Justice & Home Affairs

12-08-2020

Ice cream maker Ben and Jerry’s turns fire on UK migration rhetoric

The British government has become embroiled in an unlikely row with ice cream maker Ben and Jerry's over its approach to migrants arriving by boat from France, after the brand criticised ministers' increasingly bellicose rhetoric.
Global Europe 11-08-2020

Slovakia expels three Russian diplomats, link to Berlin murder reported

Slovakia said on Monday (10 August) it has expelled three staff at the Russian embassy in Bratislava whilst citing an abuse of Slovak visas, which local media said was linked with a murder of a Georgian man in Berlin last year.
10-08-2020

Migration flow rises across Channel to Britain as political tension rises

British border agents brought ashore migrants in the port of Dover on Monday (10 August) after picking them up from an inflatable boat as they crossed the Channel, the latest in a surge of crossings that is causing political tensions with France.
10-08-2020

UK armed forces asked to help deal with migrant boats crossing Channel

Britain's armed forces have been asked to help deal with boats carrying migrants across the Channel from France, the Defence Ministry said on Saturday (8 August) after a spate of arrivals on the southern English coast.
10-08-2020

EU commission urges states to allow unmarried partners to travel

The European Commission on Friday (7 August) urged member states to allow EU entry for unmarried partners of European citizens and residents by exempting them from travel restrictions targeting some countries.
07-08-2020

Belgian court rejects extradition of Catalan separatist

A Belgian court on Friday (7 August) rejected the extradition of a former Catalan regional minister to face charges in Spain related to the banned 2017 independence referendum, prosecutors said.
04-08-2020

Former king Juan Carlos decides to leave Spain amid corruption allegations

Spain’s former king Juan Carlos has decided to leave his country, a dramatic exit designed to protect the monarchy after a barrage of corruption allegations surfaced against him.
Elections 04-08-2020

Public anger over corruption hits support for Bulgarian government

Weeks of anti-government protests in Bulgaria have eroded public support for the centre-right GERB government of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov, with opinion polls showing deepening political fragmentation amid concerns over corruption.
Non-discrimination 31-07-2020

EU chief backs LGBT rights in row with Poland

European Commission president Ursula von der Leyen defended LGBT rights on Thursday (30 July) after a row erupted over the EU's refusal of grants to towns in Poland accused of discrimination.
Global Europe 29-07-2020

Ten Turkish communists sentenced in controversial German trial

Ten members of a banned Turkish communist party were sentenced to several years in jail by a court in Munich Tuesday (28 July) after a four-year trial over their role in what Ankara considers to be a terrorist organisation.
28-07-2020

Polish government plays down moves to quit domestic violence treaty

Poland's right-wing government on Monday (27 July) played down a bid by its justice minister to withdraw from a landmark international treaty combating violence against women.
27-07-2020

‘Alarm’ at Poland’s plan to leave treaty protecting women

The EU and the Council of Europe on Sunday (26 July) voiced regret and alarm over the Polish right-wing government's move to withdraw from a landmark international treaty combating violence against women.
Economy & Jobs 23-07-2020

Parliament insists on revisiting budget cuts despite Michel, von der Leyen charm offensive

European Council and Commission presidents tried to gain the European Parliament support on Thursday (23 July) for the recovery plan backed earlier this week by the EU27 but lawmakers insist on negotiating budget cuts. 
Agrifood 23-07-2020

Pesticides banned in EU still in use in Bulgaria

In her latest investigation, EURACTIV Bulgaria’s Valia Ahchieva reveals the use of EU-banned pesticides, conflicts of interest, siphoning of European funds, lies and gross neglect of human health and bees’ life by the authorities.
20-07-2020

Poland to propose limits on foreign media soon, Kaczynski says

Poland will seek to craft rules limiting the concentration of foreign-owned media outlets well before the ruling nationalists finish their term in power, Poland's de facto leader said on Sunday (19 July), with parliamentary elections expected in 2023.
10-07-2020

Michel proposal offers Council more control over rule of law conditionality

European Council President Charles Michel's latest compromise proposal for the bloc's 2021-27 budget offers more power to member states in deciding to cut EU funding in case of rule of law problems, and instead promises more funding for values projects and the fight against disinformation.
09-07-2020

Extremist violence spikes in Germany, new report reveals

The number of extremist crimes has increased significantly over the past year. The intensity of violent crimes is increasing in both the left and right-wing extremist spectrum. Foreign espionage activities and cyber attacks also pose an increasing threat. EURACTIV Germany reports. 
08-07-2020

Germany’s Seehofer cautiously optimistic on EU asylum reform

Germany said on Tuesday (7 July) it wants EU nations to overcome a deadlock on how to handle refugees and migrants this year, and Interior Minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) expressed "justified confidence" that a deal can be found. EURACTIV Germany reports.
07-07-2020

European justice ministers promise to combat disinformation and racism

Rule of law as a priority of the German EU Council presidency was an open secret long before the programme was presented. Thus, it was only fitting that the first Council meeting chaired by Germany was that of the ministers of justice. EURACTIV Germany reports.
02-07-2020

A migration pact in the spirit of the German government?

For the first time since 2015, the number of asylum applications filed in the EU rose last year compared to the previous year. The German EU Council Presidency is pressing for reforms to the system, but the Commission's proposals are still some way off. EURACTIV Germany reports.
30-06-2020

Belgian King expresses ‘deepest regrets’ over Congo’s colonial past

Belgium's King Philippe expressed his "deepest regrets" on Tuesday (29 June) for the harm done during the Belgian colonial rule in the Democratic Republic of Congo, in the first such admission for his country, after last month's death of African American George Floyd rekindled the debate in Belgium about its colonial past.
29-06-2020

Italy no longer among EU’s ‘top 5’ host countries for asylum seekers

For the first time since 2015, asylum applications in the EU started to rise again in 2019. However, Italy is no longer among the main host countries while Germany retains its top spot. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Politics 24-06-2020

Virus lockdown could fuel radicalisation, Europol warns

Coronavirus lockdowns could radicalise more terror suspects, the EU’s police agency warned Tuesday (23 June), saying both right and leftwing violence were on the rise. The pandemic’s worldwide economic and social impacts could escalate existing discontents, Europol director Catherine De...
22-06-2020

Bulgarian MEP says she ‘feels threatened’ by tape recording

Bulgarian MEP Elena Yoncheva said on Monday (22 June) that she fears for her safety after a leaked recording in which a voice resembling that of Prime Minister Boyko Borissov threatens the have her “burnt”.
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