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Turkish PM in Brussels migration talks next week

9 February, 2016 - 19:08
A mini-summit is under preparation as the EU Commission will unveil on Wednesday a progress report on migration policies. Questions persist over a €3 billion deal with Turkey and the future of Greece in the Schengen area.








EU still not delivering on milk-for-migrants

9 February, 2016 - 18:46
The European Commission floated the idea in September of buying dairy products from struggling European farmers to distribute to refugees, but the scheme is not yet up and running.








[Ticker] Markets debate added to EU farming council agenda

9 February, 2016 - 17:28
Senior agriculture officials formalised on Monday the decision to add a lunch debate on the situation of the European agricultural markets onto the agenda of next Monday's (15 February) agriculture council. Several member states requested the behind-closed-doors session, including France, where farmers are protesting, according to a council spokesperson.








[Ticker] Commission to release tax documents to MEPs

9 February, 2016 - 16:12
EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker agreed to hand over documents on tax rulings to the MEPs in a special tax inquiry committee. In a 1 February letter addressed to EU Parliament president Martin Schulz, Juncker says the documents can "only be made available in a meeting in camera".








[Ticker] Bosnian Serb Tolimir dies in Hague prison

9 February, 2016 - 16:10
Bosnian Serb general Zdravko Tolimir died on Monday in prison in The Hague, officials have confirmed. He was serving a life sentence for the 1995 killings of 8,000 Muslim men and boys around Srebrenica. Tolimir was considered the right-hand man of military chief Ratko Maldic, who is currently on trial.








[Ticker] EU backs calls for Nato migrant help

9 February, 2016 - 14:18
The EU commission has given its backing to talks aimed at getting Nato's help to tackle people-smuggling gangs used by migrants in the Aegean between Turkey and Greece. Germany and Turkey on Monday asked for Nato's involvement. The idea will be discussed at a Nato meeting on Wednesday.








[Analysis] Renzi plots EU collision course

9 February, 2016 - 14:04
Italy's prime minister Matteo Renzi has stepped up his fiery anti-EU rhetoric. This may boost his support at home, but it may eventually backfire.








Greek PM strenghtens ties with Iran

9 February, 2016 - 09:30
Alexis Tsipras was the first EU leader to go to Tehran since the embargo was lifted. He said Iran had a role to play in "stabilising the region".








[Ticker] Local German mayor bans AfD leader

9 February, 2016 - 09:29
The leader of far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party has been banned from speaking at a town hall in Bavaria after she suggested border guards could use firearms to stop illegal border crossings. Augsburg mayor Kurt Gribl accused Frauke Petry of unconstitutional rhetoric.








[Ticker] Cameron in Brexit refugee warning

9 February, 2016 - 09:27
Thousands of migrants living in camps in Calais could come to England if the UK leaves the EU, British PM David Cameron has warned. He said France could give up a deal whereby British border personnel operate in France. Critics accused him of "scaremongering".








French PM: Commission 'not doing enough' for farmers

9 February, 2016 - 09:24
France wants the commission to take “energetic diplomatic action” to end a Russian ban on European pig meat.








Greece struggles to hit EU migrant hotspot deadline

9 February, 2016 - 09:22
Greece has until 15 February to complete five screening centres for migrants - known as hotspots - as Macedonia erects a new border fence to stem the migrant flow through the Balkans.








[Analysis] Is Putin trying to topple Merkel?

9 February, 2016 - 09:19
If Putin was trying to use refugees to topple Angela Merkel, then Aleppo was a step too far, Norbert Roettgen, the head of the Bundestag’s foreign affairs committee, has told EUobserver.








[Ticker] Russia envoy warns of reply to Nato build-up

9 February, 2016 - 09:14
Russia's Nato envoy warned Monday that Moscow would respond to a build-up of the alliance's forces near Russian borders. Alexander Grushko said that the deployment of NATO forces in eastern Europe "can't be left without a military-technical answer", but did not elaborate what specific steps the Kremlin could take.








[Ticker] Le Pen officially announces bid for French presidency

9 February, 2016 - 09:13
Marine Le Pen, president of the French far-right National Front, has announced officially her candidacy for the 2017 presidential elections. "Yes, I am a candidate in the presidential election in 2017. I am the candidate of the truth," she told the broadcaster TF1.








[Ticker] Pope received angry phone call from Merkel

9 February, 2016 - 09:12
Pope Francis revealed in an interview he received an angry phone call from German chancellor Angela Merkel after he compared Europe to a "barren woman" in a November 2014 speech. "She was a bit angry because I had compared Europe to a barren woman, incapable of producing children," he said.








Germany, Turkey want Nato help to police coast

8 February, 2016 - 18:36
Germany and Turkey want to stop people-smugglers in the Aegean Sea, as tens of thousands of new Syria refugees mass on Turkey's borders amid Assad's siege of Aleppo.








[Opinion] EU should help stop Israel's NGO bill

8 February, 2016 - 18:22
Israeli MPs are voting on a bill designed to harm the work of EU-funded NGOs which promote human rights. Don't be fooled by what Israeli diplomats say.








Hungary, Poland say 'more talks' needed on UK deal

8 February, 2016 - 18:13
The Hungarian and Polish prime ministers oppose an EU-wide extension of the proposed benefit ban for EU workers, and pledge to develop a common position next week with other eastern European countries.








EU may impose full tax transparency on US firms

8 February, 2016 - 18:13
Big US firms like Google and Amazon could be forced to reveal their earnings and tax rates to the wider public as the European Commission mulls a new proposal set for April.