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Refugee quotas 'unacceptable' for Visegrad states

EU Observer - 4 September, 2015 - 19:44
Czech, Polish, Hungarian, and Slovak leaders have again said No to EU migrant quotas, despite French and German appeals for solidarity.

[Feature] EU reform in Ukraine: prosecuting the prosecutor

EU Observer - 4 September, 2015 - 18:41
Ukraine’s prosecution service is the “backbone” of a corrupt system holding back normality, the EU diplomat tasked with cleaning things up has said.

[Agenda] Juncker's State of the Union on EU agenda This WEEK

EU Observer - 4 September, 2015 - 18:29
The president of the Commission will use his address to the Parliament to unveil new proposals on migration.

From Fallujah to Brussels: a perilous route

EU Observer - 4 September, 2015 - 18:13
Three Iraqi asylum seekers reach their destination of Belgium after an arduous journey from Iraq, as they cling to the hope of a more flexible family reunification policy

Capital Markets Union another obstacle for FTT

EU Active - 4 September, 2015 - 16:36

As the 11 countries considering the Financial Transaction Tax prepare to finalise the details its details at the next Ecofin Council, many aspects of the tax are still hazy. EurActiv France reports

Agriculture MEPs vote to safeguard GM food and feed imports

EU Active - 4 September, 2015 - 16:30

The European Parliament's Agriculture Committee has added to the confusion surrounding GM crops in Europe by recommending rejection of a proposal that would allow member states to limit or ban imports of genetically modified food and feed. EurActiv Italy reports.

Why David Cameron could lose his referendum

EU Active - 4 September, 2015 - 16:18

David Cameron's biggest problem is how little UK citizens know about the EU. Britain's EU partners best bet would be to speed up the debate on greater economic competitiveness in the hope that Brits will vote to stay, writes Graham Watson.

Sir Graham Watson has been President of the ALDE Party since 2011. He is a British Liberal Democrat, who served as a Member of the European Parliament for South West England from 1994 until 2014 and was the first leader of the Group of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe from 2004–2009. 

Germany, Italy alarmed by EU disunity on migrants

EU Observer - 4 September, 2015 - 16:00
Germany has urged EU states to end blame games on the migrant crisis, as ministers meet to discuss new proposals on asylum reform and relocation quotas.

Syriza warming up to PASOK

EU Active - 4 September, 2015 - 15:26

Syriza chief Alexis Tsipas left the door open on Thursday (3 September) for cooperation with the PASOK, in the event that the party purges members who belong to the ‘old establishment’. EurActiv Greece reports.

Leftist Syriza and right-wing New Democracy are neck-and-neck in the polls, ahead of a snap election in Greece on 20 September.

Timmermans: Refugee crisis is here to stay

EU Active - 4 September, 2015 - 14:42

First Vice-President of the European Commission Frans Timmermans said what everyone suspected on Friday (4 September): that the refugee crisis overwhelming the EU will last a long time, and that “every single European” will feel its consequences.

Cameron bows to pressure on refugees, as UKIP attack Merkel on migration

EU Active - 4 September, 2015 - 14:14

Prime Minister David Cameron agreed on Friday that Britain would take in "thousands more" Syrian refugees, after an outpouring of emotion over the image of a Syrian toddler lying dead on a Turkish beach put him under pressure to act.

Cameron gave no precise figures, but a spokeswoman for the UN refugee agency told reporters in Geneva that the British move would improve the lives of 4,000 Syrians.

Climate action will reduce risk of cardiovascular disease, say experts

EU Active - 4 September, 2015 - 14:02

Protecting the climate and public health go hand in hand. The European Society of Cardiology has joined the call for climate action to help cut the risk of cardiovascular disease. EurActiv France reports

Kiribati calls for strong statement from Pacific against climate change

EU Active - 4 September, 2015 - 13:06

Kiribati President Anote Tong urged the Pacific Islands Development Forum, which meets in Fiji this week, to issue a strong joint statement demanding that the world powers take action to halt climate change, local media reported Thursday (3 September).

[Ticker] UN climate chief: No such thing as ideal pace for pre-Paris talks

EU Observer - 4 September, 2015 - 12:47
UN climate chief Christiana Figueres countered criticism that preliminary talks for a Paris climate treaty were moving too slowly. “There is no such thing as an objective [ideal] pace of negotiations that everyone can agree on”, she said at a press conference Friday after a round of talks in Bonn.

Merkel responds to Orbán's criticisms

EU Active - 4 September, 2015 - 12:40

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán has attacked Germany's handling of the refugee crisis, and has called upon Berlin to issue visas to Syrian refugees. Chancellor Angela Merkel was quick to dismiss Orbán's criticisms. EurActiv Germany reports.

Afghanistan’s mineral deposits: A source of wealth and conflict

EU Active - 4 September, 2015 - 12:04

Afghanistan's vast untapped natural resources, valued at more than $1 trillion, are seen as the war-battered country's ticket to a self-reliant future, a possible trump card that could jumpstart the lagging economy as foreign aid ebbs.

But the lucrative sector -- already plagued by rampant corruption, insurgent violence and a lack of regulation which are all deterring international miners -- also threatens to fuel conflict and push Afghanistan deeper into turmoil.

[Ticker] UK to accept 'thousands more' Syrian refugees

EU Observer - 4 September, 2015 - 11:58
The UK "will accept thousands more" Syrians under existing resettlement schemes, prime minister David Cameron announced on Friday. Britain, which already accepted around 5,000 Syrians, will "provide resettlement for thousands more Syrian refugees. We will continue with our approach of taking them from the refugee camps", Cameron said in Lisbon.

Keeping a cool head amidst bulging waistlines

EU Active - 4 September, 2015 - 10:35

Childhood obesity is a very serious health concern that needs addressing urgently given the social and economic costs involved. But sensationalism and dogma can be obstacles to progress on the thorny issue of food marketing to kids, writes Stephan Loerke.

Putin: Blind Western policies created the migrant crisis

EU Active - 4 September, 2015 - 09:04

Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday (4 September) that the European countries who are backing the US policy to export democracy in their neighbourhood have engineered the current migrant exodus that is submerging the EU.

EU ready to destroy smuggler boats at sea

EU Observer - 4 September, 2015 - 08:28
Mogherini, the EU’s foreign policy chief, said the EU's naval operation against smugglers is ready to enter its second phase.

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