Justice & Home Affairs

30-10-2020

Bulgaria’s ‘golden passports’ scheme bring little investment

Bulgarian citizenship has been available for sale for eight years now, but the scheme hasn’t brought any significant foreign investment in the country, a journalistic investigation by EURACTIV Bulgaria has found.
29-10-2020

Commission calls for meeting with Frontex over alleged ‘push-back incidents’

The European Commission has called for an urgent extraordinary meeting of the Management Board of EU border agency Frontex, which has been accused of "illegal pushbacks" of migrants in the Aegan Sea. EURACTIV's partner Euroefe reports.
29-10-2020

More attacks: French consulate in Jeddah targeted

A gunman tried to attack several people, including policemen, in the street of the French city of Avignon on Thursday and was shot dead by the police, according to information gathered by Europe 1. Another attack was reported against the French Consulate in Jeddah on the same day. EURACTIV France reports.
29-10-2020

Three dead as woman beheaded in knife attack at French church

A knife-wielding attacker shouting “Allahu Akbar” beheaded a woman and killed two other people in a suspected terrorist incident at a church in the French city of Nice on Thursday (29 October), police and officials said.
28-10-2020

Council of Europe flags concern over Poland’s treatment of detainees

The Council of Europe's anti-torture committee on Wednesday (28 October) expressed "serious concern" about conditions in police custody in Poland, urging "urgent and decisive action" by the authorities.
27-10-2020

US Christian right-wing groups financed anti-rights campaigns in Europe

US Christian rights groups linked to US President Donald Trump’s administration have spent millions pushing ultra-conservative anti-rights agendas in Europe, a new investigation by openDemocracy, an independent UK-based global media platform, revealed on Tuesday (27 October).
27-10-2020

Gridlock in Poland as thousands protest abortion ban

Thousands of people took to the streets of Poland for a fifth straight day of protests against a constitutional court ruling that would impose a near-total ban on abortion in the EU country.
26-10-2020

France says it won’t forget ‘silence’ of some states after teacher beheading

France's foreign ministry decided over the weekend to recall its ambassador to Turkey following the "hateful and slanderous propaganda (...) and direct insults" against President Emmanuel Macron. Meanwhile, France says it will remember those who did not condemn the murder of history teacher Samuel Paty. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 26-10-2020

Erdogan doubles down in backlash against Macron’s Islam comments

The backlash against President Emmanuel Macron's comments on Islam intensified Sunday (25 October), with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan again urging him to have "mental checks" and protests in Muslim-majority nations.
26-10-2020

EPP chief Tusk: ‘Borissov confessed to me, he made obvious mistakes’

The leader of the European People’s Party, Donald Tusk, said the Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov had “confessed" to him about a scandal with leaked photos allegedly revealing his hidden wealth. Tusk revealed no details but said that what he had heard sounded like “a crime movie”.
22-10-2020

EU signs €100m drone contract with Airbus and Israeli arms firms

Airbus and two Israeli arms companies received €100 million to fly unmanned drones over the Mediterranean that will be used to identify boats loaded with migrants trying to reach Europe, according to the Guardian. EURACTIV Italy reports.
Brexit 22-10-2020

UK unveils new rules to bar entry to EU criminals

Britain said it would introduce new rules from January to bar entry to people from the European Union with a criminal record, meaning those from the bloc would be treated the same as the rest of the world.
21-10-2020

France shuts Paris mosque in crackdown after teacher’s beheading

France ordered the temporary closure of a mosque outside Paris on Tuesday (20 October), part of a crackdown on Muslims who incite hatred after the decapitation of a teacher who showed his class caricatures of the Prophet Mohammad. The Grand...
20-10-2020

European citizens support linking EU funds to rule of law – survey

More than three out of four Europeans think that the EU should only distribute funds to member states that implement rule of law and democratic principles, according to a new survey commissioned by the European Parliament.
20-10-2020

EU to launch legal action over Cyprus, Malta ‘golden passports’

The EU said Monday (19 October) it will begin legal action against Cyprus and Malta over their controversial "golden passport" schemes for foreign investors, which critics say have been exploited by criminals.
17-10-2020

Tired but defiant: 100 days of protests in Bulgaria

In a hundred days of sweeping and at times violent protests, thousands of Bulgarians have tightened the screws on the political elite -- but this, they say, is only the beginning.
15-10-2020

Greek neo-Nazi leader, inner group given 13-year prison terms

The leader of Greece's neo-Nazi party Golden Dawn and his inner circle were handed 13-year prison sentences on Wednesday (14 October) as a trial seen as one of the most important in the country's modern political history neared its conclusion.
14-10-2020

Cyprus scraps ‘golden passport’ scheme after journalistic investigation

Cyprus said on Tuesday (13 October) it will scrap its controversial "golden passports" scheme for foreign investors next month over alleged abuses uncovered in a television programme.
13-10-2020

French cross-border commuters eager to see improved EU border management plan

EU ministers adopted today (13 October) a recommendation on a coordinated approach to the restrictions of free movement in response to the COVID-19 crisis, a hot topic for France's border residents who have suffered from their closure during the lockdown. EURACTIV France reports.
Cybersecurity 12-10-2020

‘Five Eyes’ alliance demands ways to access encrypted apps

The "Five Eyes" intelligence alliance demanded Sunday that tech companies insert "backdoors" in encrypted apps to allow law enforcement agencies the access they say they need to police online criminality.
06-10-2020

Hungary breached obligations to uphold academic freedom, EU top court ruled

The European Court of Justice (ECJ) struck down on Tuesday (6 October) the Hungarian education law that had pushed the university funded by American billionaire George Soros to move out of Budapest. The court said this ran contrary to the principle of academic freedom as well as the freedom to conduct business and provide services.
06-10-2020

EPP sticks with Borissov in stormy debate over rule-of-law in Bulgaria

The European Peoples’ Party (EPP), the EU's centre-right political faction, maintained its support to Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov on Monday (5 October) after a stormy  debate marked by online broadcast failures.
Agrifood 06-10-2020

Fraud with agricultural funds in Bulgaria: Will EU prosecutor take notice?

The latest investigative report by EURACTIV Bulgaria journalist Valia Ahchieva has exposed fraud in the use of EU agricultural funds in the country, part of a widespread criminal scheme which she has flagged to the attention of the European Public Prosecutor Laura Kövesi.
Global Europe 05-10-2020

Europe’s pushback of migrants ‘shameful’: UN refugee chief

The UN refugee chief lambasted on Monday (5 October) countries which close their doors to desperate migrants and Europe's "shameful" refusal to allow migrants stranded at sea to disembark quickly.
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