Europe will resolve its migration crisis only by giving people fleeing the Middle East new reasons to stay there, such as legitimate jobs, schooling and a future, the UK’s international development secretary has said.
The rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU fell to the Netherlands at the beginning of January 2016. EurActiv France spoke to Ed Kronenbug, the Dutch envoy to France, about the EU's top priorities over the next six months.
The loss of state control, the fragility of EU institutions, and the rise of populism could bring about a disintegration process in Schengen, the eurozone or "even the Single Market", according to the World Economic Forum's Global Risks Report 2016 .
Closing borders and building fences is the wrong response to the migrant crisis. Allowing our actions to be governed by fear and xenophobia will only strengthen the hand of the extremists, argues Bruno Nikolić.
Denmark’s Prime Minister, Lars Løkke Rasmussen, defended pending legislation on Tuesday (12 January), that would allow the authorities to confiscate refugees’ valuables, in order to pay for their stay in asylum shelters.
By sending out strong signals against nationalism, reaching out to religious minorities, the poor and the marginalised, and keeping its climate and development promises, Europe can become the leader in international cooperation, writes Dirk Messner.
The European Union should establish a new frontier on the northern border of Greece, because an agreement with Turkey will not be enough, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Friday (8 January).
The EU said it will host emergency talks Wednesday (6 January) with Denmark, Sweden and Germany about new migrant border checks that have sparked fresh concerns about Europe's Schengen passport-free zone.
If we want to transcend the dichotomy between regulated diversity and nationalist reaction, Europeans will have to go beyond mere tolerance. Whether or not this takes place within a common European identity is another question, argues Josh White.
Favourable economic conditions and an influx of foreign workers boosted employment in Germany to its highest since reunification in 1990, according to data published on Monday (4 January) as the jobless rate hovers at a historic low.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel's allies in Bavaria stepped up criticism of her open-door refugee policy on Sunday (3 January), with their leader demanding a cap of 200,000 migrants a year, about a fifth of last year's level.
Sweden is set to drastically reduce the flow of refugees into the country by imposing strict identity checks on all travellers from Denmark , as Scandinavian countries compete with each other to shed their reputations as havens for asylum seekers.
The European Union revived Turkey's membership bid on Monday (14 Dcember) and opened accession talks with Serbia, showing how a migration crisis and Russia's presence in the Balkans has prompted the EU to rethink plans to stop expanding.
A proposal to give the European Union executive the power to send forces unbidden into member states to defend the common European frontier will face resistance from some countries when it is published this week.