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01/10/2016

Human rights: A scapegoat for the ills of Europe

Topic: immigration


Hungarian growth in peril in face of anti-migrant campaign

At peak harvest time, Hungarian winemaker Sandor Font has enough work for 30 people at his vineyard south of Budapest - if only he could find enough grape-pickers.
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Global Europe 29-09-2016

Study shows Franco-German consensus on defence and immigration integration

French and German members of parliament are both open to granting more competencies to the EU in the fields of defence and immigration policy. There is, however, considerable disagreement on certain reform proposals for the eurozone.
Global Europe 28-09-2016

EU likely to break refugee promise one year after vowing to relocate 160,000

The European Union looks set to break its promise to relocate 160,000 refugees across the bloc from Greece and Italy by September 2017, after figures released today (28 September) revealed that just 5,651 asylum seekers were re-homed in the year since the pledge was made.

Schäuble defends Seehofer in German refugee row

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's veteran Minister of Finance, Wolfgang Schäuble, jumped to the defence of her conservatives' Bavarian sister party in the latest twist in a row over migrants that is damaging her re-election prospects.
Global Europe 20-09-2016

Votes, hope and fear in Hungary

Liberals deride “Eastern European racism” as a sign of post-Socialist backwardness, and incomplete Westernisation. This framing of the problem overlooks the fact xenophobia is encoded into the political economy of East-West relations, writes Maxim Edwards.
Global Europe 20-09-2016

OECD urges members to do better migration PR

Migration numbers are on the up in OECD countries and a new report by the economic bloc has advised its members to do better in making the case for immigration. EurActiv Germany reports.
Global Europe 16-09-2016

Bulgaria, new end of the road on the migrant trail

Until recently, most migrants entering Bulgaria from Turkey wouldn't hang around, seeking to continue their journeys towards western Europe. But now they are finding themselves stranded in the EU's poorest country.
Security 16-09-2016

Hollande says France 'cannot be alone' on EU defence

France can take the lead in European defence cooperation, but cannot do it all on its own, French President Francois Hollande said Friday (16 September) as EU leaders held crunch post-Brexit talks.
Future EU 14-09-2016

Brexit battlers Farage and Verhofstadt butt heads at State of the Union speech

The European Parliament's Brexit point man Guy Verhofstadt today (14 September) clashed with UKIP leader Nigel Farage at the debate after Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker's State of the Union speech.
14-09-2016

German coalition strains spill over to European Parliament

Strains in Germany's right-centre ruling coalition are playing out in the race for the presidency of the European Parliament, with the conservative European People's Party (EPP) trying to oust Martin Schulz, a German centre-left Social Democrat (S&D).
Elections 12-09-2016

Austria delays presidential election re-run after postal ballot snag

A re-run of Austria's presidential election scheduled for next month has been delayed, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said on Monday (12 September), after some postal voters complained of faulty seals on ballot papers.
Global Europe 07-09-2016

Danish premier to defy EU with tough asylum law

Denmark's prime minister on Wednesday (7 September) said his minority government would push ahead with a bill to reject asylum seekers at the borders in times of crisis even though such a move might breach the EU's Dublin System.
UK & Europe 06-09-2016

Eastern Europe and Brexit: Avoiding an ‘ever looser union’

In the wake of the Brexit vote, it remains unclear how aware Central and Eastern European countries are about the short and medium-term risks of the UK leaving the bloc and which strategies they should pursue to mitigate them, writes Ivaylo Iaydjiev.
Elections 05-09-2016

A letter to Angela Merkel from a Berlin Jew

Alternative für Deutschland’s startling second-place in Sunday’s election in Mecklenburg-Pomerania (4 September) has sent shockwaves throughout Germany. The consequences are particularly concerning for the country’s minorities. Joel Schalit writes to Angela Merkel about how to repair the damage.
Future EU 02-09-2016

Switzerland dodges clash with EU over immigration

Switzerland skirted a direct clash with the European Union over immigration curbs on Friday (2 September) when a parliamentary panel rejected the government's threat to impose unilateral quotas on foreigners next year in favour of a compromise.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Orban: Hungary to build second fence line on Serbian border

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban said Friday (26 August) a second fence line will be built on the country's southern border with Serbia, capable of stopping any new wave of migrants toward the EU.
Global Europe 26-08-2016

Changing mood in Europe a year after Austria refugee disaster

The gruesome discovery of 71 dead migrants in a truck in Austria last August shocked Europe and led countries to open their borders to a massive influx of people fleeing war and poverty, mainly from the Middle East.
Elections 25-08-2016

Nigel Farage addresses Trump rally, bashes Clinton

Nigel Farage lent his support to Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump on Wednesday (24 August), saying Trump represented the same type of anti-establishment movement that he masterminded in his own country.
Enlargement 24-08-2016

EU enlargement chief: Turkey should address open question on accession

EU Enlargement Commissioner Johannes Hahn has called on Turkey to address the "open question" of whether it was willing to meet the criteria to join the European Union since the uncertainty was straining its relations with the bloc.
Elections 24-08-2016

Sarkozy presidential bid seeks to tap security fears after France attacks

When Nicolas Sarkozy went fishing for votes in the electoral waters of France's far right for a second presidential term in 2012 it ended in defeat, as voters alienated by his rhetoric and disappointed by a moribund economy deserted him.
Global Europe 23-08-2016

Italy: Germany to accept hundreds of migrants to boost EU program

Germany has agreed to take in hundreds of migrants who are blocked in Italy in a move that might revive the European Union's failed relocation program, Italy's Interior Minister Angelino Alfano said on Tuesday (23 August).
Global Europe 23-08-2016

Hungarian MEP: Pigs' heads would deter migrants at border fence

A Hungarian member of the European Parliament has sparred with a human rights campaigner and caused an outcry on Twitter after writing that pigs' heads along the border fence erected by Hungary to keep out migrants would make an effective deterrent.
Global Europe 22-08-2016

New geopolitical crises demand a more dynamic EU neighbourhood policy

As divisions in Europe are hardening under the pressure of the biggest flow of refugees since WWII, experts are making the case to adjust the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP), so that it’s ready to adapt and make the bloc resilient to rapid geopolitical changes.
Global Europe 19-08-2016

Human rights: A scapegoat for the ills of Europe

The public debate in the run-up to the Brexit vote was often based on racist and xenophobic resentments that wrongly associated human rights with the rights of minorities, writes Michael O’Flaherty. But human rights are simply not a minority issue. They are for everyone, he argues.