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31/07/2016

Fear of Eastern European EU migrants fuels Brexit campaign

Topic: immigration


Future EU 28-07-2016

Britain wants bespoke Brexit that deals with immigration

Britain wants a bespoke model for its future ties with the European Union, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Thursday (28 July), adding that its exit deal must address British voters' concerns over immigration.
Security 25-07-2016

Syrian man dies carrying bomb in Germany, 12 injured

A 27-year-old Syrian man who had been denied asylum in Germany a year ago died on Sunday (24 July) when a bomb he was carrying exploded outside a music festival in Ansbach, Germany, a Bavarian state official told a news conference, according to a website.
Security 22-07-2016

ISIS in Würzburg

Following an axe attack on a Bavarian commuter train on Monday (18 July) by an Afghan asylum seeker claiming allegiance to ISIS, Germany’s news media were awash with reports that the terrorist organisation had finally staged a successful attack. EurActiv.com news editor Joel Schalit, was almost there.
Global Europe 20-07-2016

Smartphone app lets users decide fate of Netherlands refugees

Looking to change public perception about migrants in the Netherlands, two journalists have launched a Smartphone app that dramatizes the asylum-seeking process and lets users ask tough questions of would-be refugees.
Global Europe 15-07-2016

A year on, no business as usual at Austrian border

It's holiday season at Nickelsdorf on Austria's border with Hungary as families hit the highway. But although the huge numbers of refugees seen here a year ago have gone, things are far from normal.
UK & Europe 13-07-2016

Brexit would disrupt trade more than previously feared

Previous analyses of the cost of Brexit on the UK economy have probably underestimated the trade disruptive impact because the trade-reducing effect of a squeeze on migration has been overlooked, write Andreas Hatzigeorgiouand Magnus Lodefalk.
Future EU 08-07-2016

Dutch far-right MP to push 'Nexit' despite Brexit woes

Dutch far-right politician Geert Wilders vowed Thursday (7 July) to press ahead with his hoped-for referendum to leave the EU despite the Brexit turmoil, and to close the Netherlands' borders to Muslim immigrants.
UK & Europe 01-07-2016

Austrian far right gets election defeat annulled

Austria's presidential run-off election must be held again, the country's Constitutional Court ruled on Friday (1 July), handing the Freedom Party's narrowly defeated candidate another chance to become the first far-right head of state in the European Union.
Euro & Finance 01-07-2016

Schäuble wants to increase cooperation among member states following Brexit

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble wants to deepen cooperation between the 27 remaining European Union countries after Britain quits with measures that include a joint asylum policy, Der Spiegel reported on Friday (1 July).
Global Europe 30-06-2016

Schulz: Switzerland and EU need to find compromise on immigration

Switzerland and the European Union have to find a compromise on how to act on a Swiss referendum to limit immigration without breaching bilateral treaties with the EU, European Parliament President Martin Schulz said in a TV interview on Wednesday (29 June).
UK & Europe 24-06-2016

UK economy plunges into unknown on Brexit

Britain's economy was plunged into a dizzying unknown on Friday as the country lurched towards the EU exit, with the world economy bracing for a hit on growth and unemployment.  
UK & Europe 13-06-2016

Stanley Johnson: there is no majority in UK parliament to deliver Brexit

Stanley Johnson, father of Brexiteer-in-chief Boris, has said that there is no majority in the UK parliament to deliver Brexit after a Leave vote in the referendum.
Global Europe 10-06-2016

Italy arrests two Ukrainians suspected of trafficking Syrians by boat

Italian police have arrested two Ukrainians suspected of trafficking Syrians to Italy on a sail boat and have launched a probe to find the criminal organisation responsible.
UK & Europe 08-06-2016

Cameron in TV debate: I don't think British people are quitters

David Cameron argued yesterday (7 June) that remaining part of the EU was the "British thing to do" as he faced senior Eurosceptic Nigel Farage in a TV grilling two weeks before a knife-edge referendum.
Global Europe 01-06-2016

Denmark and Sweden extend border checks until November

Denmark and Sweden on Wednesday (1 June)  extended their border controls until November to curb the tide of migrants into their nations, saying the European Union still lacked security at its external borders.
Global Europe 30-05-2016

Libya: Human rights at risk of being forgotten in the Mediterranean

EU plans to help Libya police its waters should be welcomed cautiously, but we should not ignore the causes of the migration crisis or the plight of those detained in Libya, writes Magdalena Mughrabi-Talhami.
UK & Europe 27-05-2016

Brexit's big three arguments - fact-checked

Pro-Brexit campaigners want to leave the EU in order to do away with tiresome legislation and control immigration better. But how watertight are their arguments? EurActiv's partner WirtschaftsWoche has done some fact checking.
EU Priorities 2020 27-05-2016

Slovak ambassador: We’ll firm up our EU Presidency priorities after Brexit vote

Slovakia's agenda for its first EU Council Presidency will be adopted at the last moment, says Dušan Krištofík, the Slovak Ambassador to Poland. The reason is the British referendum on EU membership, which "will have a major impact on the Union" whichever way it goes, he told EurActiv Poland.
Global Europe 26-05-2016

Merkel says 'not worried' about EU-Turkey migrant deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (25 May) brushed off concerns about a landmark EU-Turkey deal designed to stem the flow of refugees to Europe after critical comments by her Turkish counterpart.
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.

Cazeneuve: Over 100 arrested on terror charges in France this year

France has arrested 101 people since the start of the year over "direct links to terrorism", Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in an interview to be published later today (13 May), exactly six months after the Paris attacks.
Global Europe 29-04-2016

Parliament refuses to allocate more EU aid money to migration crisis

MEPs yesterday (28 April) blocked a motion to increase spending from the European Development Fund on the migration crisis, resisting the creeping securitisation of aid spending. EurActiv France reports.

Sweden extends border controls until November

The Swedish government is planning to prolong the ID checks it is currently carrying out on the border with Denmark until November, government sources confirmed yesterday (28 April).
UK & Europe 27-04-2016

Fear of Eastern European EU migrants fuels Brexit campaign

Curbing migration from Eastern EU countries is a key goal for many Britons who plan to vote to leave the EU in a referendum on June 23. But many small firms believe the economic cost would be large, according to a new survey.