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Future EU 12-04-2018

Oettinger: Solidarity is not a one-way street

Europe's dispute over refugees, the controversial judicial reform in Poland and the election campaign in Bavaria were the topics of an interview with Commissioner Günther Oettinger by EURACTIV Germany's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel".

Safeguarding borders for an open Europe

Freedom of movement is a right enshrined in the European Union’s area of freedom, security and justice. But it is only by protecting the EU’s external borders that this freedom can continue to exist, writes Fabrice Leggeri.

Frontex: Africans made two thirds of illegal arrivals to EU in 2017

The European Union’s southern borders in the Mediterranean will remain under heavy pressure from African migrants trying to reach Europe this year, the head of the EU’s border agency Frontex said yesterday (20 February).
Global Europe 31-10-2017

Europe’s quiet offensive against people helping refugees

Three years ago today (31 October), EU pressure on Italy forced the end of one the EU’s most successful humanitarian missions, ‘Mare Nostrum’, a search-and-rescue operation that in just one year brought 130,000 refugees safely to Europe’s shores. Ben Hayes and Frank Barat look back on three years since the end of Operation Mare Nostrum.
Global Europe 16-08-2017

Migrant rescue NGO accuses the EU of ‘hiding the dirt’ under the Mediterranean

Speaking about the refugee crisis and the Lybian and Syrian conflicts, Óscar Camps, director of the Spanish NGO Proactiva Open Arms, accused the EU of “hiding the dirt under the carpet” of international waters in the Mediterranean sea. EURACTIV Spain reports.

Frontex chief: Migrant influx shifting but no let-up

The migrants pouring into Europe have changed routes: the crossing between Turkey and Greece is practically closed, but ever greater numbers are risking their lives to cross the Mediterranean between Libya and Italy.

Italian prosecutor investigating NGO rescuers says has no proof of wrongdoing

An Italian prosecutor who began an investigation into possible ties between humanitarian organisations that rescue migrants at sea and Libya-based people smugglers said on Wednesday (3 May) he had no proof of any wrongdoing.

Refugee rescue group accuses EU border agency of conspiracy

A Spanish NGO that has been rescuing migrants in the Mediterranean since 2016 accused the EU's border control agency Frontex on Wednesday (12 April) of plotting to discredit private aid organisations in order to put off donors.

Europol seeks more African cooperation in fight against people smugglers

No other illegal business is more lucrative: half a million people traffickers appear in Europol's database and the number is only rising. Police are now counting on Africa to help. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Smugglers suspected of using migrant rescue boats as taxis

An Italian prosecutor has stepped up his investigation into charity-funded migrant rescue boats in the Mediterranean after claims they are acting as a de facto taxi service for people traffickers.
Global Europe 20-02-2017

Czech deputy PM: A ‘different’ migration is needed

We have to change NATO from a defence pact to tan offensive pact, Andrej Babiš, the Czech minister of finance, who also serves as deputy premier, told Euractiv Poland.
Global Europe 06-01-2017

Frontex: Arrivals of refugees to EU by sea two-thirds lower in 2016

The number of asylum seekers reaching the European Union by sea fell by two-thirds in 2016 due to a migration deal with Turkey but arrivals in Italy from North Africa hit an all-time high, the EU said on Friday (6 January).

Frontex chief: 42% of rejected asylum seekers are deported from the EU

Less than half of migrants whose asylum applications have been rejected are deported, according to new statistics from EU border agency Frontex.

Alarm over effectiveness of EU-Turkey refugee deal grows in Brussels

Some seven months after the European Union and Turkey struck an agreement to turn back the tide of Syrians fleeing west, very few refugees have been sent back from Greece, and Brussels is losing its patience as overcrowded camps grow violent.

Plane thought to carry EU officials crashes in Malta, five dead

Five people died this morning in a plane crash shortly after take-off in Luqa at around 7.20 am today (24 October).
Global Europe 20-10-2016

EU agrees to boost efforts to tackle illegal migration from Africa

European Union leaders agreed on Thursday (20 October) to step up their efforts to curb illegal migration from African countries with the aim of replicating their success in halting inflows from Turkey over the past year.

Leggeri: Revamped Frontex will be ‘game changer’

Frontex Executive Director Fabrice Leggeri said that the EU had learned its lessons from last year’s refugee crisis and that the new European Border and Coast Guard Agency would be a “game changer” in securing the Union’s external borders.

European border agency inaugurated at Bulgaria-Turkey border

The EU launched its beefed-up border force today (6 October) in a rare show of unity at a symbolic location – the Bulgarian-Turkeis border guarded by a metal fence and razor wire.

New EU border guard agency is no magic bullet

The European Union’s new border guard agency is meant to remedy the failings of its predecessor, Frontex. Dr Lisa Watanabe asks whether the EBCG will be endowed with what Frontex lacked.
Global Europe 26-09-2016

‘Balkan route’ nations turn away from EU solution to refugee crisis

European countries on the route used by more than a million migrants to reach the continent last year agreed on Saturday (24 September) to focus on the more easily achievable ways of preventing another influx than the big issues the EU is divided over, Austria said.

Migrant deaths at sea signal Egypt becoming departure country

A boat carrying up to 450 migrants capsized in the Mediterranean off Egypt's north coast on yesterday (21 September), drowning 42 people and prompting a search operation that rescued 163 passengers, officials said.
Angela Merkel

Merkel admits mistakes made in Germany and EU on refugee crisis

Germany and other European Union countries turned a blind eye to the refugee crisis building on its external borders for too long, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a German newspaper interview published today (31 August).

EU agency: Number of migrants arriving in Italy rises 12% in July

More than 25,000 migrants arrived in Italy in July, 12 percent more than in the same period last year, EU border agency Frontex said on Friday (12 August).
Global Europe 12-07-2016

New EU border guard plans migration ‘stress tests’

The European Union’s new border and coast guard agency is developing migration 'stress tests', based on the system used to evaluate the resilience of banks to economic shocks, in a bid to stop future refugee crises in the passport-free Schengen zone.