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24/07/2016

Refugees face asylum rejection if they leave country of arrival, under new EU rules

Justice & Home Affairs


EU Priorities 2020 22-07-2016

EU budget for 2017: Cohesion down, security up

Payments for cohesion are down by 23.94% in the 2017 draft budget compared to 2016, but payments for the heading “Security and citizenship” are up by 24.42%. The Parliament is yet to give its opinion on what looks like an unusual budget.
Enlargement 22-07-2016

Albanian parliament passes judiciary reform key to EU accession

Albania's governing and opposition parties passed a judicial reform package on Thursday (21 July), meeting a condition of the European Union for accession talks with the ex-Communist Balkan state.
Enlargement 21-07-2016

Turkey to 'follow France' and suspend European rights convention

Turkey will follow France's example in suspending temporarily the European Convention on Human Rights following its declaration of a state of emergency, Deputy Prime Minister Numan Kurtulmus said on Thursday (21 July), according to broadcaster NTV.
Enlargement 21-07-2016

Turkey's Erdogan declares state of emergency after coup bid

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan declared a state of emergency on Wednesday (20 July) as he widened a crackdown against thousands of members of the security forces, judiciary, civil service and academia after a failed military coup.
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Smartphone app lets users decide fate of Netherlands refugees

Looking to change public perception about migrants in the Netherlands, two journalists have launched a Smartphone app that dramatizes the asylum-seeking process and lets users ask tough questions of would-be refugees.
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Erdogan targets more than 50,000 in purge after failed coup

Turkey vowed to root out allies of the US-based cleric it blames for an abortive coup last week, widening a purge of the army, police and judiciary yesterday (19 July) to universities and schools, the intelligence agency and religious authorities.
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Hollande embarks on tour to push for European 'army'

French President François Hollande visited Portugal on Tuesday (19 July) and will stop over in Ireland on Thursday (21 July) in an attempt to reinforce the foundations of the EU, including fostering increased defence cooperation, following the terrorist attack in Nice last week. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Yazidi genocide victims deserve European Parliament prize

Nadia Murad is a Yazidi woman that has been the victim of the brutal atrocities carried out by Daesh. Beatriz Becerra Basterrechea asks what better way to highlight her and her people’s plight, than awarding her the EU’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought.
Enlargement 19-07-2016

EU gives Albania ultimatum over judicial reform

Albania must pass anti-corruption reforms of its judiciary on Thursday (21 July) or sacrifice its hopes of starting negotiations to join the EU, MEPs warned today (19 July).
Global Europe 19-07-2016

World Bank: Libya and Jordan 'have got into serious debt’ to host refugees

Four million people have fled the violence in Syria seeking refuge in neighbouring countries. Refugees now make up 20% of the population in Jordan and 30% in Lebanon, as national debts have climbed to unsustainable levels.
Global Europe 19-07-2016

Germany axe attack points at problem with unaccompanied minors

German police shot dead a 17-year-old Afghan refugee yesterday (18 July) after he attacked train passengers with an axe and a knife, seriously wounding four in what one official said was a "probable" Islamist attack.
Global Europe 18-07-2016

Erdogan hopes to bring back the death penalty after coup attempt

Following Friday's failed military coup (15 July), the Turkish government has been consolidating its grip on the country, particularly the army and the judiciary, and has even aired plans to reintroduce the death penalty. EurActiv France reports.


Global Europe 18-07-2016

EU ministers meet on Turkey, facing perfect storm

European foreign ministers will urge Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan today (18 July) to respect the law and human rights in dealing with defeated coup plotters, but have limited leverage over their strategic neighbour.
Energy 18-07-2016

Multi-billion EU carbon market fraud operated from Poland

The founder of Poland's biggest carbon quota brokerage firm, whose name appeared in connection with the Panama Papers, has been found guilty of VAT fraud and sentenced to jail in France. Warsaw denies wrongdoing, calling the multi-billion fraud an "unfortunate incident". EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 16-07-2016

Tusk calls for return to order in Turkey, after attempted military coup

European Council President Donald Tusk called today (16 July) for a swift return to Turkey's constitutional order, after a coup attempt in the crisis-ridden country.

Ban on headscarves and religious clothing is discrimination

Muslim women wearing headscarves are facing yet another hurdle on the path towards inclusion and employment in the European labour market, writes Michaël Privot.
Security 15-07-2016

Parliament approves watered-down gun proposal

Gun aficionados like marksmen, hunters and museum curators can breathe a sigh of relief, as the European Parliament has taken the carving knife to a Commission proposal on gun controls. EurActiv Germany reports.

Belgium's Independence Day celebrations will go ahead despite Nice attack

Celebrations for Belgium’s national day will go ahead amid heightened security next Thursday (21 June), despite last night’s Bastille Day terror attack in Nice.
Global Europe 15-07-2016

Debate on religion, immigration, political correctness rages on Twitter

Social media are overflowing with reactions following the Bastille Day attack in Nice (14 July), with some users denouncing Western political correctness and others responding that Islam is not about terrorism. The terrorist proved to be a 31-year old French national of Tunisian origin. But even before this fact became known, the perpetrator was denounced as …

Global Europe 15-07-2016

World leaders condemn Nice attack, call it 'cowardly'

Sympathy and condemnation for the Bastille Day attack in Nice dominated the opening of an Asia Europe summit in Mongolia today (15 July), drawing attention away from Beijing's rejection of a tribunal ruling dismissing its extensive South China Sea claims.
Global Europe 15-07-2016

France struck on its national day by horrific terrorist attack

A truck ploughed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice, killing at least 80 in what President François Hollande today (15 July) called a "terrorist" attack on revellers watching a Bastille Day fireworks display.
Trade & Society 14-07-2016

Romania, Bulgaria, Canada seek to unlock CETA by solving visa dispute

Meetings in various formats have been held between Canada, the European Commission, Bulgaria and Romania, in an effort to avoid a possible veto from Sofia and Bucharest on the Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) between the EU and Canada.
Europe's East 14-07-2016

MH17 families prepare for legal fight on second anniversary

The families of the 298 people who died when flight MH17 was downed over Ukraine are steeling themselves for a slew of bitter legal battles, on the eve of the tragedy's second anniversary.
Global Europe 13-07-2016

Refugees face asylum rejection if they leave country of arrival, under new EU rules

Asylum seekers moving to other EU countries after arriving in Europe will face having their applications for international protection rejected, under tougher rules put forward by the European Commission today (13 July).