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[Ticker] Juncker keen to treat Russia 'decently'

EU Observer - 9 October, 2015 - 17:51
Eu Commission head Juncker at an event in Passau, Germany, Friday, criticised the US for its confrontational approach to Russia. "We must make efforts towards a practical relationship with Russia. It's not sexy, but that must be the case, we can't go on like this," he said, the BBC reports.

EU to help Belarus dictator diversify income

EU Observer - 9 October, 2015 - 17:28
EU states are preparing to help Minsk reduce financial dependence on Moscow, but activists say it's a "bad idea" that'll lead to more repression.

France wants all travelling EU nationals fingerprinted

EU Observer - 9 October, 2015 - 17:10
French authorities have proposed extending the European Commission's 'smart borders' package to include EU nationals.

[Ticker] Slovak PM says won't discriminate refugees

EU Observer - 9 October, 2015 - 17:02
Slovakia is ready "to help everyone in urgent need ... regardless of their religion, skin colour or race", prime minister Robert Fico wrote in a letter to the Party of European Socialists leader Sergei Stanishev. In August his government said it would prefer to take only Christian refugees.

EU data privacy reforms speed up

EU Active - 9 October, 2015 - 16:59

Justice and home affairs ministers today (9 October) reached an agreement on the EU data protection directive in a meeting in Luxembourg.

[Agenda] EU summit on migrants and Syria This WEEK

EU Observer - 9 October, 2015 - 16:34
EU leaders will meet on 15 and 16 October to continue talks on how to tackle the refugees crisis. The situation in Syria, where Russia is intervening, will be the new emergency issue.

Regional leaders lash out at UK government over renewables cuts

EU Active - 9 October, 2015 - 15:32

Regional leaders have lashed out at the British government after the second green business to collapse in as many days blamed Conservative cuts to renewable energy subsidies.

EU mulls suspension of Belarus sanctions

EU Active - 9 October, 2015 - 15:06

The EU is ready to suspend sanctions against Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko, in a shift following the release of the country's last political prisoners, European sources told AFP today (9 October).

European Day Against the Death Penalty: Time for EU to speak out on Iran

EU Active - 9 October, 2015 - 14:32

Gérard Deprez (Mouvement Réformateur) is chairman of Friends of Free Iran in the European Parliament.

Tunisian civil society group wins Nobel Peace Prize

EU Active - 9 October, 2015 - 13:35

Tunisian civil society groups won the Nobel Peace Prize today (9 October) for helping to create the only democracy to emerge from the Arab Spring, at a time when the country is under threat from Islamist violence.

Biggest anti-TTIP rally to hit Berlin

EU Active - 9 October, 2015 - 13:12

This evening (9 October), more than 600 special buses and five trains will shuttle protestors from every corner of Germany into the capital.

[Ticker] EU ministers agree on draft data protection directive

EU Observer - 9 October, 2015 - 11:58
EU ministers on Friday in Luxembourg reached an agreement on the EU draft data protection directive that grants law enforcement access to personal data. Negotiations will now start with the European Parliament. The plan is to reach agreement by the end of the year.

Avramopoulos oversees first relocation of asylum seekers

EU Active - 9 October, 2015 - 10:57

Migration and Home Affairs Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos will travel to Italy today (9 October), to oversee the first-ever relocation of asylum-seekers, from Lampedusa to Sweden, where they will have their asylum applications processed.

Reaching SDGs from the ground up

EU Active - 9 October, 2015 - 10:33

Frédéric Vallier is Secretary General of CEMR, the Council of Municipalities and Regions. CEMR is the lead partner of PLATFORMA – the European voice of Local and Regional Governments in Development Cooperation.

Greek island struggles to bury drowned migrants

EU Active - 9 October, 2015 - 10:24

He stood on the mud, crows cawing overhead, pointing at unmarked graves. "Here's a mother with her baby. And here's another young woman. Over there, that's a 60-year-old man."

[Ticker] Report: EU to suspend Belarus sanctions

EU Observer - 9 October, 2015 - 09:42
EU ministers will, on Monday, suspend Belarus sanctions, including on president Lukashenko, if elections, this Sunday, held without crackdown on opposition, Reuters reports. It says blacklists to be suspended for four months from end of October, but kept under review. An EU arms ban is to stay in place.

[Ticker] EU hails first refugee relocation flight

EU Observer - 9 October, 2015 - 09:40
The EU operation to relocate 160,000 asylum seekers to EU countries started Friday morning, when 19 Eritrean refugees boarded a flight from Rome to Sweden. "It is a tangible example of what we can do if we work together in a spirit of solidarity", EU migration commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos said.

[Ticker] Rome mayor resigns over expenses scandal

EU Observer - 9 October, 2015 - 09:04
The mayor of Rome, Ignazio Marino, resigned Thursday after it was revealed he spent €20,000 of public money on restaurant meals with his family and friends. Marino, who had been elected in 2013, was already weakened by corruption scandals involving city officials and the mafia.

[Ticker] Belgian judge to head EU court

EU Observer - 9 October, 2015 - 09:04
Belgium's Koen Lenaerts was elected president of the European Court of Justice (ECJ) by other judges of the court Thursday. He succeeds Greece's Vassilios Skouris who retired Wednesday after 12 years as president. The ECJ is the EU's highest court.

[Ticker] Juncker: 'Merkel deserves Nobel more than Obama'

EU Observer - 9 October, 2015 - 09:00
Angela Merkel "deserves the Nobel peace prize more than [US leader and laureate] Obama", European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said on Thursday in Passau, Germany. The winner of the 2015 prize will be announced Friday morning and the German chancellor is considered a favourite.

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