Justice & Home Affairs

22-05-2020

Parliament refuses apology for suspended Greek officials

The European Parliament has refused to publish on its English website a press release acknowledging its mistake when it targeted three Greek officials of its Athens branch as part of an administrative inquiry launched in 2018. In early 2018, an...
Brexit 19-05-2020

British MPs vote for new post-Brexit immigration system

British MPs on Monday (18 May) gave their initial backing to legislation ending free movement of workers with the European Union, but the vote was overshadowed by a row over foreign healthcare staff and coronavirus.
15-05-2020

Baltics open Europe’s first pandemic ‘travel bubble’ as curbs ease

Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia opened their borders to each other at the stroke of midnight, creating the first "travel bubble" within the European Union in a bid to jump-start economies broken down by the coronavirus pandemic.
15-05-2020

Fears mount over migrants dying ‘out of sight’ in Mediterranean

More and more migrants are crossing, Europe is closing its ports and no humanitarian ships are carrying out rescues. As the coronavirus pandemic dominates headlines, activists fear the Mediterranean is the scene of an overlooked "tragedy".
15-05-2020

LGBTI discrimination still going strong in Europe, warns EU rights body

Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersexual people's organisations have denounced a lack of progress in the recognition of sexual minorities rights in the EU ahead of the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia on Sunday (17 May). 
14-05-2020

Jourová: Commission looking at Hungary’s emergency changes to labour code and GDPR

The European Commission is examining Hungary's emergency regime, including government decrees affecting the country's labour code and the application of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), Vera Jourová told the European Parliament on Thursday (14 May).
14-05-2020

Top EU court says Hungarian ‘transit zone’ amounts to detention

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) said on Thursday (14 May) that holding migrants and asylum seekers in a transit zone is detention, and challengers must have their day in court at least once. 
Freedom of thought 14-05-2020

Hungarian detentions evidence of government intimidation, say critics

Two men have been detained since Tuesday (12 May) on suspicion of ‘scaremongering’ after sharing posts critical of the government on Facebook, local media reported.
Economy & Jobs 13-05-2020

EPP proposes law to protect small farmers against oligarchs

The European People's Party group called on Wednesday (13 May) for an EU law to prevent oligarchs and land-grabbers drawing on EU subsidies at the expense of small and medium-sized farming businesses. The practice is widespread in countries in Eastern Europe and Italy.
13-05-2020

Growing resistance in Germany against quarantine for returnees from abroad

There is growing resistance in German politics and the judiciary against the quarantine obligation for returnees from abroad. EURACTIV Germany reports.
13-05-2020

Austria’s Kurz aims to lift border controls to Switzerland by June

Austria aims to ease some border controls with Switzerland within days and to end all controls by June, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz told Swiss broadcaster SRF on Tuesday (12 May), as countries push ahead with loosening COVID-19 restrictions.
Economy & Jobs 13-05-2020

Merkel: Germany must help other EU states get back on their feet

Germany must help its European Union neighbours revive their economies after the coronavirus crisis, Chancellor Angela Merkel told a meeting of lawmakers from her conservative bloc on Tuesday (12 May), according to several participants.
12-05-2020

Sassoli to Orbán: you are welcome to debate but come in person

European Parliament President David Sassoli has welcomed the Hungarian government's wish to present its point of view during a debate on Budapest's controversial coronavirus law but said Prime Minister Viktor Orbán should personally come to Brussels and take part in the discussions on Thursday (14 May).
11-05-2020

France kicks out Bulgarian seasonal workers despite Commission ‘guidelines’

Two groups of seasonal workers arriving in France by plane from Bulgaria have been sent back home by the French airport authorities, despite the European Commission's calls to ensure the freedom of movement of such “critical” personnel.
Global Europe 11-05-2020

Coronavirus or not, African migrants push on toward Europe

Many Africans are managing to evade coronavirus lockdown barriers in Niger, the Sahel's migrant crossroads, as they press on with their perilous desert trek to the Mediterranean Sea and ultimately Europe.
08-05-2020

Johansson opposes ‘selective’ border openings, hopes for Schengen enlargement

EU must go “back to the future” of open borders after COVID-19 “as soon as possible”, Home Affairs Commissioner Ylva Johansson told EU lawmakers on Thursday (7 May) as the European Commission wants member states to start gradually lifting national...
08-05-2020

Growing number of Turkish citizens apply for asylum in Germany

Since the attempted coup in Turkey in summer 2016, the number of asylum applications submitted by Turkish citizens in Germany has increased significantly. In 2019, Turkish asylum seekers were the third-most-registered group, after Syrians and Iraqis, according to the country's agency for migration and refugees (BAMF). EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 07-05-2020

Commission proposes pan-European authority to fight against ‘dirty money’

The European Commission outlined on Thursday a series of proposals to bolster the flawed anti-money laundering system in Europe, including a new pan-European authority, following a series of major scandals in Europe.
Future EU 05-05-2020

Hungarian PM Orbán accuses EPP of spreading fake news

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has sent a letter to the party leaders of the centre-right European People’s Party (EPP), accusing both political opponents and allies of spreading fake news about the Hungarian coronavirus law that enabled his government to rule by decree without set time limits.
Global Europe 05-05-2020

Fatnassia camp is a time-bomb that threatens whole of North Africa

The ongoing armed conflict in Libya is going to push thousands of people, now asylum-seekers in Libyan camps, to escape towards the Southern border regions of Tunisia, Medenine and Tataouine, writes Mourad Teyeb. Mourad Teyeb is a journalist and consultant...
04-05-2020

Behind medical masks, democracy is being suffocated

In the midst of its EU Council presidency, Croatia turned to the UAE and China for medical help, forgetting its current leadership role as the presiding country that should spur member states into coordinated action, writes Oriana Ivković Novokmet.
04-05-2020

France says won’t quarantine EU, Schengen area citizens

France said Sunday (3 May) that it would not quarantine anyone arriving from the EU, the Schengen area or Britain due to the coronavirus, as it prepares to start easing confinement measures after two months of lockdown.
Global Europe 02-05-2020

Iran condemns Germany’s ban on Hezbollah activity

Iran has condemned Berlin's ban of Hezbollah activity in Germany and its designation of the Iranian-backed Lebanese group as a terrorist organisation, saying the move serves US and Israeli interests, Iranian state media reported on Friday (1 May).
30-04-2020

The free and democratic Europe: a death by a thousand cuts?

The Hungarian parliamentary elections in April 2010 changed the country – for worse. Viktor Orbán’s Fidesz took power for the second time. Today, ten years later, we can see how the prime minister has turned his country into an illiberal state, ignoring the basic principles of the rule of law, writes MEP Udo Bullmann.
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