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Africa 13-12-2017

Africa, Europe hope to rally support for Sahel anti-terror force

French President Emmanuel Macron hosts Germany's Angela Merkel and five African presidents today (13 December), hoping to bolster the fledging G5 Sahel force fighting jihadists in an area the size of Europe.

Energy 13-12-2017

EU bank delays decision on mega pipeline loan

The European Investment Bank on Tuesday (12 December) delayed a decision on whether to grant a multi-billion-euro loan to a controversial pipeline, after the bank’s board insisted it needs more time to assess the project.

Elections 08-12-2017

Italy’s far-right attacks newspaper premises as ‘black wave’ continues

A group of far-right activists attacked Italy’s La Repubblica newsroom with smoke bombs on Wednesday (6 December), in the latest of a series of violent episodes by neo-fascist groups who say they are waging "a political war".

Energy 06-12-2017

Italy-Israel gas pipeline moves a step closer to reality

Cyprus, Greece, Israel and Italy on Tuesday (5 December) signed a memorandum of understanding to build the world's longest underwater natural gas pipeline to supply Europe. 

Agrifood 05-12-2017

Italy spearheads initiative to limit rice imports to the EU

Italy and seven other EU countries asked the European Commission on 24 November to allow them to limit rice imports from Cambodia, on the grounds of “protecting the Italian and European Rice industry.” 

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.

Agrifood 29-11-2017

Italy’s labelling manoeuvre worries Commission and pasta makers

An Italian tribunal approved on 22 November the decrees signed by the ministries of agriculture and of economic development to include the country of origin of cereals on rice and pasta labels. The move was welcomed by Coldiretti, Italy’s largest farmers union, but worried the European Commission and pasta makers.

Economic governance 22-11-2017

Commission calls for reforms to address wage stagnation

The European Commission told member states on Wednesday (22 November) to prioritize policies that support wage growth, in light of the economic pain still suffered by many Europeans.

Global Europe 15-11-2017

UN denounces EU cooperation with Libya to stem migrant flow as ‘inhuman’

The European Union's policy of helping the Libyan authorities intercept migrants trying to cross the Mediterranean and return them to "horrific" prisons in Libya is "inhuman", the United Nations said on Tuesday (14 November).

Economy & Jobs 09-11-2017

European economy beats expectations as risks decline

The European economy is enjoying a period of positive momentum as growth spreads across all member states, public accounts are expected to look healthier and risks are balanced for the first time in a long while, the European Commission concluded on Thursday (9 November).

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.

Energy 26-10-2017

Italy eyes a coal-free future with new energy strategy

Italy plans to phase out coal power plants by 2025, the country's industry minister said during a presentation of a new energy strategy on Tuesday (24 October), joining a growing trend of moving away from coal in the EU.

Politics 23-10-2017

Northern Italy referendum: Regions seek greater autonomy

Two wealthy northern regions in Italy voted on Sunday (22 October) in favour of having increased independence from Rome, in a non-binding referendum that set the stage for negotiations on more autonomy with the central government.

Elections 23-10-2017

Italian regions vote in favour of autonomy in shadow of Catalonia crisis

Two wealthy regions of northern Italy voted overwhelmingly yesterday (22 October) for greater autonomy in referendums that could fan regional tensions in Europe at a time when Spain is striving to prevent Catalonia from breaking away.

Elections 06-10-2017

‘ClubMed’ summit postponed over Catalan crisis

A summit of southern European Union countries due to take place next week in Nicosia has been postponed due to the Catalan crisis, Cyprus President Nicos Anastasiades announced yesterday (5 October).

Global Europe 03-10-2017

Displaced mothers face dire health crisis, report says

Less than a half of pregnant refugees arriving on Greece’s shores have access to maternal care, a new report unveiled on Tuesday (3 October) has found.

Development Policy 02-10-2017

Italy looks to its African entrepreneurs to ease migrant pressure

Italy has turned to its homegrown African entrepreneurs for help in easing the economic pressures driving hundreds of thousands of migrants onto the country's southern shores.

Italy sketches ‘revolutionary’ idea to resettle 1,000 migrants stranded in Libya

Italy, in a fresh bid to tackle a migration influx that has become a political headache, sketched proposals yesterday (28 September) to resettle around the world a thousand vulnerable migrants who are stranded in Libya.

Elections 25-09-2017

New leader of Italian populists touts EU reform, not exit

Luigi Di Maio, the brand new head of Italy's populist 5-Star Movement (M5S) and its prime ministerial candidate, said on Sunday (24 September) his party does not want to quit the European Union but change the rules.

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.

Agrifood 21-09-2017

Spain to join the gastro-nationalism wave on origin of milk

Spain has notified the European Commission on 5 September it will create a new law to include the origin of milk on the label of milk and dairy products, adding fuel to the gastro-nationalism debate.

Elections 18-09-2017

Rejuvenated Berlusconi lays out vote platform, eyes victory in Italy

Former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi, marking a formal return to Italy's political stage, laid out his policy priorities on Sunday (17 September) for the forthcoming election, portraying himself as a pro-European moderate.

Central Europe 15-09-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Pre-war Europe blues

The cynicism of was undeniable. Just as the Commission announced it was taking the second step in an infringement procedure against Poland over the reform of its justice system, legal experts associated with the PiS government announced that the country could still demand reparations from Germany for its occupation during World War Two.

Global Europe 14-09-2017

Czech interior minister: ‘Nobody has to call us for solidarity’

The Czech Republic has not relocated a refugee for more than a year and remains in breach of its legal obligations. The Czech position remains the same despite the ruling of the Court of Justice supporting the Commission's migrant relocation policy. EURACTIV.cz reports.