Justice & Home Affairs

Global Europe 16-02-2018

EU will not lift visas unless Turkey eases terrorism laws

The European Union told Turkey today (16 February) it would not ease travel requirements for its citizens unless Ankara softens counter-terrorism laws that the bloc says are excessive.
Central Europe 16-02-2018

Poland critical of linking EU funds to rule of law

The European Commission's proposal to link EU budget funds to the rule of law was seen as putting Brussels on a collision course with Poland. Jean-Claude Juncker recognised that there is a chance for rapprochement in the dispute with Warsaw. EURACTIV Poland reports.
Politics 16-02-2018

European defence: Old wine in new bottles?

Deeper defence cooperation within the EU via PESCO (permanent structured cooperation) was launched with great fanfare at the end of 2017. But only time will tell whether anything of substance will be achieved by PESCO, writes Nick Witney.
Climate change 15-02-2018

Countering terror doesn’t need to cost the Earth

While the risks of terrorism should not be downplayed, the extensive nature of climate change risks should not be downplayed either. Often times, the impacts are less visible but more significant, argues Janani Vivekananda.  
Politics 14-02-2018

Europe on the agenda of France’s constitutional reform

France’s constitutional reform would allow for a more European dimension in French parliamentary work.  EURACTIV.fr reports.
14-02-2018

Brussels must bite the bullet on a common EU migration policy

The EU Commission is soon to re-enter the conflict over immigration. Whether it will do so timidly or in a blaze of political courage remains to be seen when it unveils ideas for a 'European Labour Authority," writes Giles Merritt.
12-02-2018

Only 16% of asylum seekers in Greece to be sent to Turkey, despite EU deal

Only "16% of asylum seekers" who have arrived in Greece are likely to be sent to Turkey despite a controversial EU deal, the former head of Greece's asylum service said Sunday.
09-02-2018

Catalonia parliament speaker visits jailed former colleagues

Spanish journalists hoping for clarification on the political contingency plan in the affluent Catalonia region were left disappointed on Thursday (8 February) when the regional parliament speaker shunned the topic following his meeting with the ousted Catalan vice president in a Madrid...
Freedom of thought 09-02-2018

Surrogacy convention – let’s not forget human rights are for all

An international conference is currently trying to regulate surrogacy, a global business estimated to be worth roughly $5 billion a year, and the EU should weigh in on the ongoing negotiations and make all efforts to condemn and limit the practice whose principal victims are children, writes Sophia Kuby.
Politics 09-02-2018

Spain sounds alarm over fighter influx from Sahel

Spain is worried about security on its southern border due to the possible influx of Islamist fighters to West Africa's Sahel region, Spain's foreign minister told AFP in an interview yesterday (8 February).
09-02-2018

Orban’s son-in-law faces new probe over EU funds

Hungarian prosecutors have launched an investigation into European Union-funded projects  run by a company once controlled by the son-in-law of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán, weeks after the conclusion of a probe by the EU's anti-fraud office OLAF.
Global Europe 08-02-2018

Turkey to press for visa-free travel at Varna summit

EU diplomats expect Turkey to press the issue of visa liberalisation during the upcoming summit in Varna on 26 March. It is still unclear if this is a real priority for Ankara or just negotiating tactics as part of a bigger picture.