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30/07/2016

Top foreign policy official defends EU response to Arab Spring

Topic: Syria


Global Europe 13-04-2016

Sweden sees costs of migration crisis almost quadruple

The costs of the wave of asylum seekers arriving in Sweden due to the refugee crisis will be much greater than previously expected, forcing the government to earmark more money in the coming years.
Central Europe 24-11-2015

Slovakia takes EU to court over migrant quotas

Slovakia will launch legal action by next month against an EU quota plan to distribute 160,000 refugees and migrants across the bloc, a justice ministry spokeswoman told AFP today (24 November).
Europe's East 21-10-2015

No European army now, says S&D VP

During a meeting with journalists on Tuesday (20 October), Knut Fleckenstein, the Vice-President of the Socialists and Democrats, said that now was not the time to discuss a European army, arguing that it would provoke Russia.
David Cameron 19-05-2015

Harlem Désir: 'Refugee status is a competency of the member states'

The French Minister of State for European Affairs told EurActiv that France is against the establishment of refugee quotas. He also suggested creating a European civic service. 
Global Europe 22-04-2015

EU leaders must toughen response to Mediterranean crisis

The EU is finally waking up to the desperate crisis unfolding in the Mediterranean and North Africa, and tomorrow’s extraordinary Council summit is a step towards dealing with its consequences, writes Mirjam van Reisen.
Europe's East 22-04-2015

Islamic State exploits poverty and ignorance in Kosovo

As the Islamic State’s attempt to carve out a new caliphate in Syria and Iraq continues, the terrorist organisation has found a fertile source for recruits in poverty-stricken Kosovo.
Global Europe 08-12-2014

EU to press Turkey for help in Islamic State fight

The European Union will press Turkey to cooperate more closely in the fight against Islamic State and urge it not to undermine EU sanctions on Russia on a visit this week intended to give new impetus to often fraught EU-Turkish relations.

Italy pushes 'Frontex Plus' to tackle migration crisis

While tragedies at sea involving African and Arab refugees continue to shock Europeans, Italy intends to push the migratory issue up the political agenda during its presidency, as Rome feels alone in dealing with what it considers a European "emergency".
Sustainable Dev. 20-06-2014

An unsustainable refugee crisis

Few issues polarise public opinion more than the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Whether it's Europe, or the United States, the problem is the same. One of the main reasons why is the ongoing crisis of what to do with the descendants of the 700,000 plus refugees, created by the first Arab-Israeli war, in 1948. Spread around the world, their numbers today exceed 5 million.
Development Policy 18-03-2014

'Forgotten' Syria in urgent need of humanitarian aid

In the shadow of the Crimean crisis, the civil war in Syria risks being forgotten. As the number of those in desperate need continues to grow, financial aid from abroad is diminishing and the UN's World Food Programme (WFP) has sounded the alarm, EurActiv Germany reports.
Development Policy 11-03-2014

UNESCO chief: Education ensures normalcy for millions of displaced Syrians

UNESCO, and other partners such as the EU, is working to ensure that a generation of Syrian refugees receives an education, thereby reducing the chance that they turn to extremism, Irina Bokova, the organisation's director-general, told EurActiv.
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Development Policy 10-03-2014

UNESCO chief: Education ensures normalcy for millions of displaced Syrians

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, with other international partners such as the EU, is committed to ensure that there would be not a generation of Syrian refugees who would be illiterate and likely to be recruited by extremists, Irina Bokova, Director-General of UNESCO told EurActiv.

EU countries must share responsibility for refugees, Sweden insists

The Swedish minister for migration, Tobias Billström, has urged the European Commission to act against countries that do not follow EU rules when it comes to shared responsibility for accepting refugees.
Development Policy 07-02-2014

European Socialists shield Georgieva from Bulgarian criticism

European Socialist MEPs expressed strong support for Kristalina Georgieva, the Bulgarian commissioner for humanitarian aid and crisis response, after a senior member of the Bulgarian Socialist party slammed her for “not doing enough” in performing her duties.

Amnesty: Europe’s response to Syria is 'pathetic'

While the Syrian refugee crisis rages, and migration is at the top of the EU’s human rights concerns, Amnesty’s Salil Shetty visited Brussels to call on EU leaders to take action. “Europe’s pledge of 14,000 places for resettlement and humanitarian admission of Syrian refugees is not a serious one,” Shetty said in an interview with EurActiv.
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Global Europe 19-12-2013

UN heads, EU call for humanitarian ceasefire in Syria

The European Commission signed on Wednesday three major contracts with United Nations agencies totalling €147 million to deliver vitally needed aid to people directly affected by the Syrian crisis. 
Global Europe 19-12-2013

UN heads, EU call for humanitarian ceasefire in Syria

The heads of the UN and European Union aid agencies called on Wednesday (18 December) for a "humanitarian ceasefire" in Syria to allow convoys to deliver help to areas that aid workers cannot reach.

EU countries downplay 'humanitarian visas' for migrants

In the aftermath of the Lampedusa tragedy, in which hundreds of African migrants lost their lives, the EU's 28 home affairs ministers met in Brussels on Thursday (5 December) to come up with a set of measures to tackle massive migration, but seemed more focused on border security rather than refugees' protection.
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EU warns refugee push-backs are illegal

The European Commission indirectly warned Greece and Bulgaria today (19 November) to stop turning down Syrian refugees at their borders with Turkey, after the UN issued a similar call just a few days before.

Commission: Refugee push-backs are illegal

The European Commission indirectly warned Greece and Bulgaria today (19 November) to stop turning down Syrian refugees at their borders with Turkey, after the UN issued a similar call just a few days before.
Development Policy 31-10-2013

Polio outbreak in Syria fuels calls for ‘vaccination ceasefire’

European Commission officials have lent weight to calls for a "vaccination ceasefire" in Syria, after the first recorded outbreak of polio in the country for 14 years. 

EU ministers discuss burden-sharing for Syrian refugees, African migrants

EU justice ministers held talks in Luxembourg yesterday (8 October) on how to avoid tragedies like the one which saw more than 200 African migrants drown near the Italian island of Lampedusa last week and how to cope with the rising number of Syrian refugees.
Global Europe 04-10-2013

Vimont: EU shouldn’t underestimate its soft power

Despite the EU’s difficulties to get its voice heard on the Syria crisis, Pierre Vimont argues that the 28-country bloc should not underestimate its soft power footprint: “I don’t pretend that we’re doing as much as we’d like, but we’re as active as possible, at least in our neighbourhood.”
Global Europe 04-10-2013

Top foreign policy official defends EU response to Arab Spring

Despite lacking a power broker capability, Europe should be proud of its diplomatic achievements in response to the Arab Spring, European External Action Service Secretary General Pierre Vimont told EurActiv in an interview.