About: refugee crisis

Erdogan thanks Orban for ‘support at the international stage’

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan and Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán met in Baku on Tuesday (15 October), on the fringes of the Turkic Council, a group of countries speaking the same family of languages, which Hungary wants to join.
Global Europe 14-10-2019

Bulgaria PM will ask EU leaders to stop criticising Erdogan

European Council President Donald Tusk strongly opposed Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Friday (11 October), warning him to stop blackmailing Europe. That has prompted Bulgaria’s prime minister to reveal he will ask EU chiefs to tone down their stance against Erdoğan.
Global Europe 11-10-2019

Greece calls for more NATO ships to patrol Aegean Sea following Turkey’s Syria offensive

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis called on NATO to increase naval patrols in the Aegean Sea on Thursday (10 October) after a threat by Turkey to open Europe's doors to more than three million migrants.
Global Europe 10-10-2019

EU urges Turkey to halt Syria invasion, will not pay for ‘safe zone’

The EU on Wednesday (9 October) demanded Turkey halt its military operation against Kurdish militants in northern Syria, telling Ankara the bloc would not pay for any so-called "safe zone" that might be created.

EU concerned at migrant wave triggered by Turkey’s planned Syria invasion

Germany warned on Tuesday (8 October) of a repeat of the chaotic influx of migrants that caught the European Union unprepared in 2015, while Greece, Bulgaria and Cyprus sounded the alarm over a resurgence of arrivals from neighbouring Turkey.
Global Europe 07-10-2019

Turkey moves to ‘clean’ northeastern Syria from Kurds, plans to re-settle 2 million refugees

Turkish President Tayyip Erdoğan and US President Donald Trump discussed Turkey's plans to establish a "safe zone" east of the Euphrates River in Syria in a phone call on Sunday (6 October), but the White House said US forces would not be involved.

The EU’s new migration policy is a gift to the far-right

Far from taking the refugee issue away from the far-right, the EU's new migration policy plan will simply hand the far-right a grievance it can exploit for years to come, writes Faisal Al Yafai.

Germany’s conservative interior minister now a ‘refugee saviour’

Today, Germany's conservative interior minister Horst Seehofer (CSU) is travelling to Athens to prevent a situation like the 2015 refugee crisis to happen again. He is using the opportunity to work on his image as a 'problem-solver' and is even seeking Turkey's help. EURACTIV's media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.

After setback, Hungary offers its EU ambassador for Commissioner

Hungary has nominated its ambassador to the EU, Olivér Várhelyi, as its new candidate for the European Commission after the Parliament blocked the first candidate put forward by Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on Monday (30 September).

Riots at Greek migrant camp after killer blaze

At least two migrants died on Sunday (29 September) in a fire at a Greek island refugee camp, with the blaze triggering rioting by angry residents.
Future EU 30-09-2019

Orbán asks ‘the other side of EU’ to take its ‘paid activists’ home

Hungary has no plans to leave the European Union, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán said on Sunday (29 September), adding however that eastern and western members of the bloc must find a compromise over the bloc's future.

Greek PM calls for new EU aid to Turkey to stop migrants

Greece's new conservative leader on Thursday (26 September) called for the European Union to commit more money to support Turkey to stem the rising flow of migrants.

Erdogan, Mitsotakis discuss curbing migrants

Greece's new conservative prime minister met Wednesday (25 September) with Turkey's leader for the first time and asked for cooperation in stemming an uptick in migrant arrivals.

Commission ‘aware’ of increase of migrants to Greece, Bulgaria

The European Commission said on Tuesday (24 September) it was aware of the recent increase of migrants coming illegally from Turkey into EU members Bulgaria and Greece but dismissed any immediate plans for a possible new migration deal with Ankara.

Five EU states agree migration deal, look for broader backing

Interior ministers from five European Union countries said on Monday (23 September) they had agreed a new scheme to distribute migrants saved from the Mediterranean in a deal aimed at relieving the pressure on southern EU states.

EU ministers in Malta to thrash out new migrant system

Interior ministers from four EU countries meet Monday (23 September) in Malta to try to work out an automatic system to determine which countries will welcome migrants rescued in the central Mediterranean.

A European ‘Mare Nostrum’ instead of Operation Sophia 2.0

An EU mission within the framework of the Common Security and Defence Policy is not the adequate instrument for controversial domestic issues such as migration, writes Tobias Pietz.

Greek PM urges talks, rejects Turkish refugee ‘threats’

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis rejected on Sunday (8 September) Turkish "threats" to let Syrian refugees come en masse to Europe unless more international aid was provided and called for neighbourly dialogue instead.
Elections 02-09-2019

Salvini issues new migrant ban as seeks to derail new coalition

Italy's outgoing interior minister, Matteo Salvini, has banned another migrant-rescue ship from docking in the country, using the issue of immigration to pile pressure on his main two political rivals as they seek to form a new government.

One in two Germans against increased migration, study says

A growing number of Germans believe migrants drive wages down and burden the welfare system, according to a study analysing the attitude of Germans towards foreigners before and after the 2015 refugee crisis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 28-08-2019

Putin, Erdogan agree steps to tackle militants in Syria’s Idlib

President Vladimir Putin said on Tuesday (27 August) that Russia and Turkey had agreed steps to tackle militants in northwest Syria and “normalize” the situation there after a Syrian army offensive encircled rebel fighters and a Turkish military post.
Global Europe 23-08-2019

Syrian offensive puts Turkish troops and border plans in peril

Syrian army advances in northwest Syria are putting Turkish troops in the firing line and threaten Ankara's hopes of preventing a new wave of refugees on its southern border.

Migrants in limbo again after landing in Italy

One hundred and forty seven migrants who disembarked on Italy's Lampedusa island were again in limbo Wednesday (21 August) as a European deal to redistribute them failed to materialise and Madrid said it could hit the Spanish charity with a huge fine for rescuing them.

Dozens of migrants still stuck on coastguard vessel in Italy port

An Italian coastguard vessel stranded in the Mediterranean with more than 130 migrants aboard has been allowed to dock in the Sicilian port of Augusta but Rome on Sunday (28 July) refused to let them disembark until a deal is struck with the EU.

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