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Migration and security in Europe: Is immigration a threat or an asset?

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The 2015 migrant crisis caught Europe off guard, with little funding, limited manpower and no contingency plans in place. The number of migrants trying to reach Europe has declined significantly since then but migration is back on the EU's radar.
Future EU 11-04-2018

Merkel gathers bickering German ministers for ‘policy camp’

Chancellor Angela Merkel gathered her new cabinet for a two-day retreat on Tuesday (10 April), seeking to forge some team spirit among ministers already squabbling after just a month in office.

Migrant rights increasingly flouted in Europe, report says

The European Agency for Fundamental Rights points out in its report five persistent challenges for migration to the EU, from access to territory, to asylum procedures and unaccompanied children.
Future EU 14-03-2018

Austria’s roadmap for its upcoming EU presidency

Brexit, the EU budget and security will be the three major priorities when Austria takes over the EU presidency in the second half of 2018, in what will be the final full presidency before all-important elections in May 2019. EURACTIV Germany reports from Vienna.
Brexit 01-03-2018

Blair: Reformed EU would help prevent Brexit

Tony Blair today implored European leaders to reform the EU in a bid to persuade British people to change their mind on Brexit.

Brussels must bite the bullet on a common EU migration policy

The EU Commission is soon to re-enter the conflict over immigration. Whether it will do so timidly or in a blaze of political courage remains to be seen when it unveils ideas for a 'European Labour Authority," writes Giles Merritt.

Citizens rally to host migrants, in defiance of Belgian government

Human rights activists and some political parties in Belgium are calling for the resignation of Theo Francken, the secretary of state for immigration, citing his aggressive and hostile stance towards migrants from Africa and the Middle East.
Future EU 05-01-2018

‘Disillusioned’ Poles turn to Germany

Many Poles choose Germany for a better life, as in their home country they feel that freedom standards are returning to those under communism.
Politics 07-12-2017

Europe’s new far-right should admit Muslim migrants can benefit the continent

At a time of challenge, Europe still has what some might think is a surprising ace up its sleeve – immigration, writes Maha Akeel.

Blocked humanity

The Dublin regulation, allocating asylum claims to the first port of call on a migrant's journey, is unfit for purpose. The European Parliament has come to a shared position that guarantees fair treatment of refugees and shared responsibility in the EU. Now it's up to member states to do their share, writes Cornelia Ernst.
Politics 03-11-2017

Austria tightens law on illegal aliens, refugees

Since November 1, a stricter law on foreigners has been in force in Austria, which wants to proceed rigorously against people residing illegally in the country, including refugees.
Elections 31-10-2017

What role should Germany’s new federal government play in Europe?

Brexit, EU enlargement, the Greek debt crisis: during the German election campaign European politics has hardly played a role.
Elections 27-10-2017

Andrej Babiš: Who is the new Czech prime minister?

Czech President Miloš Zeman instructed Andrej Babiš to form a new government. With 99% of the votes counted, his party ANO, collected 29.76% of popular support.
Central Europe 23-10-2017

Babiš searches for international allies in anti-immigration course

The electoral victory of Czech politician Andrej Babiš, who based his campaign on opposition to refugee migration, is causing concern. While critics condemn his stance, he searches for allies in Eastern Europe and beyond. EURACTIV's media partner "Der Tagesspiegel" reports.
Economy & Jobs 22-09-2017

European Central Bank: Immigration boosts eurozone labour force

Immigrants have made a large contribution to the working-age population of the eurozone since 2013 and are likely also boosting its labour force, particularly in Italy and Germany, the European Central Bank said.
Development Policy 22-09-2017

Armed group ‘seeks legitimacy’ with Tripoli migrant deal

A powerful armed group, known for smuggling people from Libya, is seeking legitimacy and state security jobs from the Tripoli government in exchange for stopping migrant boats from leaving the coast of Sabratha for Italy, a senior group member said.
Global Europe 20-09-2017

Migration and Europe: The view from Turkey

European governments seem to be treating Turkey like a game on a football pitch, pushing the ball of inclusion around, but never really having the intention of allowing it to become an equal player on their field, writes Egemen Bağış.
Brexit 28-08-2017

Get out, and go quick: Brexit heartland stays defiant

In the rundown dock town of Tilbury on the eastern outskirts of London, backing for Brexit remains rock-solid, with uncompromising voters wanting Britain to get out of the EU, and get out fast.
Brexit 08-08-2017

UK recruiters blame Brexit as staff shortage worsens

A shortage of staff for British employers worsened in July, hurt by the departure of European Union workers after last year's Brexit vote, a group representing recruitment agencies said on Tuesday (8 August).
Economy & Jobs 02-08-2017

EU politicians should lead EU budget talks, not technocrats

Europe’s political leadership should be the one to take the lead in consultations and the responsibility to speed up individual political decisions on which technocrats will be called upon to adapt financial tools for their achievement, Stavros Kalafatis writes.
Brexit 28-07-2017

UK finance minister claims Brexit transition could last until 2022

Britain will try to keep as many aspects of its EU membership in place as possible during a transition period of up to three years after Brexit, finance minister Philip Hammond said on Friday (28 July).

France reveals plan for registration centres to stem migrant crisis

French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday (27 July) unveiled plans to set up migrant registration centres in Libya to help stem an influx that has sparked a crisis in Europe, although his aides said the scheme could not be implemented there immediately for security reasons.

EU tightens grip on disobedient states over migration

The European Commission on Wednesday (26 July) stepped up its legal case against the Czech Republic, Hungary and Poland over their reluctance to take in migrants from other EU countries, after an adviser to the EU's top court dismissed a challenge brought by Slovakia and Hungary.
26-06-2017

EU human rights chief: ‘Civil society will push back the rise of extremism’

The rise of extreme parties across Europe is motivating people of good will to speak out and get activated, the director of the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights told EURACTIV.com.