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25/05/2016

Greece ready to handle refugee crisis, demands NATO deployment

Topic: Refugees


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.
Development Policy 11-05-2016

Protecting civilians in South Sudan in a time of war

Five years after winning a hard-fought battle for independence, South Sudan remains embroiled in a vicious civil war. Tragically, as is so often the case, the civilians are bearing the brunt of the violence and enduring years of hardship, writes David Derthick.

Commission says EU asylum rules 'dead as Jon Snow from Game of Thrones'

The migration crisis has left the European Union’s Dublin asylum rules as dead as Game of Thrones heartthrob Jon Snow, Commission First-Vice President Frans Timmermans has said.

Europe can learn from its largest ethnic minority

Soon, the European Roma Institute for Arts and Culture will be established in a major European city yet to be revealed. It’s time to look to us for guidance, solutions, and inspiration, writes Ethel Brooks.

Red Cross questions Turkey refugees deal

EXCLUSIVE / Francesco Rocca, the vice-president of the International Red Cross Federation, questioned the European Union's controversial refugee repatriation agreement with Ankara on the first day refugees started being sent back to Turkey, euractiv.com has learned.

Clashes reported at Greek island hotspot

The EU-managed hotspot on the Greek island of Chios descended into anarchy yesterday night (31 March) following severe clashes between Afghan and Syrian refugees. EurActiv Greece reports.
Health & Consumers 30-03-2016

Call for coordinated European response on tuberculosis

Every year on World Tuberculosis (TB) Day, the World remembers those who have died and the millions that suffer every year from of an infection that is both preventable and curable, write a group of health experts.
Security 30-03-2016

The challenges of the Brussels bombings

Last week's attacks on Brussels exacerbate already existing tensions over freedom of movement and deepening integration. Thanos Dimadis contends that we should think twice before giving into our fears.

Less than 2% of Syrian refugees resettled

Rich countries have so far relocated only a tiny fraction of the five million refugees that have fled Syria since the conflict began five years ago, according to a report by Oxfam. EurActiv France reports.
Global Europe 28-03-2016

US pledges another €18 million for refugee aid in Europe

The United States will provide an additional €18 million in aid for refugees in Europe, a senior US official said on Monday (28 March).

Timmermans: Failure on EU-Turkey deal will turn Greece into refugee camp

Failure to agree a deal with Turkey at today’s summit on migration will condemn Greece to becoming the refugee camp of Europe, Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans warned on Wednesdays (16 March).
Global Europe 16-03-2016

EU vows 'no blanket returns' of refugees to Turkey under deal

The EU denied Wednesday (16 March) that its planned deal to return all migrants who land in Greece to Turkey would break international law, saying there would be no mass expulsions.
Global Europe 11-03-2016

Turkish opposition leader criticises Turkey-EU refugee plan

The leader of Turkey's main opposition party has criticised the government for demanding European Union funds to stem the flood of migrants streaming through the bloc, local media reported on Friday (11 March).

Slovenia says ready to comply with EU migrant quota scheme

Slovenia, which this week closed its borders to migrants, will begin accepting refugees shared out among the European Union in April, under its troubled quota scheme, the government said Thursday (10 March).
Elections 09-03-2016

Merkel faces rising challenge from far-right AfD

Chancellor Angela Merkel's party risks a drubbing at key state elections Sunday (9 March) as voters are expected to punish the German leader for her liberal refugee policy, while the nationalist Alternative für Deutschland eyes major gains as it scoops up the protest vote.

On the borders of Realpolitik

Taking refugees from Turkey is the right thing to do, but stepping up EU accession talks with Ankara is not, writes Albrecht Meier.
Enlargement 08-03-2016

Acknowledging Albania's Iranian refugee policy

Albania deserves greater recognition for its commitment to democracy and human rights, as demonstrated by its willingness to accept political refugees from Iran, argues Alejo Vidal-Quadras.
Global Europe 07-03-2016

EU leaders should avoid reactionary solutions to refugee crisis

As the refugee crisis continues, EU governments should respond with leadership and avoid knee-jerk reactions, writes Thorbjørn Jagland.
Global Europe 04-03-2016

EU unveils plan to restore Schengen by the end of 2016

The EU on Friday (4 March) unveiled a "roadmap" to end border controls imposed by member states because of the migrant crisis and restore by the year's end the Schengen passport-free travel area.
Transport 04-03-2016

Refugee crisis puts truckers' lives at risk, says road transport lobby

An international road transport organisation has warned that it is 'only a matter of time' until refugees in Calais seriously injure or kill truck drivers.
01-03-2016

Refugee crisis tops list of concerns for EU citizens

European citizens see the migration crisis as the biggest threat to the EU, ahead of the threat of terrorism, a recent survey has found. Climate change has been pushed to the bottom of the pile. EurActiv France reports.
Development Policy 01-03-2016

EU to use overseas aid for refugee crisis at home

The European Commission will this week propose using funds usually earmarked for catastrophes outside the bloc to provide aid to EU countries affected by the migrant crisis, a spokeswoman said Monday (29 February).
Global Europe 29-02-2016

Greek islands faced with a 'creepy' humanitarian crisis

The non-implementation of the decisions made at the latest EU summit has led the refugee crisis-hit Greek islands to an unprecedented situation.
Global Europe 23-02-2016

Greece ready to handle refugee crisis, demands NATO deployment

Greece said on Tuesday that it was ready to handle increased migrant flows but, wanted decisions taken by EU leaders last week to protect the passport-free travel Schengen zone to be respected by all members.