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Global Europe 23-09-2020

EU must openly discuss Turkey sanctions, says Austria’s EU minister

At the next European summit, Austria wants to speak openly about sanctions against Ankara, including the possibility to break off accession talks with Turkey, the country's EU Minister Karoline Edtstadler told EURACTIV Germany.

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.

Why are we not reforming the Dublin Regulation yet?

In view of the long-blocked negotiations about the reform of the EU's Dublin asylum system, Luigi Achilli argues that it is not migration but the lack of a common European response that is putting the EU's future at risk.
Global Europe 20-06-2018

NGOs demand asylum reform on World Refugee Day

68.5 million people in the world are displaced due to wars, conflict and persecution - a new high in 2017 for the fifth year in a row, an UNHCR report published on World Refugee Day revealed.

Juncker puts hopes in ‘pro-European’ Austrian Presidency

Although Austria’s government, in which the far right is represented, has plans for a tough anti-immigration agenda for its upcoming EU presidency, Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said he trusts its “European” credentials.
Global Europe 07-05-2018

The EU’s refugee crisis: Effective handling or botched up policy?

Dealing with the refugee crisis has proved to be an insurmountable task for Europe, due to the apparent lack of a coherent immigration policy and political indecisiveness. Europe's cohesion comes out shaken as a result, EURACTIV.gr reports.
Med & South 11-12-2015

More infringement procedures for Italy

Two new infringement procedures have been opened against Italy by the European Commission, which has also taken further action in three cases that are already active. EURACTIV Italy reports.

Sweden ends open door policy for asylum seekers

Stockholm wants to dramatically decrease the influx of asylum seekers coming into the country. Sweden will observe minimum standards for asylum policies under EU law and international rules, the government announced on Tuesday (24 November).

Spain tests new refugee reception plan

Spain has launched a test programme for the reception of immigrants, focused on a group of 50 refugees mainly from Eritrea, government sources announced Monday (26 October). EURACTIV Spain reports.

Avramopoulos: We talk to dictatorial regimes to fight migration

The EU's migration chief insisted yesterday (4 March) that the bloc must work with dictatorships in order to fight smugglers who traffic migrants to Europe, often using dangerous sea routes across the Mediterranean.
Global Europe 03-10-2014

Europe cannot remain indifferent to what happened in Lampedusa

The European Union and its Member States must make a paradigm shift in regard to migration policies, writes Jorge Nuño Mayer.
Josefa Foundation

Freedom of movement under European conditions

Freedom of movement is one of the main achievements of the EU. So why doesn't it apply to refugees living in Europe? A mutual recognition of countries' asylum decisions is urgently needed, Gilbert Granjon writes.

Will the EU stop detaining migrants at last?

It has become a routine in the EU to use detention against migrants and asylum seekers, including children. This is clearly in breach of the international refugee law and against all international standards, writes Jorge Nuño Mayer.

EU’s capital Brussels is no stranger to refugee horrors

On a chilly morning last week, Alda Sousa and Gabi Zimmer, the head of the GUE/NGL leftist political group in the European Parliament, visited the Afghan refugee camped outside the Béguinage church in the Sainte-Catherine district of Brussels. Sousa wrote down her experience for EURACTIV.

Amnesty: Europe’s response to Syria is ‘pathetic’

While the Syrian refugee crisis rages, and migration is at the top of the EU’s human rights concerns, Amnesty’s Salil Shetty visited Brussels to call on EU leaders to take action. “Europe’s pledge of 14,000 places for resettlement and humanitarian admission of Syrian refugees is not a serious one,” Shetty said in an interview with EURACTIV.