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Politics 15-03-2017

MEPs finalise watered-down update of EU gun law

The European Parliament approved in plenary yesterday (14 March) amendments to the EU’s firearms legislation but the agreed text is a long way from what the European Commission initially had in mind. EURACTIV Germany reports.
10-01-2017

Pro-Europeans call for more Erasmus funding

As Erasmus turns 30, politicians and teachers have called for a massive increase to the programme's funding. Hugely popular and undeniably successful, Erasmus is currently accessible to just 7% of young people. EURACTIV France reports.
Global Europe 15-07-2016

France struck on its national day by horrific terrorist attack

A truck ploughed into a crowd in the French resort of Nice, killing at least 80 in what President François Hollande today (15 July) called a "terrorist" attack on revellers watching a Bastille Day fireworks display.

Cazeneuve: Over 100 arrested on terror charges in France this year

France has arrested 101 people since the start of the year over "direct links to terrorism", Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in an interview to be published later today (13 May), exactly six months after the Paris attacks.
Central Europe 17-02-2016

Czech Republic against strengthening gun control in EU

The Czech Republic does not support the proposal for strengthening control of firearms in the EU presented by the European Commission in November. EURACTIV Czech Republic reports.

Parliament upholds National Front MEP’s immunity from prosecution

Charged with libel for comments about Qatar, the MEP and vice president of the French National Front has had his parliamentary immunity confirmed by a vote this afternoon (Tuesday 2 February). EURACTIV France reports.
Digital 16-04-2015

German government repackages data retention regulations

With their proposal to reintroduce data retention in Germany, Justice Minister Heiko Maas and Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière are planning a new law that opposition parties say is simply a scheme to “relabel” existing legislation. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 13-04-2015

Jourová: Over 6000 Europeans waging jihad in Syria

The number of Europeans fighting with jihadist groups in Syria could exceed 6,000, a top EU official told a French newspaper today (13 April).

Europe risks right-wing backlash, Greece’s Varoufakis tells Charlie Hebdo

Racists and nationalists will be the only ones to benefit if European leaders "shoot down" Greece's new anti-austerity government, Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis has told Charlie Hebdo.

Merkel pledges protection for Jews in Germany

In the wake of the terror attacks in Copenhagen, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called on European Jews to emigrate to Israel, while German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged protection for Jews in Germany. EURACTIV Germany reports.
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Global Europe 16-02-2015

Danish PM promises new measures to fight terrorism after attacks in Copenhagen

Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt on Sunday (15 February) said she would propose new measures in the fight against extremism and radicalisation, following the shootings in Copenhagen over the weekend which left three people dead, including the suspected gunman, as well as five policemen injured.
François Hollande

French calls to rewrite Schengen code fall on deaf ears

European Union leaders called on Thursday for “systematic” checks on travellers entering the passport-free Schengen area but fell short of heeding to French and Spanish demands for rewriting the Schengen border code.
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Parliament resists pressure on passenger data ahead of EU summit

Green and Liberal MEPs are resisting the proposal for a pan-European Passenger Name Records (PNR) database in the face of mounting political pressure before a summit this week in which heads of state will press them to adopt the measure urgently.

Germany set to pass ‘one of the harshest’ anti-terror laws in Europe

The Merkel government approved a new law meant to mitigate radical Islamist attacks, by making it a criminal offence to travel abroad to receive military training. Civil rights advocates are furious. EURACTIV Germany reports.

EU aims to enlist online firms in fight against militants

The European Union needs to bring Internet companies fully on board in its fight against home-grown militant Islamists, the bloc's interior ministers said on Thursday (29 January).

France hikes anti-terror budget despite austerity commitment

Manuel Valls has announced a 735 million euro plan to bolster France's defences against terrorism over the next three years. The French government says this unplanned expenditure will not threaten their agreement with Brussels to reduce the national deficit. EURACTIV France reports

National Front in confusion after Paris attacks

The National Front has struggled to take a united stance on this month's terrorist attacks in Paris, expressing contradictory views on the situation. MEP Aymeric Chauprade was removed from his position of advisor to Marine Le Pen after publicly calling for the "de-Islamisation of France". EURACTIV France reports

EU considers foreign ‘security agents’ to counter terrorism

European Union foreign ministers on Monday discussed setting up a new network of European security agents abroad, as they sought a united response to the threat from militant Islamists following the attacks in Paris on 7 January.
Federica Mogherini, High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy and Vice-President of the EC, speaks during a visit to Iraq, 22 Dec. 2014
Global Europe 20-01-2015

Ministers agree to talk to Arab world, broadcast to Russia

European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels yesterday (19 January) agreed that they need to engage in more dialogue with Europe’s neighbouring Islamic countries to deal with extremism, whilst simultaneously rebutting the Russian news narrative in Eastern Europe.

Ministers look to strip online jihad’s ‘glamour’

European foreign ministers meeting in Brussels today (19 January) will pave the way for concrete measures to prevent online platforms seducing impressionable Muslims with a “glamorous narrative”, officials and diplomats said last week.

Anti-terrorist measures in EU go in all directions

EU member states have reacted in different ways to the security threat highlighted by the Paris terrorist attacks, pointing to how difficult it would be to put in place a common European response to the challenge. The EURACTIV network reports.
Street art Vitry-sur-Seine, C215, banlieue Paris, October 13, 2014

In Belgium and France, marginalised Muslims fight in Syria ‘out of despair’

Western fighters in Syria and Iraq have found some of their most willing recruits in tiny Belgium, a chilling trend highlighted by the killing of suspected terrorists by police on Thursday (15 January) and which likely has its roots in the despair many feel at home.

Foiled Belgium terror attacks fuel fears of radical Islam in Europe

Belgian police killed two men who opened fire on them during one of about a dozen raids on Thursday (15 January) against an Islamist group that federal prosecutors said was about to launch "terrorist attacks on a grand scale".
Photo of the new Europol Headquarter in The Hague, Den Haag, 18 Jan. 2014

European spies want more powers, but face uphill battle

From allowing spies greater access to communications and extending phone taps to collating databases of air passengers, European governments are looking to expand the powers of their security agencies after last week's Paris attacks.
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