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23/01/2017

Romania’s #2 spy suspended over scandal

Justice & Home Affairs


Global Europe 23-01-2017

EU considers increased support to help Libya tackle people traffickers

The EU could soon step up training and equipping Libya's coast guard to crack down on migrant smuggling in the North African nation's waters, according to an EU proposal seen by AFP on Saturday (21 January).
Future EU 23-01-2017

Far-right 'counter-summit' claims 'Europe will wake up in 2017'

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen urged European voters to follow the example of Americans and the British and "wake up" in 2017, at a meeting of far-right leaders aiming to oust established parties in elections this year.
Enlargement 20-01-2017

Croatia PM: EU-hopeful countries need motivation to continue with reform

The European Union must find the right narrative to address the frustrations of the Balkan countries, which are losing hope of joining the bloc as EU appetite for enlargement fades, said Croatia Prime Minister Andrej Plenković in an interview with EurActiv.com in Davos.
Global Europe 20-01-2017

Ombudsman demands transparency on human rights abuses in EU-Turkey deal

The European Commission needs to report more on possible human rights abuses resulting from its controversial deal with Turkey to send migrants back there from Greece, the EU institution's watchdog has warned.

Jourová seeks data protection talks with Trump’s people ‘as soon as possible’ 

Data protection agreements are an important part of EU-US relations, and the Privacy Shield pact and Umbrella Agreement will continue under Donald Trump’s administration, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová told EurActiv Czech Republic.
Health & Consumers 20-01-2017

Polish pollution akin to smoking 4,000 cigarettes a year

Air pollution made headlines in Poland this week but the issue was not the only thing to worry Poles, as lack of transparency and corruption in government once again reared their heads. EurActiv Poland reports.

Croatia inches closer to Schengen membership

The European Commission on Wednesday (18 January) proposed the gradual integration of Croatia into the Schengen Information System (SIS), bringing the newest EU member state slightly closer to full membership of the EU borderless area.
Development Policy 20-01-2017

German minister: 'Morocco and Tunisia face a real threat of terrorism'

German Development Minister Gerd Müller does not want to hold North African countries hostage with aid cuts. He also insisted that hunger is a solvable issue, if the will is there. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Luxembourg foreign minister tells EU to take refugee obligations seriously

The European Union cannot ignore the images of freezing refugees and must implement its redistribution programme, according to Luxembourg's foreign minister. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
UK & Europe 19-01-2017

Theresa May to attend first part of EU Malta summit on 3 February

UK Prime Minister Theresa May will attend the first part of a meeting of European Union leaders in Malta early next month, her spokeswoman said yesterday (18 January).
UK & Europe 19-01-2017

The Times: EU needs 'bold leadership and honest thinking' on migration

European leaders can't keep pretending freedom of movement is not an issue. Whether, in the context of Brexit or the migration crisis, inaction is undermining people's confidence in the EU, says Emma Tucker.

Germany reviewing nearly 550 migrants deemed a security risk

Germany said on Wednesday (18 January) that it would review the cases of nearly 550 asylum seekers who have been deemed a security risk, spurred by new questions about the handling of a Tunisian migrant who killed 12 people last month at a Berlin Christmas market.


Global Europe 19-01-2017

Turkey blocks UNHCR access to Syrian refugees

UN refugee agency UNHCR has been kept from visiting asylum seekers after they were deported from Greece to Turkey, according to a leaked letter from the organisation's Athens office.

Outrage over German populist's call to end Nazi guilt

A leading member of German right-wing populist party Alternative für Deutschland sparked an outcry Wednesday (18 January) by criticising the Holocaust memorial in Berlin and calling for the country to stop atoning for its Nazi past.

Romanian president blocks draft corruption law

Romania's president today (18 January) blocked a series of controversial legal changes that would have protected corrupt politicians from prosecution.
Global Europe 18-01-2017

Amnesty: Fight against terror is dismantling human rights in Europe

Amnesty International on Tuesday (17 January) shed light on the sweeping arsenal of security measures being enforced in the EU and their cost to citizens’ personal freedoms. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 18-01-2017

Fight Inequality Alliance comes to ‘corporate’ Brussels

Brussels is not a hotbed of popular mobilisation. Few rights struggles start here, but it is one of the biggest power centres in the world and it is one of the main chapters in the book on inequality, write Laura Sullivan and Jenny Ricks.

Top German court refuses to ban neo-Nazi party

Germany's Constitutional Court today (17 January) said the far-right National Democratic Party (NPD) resembled Adolf Hitler's Nazi party but ruled against banning it because it presented no threat to democracy.
Europe's East 17-01-2017

Council of Europe praises Georgia's anti-corruption efforts, demands more

The Council of Europe has called on Georgia to do more to reduce corruption but did acknowledge that it has made considerable progress.

Council of Europe calls on Slovenia to amend new migrant law

The Council of Europe, the continent's leading human rights organisation, called on Slovenia's parliament to reject some legal changes affecting migrants that the government proposed earlier in January in a set of amendments.
Europe's East 17-01-2017

Poroshenko says Ukrainians at risk of losing faith in EU path

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said yesterday (16 January) Ukrainians risked becoming disillusioned with Ukraine's pro-European path if there are further delays to plans to cement its closer integration with the European Union.
Global Europe 16-01-2017

Visegrád and migration: Few prospects for a change in position

With Slovakia handing over the EU Presidency to Malta and agreement on a new EU asylum system out of sight, the Visegrád Group remains in strong opposition to compulsory refugee relocation. EurActiv Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, and Budapest's Political Capital think-tank, report.

UN alarmed at migrants dying of cold

Refugees and migrants are dying in Europe's cold snap and governments must do more to help, rather than pushing them back from borders and subjecting them to violence, the UN refugee agency UNHCR said today (13 January).

Romania's #2 spy suspended over scandal

The deputy chief of Romania's intelligence service, Florian Coldea, was suspended from his job yesterday (12 January) over alleged links with a fugitive media boss who is embroiled in several criminal cases.