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Once asylum beneficiaries in 1956, Hungarians now reject migrants

Justice & Home Affairs

Global Europe 27-10-2016

European Parliament tries to tackle human rights abuses abroad

The European Parliament has called for companies that violate human rights to be prosecuted in the future and for products to carry an "abuse free" label. But the vagueness of its proposal has already left plenty of loopholes open. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 27-10-2016

The international community’s duty to protect Syrian women

Women play a vital role in Syria, keeping schools, hospitals and communities running despite the bombing. They will be essential in rebuilding the country and an enduring peace, write a group of women from the Syrian High Negotiation Committee.
Development Policy 27-10-2016

NGOs censure EU countries for spending foreign aid on asylum costs

European NGOs have rounded on EU governments over the growing use of foreign aid budgets to meet refugee costs at home, claiming that the strategy artificially inflates official figures for development assistance despite money never reaching the poor countries for which it was intended.
Central Europe 26-10-2016

Orbán bites the European hand that feeds his oligarchs – it’s time to bite back!

This week, the European Court of Auditors will report on how the EU spends taxpayer money. For once, the worst offending member states will be named and shamed, with Hungary set to top the list. This should just be the starting point, insist Bart Staes and Benedek Javor.
Global Europe 26-10-2016

Commission recommends extension of Schengen border controls

The European Commission has given Germany what it wants and recommended that border controls within the Schengen area be extended. EurActiv's partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Euro & Finance 26-10-2016

Renzi threatens EU budget veto over migrants

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi yesterday (25 October) threatened to veto the EU's budget over a lack of solidarity from the rest of Europe as the bloc struggles to manage the refugee crisis.
Energy 26-10-2016

Ian Duncan and the best laid schemes o' mice an' men

EurActiv’s Brian Maguire chats with Scottish MEP Ian Duncan, the Conservatives spokesman for energy and climate change in the European Parliament, in the latest in ‘Over A Beer’ video series.

Jean-Marie Le Pen loses immunity over racial hatred charges

The European Parliament on Tuesday (25 October) voted to lift Jean-Marie Le Pen's parliamentary immunity. The move follows a request from French prosecutors, who are building a case against Le Pen for inciting racial hatred.
Global Europe 25-10-2016

Isn’t it a bit early to condemn the EU Migration Partnership Framework?

The EU's Migration Partnership Framework is meant to help third countries better deal with irregular migration and, hopefully, save people from making the often fatal journey across the Med. Solon Ardittis argues that it is too early to have the knives out for the plan already.

Strache: 'Most dangerous woman in Europe' Merkel has made civil war 'not unlikely'

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has faced renewed criticism from the leader of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), Heinz-Christian Strache, who has once again tried to drum up support through angry and exaggerated rhetoric.  EurActiv Germany reports.

New deaths put Italy on track for sombre migrant records

Italy's coastguard said yesterday (24 October) that another 16 people had died during operations in which 2,200 migrants were rescued off Libya, propelling both deaths at sea and the numbers arriving in Italy towards new highs.
Elections 24-10-2016

Austrian churches slam Hofer for 'God' slogan

Austrian church officials on Monday (24 October) denounced far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer for "instrumentalising" God in a new slogan as he seeks to rally support ahead of a scandal-plagued election re-run.

Global Europe 24-10-2016

Refugees attack EU asylum offices on Lesvos

Asylum-seekers attacked the premises of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) on the island of Lesbos on Monday (24 October), protesting against delays in dealing with asylum claims, Greek and EU authorities said.
Elections 24-10-2016

Frassoni: Italians believe the EU abandoned them to the migration crisis

The Italian government is not losing support because it saves refugees. It is losing support because it is not perceived to be able to convince Europe to do more, says Monica Frassoni, the European Greens co-chair.
Global Europe 24-10-2016

EU may be going to the dogs, Steinmeier warns

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier warned on Sunday (23 October) that the European Union faced an existential risks.

Plane thought to carry EU officials crashes in Malta, five dead

Five people died this morning in a plane crash shortly after take-off in Luqa at around 7.20 am today (24 October).
Future EU 24-10-2016

Hungary's Orban rejects 'Sovietisation' by Brussels, defends nation state

At a commemoration of a 1956 anti-Communist uprising, Hungary's right-wing leader Viktor Orbán said his country must stand up to Europe's "Sovietisation" and defend its borders against mass migration.
Global Europe 24-10-2016

Fate of child migrants uncertain before France demolishes Jungle camp

Aid workers accused France and Britain on Sunday of failing more than 1,300 unaccompanied child migrants whose future remained uncertain just a day before the French government begins dismantling the filthy camp where they are holed up.
Europe's East 21-10-2016

A new horizon for Turkey

Turkey was shaken by the July coup attempt, but its citizens are united and more determined than ever to stand up for democracy and against terrorism, writes Egemen Bağış.

CETA collapse scuppers Bulgaria and Romania visa deal

Bulgaria and Romania agreed today (21 October) that their deal to obtain visa-free travel would be part of the CETA agreement, answering the concerns of the Belgian region of Wallonia. A couple of hours later they realised that they made the wrong decision.

Germany's intelligence service reform stokes controversy

Germany’s ruling coalition is to adopt a new intelligence law today (21 October). Concerns have been raised about the increase in the amount of surveillance that will be permitted by the new legislation. EurActiv Germany reports.
UK & Europe 21-10-2016

Juppé: Anglo-French border should be moved to UK

France's Alain Juppé will move the border with Britain from Calais to southern England if he wins power next year, setting up a potential battle with London over immigration following the Brexit vote, the Guardian reported on Friday (21 October).
Global Europe 21-10-2016

EU aid principles will be a ‘thing of the past’ under new African migrant deal

Extending the Turkish "cash for migrants" scheme to five African countries will mark a turning point for European aid policy, which has previously been dependent on the principles of democracy and human rights. EurActiv France reports.
Central Europe 21-10-2016

Once asylum beneficiaries in 1956, Hungarians now reject migrants

Sixty years ago, Soviet tanks crushed an anti-communist uprising in Budapest, sending 200,000 Hungarians - men women and children - fleeing across the border into Austrian refugee camps, then onwards into a welcoming Western world.