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30/09/2016

Balkan Route ‘closed’ after cascade of border shutdowns

Topic: Arab Spring


Digital 28-09-2016

Commission proposes export controls to rein in surveillance technologies, to industry fury

EU companies are about to get hit with a controversial new export control law hampered by a wave of criticism this summer from technology firms, which contend that it will destroy their business abroad.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

'Balkan route' nations turn away from EU solution to refugee crisis

European countries on the route used by more than a million migrants to reach the continent last year agreed on Saturday (24 September) to focus on the more easily achievable ways of preventing another influx than the big issues the EU is divided over, Austria said.
Trade & Society 20-09-2016

Juncker postpones controversial export control bill on surveillance technology

Jean-Claude Juncker intervened today (20 September) to postpone a controversial trade bill that would have made it more difficult for EU countries to export surveillance software, marking the second time this month that the Commission chief pulled the brakes on a high-profile technology file.
Global Europe 19-09-2016

EU slams Egypt over NGO clampdown

An Egyptian court froze assets of five prominent human rights defenders and three non-governmental organisations on Saturday (17 September), provoking fears of an intensified crackdown on civil society.
Global Europe 14-09-2016

Damning report says Cameron’s Libya intervention based on flawed intelligence

Britain's 2011 military intervention in Libya, ordered by former prime minister David Cameron, relied on flawed intelligence and hastened the North African country's political and economic collapse, lawmakers said today (14 September) in a damning report.

German army starts training refugees

Germany’s defence minister and employment agency, with the help of the country’s armed forces, are trialling a new strategy for getting young refugees onto the labour market. EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 19-08-2016

World Humanitarian Day: Another ‘no school’ day for 3.6m refugee children

Growing up in Jordan, which hosts the largest number of Palestinian refugees in the world, made the presence of refugees a significant part of life for me, writes Dina Dahood.
Global Europe 18-08-2016

EU calls for 'immediate halt' to Aleppo fighting

The European Union on Thursday (18 August) urged an "immediate halt" to fighting in the Syrian city of Aleppo to allow medical and humanitarian aid to reach an estimated 1.5 million trapped civilians.
Global Europe 17-08-2016

Swiss-Italian frontier becomes flashpoint in Europe's migrant crisis

Nine months pregnant and desperate to cross from Italy into Switzerland after fleeing Ethiopia, a young woman along with her husband are among hundreds stranded by a Swiss border clampdown that is drawing international scrutiny.
Trade & Society 22-07-2016

Commission plans export controls for surveillance technology

EXCLUSIVE / Technology companies may face stricter licensing requirements to export products that could be used to violate human rights, as part of a change to EU rules.
Med & South 21-07-2016

‘Variable geometry’ to bind EU and Mediterranean countries

Faced with many challenges, from migration to terrorism, the EU and its Mediterranean partners must cooperate with pragmatism and variable geometry, the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Fathallah Sijilmassi, said.
Development Policy 19-07-2016

Oxfam: World's richest countries host just 9% of all refugees

The six biggest economies in the world currently host only 2.1 million refugees between them, while the poorest countries are forced to bear most of the burden, according to a new report by Oxfam. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 01-07-2016

Mogherini's new Global Strategy offers lighthouse for EU in uncertain waters

While all Europeans have become hostages of the Brexit talks, the Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs Federica Mogherini on Tuesday (28 June) offered a reassuring project for angry and worried European citizens, writes Damien Helly.      

Refugee crisis: Education aid is only a click away

Countries hosting refugees are doing what they can to manage the influx of school-aged migrant but thinning resources make it difficult to accommodate every child’s requirements. Education technology can help fill that gap, writes Sébastien Turbot.
Global Europe 16-06-2016

Morocco asks for EU help in fight against ISIS

Rabat has urged Europe to help stabilise North Africa, as ISIS steps up its efforts to recruit young Moroccans through social media.
Global Europe 07-06-2016

Obama schedules his last trip to Europe

US President Barack Obama will visit Poland and Spain in July, in what will likely be his final presidential trip to Europe, a continent that has often presented more problems than opportunities during his term.
Global Europe 31-05-2016

Turkey: No future for refugees

Despite official claims, Turkey cannot be considered a safe country – neither for migrants nor for its own citizens, writes Hakan Ataman.
Global Europe 27-05-2016

We must solve the humanitarian crisis in Idomeni

Citizens must not tolerate their governments’ inaction on the refugee crisis. The EU and its member states have abandoned refugees, and left Greece high and dry, writes Josu Juaristi Abaunz.
Global Europe 03-05-2016

Nearly 90,000 unaccompanied minors sought asylum in EU in 2015

Some 88,300 unaccompanied minors sought asylum in the European Union in 2015, 13% of them children younger than 14, crossing continents without their parents to seek a place of safety, EU data showed on Monday (2 May).
Global Europe 14-03-2016

Mogherini: Iran missile tests don't breach nuclear deal

Iran's recent ballistic missile tests are not in violation of its nuclear deal and the European Union is not considering sanctions at this stage, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Monday (14 March), at the end of a Foreign Affairs Council which also saw the bloc's 28 foreign ministers discuss Libya.
14-03-2016

Why Syria's government has survived the war

Thanks to military and police control inherited from the French colonialism, Bashar al-Assad's rule went almost completely unchallenged, writes Stratfor, the global intelligence company.
Global Europe 11-03-2016

Three questions on the draft EU-Turkey agreement on Syrian refugees

Potentially a 'momentous' deal, argues Solon Ardittis, but the EU-Turkey agreement on a refugee swap  must pass some serious legal hurdles first.
Security 09-03-2016

EU parliament slams 'sultan' Erdogan on Turkey deal

European Parliament lawmakers accused the EU Wednesday of giving Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan the "keys to the gates of Europe" through a migration crisis deal with Ankara.
Global Europe 09-03-2016

Balkan Route ‘closed’ after cascade of border shutdowns

Slovenia and Serbia said on Tuesday (8 March) they would place new restrictions on the entry of migrants, putting extra obstacles in the way of those trying to reach the European Union via the Balkans.