Justice & Home Affairs


Greece said it blocked hundreds of migrants from crossing Aegean

Greece said on Monday (23 May) it had prevented around 600 migrants from crossing the Aegean into its territorial waters from neighbouring Turkey, in the largest attempted entry this year.

Don’t extradite Assange, European human rights chief urges UK

European human rights experts have joined the campaign urging the UK government not to extradite controversial WikiLeaks chief Julian Assange to face trial in the United States, warning that it could have a ‘chilling effect’ on media freedom.

Europe turns into cocaine hub as multi-billion-euro market expands, EU says

Europe is increasingly becoming a hub for production and trans-shipment of cocaine to other regions of the world, in addition to being a major consumption market, EU agencies said on Friday, warning also about the expanding methamphetamine industry.

‘Embarrassed to be British’ say Brits living in EU

Many Britons living in the EU feel disconnected from and embarrassed by their country since Brexit, according to new research published on Wednesday.

MEPs blast French presidency for skipping EU debate on Hungary and Poland

European lawmakers across the political spectrum lashed out on Tuesday (3 May) at the French delegation heading the EU Council for not showing up at a long-delayed debate on the procedure against Hungary and Poland for their alleged breach of EU values. 

Denmark to seek Rwanda cash-for-migrants pact following UK lead

Denmark is seeking its own cash-for-migrants agreement with Rwanda a week after the UK signed its own asylum pact with the East African country.

EU urged to step up curbs on foreign spyware

The EU has been urged to step up its actions to prevent politicians, journalists, and activists from being hacked by foreign spyware following new revelations of politicians targeted by the controversial Pegasus software.
Elections 17-04-2022

EU anti-fraud body accuses Marine Le Pen of embezzlement

The EU's anti-fraud body has accused French far-right leader Marine Le Pen and associates of embezzling around €600,000 during their time as MEPs, French website Mediapart said Saturday (16 April), quoting a new report.

Human trafficking raises alarm in divided Cyprus

Cyprus's frozen conflict provides fertile ground for human traffickers, with cases at "alarming" levels in the EU member state, and the occupied north is considered as bad as Afghanistan.

UK’s €150 million asylum deal with Rwanda set for legal challenge

The UK on Thursday (14 April) unveiled an agreement with Rwanda that will see them send thousands of asylum seekers to the East African country to have their applications processed, but the controversial deal is likely to spark legal challenges.
Global Europe 14-04-2022

Ukraine is ‘crime scene’ says international criminal court as thousands flee

War crimes prosecutors visiting the site of civilian killings called Ukraine a "crime scene" Wednesday (13 April), as tens of thousands of Ukrainians fled their country in advance of a fresh assault to the east.
Global Europe 05-04-2022

Explainer: How could Putin be prosecuted for war crimes in Ukraine?

US President Joe Biden called for the prosecution of Russian President Vladimir Putin for war crimes over the discovery in Bucha of mass graves and bodies of bound civilians shot at close range, but various challenges stand in the way.
Europe's East 29-03-2022

Seven EU countries urge their citizens not to join fight in Ukraine

Seven European Union countries on Monday (28 March) urged their citizens to refrain from joining the Ukrainian military resistance against Russia's invading troops.
Global Europe 28-03-2022

Brussels wants sanctioned Russians stripped of ‘golden passports’

The European Commission urged EU member states on Monday (28 March) to explore ways to strip sanctioned Russians and Belarussians of EU nationalities that were acquired in highly controversial "golden passport" schemes.

Car drives into Belgian carnival troupe, kills six

A car drove at high speed into a group of Belgian carnival performers who were preparing a parade on Sunday, killing six people and injuring 10 others, authorities said, saying the incident did not appear to be a militant attack.
Europe's East 11-03-2022

NGOs sound alarm over trafficking of Ukrainian refugees fleeing war

As the number of people fleeing Russia’s war in Ukraine surpasses two million, NGOs on the ground in border regions have sounded the alarm over refugees, overwhelmingly women and children, being trafficked and exploited by criminals.
Europe's East 07-03-2022

France and Britain trade barbs over treatment of Ukraine refugees in Calais

France and Britain engaged in a diplomatic spat on Sunday (6 March) over the treatment of Ukrainian refugees stuck in the French port of Calais, with UK Interior Minister Priti Patel defending Britain's actions after earlier criticism from France.

EU countries set to drop barriers for Ukraine refugees

The European Commission has proposed that those fleeing the war in Ukraine should be granted “temporary protection” in the EU, while border checks should be simplified. EU interior ministers will decide on the matter on Thursday.

EU ministers seek solutions as Ukraine humanitarian crisis looms

EU home affairs ministers have put off a decision on whether to grant temporary protection to Ukrainian refugees amid what threatens to become the “largest humanitarian crisis” in Europe in recent times.
Europe's East 25-02-2022

ICC says may investigate possible war crimes after Russian invasion of Ukraine

International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Karim Khan on Friday (25 February) expressed his concern over the Russian invasion of Ukraine and said his court may investigate possible war crimes in the country.

Poland urged to adopt law overhauling disciplinary chamber ‘soon’

Despite persisting concerns on the rule of law in Poland, the EU executive sees the country's plan to scrap its disciplinary chamber for judges as a “positive step”, but urges to adopt the law "soon."
Future EU 22-02-2022

Expelled Greek MEP asks EPP not to take position in his row with Athens

Giorgos Kyrtsos, a centre-right EU lawmaker who was recently expelled from the ruling New Democracy party, has sent a letter to EPP group leader Manfred Weber asking him to stay neutral in his row with the government in Athens.

Turkish court keeps Kavala in jail despite Council of Europe move

A Turkish court said on Monday (21 February) philanthropist Osman Kavala must stay in prison, lengthening his detention of more than four years without conviction, in a trial that has fuelled tensions in Ankara’s relations with Western allies. The Council...

Ruling New Democracy expels MEP critical of media freedom in Greece

Greece's ruling centre-right New Democracy party (European People’s Party) has expelled EU lawmaker Giorgios Kyrtsos from its ranks because of his criticism against the government over media freedom and the handling of the pandemic.