Justice & Home Affairs

Elections 17-10-2017

The EU is not to blame for the rise of the far right

Only a few months ago, experts called it a day on the rise of the far right. The lacklustre performance of populists in France and the Netherlands was taken as evidence of their demise. But this complacency has proved to be misplaced, writes Evgeny Pudovkin.

Freedom of thought 17-10-2017

In Europe, a new wave of terrorism driven by social media

The proliferation of extremist content online has led to growing pressure on tech firms. The EU has an opportunity to provide leadership by developing clear standards to decrease the prevalence of extremist propaganda, writes Radek Sikorski.

How environmental crime became an EU security priority for 2018-21

In May 2017, EU justice ministers decided that environmental crimes – including wildlife trafficking and waste crimes – would be one of the EU’s ten priorities for the fight against serious and organised crime during the 2018-21 policy cycle. Catherine Bearder evokes how this decision came to being.

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.

Future EU 13-10-2017

France and Germany seek to reform cohesion funds

Germany wants to tie cohesion funds to the recipient countries’ respect for the rule of law. Emmanuel Macron would like the countries to respect a minimum tax rate before disbursing aid to regions. Is it time to change the criteria for accessing cohesion funds? EURACTIV France reports.

Enlargement 12-10-2017

During Albania visit, Kosovo President defies EU

The President of Kosovo is defying the EU by hinting Kosovars will get Albanian passports to be able to travel visa-free to the EU.

Development Policy 11-10-2017

WFP official: Humanitarian aid, development and peace have to come together

Conflict resolution should be followed by recovery-type investments, development-type investments and investments in the future, Arif Husain, chief economist of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), told EURACTIV on Tuesday (10 October).

11-10-2017

Oxfam exposes ‘great abuse’ in EU’s approach to migration

Oxfam's Brussels office has published a report saying that the European Union’s migration policy needs “an urgent shift in direction” in order to respect the EU's founding values of human rights, in a lobbying effort ahead of the 19-20 October EU summit.

Future EU 11-10-2017

The EU must get involved in the crisis in Catalonia

Unless the Catalan and Spanish authorities immediately open channels of dialogue about the constitutional future of Catalonia, the scenes witnessed last Sunday may only be a precursor of things to come. But for this dialogue to take place, the EU must be actively involved, argues Simon Toubeau.

Elections 09-10-2017

Merkel and allies reach common ground on migration, coalition talks loom

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats (CDU) reached a deal on migrant policy with her conservative Bavarian allies on Sunday (8 November), removing a major obstacle to pursuing talks on a coalition with other parties. In an apparent concession, Merkel agreed to put a number on how many people Germany would accept per year on humanitarian …

06-10-2017

Commission offers softer rules to Hungary, Poland to sweeten EU prosecutor deal

EU Commissioner of Justice Věra Jourová said on Friday (6 October) that she is ready to simplify rules controlling cohesion expenditure if Poland and Hungary join the new European Public Prosecutor’s Office (EPPO).

06-10-2017

European Union to get a single public prosecutor

A Luxembourg-based chief prosecutor, first envisioned in the 2009 Lisbon Treaty, will start work next year after getting final approval from the European Parliament today.

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Brexit 06-10-2017

Tweets of the Week: May speaks, Vestager takes on Amazon, and the EP debates Catalonia

Theresa May yet again looks a fool, Vestager says tax dodging ’s not cool and MEPs talk Catalonia self-rule.

Future EU 05-10-2017

Spain rejects Catalonia’s mediation proposal

Spain's government defiantly rejected on Thursday calls for mediation from Catalan government over its push for independence as the two factions headed towards another showdown.

Future EU 05-10-2017

Catalonia’s chief communicator: We will be independent and an EU member

EXCLUSIVE / The EU may be reluctant now but it will inevitably accept to mediate in the separation of Catalonia from Spain and the presence of the new Catalan state within the EU, Joan Maria Piqué told EURACTIV in an interview.

Future EU 05-10-2017

European Parliament VP: ‘We must use the window of opportunity’ to deepen EU integration

Current conditions are ideal to push the EU towards becoming a European federal state, according to one of the vice-presidents of the European Parliament, Rainer Wieland. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Central Europe 05-10-2017

EU steps up action against Hungary over ‘anti-Soros’ NGO law

The EU yesterday (4 October) intensified its legal action against Hungary over a crackdown on education and foreign-backed civil society groups that critics say targets US billionaire George Soros.

05-10-2017

Amnesty condemns forced returns of Afghan asylum seekers

A surge of failed Afghan asylum seekers forcibly returned from Europe are at risk of torture, kidnapping and death in war-torn Afghanistan, Amnesty International said today (5 October).

Future EU 04-10-2017

Catalonia waters down mediation proposal to convince Madrid

Catalonia is looking for an international mediator who would help build a minimum of “mutual trust” between Madrid and Barcelona following the region's independence referendum on 1 October, Catalan Permanent Representative to the EU told EURACTIV.

Economy & Jobs 04-10-2017

Bulgaria and Romania seek investors for big infrastructure projects

Bulgaria and Romania are on the lookout for investors in three big regional infrastructure projects, following a joint session of the heads of government on Tuesday (3 October), Bulgarian media reported.

Global Europe 03-10-2017

Displaced mothers face dire health crisis, report says

Less than a half of pregnant refugees arriving on Greece’s shores have access to maternal care, a new report unveiled on Tuesday (3 October) has found.

Commission Statement on events in Catalonia
02-10-2017

Commission: Independent Catalonia ‘would find itself outside of EU’

The Commission called today Catalonia's independence referendum "illegal", while the Catalan government said Sunday's vote had given it the right to declare independence from Spain.

Armenia 02-10-2017

Armenia urged to ‘do homework’ to prepare for visa-free travel

Armenia’s government has been urged to start “internal preparations” for visa liberalisation, the process for which could be started at a summit in November.

Global Europe 02-10-2017

Slovenia rocked by Iran-related money laundering scandal

Slovenia’s state prosecutor has opened a preliminary investigation into claims that the country's biggest state-owned bank, Nova Ljubljanska Banka (NLB), may have laundered nearly €1bn from Iran between 2008 and 2010, breaking an international embargo and failing to enforce rules on the financing of terrorism.