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Central Europe 20-06-2017

Orbán: No chance for single EU migration policy

Hungary's populist prime minister said Monday (19 June) that he sees no chance for a single EU-wide migration policy, just days after the bloc launched legal action against Budapest for refusing refugees under a controversial solidarity plan.

Hungary and Slovakia’s case against refugee quotas gets day in court

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) has begun deliberating on Hungary and Slovakia’s case against the EU’s refugee relocation quotas, which both countries initially opposed and which allegedly contain a number of procedural errors . EURACTIV Germany reports.

Former Népszabadság editor: Orbán’s referendum was no failure

Hungarian newspaper Népszabadság was closed down in October 2016, in a move that was seen by many observers as the Budapest government’s attempts to crack down on dissenting voices. EURACTIV’s partner Internationale Politik und Gesellschaft talked to its former deputy-editor.

Frontex chief: 42% of rejected asylum seekers are deported from the EU

Less than half of migrants whose asylum applications have been rejected are deported, according to new statistics from EU border agency Frontex.

Enlargement 30-11-2016

Hungary urges EU to speed up Balkan accession talks

Hungary called on the European Union to speed up accession talks with the Western Balkans yesterday (29 November), so as to "protect" the bloc from a future influx of migrants.

Brexit 07-10-2016

Juncker rages against the UK and Hungary

The EU must be "unyielding" in the face of Britain's demands on the terms for its divorce from the bloc, European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker said today (7 October). He also took aim at Hungary, following the Central European country's recent referendum on migrant quotas.

Hungary breaking EU law on migrants, Nordic nations say

Nordic nations on Wednesday (21 September) called for the EU to take "measures" against Hungary over its reluctance to take in registered asylum-seekers.

Hungary readies attacks on Juncker over migration referendum

A spokesman for the Hungarian government, Zoltán Kovács, told a group of Brussels journalists yesterday (19 September) that the so-called ‘migrant quota’ referendum to be held next month in Hungary will expose the "stealth way the EU is working" during the past two years of the Juncker Commission.

‘Flexible solidarity’ becomes new tool in response to refugee crisis

The Bratislava summit marks a turning point in the evolution of the EU’s response to the migration crisis, as Germany and other Western nations appeared to accept the Visegrad Group's alternative to relocation and migrant quotas, called "flexible solidarity”.

Schulz admits mandatory relocation of refugees has failed

Speaking to journalists at the start of the Bratislava summit today (16 September), Parliament President Martin Schulz admitted that the system of relocating refugees based on mandatory quotas isn't working, and that the Visegrad group is expected to table an alternative proposal.

EU Priorities 2020 13-09-2016

EU to slash funds to Eastern Europe to step up migration budget

European Union countries agreed on Monday (12 September) to slash funds from next year's EU budget to poor regions of the bloc, mostly in the east, while increasing spending to manage migration flows and spur growth.

Global Europe 08-09-2016

Austria threatens non-compliant Hungary with legal action

Austria has threatened Hungary with legal action if the Central European country does not start abiding by EU refugee laws. Budapest remains unmoved. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Austria, Denmark and Sweden move towards tougher asylum rules

Austria has taken its next, albeit small, step towards introducing tougher rules on immigration that will allow it to turn away asylum seekers at its borders within an hour and also to cap the number of asylum requests it accepts.

Greece says it never asked for a ‘Plan B’ in EU-Turkey refugee deal

Greece's Migration Minister Yannis Mouzalas on Wednesday (3 August) denied having called for a backup strategy – a "Plan B" – in case the EU-Turkey refugee deal collapses amid escalating tensions between Brussels and Ankara.

Global Europe 03-08-2016

Greece asks for EU-Turkey migration deal ‘Plan B’

Greece's migration minister has warned that a back-up strategy - a Plan B - is needed in case the EU-Turkey refugee deal collapses amid escalating tensions between the bloc and Ankara.

Hungary uses ‘excessive’ violence against migrants, says MSF

The situation on the Balkan migration route is getting increasingly worrying, according to Doctors Without Borders (MSF). The organisation blames Hungary for using "excessive" violence against migrants stranded in the area.

Global Europe 01-07-2016

Slovakia advocates returning EU power to capitals

Speaking to Brussels journalists on a press trip to Bratislava, the Slovak premier, and his foreign minister, shed light on their ambitions for steering the Union for the next six months, and laying the groundwork for a rethink of the EU, following the shock of the UK referendum.

Global Europe 14-06-2016

Hungary says this is not a refugee crisis, but mass exodus

The measures to address the migration crisis introduced by individual member states or groups of states have been more effective than the Commission’s action, a Hungarian high official said yesterday (13 June).

Austria on brink of reaching self-imposed refugee limit

Austria's much-admonished annual limit on refugees could be met by mid-August at the current rate of intake. The country has already welcomed over 50% of the 37,500 figure it set for 2016, with an increase in new arrivals predicted for the coming weeks. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Elections 06-05-2016

Merkel warns of return to nationalism unless EU protects borders

German Chancellor Angela Merkel yesterday (5 May) urged European leaders to protect EU borders or risk a "return to nationalism" as the continent battles its worst migration crisis since World War II.

Future EU 06-05-2016

Juncker on EU anniversary: We have too many part-time Europeans

The presidents of Europe's three main institutions yesterday (5 May) presented a bleak picture of the European Union, saying the 28-nation bloc lacked leadership and was descending into petty, nationalist politics.

Orbán will tour EU capitals with ‘Schengen 2.0’ plan

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán will tour EU capitals to push for a 10-point plan for the protection of EU’s external borders and free movement within the community, dubbed ‘Schengen 2.0’.

Global Europe 04-04-2016

EU to announce overhaul of ‘Dublin rules’ for asylum seekers

The EU will unveil plans to overhaul its asylum system this week following a controversial migrant deal with Turkey, but the proposals look set to trigger fresh rows in a bloc already deeply divided by the refugee crisis.

Global Europe 14-03-2016

Hollande: The European left will make no concessions to Turkey

At a meeting of Europe's centre-left leaders on Saturday (12 March), François Hollande called for more effective controls on the EU's external borders in order to protect the freedom of movement within the bloc. EURACTIV France reports.