Neighbourhood policy

Future EU 02-03-2018

Elmar Brok: Macron wants to ‘weaken’ the European Parliament

EXCLUSIVE / French President Emmanuel Macron wants to “weaken” the European Parliament with his opposition to the Spitzenkandidaten process, European People’s Party influential MEP Elmar Brok warned in an interview with Brok, who is a close ally of Chancellor...
Global Europe 22-02-2018

Turkey says whoever helps Kurd militia in Syria is ‘legitimate target’

Turkey yesterday (21 February) said it would consider a "legitimate target" any group that comes to the aid of Kurdish militia in Afrin in northern Syria.
Global Europe 20-02-2018

17 Turkish citizens ‘escape’ from Erdogan and seek asylum in Greece

The Greek coastguard has rescued 17 Turkish citizens, including children, who reached the island of Oinousses on Monday (19 February) and asked for asylum, citing fear of persecution back home.

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.
Global Europe 01-02-2018

Human traffickers capitalise on ‘chaos’ at Europe’s migrant hotspots

Human traffickers are capitalising on widespread chaos at migrant reception centres across southern Europe to transport their victims undetected and lure other migrants into forced labour, a European security watchdog said yesterday (31 January).
Global Europe 31-01-2018

Rocky Syria talks in Russia end, ignore key opposition demands

A Syrian peace conference in Russia ended yesterday (30 January) with a statement calling for democratic elections, but ignoring key opposition demands after a day marred by squabbles and heckling of the Russian foreign minister.
Development Policy 23-01-2018

UNHCR chief: EU won’t solve migration crisis without restoring solidarity

Europe is losing the sense of shared solidarity, said the United Nations High Commissioner for refugees, lodging an attack on EU leaders for failing to agree on a proper strategy to deal with the migration crisis.
Global Europe 22-01-2018

Spurned by Trump, Europeans ponder how to meet Iran ultimatum

A day before Donald Trump’s 12 January ultimatum to “fix” the Iran nuclear deal, European powers met Iran’s foreign minister to show support for it, but the effort failed to soften Trump’s aversion to the accord, US and European officials said.
Global Europe 22-01-2018

Reasons, risks and consequences of Turkey’s Syria operation

The Turkish military has started an air and ground operation against Syrian Kurdish People's Protection Units (YPG) militia whom Ankara views as "terrorists" linked to outlawed militants.
Global Europe 05-01-2018

Commission expects ‘concrete’ results on Macedonian name dispute

The European Commission welcomed the action taken by the government in Skopje to end a 25-year stalemate on a name dispute with Greece and now hopes to see “concrete results”, a spokesperson told on Thursday (4 January).
Global Europe 03-01-2018

Erdogan heads to Paris to thaw relations with the EU

Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Friday (5 January) visits Paris for talks with French Presdent Emmanuel Macron, seeking to start the New Year by warming relations with the European Union after a heated 2017.
Global Europe 12-12-2017

EU rebuffs Netanyahu’s Jerusalem call

The EU's diplomatic chief on Monday (11 December) bluntly rejected Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's suggestion that Europe would follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as the Jewish state's capital, saying there would be no change to its stance on the holy city.