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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.

Global Europe 14-03-2017

Seeking deeper role in Libya, Russia deploys forces in Egypt

Moscow appears to have deployed special forces to an airbase in western Egypt near the border with Libya in recent days, US, Egyptian and diplomatic sources say, a move that would add to US concerns about Moscow's deepening role in Libya.

Politics 07-03-2017

Hungary decides to detain asylum-seekers in ‘container camps’

Hungary's parliament today (7 March) approved the automatic detention of all asylum-seekers in container camps at its borders, sparking "deep concern" at the UN's refugee agency.

EU court says states can deny visas to refugees

The EU's top court today (7 March) ruled that, under its legislation, states can deny visas to people trying to claim asylum, in a case related to a Syrian family trying to come to Belgium.

Languages & Culture 28-02-2017

Belgian mayor: ‘Discrimination and racism is anti-western’

Bart Somers is an anomaly: A well-liked Belgian mayor of international standing, who built his reputation on promoting diversity. Mechelen told EURACTIV Slovakia the secrets to his success, and why tolerance is a positive social value

Senior Arab diplomat derides EU migrant discourse

A distinguished Arab diplomat remarked that EU politicians and think tank representatives did not make use of keywords such as “Iraq” or “Islam” while discussing the Union’s relations with its neighbours and the refugee crisis for several hours.

Global Europe 20-02-2017

Czech deputy PM: A ‘different’ migration is needed

We have to change NATO from a defence pact to tan offensive pact, Andrej Babiš, the Czech minister of finance, who also serves as deputy premier, told Euractiv Poland.

Global Europe 15-02-2017

Nervous NATO allies seek reassurance from Trump’s defence chief

European allies will tell the United States' new defence secretary on Wednesday (15 February) that NATO is not the weak alliance US President Donald Trump has accused it of being, at one of the most anticipated NATO meetings in years.

Global Europe 08-02-2017

Commission threatens to sue countries that don’t take refugees

The EU warned today (8 February) that it will consider punishing member states next month if they fail to share the burden of asylum seekers stranded in Greece and Italy.

Global Europe 31-01-2017

#WelcomeToEurope?

People across Europe have fervently opposed US President Donald Trump’s ban on various groups of refugees and citizens. But EU leaders, and citizens, must not forget that policies imposed by EU members states are causing thousands of people to suffer every day, warns Philippa Nuttall Jones.

Global Europe 31-01-2017

France, worried by Trump, promises to defend Iran nuclear deal

France vowed on Monday (30 January) to defend Iran's nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump has threatened to tear up, but said it was imperative Tehran abide strictly by the conditions of the accord.

Global Europe 30-01-2017

Global backlash grows against Trump’s immigration order

The global backlash against US President Donald Trump's immigration curbs gathered strength yesterday (29 January) as several countries including long-standing American allies criticised the measures as discriminatory and divisive.

Global Europe 28-01-2017

Putin and Trump agree to try to rebuild US-Russia ties, cooperate in Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin and US President Donald Trump agreed to try to rebuild US Russia ties and to cooperate in Syria, the Kremlin said on Saturday (28 January), after the two men spoke for the first time since Trump's inauguration.

27-01-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Refugees forever

The refugee problem won’t go away. No matter how hard populists try to put up walls and seal off borders, they keep on coming.

Central Europe 27-01-2017

Hate crimes on the rise in Czech Republic despite refugee progress

From Syria to an integration centre and finally to a new home in Prague. A refugee's path may rake this route. But life for Arabs in the Central European country also has its dark sides. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

Future EU 27-01-2017

Trump will divide Europe

European leaders want to strengthen defence cooperation to prepare for the rest of Trump’s presidency and a weakened NATO. However, the new president will most likely divide Europe, not bring it together, warns Jonas J. Driedger.

Brussels wants Schengen zone restored from mid-May, Germany sceptical

The EU executive said yesterday (25 January) emergency border controls imposed within the bloc's free-travel zone over the migration crisis should get a final three-month extension to mid-May, but Germany wants to keep them in place longer.

Global Europe 25-01-2017

EU looks to limit migration from Libya

After blocking the main migrant route from the Middle East, the EU will this week seek ways to check a feared spring surge from Libya and North Africa across the Mediterranean.

Global Europe 19-01-2017

Putin, Merkel and Hollande discuss Ukraine, Syria

Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President François Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed peacemaking efforts in Ukraine and Syria during a conference call yesterday (18 January), a Kremlin statement said.

Global Europe 16-01-2017

Visegrád and migration: Few prospects for a change in position

With Slovakia handing over the EU presidency to Malta and agreement on a new EU asylum system out of sight, the Visegrád Group remains in opposed to compulsory refugee relocation. EURACTIV Czech Republic, Slovakia, and Poland, and Budapest's Political Capital, report.

Global Europe 06-01-2017

Frontex: Arrivals of refugees to EU by sea two-thirds lower in 2016

The number of asylum seekers reaching the European Union by sea fell by two-thirds in 2016 due to a migration deal with Turkey but arrivals in Italy from North Africa hit an all-time high, the EU said on Friday (6 January).