Justice & Home Affairs

Politics 24-02-2017

Sources: Scottish government considering independence vote next year

The Scottish government is increasingly convinced it can win a new independence referendum and is thinking seriously about calling one next year as Britain exits the European Union, sources close to the Scottish government said on Thursday (23 February).

Freedom of thought 23-02-2017

Situation of Polish journalists is ‘untenable’

The NGO Reporters Without Borders (RWB) has called on the European Commission to defend press freedom in Poland, after the country fell 29 places in the RWB’s global ranking. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

23-02-2017

Commission to seek member state views on Polish rule of law

The European Commission will consult with EU member states on whether to take further action against Poland in a dispute over the rule of law that has lasted more than a year, officials said yesterday (22 February).

Politics 23-02-2017

France, Germany get backing from Brussels on security proposals

France and Germany won backing from the European Union's executive yesterday (22 February) for proposals to tighten security across Europe, which include giving more powers to governments to monitor frontiers with other EU states.

22-02-2017

Austrian extradition could spell trouble for Trump

An Austrian court on Tuesday (22 February) approved the extradition of Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash to the United States in a bribery case, overturning an earlier ruling that had said the US request was politically motivated.

Global Europe 22-02-2017

Tunisia underestimates imminent North Africa refugee crisis

Tunisia has signed agreements with the EU for the return of  illegal Tunisian immigrants and to host asylum seekers from other African countries. But Tunis is now denying those deals, writes Mourad Teyeb.

22-02-2017

Poland has last word in rule of law dispute

Poland considers its dispute with the European Commission about the country's rule of law closed, its foreign minister said yesterday (21 February), leaving Brussels with the impossible decision of punishing Warsaw.

Politics 22-02-2017

Germany proposes EU rules making migrant deportations easier

German officials have proposed that the European Union relax some human rights safeguards so that more asylum seekers can be deported while awaiting the outcome of their cases, according to a working paper seen by Reuters.

Enlargement 22-02-2017

Montenegro: Opposition riding the referendum caravan

As Montenegro pushes ahead with its bid to join NATO, the pro-Russian hardline opposition, hoping to block the country's accession, is using "neutrality" as ammunition to fight what it calls a pro-Western "mafia regime".

Elections 21-02-2017

Austria to reward companies for hiring locals

Austria's coalition government approved new employment rules today (21 February) to ensure workers already in the country are given priority for new jobs over potential immigrants from other EU states in an attempt to halt an increase in unemployment.

Elections 21-02-2017

Political consultant: Schulz has fighting chance of winning German election

Martin Schulz has a real chance of becoming Germany's next chancellor, political consultant Michael Spreng told EURACTIV's partner WirtschaftsWoche, as Angela Merkel struggles to inspire her own voters.

21-02-2017

With Hungarian support, Poland defies EU over rule of law

Poland dismissed on Monday (20 February) demands that it implement judiciary reforms deemed essential by the European Commission to uphold the rule of law.

21-02-2017

Romania’s have-a-go heroes fight corruption

Romanian architect Serban Marinescu never thought he'd come up against such brazen corruption. And when a city mayor demanded a backhander, he plucked up his courage and reported him.

20-02-2017

Socialists and Democrats reject Polish ‘morning-after pill’ restrictions

MEPs from the Socialist & Democrats are pushing back against the latest attempts by the right-wing government in Warsaw to clamp down on access to contraception, calling it an “attack on women".

Global Europe 20-02-2017

Czech deputy PM: A ‘different’ migration is needed

We have to change NATO from a defence pact to tan offensive pact, Andrej Babiš, the Czech minister of finance, who also serves as deputy premier, told Euractiv Poland.

Public Affairs 20-02-2017

EURACTIV Metamorphosis: The story behind EURACTIV’s rebranding

As you discover our rebranded euractiv.com website today, we wanted to walk you through the changes that have been taking place at EURACTIV over the last 6 or so months.

Global Europe 17-02-2017

Operation Sofia has saved 33,296 migrants in Mediterranean

Operation Sofia, the EU’s mission to prevent illegal immigration in the Mediterranean, has captured 101 traffickers, neutralised 387 boats and rescued 33,296 migrants at sea in the year-and-a-half it has been operating. Euractiv Spain reports.

17-02-2017

MEPs adopt new laws to stop foreign fighters at EU borders

Lawmakers strongly voted in favour of new anti-terror legislation on Thursday (16 February), in a move to prevent further attacks as the ones carried out in Paris and Brussels in the past two years.

17-02-2017

EU welcomes Romania’s repeal of graft decree, offers help for jails

The European Commission yesterday (16 February) welcomed as a "very good step" the decision of the Romanian government to repeal a decree that would have decriminalised graft, and offered Bucharest assistance and funds to improve the country's prisons.

Central Europe 16-02-2017

Future EU: Does Visegrád have a plan?

In the Visegrád Group, there is a desire to both strengthen the powers of member states, but also defend the Schengen area, and the four freedoms. Unsurprisingly, talk of treaty change is in the air. Euractiv's Central European partners report.

Global Europe 15-02-2017

Disabled refugees challenged by Greek camps

Disabled refugees in Greek camps are faced with a number of obstacles, ranging from identification and bullying to a lack of access to appropriate services, according to migrant advocates.

Enlargement 15-02-2017

Tatar leader: ‘Crimea will be free’

It is only through repression and fear that occupying regimes can stay in power, Crimean Tatar leader, and former Soviet dissident Mustafa Dzhemilew, told Euractiv Poland.

13-02-2017

Vice-versa: Racial profiling in Germany

Germany and the EU: How do they cooperate? Where do their approaches conflict and where are their interests aligned? Euractiv Germany’s new Vice-Versa series continues to take a look at one issue from both a European and federal government perspective.

Elections 13-02-2017

Orbán names Soros and EU among those ‘attacking’ Hungary

In the annual State of the Union address on Friday (10 February) Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán listed among those who “attacked” his country billionaire George Soros and the European Union.