Most of the Union’s members have reservations with regard to the possible limitations of in-work benefits for EU workers in the UK, contained in the proposals from Brussels to address David Cameron’s demands ahead of the Brexit referendum. The EurActiv network reports.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker today in Strasbourg (3 February) told Members of the European Parliament to back the deal struck by David Cameron and Donald Tusk to keep Britain in the EU.
A permanent return to frontier controls in Europe would cost countries in the Schengen open-borders area about €110 billion over the next decade, the French government's official think-tank said on Wednesday (3 February).
A draft deal to secure the United Kingdom’s continued membership of the European Union has failed to deliver British demands for a total ban of four years on EU migrants claiming in-work benefits and for the bloc’s treaties to be rewritten.
Europe will resolve its migration crisis only by giving people fleeing the Middle East new reasons to stay there, such as legitimate jobs, schooling and a future, the UK’s international development secretary has said.
Ethnic Germans are responsible for the vast majority of anti-Semitic crimes in Germany. But the country's growing Jewish population fears being targeted by Muslim refugees arriving from the Middle East.
The International Monetary Fund has highlighted the positive effect of public spending on refugees on European GDP, but has also recommended that employers pay them less than the minimum wage. EurActiv France reports .
Jordan, an ally in the West's fight against ISIS, is struggling to support more than 1.2 million Syrian refugees. Amman city manager Fawzi Masad told EurActiv that Jordan was not getting the support from the EU it needs to cope with the refugee crisis.
“Are we Schengen or not?” the Ghana-born mayor of Slovenian border-town Piran has asked in an interview with EurActiv. “And if we are, why is the government putting up fences?”, he said, before warning that a German decision to close its borders would kill the passport-free zone forever.
Denmark’s Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, defended pending legislation on Tuesday (12 January), that would allow the authorities to confiscate refugees’ valuables, in order to pay for their stay in asylum shelters.
Hungary supports some of Britain's reform proposals that aim to boost economic competitiveness in the European Union, but would not want to see an erosion in the free movement of labour, its foreign minister said on Thursday (7 January).
The EU said it will host emergency talks Wednesday (6 January) with Denmark, Sweden and Germany about new migrant border checks that have sparked fresh concerns about Europe's Schengen passport-free zone.
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.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's allies in Bavaria stepped up criticism of her open-door refugee policy on Sunday (3 January), with their leader demanding a cap of 200,000 migrants a year, about a fifth of last year's level.
Sweden is set to drastically reduce the flow of refugees into the country by imposing strict identity checks on all travellers from Denmark , as Scandinavian countries compete with each other to shed their reputations as havens for asylum seekers.
A proposal to give the European Union executive the power to send forces unbidden into member states to defend the common European frontier will face resistance from some countries when it is published this week.
Migration and security concerns will continue to top the agenda of the December European Council until the root causes are addressed. The impact investment community can provide concrete solutions to this challenge, writes James Knight.
Switzerland threatened yesterday (4 December) to impose unilateral curbs on immigration should it fail to agree with the European Union on limiting the influx into a country where nearly a quarter of the population is foreign.