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Portuguese budget gets green light - after last-minute adjustments

5 February, 2016 - 18:48

The EU Commission accepted on Friday (5 February) the draft proposal from Portugal for the country's 2016 budget - but only after Lisbon included last-minute adjustments and following an intense discussion in an extraordinary meeting the college of commissioners.

All smiles as Cameron visits EU leaders to avoid Brexit

5 February, 2016 - 17:32

British Prime Minister David Cameron managed to woo both 'unhappy' leaders in Warsaw and his biggest supporters in Copenhagen when he visited the two capitals on Friday (5 February), ahead of a crunch summit to try and prevent the UK quitting the EU.

Europe’s other Russia ‘problem’

5 February, 2016 - 16:13

Sir Graham Watson was the Leader of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe in the European Parliament 2002-09 and President of the ALDE Party 2011-15.

Daily limit on refugees still not enough for Austrians

5 February, 2016 - 16:09

After Vienna settled on a yearly limit of 37,500 refugees, restrictive measures have started to be implemented more and more. Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) announced that the limit will be enforced within the next fortnight.

Development is geopolitical

5 February, 2016 - 15:06

Changing geopolitics has progressively eroded the foundations of the ACP-EU partnership and the bargaining power of both the EU and the ACP Group, writes Rhys Williams.

The truth about London's air pollution

5 February, 2016 - 15:06

“In the morning, this traffic island is packed with children and pushchairs and they are about a metre from all the exhausts,” says Shazia Ali-Webber. She is walking her three boys to school in Hackney, the eldest of whom, Zain, is eight and asthmatic.

Austrian Jewish leader calls for action against anti-Semitism

5 February, 2016 - 12:26

Europe's Jewish population is around 1.2 million people, CIS countries not included. The largest communities are in France, England and Germany, with populations of 490,000, 295,000 and 120,000 people, respectively.

Is the EU finished if the British leave?

5 February, 2016 - 11:54

Those who say that if the British leave, the EU is finished are right. Not because Britain is an indispensable member, but because for other members, sovereignty matters too, writes George Friedman.

SDGs: Not an à la carte menu

5 February, 2016 - 11:47

Sarah Holzapfel is an agrareconomist and Heiner Janus is a political scientist, both at the German Development Institute (DIE).

EU silent over impact of refugees on national budgets

5 February, 2016 - 07:58

The cost of hosting refugees and asylum seekers is likely to have a big impact on public finances, but the EU is still unable to give a figure for individual member states, Economic and Financial Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici has acknowledged. 

Hands off Schengen!

5 February, 2016 - 07:48

Georges Dassis is the president of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC).

PIGS threaten EU’s growth prospects, Commission warns

5 February, 2016 - 07:42

Political turbulence in Portugal, Italy, Greece and Spain is once again threatening Europe's fragile economy, the European Commission warned in its latest economic forecast, published on Thursday (4 February).

London conference closes with €9 billion in pledges for Syria and region

5 February, 2016 - 07:32

UK Prime minister David Cameron said the London conference for supporting Syria and the region raised more than $10 billion (€9 billion) - the largest amount of money ever raised in one day in response to a humanitarian crisis.

Avramopoulos: Detention and removal centres are also needed

5 February, 2016 - 07:22

Hotspots are important. But detention centres are also needed for those ordered to return to their home countries, particularly if they are not willing to return voluntarily, Dimitris Avramopoulos said in an exclusive interview with EurActiv.

Pension reform sparks fiercest protests since Tsipras took office

5 February, 2016 - 07:03

Thousands marched in Greece yesterday (4 February) as a crippling general strike against pension reforms swept the country, with hooded youths lobbing firebombs at riot police in scattered skirmishes in Athens.

MSF chief: The way Europe treats refugees is 'a disgrace'

5 February, 2016 - 06:48

Joanne Liu, the energetic president of Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors Without Borders), says that the response to refugees in Greece is "indecent". She contends that refugees should be offered a "welcome package" when they arrive in Europe.

Space: Another frontier under threat

5 February, 2016 - 06:27

Didier Schmitt is a Space security analyst at the European External Action Service (EEAS).

The future of proposed ‘new Panama Canal’ in doubt

5 February, 2016 - 06:17

In June 2013, the Nicaraguan government passed legislation relating to the planned construction of a canal linking the Pacific and Caribbean. Shortly after, a deal was struck with a Hong Kong company to design, construct and operate the waterway.

Holding the EU together with the threat of disintegration

5 February, 2016 - 06:11

Florian Trauner is a research professor in European Studies at the Flemish Free University of Brussels (VUB).

EU eastern states ready joint response to ‘Brexit’ deal

5 February, 2016 - 06:04

Countries on the European Union's eastern flank will meet next week and try to provide a joint response on the recent proposal to keep Britain in the EU bloc, Hungary's Foreign Minister Péter Szijjártó said yesterday (4 February).