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Global Europe 21-04-2017

New Venezuela protest clashes follow deadly unrest

New clashes erupted Thursday (20 April) between Venezuelan riot police and President Nicolas Maduro's opponents, inflaming tensions after a day of deadly unrest in the beleaguered oil-rich nation.

Global Europe 11-04-2017

EU voices concern over Venezuela clashes

Venezuela entered a fifth day of violent protests yesterday (10 April), as its president travelled to Cuba to seek support from fellow leftist leaders. The EU expressed concern over the escalating tensions and called on all parties to find common ground and end the violence.

Amnesty alleges Italian police ‘torture’ of migrants

Italian police have used beatings and electric shocks, potentially constituting "torture", to coerce migrants into being fingerprinted as Italy cracks under pressure from the EU, Amnesty International said today (3 October).

Global Europe 19-07-2016

Turkey continues post-coup purge with over 7,000 arrests

The Turkish government is expected to continue its crackdown on suspected putschists today (19 July), while the US-based Muslim cleric accused by Ankara of orchestrating the coup attempt says he does not fear extradition.

Global Europe 07-07-2016

Germany to bolster rape law after Cologne mob assaults

The German parliament is set to pass a new law today (7 July) broadening the definition of sex crimes and making it easier to deport foreign nationals who commit them.

Europe's East 03-05-2016

EU urges Ukraine to investigate 2014 Odessa deaths

Ukraine's tense Odessa marked yesterday (2 May) two years since clashes killed 48 anti-Maidan protesters during a confrontation with pro-Ukrainian unity protesters at the Trade Unions House in central Odessa. The EU urged Kyiv to investigate the tragedy.

Enlargement 15-04-2016

West condemns Macedonian president’s amnesty for corrupt officials

Thousands took to the streets of the Macedonian capital for a third consecutive evening yesterday (14 April) to protest against the president's shock decision to halt probes into more than 50 public figures embroiled in a wire-tapping scandal.

Enlargement 14-04-2016

Protesters ransack Macedonia president’s office as crisis deepens

Protesters ransacked the offices of Macedonia's presidency late yesterday (13 April) and set fire to the furniture, as thousands took to the capital's streets in a deepening political crisis.

Macedonian police clash with refugees

At least 260 refugees needed medical attention yesterday (10 April) after police fired tear gas as they tried to break through the Greek-Macedonia border, where over 11,000  are stranded, a charity said.

Enlargement 29-02-2016

Kosovo presidential vote violence ‘extremely worrying’, says EU

Scenes of violence at Kosovo's parliament, in which opposition MPs released tear gas to prevent the election of a new president, were "extremely worrying", the European Union said on 27 February.

Germans debate responsibility for sexual assaults

About 90 women have reported being robbed, threatened or sexually molested at New Year celebrations outside Cologne's cathedral by young, mostly drunk, men, police said yesterday (4 January), in events they have described as "a new dimension in crime".

Global Europe 04-01-2016

Saudi executions exacerbate ‘sectarian tensions’, EU warns

The European Union deplores the executions of 47 people in Saudi Arabia, warning that the death of Shia cleric Nimr al-Nimr “has the potential of enflaming further the sectarian tensions that already bring so much damage to the entire region, with dangerous consequences”.

Enlargement 19-11-2015

Riots rage in Kosovo over Serbia relations

Riots erupted in Kosovo yesterday (18 November) in a deepening crisis over relations with former ruler Serbia, with protesters setting fire to garbage containers and government vehicles in the capital Pristina.

EU turning blind eye to violence against women migrants

The crisis in Syria has drastically increased the proportion of female migrants making the journey to Europe. The UN High Commission for Refugees, NGOs and researchers are increasingly concerned about the violence these women face. EURACTIV France reports

Romanian court questions former President over 1990 protest crackdown

A Romanian court has begun a probe into former President Ion Iliescu for alleged crimes against humanity over the violent suppression of protests in 1990, months after the fall of the Communist regime, prosecutors said yesterday (21 October).

Development Policy 15-10-2015

Governments must implement effective laws in tackling violence against girls

Governments must have the bravery and commitment to design and implement laws to protect women and girls and to prevent violence against them, write Sirpa Pietikäinen and Marie Rose Nguini Effa.

Med & South 12-10-2015

EU calls for restraint as some see a third Intifada start

EU foreign affairs chief Federica Mogherini called the Israeli premier Benjamin Netanyahu, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday (11 October) and stressed that any reaction to a latest escalation of violence should be proportionate.

‘Transit’ countries get tough on refugees

While Germany has surprised the world with its welcome of refugees, Greece, Macedonia, Hungary and Denmark are growing hostile towards them, despite the fact that asylum seekers show no interest in settling there.

Global Europe 10-09-2015

Pro-Kurdish leader warns of Turkey being dragged into civil war

While EU Council President Donald Tusk visited Turkey on Wednesday (9 September), the leader of the country's main pro-Kurdish party warned that the country was being dragged into a "civil war" following a wave of attacks on its offices by nationalists.

Development Policy 04-09-2015

Afghanistan’s mineral deposits: A source of wealth and conflict

Afghanistan's vast untapped natural resources, valued at more than $1 trillion, are seen as the war-battered country's ticket to a self-reliant future, a possible trump card that could jumpstart the lagging economy as foreign aid ebbs.

Europe's East 01-09-2015

Poroshenko brands parliament attack ‘a stab in the back’

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko today (1 September) called yesterday's attack by extremist forces on Ukraine's parliament, in which a police officer was killed and several people were seriously wounded, "a stab in the back".

Macedonian police use violence against migrants

Firing tear gas and stun grenades, Macedonian police drove back crowds of migrants and refugees trying to enter from Greece today (21 August), sealing the frontier to thousands of Syrians, Afghans and others trying to reach Western Europe.

Global Europe 18-08-2015

Thailand blast exposes the country’s divisions

Thai authorities have not ruled out any group, including elements opposed to the military government, for a bomb blast in Bangkok that killed 22 people, but officials said the bombing did not match tactics used by insurgents in the south.

Poverty and violence: Europe post-2015

Sebastian Große-Puppendahl, Alisa Herrero and Anna Knoll argue that the EU will fail to meet the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals unless it takes concrete action soon.