minister Daniel Mitov said on Friday (20 May).
Enlargement 23-05-2016

Merkel voices 'great concern' over Turkey ahead of visit

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said some political developments in Turkey were a source of "great concern" and pledged to address them during a visit to the country today (23 May).
Central Europe 20-05-2016

Polish premier says will never bow to EU 'ultimatum'

Poland's right-wing Prime Minister Beata Szydlo vowed Friday (20 May) that her government would never bow to any EU ultimatum and accused some members of the European Commission of trying to "destroy" the 28-member bloc.
Europe's East 20-05-2016

Turkish minister: Anti-terror law amendment 'not on the agenda'

The granting of visa liberalisation, and to a lesser extent the German parliament’s expected recognition of the Armenian genocide, could threaten to derail the EU’s refugee pact with Turkey. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel spoke with the Turkish Minister of Youth and Sport, Çağatay Kılıç.

EU official: Turkey should wait for visa waiver until October

Turkey will have wait for the EU visa waiver at least until October, a representative of the European Union told journalists ahead of the Justice and Home Affairs Council opening today (20 May).
Enlargement 20-05-2016

New Turkish premier vows allegiance to Erdogan

Turkey's ruling party named a loyal ally of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan as the new prime minister yesterday (19 May), with the incoming premier immediately vowing to "work in total harmony" with the strongman leader.

Youth organisations have role to play in tackling violent radicalisation

Europe needs to build communities, provide opportunities for youths and strengthen education efforts in order to overcome the threat of violent extremism, writes Tibor Navracsics.