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Politics 17-07-2017

EU sanctions 16 more Syria officials over chemical weapons use

The European Union imposed sanctions on Monday (17 July) against another 16 high-ranking Syrian military officials and scientists for their role in the development and use of chemical weapons against civilians, the bloc said in a statement.

Elections 30-06-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Gay marriage and the German elections

Call it the Merkel tack. “For me, personally, marriage is a man and a woman living together. That is my concept, but I support civil partnerships,” she told YouTube vlogger Le Floid, AKA Florian Mundt, in July 2014.

Global Europe 29-06-2017

Europe should not be deceived by Iran’s bid for sympathy

Former European Parliament Vice-President Alejo Vidal-Quadras warns that the West must be vigilant not to fall for Iranian state propaganda depicting the world’s top state sponsor of terrorism as an ally in the War on Terror.

Europe's East 29-06-2017

Germany urges lasting ceasefire in eastern Ukraine

German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel on Wednesday (28 June) called for Ukraine and Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine to extend a harvest-related ceasefire, saying it could help pave the way for a political solution.

Sanctioning Poland over refugees would be wrong

The European Commission is threatening Poland with financial penalties for refusing to take in refugees. But that approach misses the bigger picture, writes Bartosz Brzeziński.

Global Europe 28-06-2017

Days numbered for Council of Europe leader?

The Council of Europe’s parliamentary assembly has cleared the path for a possible impeachment of its president, Pedro Agramunt, who has courted controversy in the past by visiting Syria and meeting Bashar al-Assad. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

Global Europe 08-06-2017

Rethinking current approaches to terrorism in Europe

Europe should stop treating Islamist terrorism as some deep-rooted, imported and irreversible trend and begin addressing it as a domestic societal phenomenon, argues Solon Ardittis.

Global Europe 07-06-2017

EU reassures Turkey over its €3bn refugee package

The EU's €3billion package to help refugees in Turkey will have been fully assigned to projects by the end of the year, the bloc's envoy said Tuesday (6 June).

Global Europe 29-05-2017

Macron promises tough talk at first Putin meeting

New French President Emmanuel Macron is promising tough talk at his first meeting with Vladimir Putin today (29 May), following an election campaign when his team accused Russian media of trying to interfere in the democratic process.

Central Europe 26-05-2017

Takács: Hungary is a successful member state

Just because Hungary has different ideas about issues like migration does not mean it should be perceived negatively. This is exactly why we are fed up, Szábolcs Takács told EURACTIV Czech Republic.

Global Europe 18-05-2017

France, Germany resist US plan for bigger NATO role against Islamic State

France and Germany are resisting a plan by US officials for NATO to take a bigger role in the fight against Islamic State in Syria and Iraq, in line with calls from President Donald Trump for the alliance to do more to combat terrorism.

Politics 04-05-2017

Europol probing IS setting up of social network

European police are probing whether the Islamic State group and other extremists are setting up a social network to spread propaganda, gain funding and avoid security crackdowns, an official said Wednesday (3 May).

Central Europe 27-04-2017

Syrian refugee in Romania: ISIS banned chemistry and biology

In recent years, the Syrian community in Romania grew due to the ongoing civil war. They say they like Romania. They have their school there. But still, the refugees wish to eventually return home, they told EURACTIV.ro.

Global Europe 26-04-2017

Russia ‘plays games for fun’ in Libya

Taking advantage of the weakness and divisions of the EU, and the lack of interest of the US, Russia “plays games for fun” in Libya, expending little effort, but potentially obtaining important dividends, analysts said at an event in Brussels on Wednesday (26 April).

Development Policy 07-04-2017

Hardly any Syrians at Syria donor conference

The EU needs to live up to its own commitments on national ownership and inclusivity to support the future of Syria, writes Alexandra Saieh.

Global Europe 05-04-2017

Syria conference: Patience runs out for symbolic politics

Representatives from 70 countries and organisations at the Brussels Syria donor conference called for lessons to be learned from a chemical weapons attack that left scores dead. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Global Europe 05-04-2017

Syria conference: Jobs for refugees in Jordan

Education, training and jobs help refugees become self-reliant, functioning members of the community. As the war in Syria rages on, the EU should follow Jordan’s example on refugee support, writes Melanie Ward.

Development Policy 04-04-2017

Donors seek more funds for Syria, EU presses for peace

International donors are set to pledge billions more dollars for Syrian refugees at a two-day conference starting today (4 April) that the European Union says must also help prepare for an eventual end to more than six years of war in Syria.

Development Policy 04-04-2017

Brussels Syria conference: Why this war is personal

Despite what Syria has become, most Syrian refugees speak longingly about returning to Syria and yearn for the types of job – doctors, engineers and teachers – that will be needed to rebuild their country, writes Christine Latif.

Development Policy 28-03-2017

Auditors find ‘shortcomings’ in EU aid to Tunisia after Arab Spring

The EU gave Tunisia some €1.3bn in aid after the Arab Spring without properly checking how all of it was spent, according to a report published today (28 March) by the Court of Auditors.

Global Europe 21-03-2017

Making a stop in Serbia, part I: The killer journey

Every day, hundreds of refugees enter Serbia. Most of them hope to cross to Hungary and eventually reach the West. But Syrians, Iraqis, and Afghans arrive only to get stuck at the border. EURACTIV Romania reports.

From Syria to Bulgaria, part II: ‘Now, I am a teacher in Sofia’

Elias now lives in Sofia, the capital city of Bulgaria – a country that when it first greeted him was not at all prepared to receive and care for him and the many others like him. EURACTIV Romania reports.

Development Policy 15-03-2017

EU unveils Syria reconstruction plan

The EU unveiled an ambitious plan Tuesday (14 March) to support the reconstruction of war-torn Syria, calling it a "dividend" to encourage warring parties to reach a peace deal.

Central Europe 14-03-2017

From Syria to Bulgaria, part I: Escaping death

Some years ago, an ambitious Kurd from a village in northern Syria won a scholarship to study abroad. He ended up in Havana, where he learned Spanish. Elias later returned to Syria, where he became a translator at the state news agency, SANA. EURACTIV Romania reports.