Marking the 30 th anniversary of the border-free Schengen agreement on 13 June, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker warned against taking advantage of the surge of immigrants from the Mediterranean to dismantle what he said was one of the greatest achievements in EU integration.
Italy's immigration crisis intensified Friday (12 June) after a build-up of asylum-seekers at two major train stations resulted in clashes with police, an outcry from the right and fresh calls from Rome for EU help.
If the Cyprus issue is solved, a lot could be done for the Eastern Mediterranean, for Turkish-Greek relations, for new sources of gas for the EU. But the EU unfortunately lacks a visionary perspective, Selim Yenel, Turkey's Ambassador to the EU, told EurActiv in an exclusive interview.
An enormous blunder did not prevent Germany from creating a major opening yesterday (9 March), when its foreign minister said that Berlin was open to talks on allowing Romania and Bulgaria into the borderless Schengen zone, which has been a delicate subject among European countries.
The Paris attacks of January 2015 gave rise to an emotion shared by millions of Europeans, while fueling some doubts on their ability to combat terrorist threats within the “Schengen Area”, write Yves Bertoncini and António Vitorino.
The Deputy Chief Minister of Gibraltar told EurActiv that the small territory has established an independent mission in Brussels to represent its interests at a fraught moment in its history. The relationship with Spain -- which contests the sovereignty of the rock -- has worsened, with traffic queues now commonplace as a result of what Mr Garcia described as unjustified customs checks. But the UK's fractious relationship is also raising fears for Gibraltar's future were the UK to pull out of the EU. Were that to happen, he explained, the rock would seek to remain within the UK, and the EU.
The new Romanian President Klaus Iohannis made his first visit abroad to Brussels yesterday (15 January). Speaking alongside Commission President Jean Claude Juncker, he said that his country hoped to get rid of the EU monitoring on its deficient law-enforcement system before the end of their respective five-year mandates.
Under a new draft law, German authorities could soon be able to confiscate the IDs of suspected terrorists. But opposition parties in the Bundestag warn against considerable risks for security policy. EurActiv Germany reports .
Although the Czech Republic is not a direct target of large movement of migrants from Syria and other political unstable countries, foreign politicians are telling the government of Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka that it should take part of the burden. EurActiv Czech Republic reports.
Portugal's interior minister resigned yesterday (16 November) over an investigation into alleged corruption linked to the issuing of so-called "golden visas" to wealthy foreigners, but denied wrongdoing and said the move was to save damage to the government.
Bavaria is concerned about the growing number of refugees flooding its borders, leading the state's ruling right-wing party to propose checks along its border with Austria. Critics are calling the move “unrealistic” and “populist”. EurActiv Germany reports .
EXCLUSIVE: Members of the European Parliament could block an independent Scotland’s EU membership if it insists on keeping currency and border treaty opt-outs negotiated by the UK, sources in the two largest political groups in Brussels told EurActiv.
EU institutions have decided to grant visa-free travel rights to Moldovan nationals today (3 April), who will now be able to travel to the Union's border-free Schengen area, if they hold a biometric passport.
The European Commission has adopted a new set of rules designed to ease access to EU countries for visitors from countries subject to the visa requirement. The move was promoted as a way for ailing EU economies to earn many more millions from foreign visitors.