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Global Europe 25-04-2017

Refugee hotspots in Italy and Greece ‘not yet adequate’, say EU auditors

The EU’s emergency response to the 2015 refugee crisis, by creating arrival ‘hotspots’ in Greece and Italy, has left reception centres that are “not yet adequate”, according to a damning new report by the EU Court of Auditors.

Croatian PM hopes border chaos won’t affect tourism

Croatia’s prime minister said yesterday (24 April) that he hopes to find a solution to new border crossing problems before the start of the tourist season. Changes to Schengen rules have caused chaos on its border with Slovenia.

Commission urges ‘different type of relations’ with Turkey

The European Union executive urged EU governments yesterday (24 April) to consider changing its relationship with Turkey after a referendum that handed President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan sweeping powers put Ankara's stalled membership talks deeper into cold storage.

Economic governance 19-04-2017

Austria misses EU’s structural deficit target

Austria's structural deficit last year was slightly larger than the government had forecast, overstepping the limit of roughly 0.5% of gross domestic product (GDP) sought under European Union rules.

Automated vehicles 14-04-2017

Germans ready to ditch cars in favour of buses, trains and bikes

German motorists are ready, in theory at least, to abandon their cars in favour of buses, trains and bikes, according to a new study. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Refugee rescue group accuses EU border agency of conspiracy

A Spanish NGO that has been rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean since 2016 accused the EU's border control agency Frontex on Wednesday (12 April) of plotting to discredit private aid organisations in order to put off donors.

Global Europe 11-04-2017

UN urges EU to stop sending migrants to Hungary

European countries must stop returning asylum seekers to Hungary because of deteriorating conditions there for new arrivals, including children, and allegations of abuse, the United Nations said yesterday (10 April).

Freedom of thought 04-04-2017

Commission unmoved by Orbán’s ‘Stop Europe’ initiative

Hungary launched an initiative called “Let’s stop Brussels” shortly after its prime minister returned from the Rome summit. Asked about it today (4 April), the Commission highlighted the fact that Viktor Orbán had signed the strongly pro-European text only days before.

Enlargement 04-04-2017

Tusk tells Macedonia, paralysed by political crisis, to focus on EU entry

European Council President Donald Tusk said in Macedonia yesterday (3 April) he hoped the country's leaders would avoid fuelling ethnic tensions and focus on advancing towards EU membership instead.

Future EU 03-04-2017

Europe’s churches put faith in more EU cooperation

Europe’s Church leaders want to be more involved in the issues that shape and vex the European Union. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Politics 03-04-2017

Italy brokers deal with Libyan tribes to curb migrant influx

The Italian government said yesterday (2 April) that dozens of rival tribes in southern Libya had agreed to cooperate on securing the country's borders in an effort to curb the influx of migrants trying to reach Europe.

Global Europe 30-03-2017

Orban attacks the European Court of Human Rights

Speaking today (30 March) at the annual congress of the European People’s Party (EPP) in Malta, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán fiercely attacked migration, calling it a “Trojan Horse of terrorism.” He also attacked the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR).

Visegrád Four slam ‘blackmail’ by Brussels on migrants

Leaders from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland (the Visegrád Four) rejected yesterday (28 March) what they called Brussels' use of "blackmail and diktat" over planned resettlements of migrants across the EU.

Austria to request exemption from EU migrant relocation system

Austria will seek an exemption from having to accept more asylum-seekers under an EU relocation system, it said today (28 March), arguing that it has already taken in its fair share during Europe's migration crisis.

Katainen: For cohesion as well as migration, solidarity is not a one-way street

Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen reminded the Visegrád countries today (28 March) that the solidarity they expect from the EU’s cohesion policy also applies to the refugee crisis.

Elections 28-03-2017

Hungary ‘ready to detain all migrants’

Hungary said yesterday (27 March) it was ready to begin detaining asylum-seekers in camps on its southern border with Serbia after passing a law this month that has drawn criticism from rights groups and the UN.

Europol seeks more African cooperation in fight against people smugglers

No other illegal business is more lucrative: half a million people traffickers appear in Europol's database and the number is only rising. Police are now counting on Africa to help. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Smugglers suspected of using migrant rescue boats as taxis

An Italian prosecutor has stepped up his investigation into charity-funded migrant rescue boats in the Mediterranean after claims they are acting as a de facto taxi service for people traffickers.

European, North Africa ministers seek to curb Libya migrant flows

Interior ministers mainly from the central Mediterranean region met in Rome yesterday (20 March) to ramp up efforts to curb migration from Libya amid a sharp rise in the number of people trying to cross to Europe.

Global Europe 20-03-2017

Romania and Italy unite to halt abuse of women migrants

Romania has agreed to collaborate with Italian authorities to stop abuses in a Sicilian province, after an Observer investigation found that thousands of Romanian agricultural workers were being used as forced labour and sexually exploited by their Italian employers. EURACTIV’s partner The Guardian reports.

Economy & Jobs 20-03-2017

How Erasmus+ could benefit refugees

The European Commission’s Erasmus+ mid-term review must consider how to harness the potential of the scheme in addressing Europe’s shifting realities. Providing grants to refugee students and academics is one way to start, writes Michael Gaebel.

Economy & Jobs 18-03-2017

Merkel and Trump clash over refugees in first meeting

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and US President Donald Trump found little common ground on Friday (16 March) on the management of the refugee crisis, but promised to work out compromises to overcome the dispute over the trade relations.

Global Europe 16-03-2017

Turkey threatens EU on migrant deal as Erdogan blasts ‘spirit of fascism’

Turkey on Wednesday (15 March) threatened once again to scrap a critical deal on halting the flow of migrants to the EU amid a spiralling war of words between Ankara and the bloc.

Digital 14-03-2017

Germany set to fine social media platforms millions over hate speech

A new draft German law would fine social media firms up to €50 million if they fail to remove hate speech, jumping ahead of EU plans. The European Commission is still weighing up whether it will propose rules to crack down on online hate speech.