About: Pakistan

Development Policy 31-10-2018

Pakistan charity crackdown spreads uncertainty among aid groups

Foreign aid groups are being forced out of Pakistan, where the need for their services remains immense, in a move analysts say is fuelled by suspicions of foreign spying.
Global Europe 24-10-2016

Refugees attack EU asylum offices on Lesvos

Asylum-seekers attacked the premises of the European Asylum Support Office (EASO) on the island of Lesbos on Monday (24 October), protesting against delays in dealing with asylum claims, Greek and EU authorities said.
Climate change 17-10-2016

HFC deal big step in fighting climate change

They went to Kigali, Rwanda, to eliminate hydrofluorocarbons (HFCs) and take 0.5C out of future global warming, and the 170 countries that successfully negotiated an amendment to the Montreal protocol treaty agreed to get rid of 90% of them. Not bad for four days and three long nights of hard work.
Global Europe 05-10-2016

Afghan refugees return to uncertain future in alien homeland

Mohammad Anwar arrived in Pakistan as a child more than 35 years ago but is leaving as a father, his family among the thousands of uprooted Afghan refugees "returning" to a war-torn homeland many of them have never seen.
Global Europe 29-03-2016

Taliban faction taunts Pakistan PM after Easter Day bombing

The Pakistani militants who bombed a Lahore park on Easter Sunday, killing 70 people, taunted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today (29 March), declaring their war had come to his doorstep.

Commission: Schengen suspension could be extended, 60% of migrants should be sent back

The European Commission today (26 January) said it could agree to a suspension of border-free travel in the Schengen zone of up to two years, and that nearly two thirds of migrants entering the EU in December were not eligible for asylum because they did not come from conflict zones.

German lawmakers rush to respond to Cologne attacks

After the attacks carried out on women in Cologne on New Year's Eve, the German government wants to act quickly and tighten the asylum law. Meanwhile, verbal and physical violence against migrants has escalated. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Climate change 06-01-2016

El Niño: A silver lining with a large cloud

A report by the Munich Re Group has shown that financial losses from natural catastrophes were lower in 2015 than in 2009. Nevertheless, the number of victims remains high. EURACTIV's partner Tagesspiegel reports.
Agrifood 24-11-2015

Civil society could force governments to stick to their climate commitments

Civil society is making increasing use of national courts to enforce international environmental agreements. Even a non-binding agreement in Paris will increase pressure on governments to cut emissions. EURACTIV France reports
Development Policy 18-11-2015

Internet takes Himalayan village from potato age to modernity

When a landslide created a huge, turquoise lake that cut them off the world, the farmers of Gulmit were left destitute and unable to sell their potatoes. Their solution: to drag their Himalayan valley in Pakistan's far north into the Internet age.
Development Policy 13-03-2015

Universal education will cost €20.7 billion a year, says Unesco

Ambitions to achieve universal education and improve teaching quality in the world’s poorest countries will be jeopardised, unless the $22bn (€20.7bn) funding needed every year is found, a UN agency has warned. 
Development Policy 02-03-2015

Ann Cotton: Educating millions in Africa by inspiring sustainable change

For someone who gave up teaching two decades ago, Ann Cotton educates an awful lot of children. Since she began her Campaign for Female Education (Camfed) in 1993, she has supported 3 million children in five countries to stay in school and will support another million over the next five years. 
Trade & Society 16-01-2015

European Parliament is gearing up for TiSA

Overshadowed by the highly mediatised Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership, the Trade in Services Agreement (TiSA) negotiations are moving along, and will appear on the radar this year, promises Luxembourgish MEP Viviane Reding, responsible for the dossier.
Shipwrecks line the edge of what used to be the Aral Sea between Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. A massive irrigation project reduced its size by 90% within 50 years.  [neil banas/Flickr]
Development Policy 29-08-2014

German economy vulnerable to global water scarcity, WWF warns

Water is scarce but it continues to be wasted excessively in many industrial states, warns a new study by the World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), predicting that a global conflict over water resources could bring billions in losses for the German market. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Italian navy rescues over 1,000 migrants in one day

The Italian navy said on Friday (3 January) it had rescued more than 1,000 migrants from boats trying to reach Europe, as an immigration crisis that killed hundreds in the last year showed no signs of easing.
Global Europe 21-06-2011

Brussels launches ‘EU peace corps’ pilot

The European Commission has launched a pilot programme, the 'European Voluntary Humanitarian Aid Corps' (EVHAC), which will see just under 100 young people serve in various projects to help vulnerable and disaster-struck parts of the world. The experiences will help determine a formal EU proposal next year to create a permanent humanitarian volunteer programme.
Global Europe 10-05-2011

EU-Pakistan trade plan faces fresh criticism

A plan to liberalise trade with Pakistan following last year's devastating floods is under fire for its expected impact on the EU's biofuels and textiles industries, especially in crisis-hit Portugal, according to internal documents seen by EURACTIV.
Climate change 06-01-2011

Commission under budget ‘pressure’ as natural disasters spike

A dramatic increase in the number of natural disasters last year has sparked calls for more funding, cooperation and cost-efficiency from European Commission services.
Global Europe 04-11-2010

Weakened at home, Obama could turn to foreign policy

US President Barack Obama could turn to foreign policy as a way to claw back popularity after his mid-term election setback, which has left him weakened in domestic politics, Reuters writes in an analysis piece.
Trade & Society 17-09-2010

EU agrees trade deal with South Korea, Pakistan

The European Union agreed on Thursday (16 September) to sign a free-trade pact with South Korea and grant Pakistan trade concessions after floods.
Trade & Society 13-09-2010

EU leaders set to back trade waiver for flood-hit Pakistan

EU heads of state meeting this week in Brussels are set to approve a trade waiver for Pakistan to help the Asian country recover from the devastating August floods.
Trade & Society 09-09-2010

De Gucht under fire over EU-Pakistan trade proposal

A proposal by EU Trade Commissioner Karel De Gucht to temporarily open up the European textile market to flood-hit Pakistan was denounced by other commissioners as "disguised aid" and a threat to the textile industry.
Global Europe 30-08-2010

Haiti, Pakistan disasters ‘of similar magnitude’

The humanitarian disaster in Haiti and Pakistan is similar in magnitude, International Cooperation, Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva told the Brussels press on 27 August, just after her return from devastated Pakistan.
Public Affairs 19-08-2010

Georgieva wants EU flag to shine in disaster areas

Humanitarian Aid and Crisis Response Commissioner Kristalina Georgieva said yesterday (18 August) that she would strive to make sure that the EU, which is usually the biggest donor in disaster areas, sees its flag fly. She claimed this had not been possible so far because humanitarian organisations responsible for distributing EU aid had insisted on pushing their brand instead.

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