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Slovak authorities identify possible witness in journalist’s murder

Slovak authorities have identified a possible witness in the murder of Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak, whose killing last February led mass protests that forced the government to resign, a state prosecutor said on Monday (17 September).
Politics 27-07-2018

We suspect arson, Greek minister says of wildfire

Greece said on Thursday (26 July) it suspected arson was behind a devastating forest fire which killed at least 83 people and turned the small town of Mati east of Athens into a wasteland of death and destruction.

Slovak farmers drive tractors into capital to protest alleged EU subsidy fraud

Dozens of farmers from across Slovakia drove their tractors into the capital Bratislava on Tuesday (19 June) to protest against alleged irregularities in EU farm subsidy payments first made public by murdered journalist Jan Kuciak.
Enlargement 28-05-2018

Thousands call for Albanian interior minister’s resignation

Thousands of Albanian opposition supporters rallied in the capital Tirana on Saturday calling for the resignation of interior minister Fatmir Xhafaj, whose brother has been convicted of drug trafficking.
Elections 15-03-2018

Slovak PM quits after journalist’s murder but coalition stays in power

Slovakia's Prime Minister Robert Fico resigned on Thursday (15 March), as the governing three-party coalition seeks to cling to power after the murder of an investigative journalist provoked the country's biggest protests since the fall of communism.
Elections 06-03-2018

Fico blames Soros for provoking instability in Slovakia

A fully-fledged political crisis is evolving in Slovakia after the brutal murder of investigative journalist Jan Kuciak and his fiancée.

Slovak police detain Italian suspects named by slain journalist

Slovak police yesterday (1 March) detained several Italian businessmen named by murdered journalist Ján Kuciak in an explosive report on alleged high-level corruption linked to the Italian mafia, as his killing sparked fresh demonstrations in the EU state.

Murdered Slovak journalist ‘was probing Italian mafia links’

Murdered Slovak journalist Ján Kuciak was about to publish an investigation alleging high-level political corruption linked to the Italian mafia, the news portal he worked for revealed today (28 February), as the killing stoked concerns about graft and press freedom in the small EU state.
Freedom of thought 27-02-2018

EU demands justice for murdered Slovak journalist

The European Union called on Monday for the killers of a Slovak journalist to be brought to justice after the weekend murder of Ján Kuciak raised questions about organised crime and corruption in the EU state.

Wave of murders darkens the start of Bulgaria’s EU presidency

Three grave crimes have cast a shadow over the start of the Bulgarian EU presidency and have highlighted the enormous deficiencies in the country's law enforcement, dating back to before it became a member of the EU.

The Bulgarian judiciary explained

The judiciary in Bulgaria has been a victim of political dependence and of civil society indifference, the only novelty now is that even the European Commission is willing to close its eyes, writes Krassen Nikolov.
Freedom of thought 13-12-2017

Press freedom in Bulgaria under attack ahead of EU Presidency

Bulgarian opposition parties exposed on Tuesday (12 December) what they see as an attempt to silence and close down media considered unfriendly to the government of Boyko Borissov. Bulgaria will take over the rotating Presidency of the Council of the EU from 1 January.
Politics 15-06-2017

Libya, a smuggling hypermarket

Powerless against the disarray and growing anarchy that spreads around smuggling - of oil, gasoline, weapons and people - Hasan Dhawadi, mayor of the Libyan city of Sabratha, raised the alarm.
Global Europe 22-05-2017

Italian mafia caught pocketing aid for refugees

Italian police last Monday (15 May) arrested 70 members of the powerful 'Ndrangheta mafia syndicate, after the gang pocketed €35 million in public funds, with the help of a Catholic charity organisation. EURACTIV’s partner Ouest-France reports.

Financial crime knows no borders: Europe needs to join forces to fight it

Criminal activity knows no borders, so the European Commissioner for Justice and two MEPs here reiterate the need for Europe to come together and set up a European Public Prosecutor that can stop criminals in their tracks.
Enlargement 19-07-2016

EU gives Albania ultimatum over judicial reform

Albania must pass anti-corruption reforms of its judiciary on Thursday (21 July) or sacrifice its hopes of starting negotiations to join the EU, MEPs warned today (19 July).

Afghan boys behind huge increase in unaccompanied minor migrants to EU

The large number of unaccompanied minors arriving in Europe can be explained by Afghan families sending their children hoping they will get refugee status easier, and then seek reunification with the rest of the family, according to a new report by the EU asylum office.
Elections 30-01-2015

Italy fails to elect president in first round of voting

Italian lawmakers failed to elect a new president in a first round of voting on Thursday (29 January), leaving Prime Minister Matteo Renzi hoping to push through his candidate only in a fourth round, when the required threshold of votes is lower.
Development Policy 03-11-2014

Peace in Colombia is peace in the world

The peace process conducted with the FARC guerillas has led profound changes for Colombia, including boosting rural development, the origin of our conflict, changing bullets for votes, and dismantling of the mafia drug trafficking structures, writes Columbia's president, Juan Manuel Santos Calderón.
Elections 20-02-2013

Bulgarian prime minister quits following mass protests over electricity bills

Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov resigned today (20 February) following boisterous public protests in the capital and several other cities over the price of electricity.
Elections 18-02-2013

Electricity bills set Bulgaria on fire

Tens of thousands of Bulgarians protested in more than 20 cities on Sunday (17 February) against high electricity bills and called for Prime Minister Boyko Borissov and his centre-right government to resign. [Watch photo gallery by Dnevnik, the EURACTIV partner in Bulgaria.]

Serbia says it thwarted mafia plot to bring down government jet

Serbian authorities said they had uncovered a plot by "criminal clans" to bring down a government plane carrying a national leader, in the latest twist to a murky row over the links between the mafia and politicians.
Sports 18-09-2012

Parliament mulls EU laws to fight organised crime in sport

Plans for an EU-wide legal approach to match-fixing and money laundering in sport are under way, with the European Parliament committee on mafia and organised crime holding a debate on the issue yesterday (17 September).

Romania, Bulgaria set to fail their biggest test

Bulgaria and Romania are set to fail their biggest test since their accession on 1 January 2007 with the forthcoming publication of crucial progress reports on the reform of law enforcement.