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09/12/2016

Juncker: ‘Europe must take care of its own defence’

Justice & Home Affairs


Asylum seekers in Europe will be sent back to Greece starting March 2017

The European Commission on Thursday (8 December) said that EU countries could resume returning asylum seekers to Greece in March 2017, after such transfers were suspended for five years because of poor conditions there.
Security 08-12-2016

Firearms Directive dispute continues, no compromise in sight

The supporters and opponents of the EU's weapons law reform are seemingly entrenched in irreconcilable positions. After more than a year of negotiations and talks this week, there is still no agreement on the horizon. EurActiv Germany reports.
Europe's East 08-12-2016

Hurdle cleared to visa-free EU travel for Ukraine, Georgia

EU negotiators said Thursday (8 December) they have resolved an internal row that had delayed visa-free travel to Europe for Ukrainians and Georgians.
Europe's East 07-12-2016

Tusk: EU's credibility at risk over Ukraine visa debate

The European Union is putting its credibility and reputation at risk by letting internal political wrangling stall a promised easing of visa requirements for Ukraine and Georgia, the head of the European Council said.
UK & Europe 07-12-2016

British lord says Brexit 'stupidity' should not block child refugees

A member of Britain's House of Lords rescued from the Nazis when he was six years old, told AFP the anti-immigrant sentiment behind Brexit should not prevent child migrants being welcomed to Britain.
Trade & Society 07-12-2016

Commission says ‘stop free circulation of Kalashnikovs’

Talks on an EU-wide ban on some of the most lethal semi-automatic assault weapons, including the Kalashnikov prized by militants the world over, broke down yesterday (6 December) amid disputes over definitions of firearm types.
Global Europe 07-12-2016

EU, NATO cement ‘transatlantic bond’ before Trump takes office

NATO and the European Union overcame years of rivalry yesterday (6 December) to agree a seven-point plan to counter tactics such as cyber attacks, information warfare and irregular militia from Russia and other potential aggressors.

Making the case for a European Public Prosecutor's Office

Under the Lisbon Treaty, the EU has the chance to set up a pan-European prosecutor’s office. Progress has been slowed by national governments blocking the proposal. Now, a number of prosecutors in favour of the idea call on the member states to move forward with the plan.
Enlargement 06-12-2016

Turkey's EU membership bid set to enter ice age

The EU's accession talks with Turkey are, in practice, not going anywhere. Now, the Netherlands wants clarity on how the negotiations will progress in the future, if at all. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
UK & Europe 06-12-2016

Brexit: Future of the European Arrest Warrant in question

With Brexit and two recent controversial cases of extradition requests made this year by Romania, the future of the European Arrest Warrant (EAW) is re-emerging as an issue of particular concern, not only in the UK but also in other EU member states, writes Willy Fautré.
Future EU 05-12-2016

Socialists and Democrats VP: Socialist 'errors' contributed to populism's rise

S&D Vice-President Enrique Guerrero told EurActiv Spain that he acknowledged the "political errors" made in the past that have contributed to populism's rise across Europe at the expense of socialism.
Security 05-12-2016

Study: Militarisation on the rise to counter Russia

Militarisation has increased in Europe and five of the continent's countries are in the top 10 of a new index that compares defence spending with social factors. EurActiv Germany reports.


Europol in 'shocking' data leak

The EU's law enforcement agency, Europol, has had a mixed bag of results recently, ranging from a sensitive data leak scandal and unprecedented success in fighting cybercrime, to an odd festive social media campaign. EurActiv Germany reports.

Afghan asylum-seeker arrested over murder of EU official’s daughter in Germany

A teenage Afghan asylum seeker has been arrested on suspicion of the rape and murder of a 19-year-old female student in Germany, police and prosecutors said. The victim is reportedly the daughter of a EU Commission official.
Digital 05-12-2016

EU urges US tech giants to act faster against hate speech

US tech giants including Facebook, Twitter, Google's YouTube and Microsoft will have to act faster to tackle online hate speech or face laws forcing them to do so, the European Commission said on Sunday (4 December).
Future EU 02-12-2016

Italian senator: The 'EU is very discredited in Italy'

On Sunday (4 December), Italy will hold a constitutional referendum that may usher in the country’s first populist, Eurosceptic government. EurActiv Poland spoke to Senator Paolo Guerrieri about the significance of the vote.
Security 02-12-2016

IS terrorists may use car bombs in Europe, warns Europol

Terror networks such as the Islamic State group are evolving their tactics to attack soft targets in Europe, which could see the use of deadly car bombs, Europol warned on Friday (2 December).
Future EU 01-12-2016

Emily O'Reilly: Europe could face a 'Marie Antoinette moment'

EU Ombudsman Emily O'Reilly warned that the bloc needs to create jobs and restore citizen confidence in order to stop a "wave of populism" in the West. EurActiv Spain reports.

The West must stop hiding from truth about Turkey’s coup

Our 9/11. That is how many Turks see the failed 15 July coup d’état, writes Daniel Kawczynski. But it’s not a sentiment that resonates in the United Kingdom, Washington, Berlin or Brussels.
Elections 01-12-2016

Austria's Nazi past encroaches on election campaign

Austria's most infamous son, Adolf Hitler, is rarely mentioned in his home country. So it came as a shock to many when presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen reached into a folder during a recent live TV debate and produced a photo montage including two images of the Führer.

Austria attracts member state interest in its refugee policy

This year, Austria expects to welcome fewer refugees than it predicted it would. The Vienna government wants to lower its upper limit on new arrivals as a result and it's a policy that has attracted the attention of other EU countries. EurActiv Germany reports.

Europol and the 24 Christmas criminals

The EU’s law enforcement agency, Europol, has started getting into the festive spirit by launching an advent calendar that will reveal one of Europe’s most wanted criminals every day in the lead-up to Christmas.

Rights groups expose flaws in EU counterterrorism directive

The European institutions reached an agreement yesterday (30 November) on a directive that is aimed at better equipping the EU with instruments to counter terrorism. But civil rights groups warned that it risks undermining fundamental freedoms.
Global Europe 01-12-2016

Juncker: ‘Europe must take care of its own defence’

In an exclusive interview, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told EurActiv’s partner Ouest France that Europe urgently needs to improve its defence cooperation and better defend its economic interests.