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25/09/2016

Letta: EU leaders must leave ‘business as usual’ at home before going to Bratislava

Justice & Home Affairs


Future EU 23-09-2016

Live: EU begins to talk life after UK

The negotiations haven't even started yet, with the now infamous Article 50 yet to be triggered by Theresa May's government. Things are starting to take shape and the news will come thick and fast. Follow EurActiv's live feed for all the latest developments and talking points.

Schäuble defends Seehofer in German refugee row

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's veteran Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schäuble, jumped to the defence of her conservatives' Bavarian sister party in the latest twist in a row over migrants that is damaging her re-election prospects.

Analysts: Expect visa liberalisation for Turkey by early 2017

Turkey analysts said today (22 September) that the lifting of the visa requirement for Turkish citizens will likely not materialise before the year's end, if not in early 2017.
Global Europe 22-09-2016

Orbán says EU should deport all illegal migrants, attacks UK

Hungary's prime minister said the European Union should round up and deport all illegal immigrants and assemble them in EU-supervised refugee camps beyond the bloc's borders where they can then file for asylum.

Flexible solidarity: Slovakia gives 550 scholarships to refugees

In a gesture illustrating the concept of “flexible solidarity”, Slovakia announced that it will offer 550 state scholarships to young people that will be able to come to Slovakia to study in its universities, but it will not grant them asylum.

Migrant deaths at sea signal Egypt becoming departure country

A boat carrying up to 450 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean off Egypt's north coast on yesterday (21 September), drowning 42 people and prompting a search operation that rescued 163 passengers, officials said.
Global Europe 22-09-2016

Outsourcing European border security - 'at the whim of foreign dictators'?

If Europe wants to stabilise itself against the relentless pressure of South-North migration — a must rather than an option now — taking matters into its own hands is the only sustainable way forward, argues Leopold Traugott.

Hungary breaking EU law on migrants, Nordic nations say

Nordic nations on Wednesday (21 September) called for the EU to take "measures" against Hungary over its reluctance to take in registered asylum-seekers.
Enlargement 21-09-2016

EU gives equipment to help Serbia control migration

The European Union said on Wednesday (21 September) that it was providing Serbia with training and specialist equipment, including thermal cameras, to help with the flow of migrants at the Balkan country's borders.

Asylum-seekers flee fire at Greek hotspot as tensions flare

Thousands of people fled a migrant camp, or hotspot, on the Greek island of Lesbos after fire swept through tents and cabins during violence among residents, police said.
Global Europe 21-09-2016

Erdogan at UN urges global action against Gülen 'terrorist organisation’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan yesterday (20 September) demanded international action against the US-exiled preacher Fethullah Gülen, whom he accuses of orchestrating an aborted coup d’état against him.
Global Europe 20-09-2016

EU activist gets 3-year Thai jail sentence for exposing labour abuses

A British lawyer who helped expose labour abuses in Thailand’s fruit factories has been handed a three-year suspended jail sentence.


'Unmanageable' situations at Greek hotspots, regional governor says

The refugee-hosting crisis in the Greek islands is spiralling out of control, a regional governor said after violent clashes that took place yesterday (19 September).
Global Europe 20-09-2016

Votes, hope and fear in Hungary

Liberals deride “Eastern European racism” as a sign of post-Socialist backwardness, and incomplete Westernisation. This framing of the problem overlooks the fact xenophobia is encoded into the political economy of East-West relations, writes Maxim Edwards.

Hungary readies attacks on Juncker over migration referendum

A spokesman for the Hungarian government, Zoltán Kovács, told a group of Brussels journalists yesterday (19 September) that the so-called ‘migrant quota’ referendum to be held next month in Hungary will expose the "stealth way the EU is working" during the past two years of the Juncker Commission.
Trade & Society 20-09-2016

Germany's Gabriel gets SPD green light to support CETA

Germany appeared set yesterday (19 September) to back an ambitious trade accord between the European Union and Canada after the leader of the Social Democrats (SPD), junior partner in the ruling coalition, overcame left-wing resistance to the deal within his party.

‘Flexible solidarity’ becomes new tool in response to refugee crisis

The Bratislava summit marks a turning point in the evolution of the EU’s response to the migration crisis, as Germany and other Western nations appeared to accept the Visegrad Group's alternative to relocation and migrant quotas, called "flexible solidarity”.
Elections 19-09-2016

Merkel's party suffers rout in Berlin in migrant policy backlash

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's CDU party suffered its second electoral blow in two weeks yesterday (18 September), slumping to its lowest level since 1990 in a Berlin state vote that rejected her open-door refugee policy.
UK & Europe 16-09-2016

Tusk in Bratislava: Maybe the EU will be stronger after Brexit

The Bratislava summit, which ended on Friday (16 September), was supposed to focus on security and border control as well as other consensual issues following Britain's decision to leave the European Union.

Schulz admits mandatory relocation of refugees has failed

Speaking to journalists at the start of the Bratislava summit today (16 September), Parliament President Martin Schulz admitted that the system of relocating refugees based on mandatory quotas isn't working, and that the Visegrad group is expected to table an alternative proposal.
Global Europe 16-09-2016

Bulgaria, new end of the road on the migrant trail

Until recently, most migrants entering Bulgaria from Turkey wouldn't hang around, seeking to continue their journeys towards western Europe. But now they are finding themselves stranded in the EU's poorest country.

EU law expert: Throwing Hungary out would 'fan the flames of populism'

Hungary has courted controversy over the last few months and has been accused of ignoring European principles and undermining the rule of law. Walther Michl explained to what extent Budapest should fear repercussions from Brussels, in an interview with EurActiv Germany.

Bulgaria to ask EU leaders for €160 million to police border

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov has slammed the EU for lack of solidarity and said he will request leaders at tomorrow’s EU summit in Bratislava for the immediate release of €160 million of aid for strengthening the country’s borders.
Future EU 14-09-2016

Letta: EU leaders must leave ‘business as usual’ at home before going to Bratislava

In Bratislava this week, EU heads of state and government should show clear resolve that they are departing from business as usual, and President of the Commission Jean Claude Juncker should raise the bar, said Enrico Letta in a Citizens’ web dialogue, organised by the Jacques Delors Institute in partnership with EurActiv.com. “It is the first …