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26/05/2016

Refugee crisis highlights differences of French and Dutch integration models

Languages & Culture


New German immigrant integration law prioritises language skills

New job opportunities, more integration courses and new rules on housing: Germany’s new integration law is on its way towards final approval, but is not without its critics and shortcomings. EurActiv Germany reports.
Elections 19-05-2016

Europe must remember its anti-fascist roots

Has the EU forgotten it was the product of anti-fascist ideals? The question may sound absurd to anyone not following the latest political developments. But the situation in Austria is cause for concern, write Guillaume Balas, Sergio Cofferati, Curzio Maltese and Dimitrios Papadimoulis.
Global Europe 19-05-2016

Survey: Chinese, Germans the most welcoming of refugees, Russians the least

China is the most welcoming country when it comes to refugees, according to a new survey of citizens' attitudes published on Thursday (19 May), with Germany ranking second and Britain third.
Global Europe 18-05-2016

US and EU protest UN decision to bar LGBT groups from AIDS conference

The United States and the European Union are protesting against a UN decision to bar at least 20 non-governmental groups from taking part in a major AIDS conference next month.

Duel between Russia and Ukraine marks 60 years of Eurovision

Will it be a fierce musical duel between geopolitical foes Russia and Ukraine? Or is it at last France's turn to melt hearts ― albeit singing in English ― at the Eurovision Song Contest in Stockholm on Saturday (14 May)?

Alarming trends in media freedom blight Europe

Freedom of expression and media pluralism are principles enshrined in the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights. Member states are bound to guarantee them, as they represent the essence of liberal democracies. But Pier Luigi Parcu asks whether this is true in practice.

Reporters Without Borders: European press freedom under threat

Attacks, conflict and repressive security laws are putting journalists under increasing pressure, even in Europe, according to Reporters Without Borders. EurActiv Germany reports.

PEGIDA founder dragged before German court

Lutz Bachmann, one of the founders of the German xenophobic PEGIDA movement, was put on trial in Dresden yesterday (18 April). The prosecution accuses him of having repeatedly harassed refugees and migrants on social media and inciting hatred. EurActiv Germany reports.

Global Europe 18-04-2016

Helmut Kohl: 'Solution to refugee crisis does not lie in Europe'

In the preface to the Hungarian edition of his book, “Out of concern for Europe”, Helmut Kohl has written that the continent cannot become the new home for millions of people. EurActiv’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

MEPs call for Turkish becoming EU language

One of the texts of the European Parliament Report on Turkey adopted yesterday (14 April) calls for making Turkish an official language of the EU, a move condemned by a minority of MEPs who voted against the report.

MEPs concerned that amendments could ‘kill’ PNR directive

The European Parliament votes today (14 April) on whether airlines can share the names of passengers with member states to help trace returning jihadists. But lawmakers fear that some of the amendments be considered will “kill” the project.
Euro & Finance 12-04-2016

Schäuble in spotlight after reported attack on ECB

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble found himself in the spotlight Monday (11 April) following newspaper reports in which he apparently blamed the policies of the European Central Bank for the rise in a populist party.


Global Europe 16-03-2016

Why the EU should accept Ankara’s demands

The EU-Turkey deal has been painted by some as a step backward for European values, but in the long run, adopting the deal would benefit not only the EU and Ankara, but the refugee as well, argues Alexander Bürgin.

Private copying in Spain: A slap in the face for authors

The Spanish government’s decision to limit the amount of compensation payable to rightsholders is a slap in the face to authors, as well as to the culture industry, writes Fernando Carbajo Cascón.
Elections 01-03-2016

Germany's top court weighs ban on far-right NPD party

Germany's highest court will  hear a landmark request on Tuesday (1 March) to ban a neo-Nazi fringe party, more than a decade after a first attempt failed.

Europe's East 01-03-2016

Make Turkish an official EU language, Cyprus tells EU

Greek-Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades has asked the Dutch EU Presidency to add Turkish to the bloc’s 24 official languages, in order to boost attempts to reach a reunification agreement on the Mediterranean island.

Juncker reveals his secret weapon

In his traditionally humorous style, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told an audience in Brussels on Thursday (11 February) about his competitive edge over French and German leaders.

Italians angered as statues covered to save Iranian blushes

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi came under fire on Tuesday (26 January) after ancient nude statues in Rome's Capitoline Museum were covered up to avoid any possible offence to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani who is visiting the country.

PEGIDA plans anti-Islam demos across Europe

Until now, the right-wing PEGIDA group has limited itself just to Germany. But the xenophobic movement wants to widen its reach, with demonstrations planned in 14 different countries for the beginning of February. EurActiv's partner Tagesspiegel reports.

EU to publish job ads in all languages

By the spring, the European Personnel Selection Office (EPSO) will publish notices regarding its selection procedure in all official EU languages, instead of just French, German and English. EurActiv Italy reports.

For the first time since 1974, Greek Cypriots mark Epiphany in ghost town

For the first time in decades, Greek Cypriots celebrated Epiphany on the northern side of ethnically-split Cyprus on Wednesday (6 January), as momentum builds for a possible breakthrough this year in peace talks.

Little Europe

If we want to transcend the dichotomy between regulated diversity and nationalist reaction, Europeans will have to go beyond mere tolerance. Whether or not this takes place within a common European identity is another question, argues Josh White.

Irish to be given full official EU language status

Although it has been an official language of the EU since 2007, Irish will now be gradually upgraded to a full working language of the European institutions.

Refugee crisis highlights differences of French and Dutch integration models

With the refugee crisis, the French are testing the limits of assimilation as a model of integration, while the Netherlands is grappling with a growing distance between Dutch identity and 'Dutch tolerance’, writes Eline Chivot.