Neighbourhood policy

Global Europe 25-05-2017

EU slams Turkey’s record on human rights in talks with Erdogan

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan met senior European Union officials on Thursday (25 May) for talks that included Turkey's human rights record following sharp disagreements between Ankara and Brussels on a range of issues.

Enlargement 16-05-2017

EU warns Turkey after it violates Greek airspace 141 times in one day

Turkish aeroplanes and helicopters illegally entered Greece's airspace 141 times yesterday (15 May), the Hellenic National Defence General Staff reported.

Africa 15-05-2017

Italy, Germany call for EU mission on Libya-Niger border

The German and Italian interior ministers have called for an EU mission to be installed on the border between Libya and Niger to stem migrant crossings to Europe.

Global Europe 10-05-2017

Serbian FM: Albanian politicians are the main threat to Europe and the Balkans

EXCLUSIVE / The EU should recognise that Albanian politicians are the main threat to peace and stability not only in the Balkans but also in Europe, Serbia’s First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dačić told EURACTIV.com.

Digital 09-05-2017

Estonian president: In the face of Brexit, unity will be at the heart of our EU presidency

EXCLUSIVE / As Estonia gets ready for its stint at the helm of the EU, its President Kersti Kaljulaid told EURACTIV that her country will fight to keep the Union together, despite Brexit, and help the bloc forge a new vision, branching out from the Commission proposals.

Europe's East 03-05-2017

Romanian MEP calls for EU-funded anti-Russian propaganda project

Romanian MEP Siegfried Mureșan has proposed that the EU fund a project to the tune of €3 million aimed at combatting Russian propaganda on social media networks. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Europe's East 03-05-2017

Israel needs good relations with Europe

Israel has a vested interest in a strong European Union. It needs European partners in order to maintain its Zionist vision of a Jewish state. But Europe is losing interest in the Middle East peace process and Israel itself is not helping matters, warns Nitzan Horowitz.

Global Europe 03-05-2017

Germany says Libya camps no solution to refugee crisis

Germany will not back a proposal establishing camps in Libya to corral migrants heading for Europe, Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said yesterday (2 May) at the African Union's headquarters.

Global Europe 25-04-2017

Refugee hotspots in Italy and Greece ‘not yet adequate’, say EU auditors

The EU’s emergency response to the 2015 refugee crisis, by creating arrival ‘hotspots’ in Greece and Italy, has left reception centres that are “not yet adequate”, according to a damning new report by the EU Court of Auditors.

Politics 20-04-2017

Tillerson accuses Iran of ‘alarming provocations’ as US reviews policy

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson accused Iran on Wednesday (19 April) of 'alarming ongoing provocations' to destabilise countries in the Middle East as the Trump administration launched a review of its policy towards Tehran.

Southern EU leaders defend US strike on Syria

The leaders of southern EU nations said yesterday (10 April) that a US missile strike on a Syrian airbase in retaliation for a suspected chemical attack was "understandable," as diplomatic tensions mount over the incident.

Development Policy 06-04-2017

Donors pledge billions at Syria aid conference, NGOs say too little

International donors yesterday (5 April) pledged $6.0 billion in aid for Syria this year at a conference overshadowed by a deadly chemical attack blamed by the West on Damascus.

Development Policy 04-04-2017

Donors seek more funds for Syria, EU presses for peace

International donors are set to pledge billions more dollars for Syrian refugees at a two-day conference starting today (4 April) that the European Union says must also help prepare for an eventual end to more than six years of war in Syria.

Enlargement 03-04-2017

Hungary warns about growing foreign influence in the Balkans

The growing influence of Moscow and Ankara in the Western Balkan region is raising concern among the leaders of European centre-right political parties, who have called for a revival of EU aspirations in the region. EURACTIV.com reports from Malta.

Development Policy 28-03-2017

Auditors find ‘shortcomings’ in EU aid to Tunisia after Arab Spring

The EU gave Tunisia some €1.3bn in aid after the Arab Spring without properly checking how all of it was spent, according to a report published today (28 March) by the Court of Auditors.

Enlargement 20-03-2017

Forget Russia, new menace in Western Balkans is Trump-style populist politics

A new menace is stalking the Western Balkans: the region's political leaders themselves. Many are now retreating from serious engagement with Europe in order to play internal political games, writes Denis MacShane.

Enlargement 02-03-2017

EU refugee deal limits German response to journalist arrest

Angela Merkel has called the arrest of German-Turkish journalist Deniz Yücel "disappointing" but will still proceed cautiously in order to not jeopardise the EU-Turkey refugee deal. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Senior Arab diplomat derides EU migrant discourse

A distinguished Arab diplomat remarked that EU politicians and think tank representatives did not make use of keywords such as “Iraq” or “Islam” while discussing the Union’s relations with its neighbours and the refugee crisis for several hours.

Global Europe 28-02-2017

Letta: If Le Pen wins, it’s ‘game over’ for EU

Former Italian Prime Minister Enrico Letta told an audience in Malta on Monday (27 February) that if the leader of the Front National wins the French elections, it would be "game over" for the EU. But there is a silver lining.

Global Europe 27-02-2017

The Presidency: Migration mayday

The seasons are changing. As the weather gets better, Europe's migration crisis gets worse. In a year of critical elections, Malta brings its frontline Mediterranean experience to the leadership of the presidency of the European Union.

Global Europe 23-02-2017

The Presidency debate: Migration

Spring is coming, and with it a migration surge.

Global Europe 22-02-2017

Tunisia underestimates imminent North Africa refugee crisis

Tunisia has signed agreements with the EU for the return of  illegal Tunisian immigrants and to host asylum seekers from other African countries. But Tunis is now denying those deals, writes Mourad Teyeb.

Global Europe 17-02-2017

Operation Sofia has saved 33,296 migrants in Mediterranean

Operation Sofia, the EU’s mission to prevent illegal immigration in the Mediterranean, has captured 101 traffickers, neutralised 387 boats and rescued 33,296 migrants at sea in the year-and-a-half it has been operating. Euractiv Spain reports.

Future EU 02-02-2017

Muscat: Rebutting Trump should not turn into anti-Americanism

EXCLUSIVE / Donald Trump is offering Europe the opportunity to gain the leadership role that it has always craved, but EU leaders should be vigilant not to fall into the anti-Americanism trap, Malta's premier told EURACTIV.com in a wide-ranging interview on internal and global challenges, outlining a vision for the future of Europe.