About: Afghanistan

Amnesty condemns forced returns of Afghan asylum seekers

A surge of failed Afghan asylum seekers forcibly returned from Europe are at risk of torture, kidnapping and death in war-torn Afghanistan, Amnesty International said today (5 October).

Development Policy 20-06-2017

Time to consider refugee protection in partnerships with third countries

On World Refugee Day and just before the European Council, we call on the EU and its member states to assess the impact of the Partnership Framework approach on the right to seek and enjoy asylum, writes Denis Haveaux.

Politics 01-06-2017

German army insists country supports NATO defensive action

German army research shows that German citizens would support NATO military action in defence of a fellow alliance member, in stark contrast to another study that said the very opposite.

Politics 24-05-2017

NATO plans ‘feel-good meeting’ to impress Trump

Ribbon-cutting, jets overhead and a dinner in a new, billion-dollar headquarters: Donald Trump's first meeting at NATO on Thursday (24 May) is being choreographed to impress a US president who called the Western alliance "obsolete"

Global Europe 18-05-2017

France, Germany resist US plan for bigger NATO role against Islamic State

France and Germany are resisting a plan by US officials for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, in line with calls from President Donald Trump for the alliance to do more to combat terrorism.

Chasing Donald Tusk

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) would like to destroy Donald Tusk, the personal enemy of its leader, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, according to Roman Imielski.

Global Europe 21-03-2017

Making a stop in Serbia, part I: The killer journey

Every day, hundreds of refugees enter Serbia. Most of them hope to cross to Hungary and eventually reach the West. But Syrians, Iraqis, and Afghans arrive only to get stuck at the border. EURACTIV Romania 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.

Digital 14-02-2017

Commission to ‘look seriously’ at Euronews mess

EXCLUSIVE / The European Commission has finally decided to “look seriously” at the many problems plaguing Euronews, the TV station created in 1992 as a “European response” to CNN, according to official letters seen by Euractiv.com.

Global Europe 07-02-2017

German regions stop sending rejected asylum seekers back to Afghanistan

More and more of Germany's regions are halting the deportation of rejected asylum seekers to Afghanistan, as the situation in the conflict-torn country worsens. Euractiv Germany reports.

Global Europe 31-01-2017

#WelcomeToEurope?

People across Europe have fervently opposed US President Donald Trump’s ban on various groups of refugees and citizens. But EU leaders, and citizens, must not forget that policies imposed by EU members states are causing thousands of people to suffer every day, warns Philippa Nuttall Jones.

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 opposed to compulsory refugee relocation. EURACTIV Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, and Budapest's Political Capital, report.

Austrian police investigate Afghans over New Year’s Eve sexual assaults

Austrian police are investigating six Afghan refugees over sexual attacks on 18 women during New Year's Eve celebrations in the western province of Tyrol, a police officer involved with the case said yesterday (9 January).

Global Europe 06-01-2017

Frontex: Arrivals of refugees to EU by sea two-thirds lower in 2016

The number of asylum seekers reaching the European Union by sea fell by two-thirds in 2016 due to a migration deal with Turkey but arrivals in Italy from North Africa hit an all-time high, the EU said on Friday (6 January).

Global Europe 19-12-2016

Croatian police finds 67 migrants in van, arrests Bulgarians over trafficking

Dozens of migrants, mainly from Afghanistan, have been taken to hospital in Croatia after police stopped a van carrying 67 people, and arrested two Bulgarian citizens suspected of human trafficking, the Balkan country's police said.

Development Policy 11-12-2016

No more EU deals to keep migrants out

The EU's new partnership with Third World countries, modelled on the controversial Turkey deal, and trust funds to limit migration and return refugees to their home countries, have little safeguards for human rights, argue Jessica Poh-Janrell and Andrea Stocchiero of CONCORD.

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.

Migrants and police clash in Bulgaria refugee camp

Around 1,500 migrants have rioted in Bulgaria's largest refugee camp yesterday (24 November), triggering clashes that left two dozen police injured and prompted the arrest of hundreds of protesters, officials said.

Development Policy 07-10-2016

Merkel heads to Africa to look at stemming migrant influx

German Chancellor Angela Merkel will embark on Sunday (9 October) on a visit to three African countries before hosting leaders from Chad and Nigeria for talks in Berlin, as she seeks ways to stem a migrant influx to Europe.

Borissov apologises to Mogherini for ‘ultimatum’ over Afghan migrants

On a surprise visit to Brussels yesterday (5 October), Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov said he had apologised for an ultimatum he gave last week – that he would withdraw Bulgarian troops from Afghanistan if he cannot deport Afghan refugees back home.

Global Europe 05-10-2016

Afghan refugees return to uncertain future in alien homeland

Mohammad Anwar arrived in Pakistan as a child more than 35 years ago but is leaving as a father, his family among the thousands of uprooted Afghan refugees "returning" to a war-torn homeland many of them have never seen.

Global Europe 05-10-2016

Afghanistan seeks aid to rebuild at Brussels talks

World powers meet in Brussels yesterday (4 October) to pledge billions of dollars for Afghanistan until 2020, as fresh Taliban violence underscores the challenges 15 years after the US toppled the Islamist movement.

Development Policy 03-10-2016

The EU is failing Afghanistan’s unaccompanied migrant children

Afghan children deserve better - the EU needs to focus on education and protection in Afghanistan, rather than implementing harsh returns policies, writes Karen Mets.

Global Europe 19-09-2016

Migration expert: ‘Integration always happens’

French political philosopher Sami Naïr has proposed a "transit passport" for refugees and has warned that the EU stands at a juncture; one path leads to civilisation, the other towards "barbarism". EURACTIV Spain reports.