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German government blames Pegida for rise in crimes against refugees

9 Avril, 2015 - 06:09

Germany’s Ministry of Internal Affairs is blaming right-wing extremist demonstrations, aimed especially at asylum seekers, for the growing number of attacks on refugee shelters. EurActiv Germany reports.

Tsipras calls for end to EU sanctions on Russia

8 Avril, 2015 - 17:01

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras on Wednesday (7 April) called for an end to the "vicious cycle" of sanctions against Russia over Ukraine, while Russian President Vladimir Putin denied using Athens to sow discord within the EU.

Putin and Tsipras hailed mutual ties after meeting in the Kremlin on the first of two days of the Greek premier's visit to Russia, which is being closely watched by the European Union amid its worst standoff with Moscow since the Cold War.

Scottish nationalists raise prospect of another independence vote after 2016

8 Avril, 2015 - 15:44

Just a month before the most unpredictable British election in a generation, Scottish Nationalist Party leader Nicola Sturgeon raised the prospect of another independence referendum after 2016 that could break apart the United Kingdom.

Roma integration: The EU has a role to play

8 Avril, 2015 - 14:22

On International Roma Day, Caritas Europa calls on the European Union to promote the full inclusion of Roma people across Europe, writes Shannon Pfohman. 

Cost to developing nations of leaving fossil fuels in the ground must be recognised

8 Avril, 2015 - 14:05

The EU must find a way of recognising the economic cost of developing countries leaving their fossil fuels in the ground, ahead of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, writes Ian Duncan MEP.

Ian Duncan is a Scottish Conservative MEP, who sits on the European Parliament's environment and energy committees.

International Roma Day: A symbol of political unity

8 Avril, 2015 - 12:56

Some EU countries recognize the Roma as a national minority. However, they still remain racially discriminated against in education, employment, housing, and other societal domains, writes Martin Demirovski.

Martin Demirovski is a Roma rights advocate in Brussels. He previously worked for both the European Parliament and the Open Society Foundations.

Putin: The morally depraved degradation of a strong state leader

8 Avril, 2015 - 10:16

The time has come to end diplomatic euphemisms in describing Putin’s regime, writes Micherl Emerson.

Kyiv challenges oligarch’s grip on energy sector

8 Avril, 2015 - 10:10

Ukraine's judicial authorities moved to curb the influence of the super-rich yesterday (7 April) by challenging tenders that gave leading businessmen control over key power companies under ousted president Viktor Yanukovich.

The legal actions targeted the 2012 and 2013 sell-offs of electricity-generating companies in eastern Ukraine to holdings of multi-billionaire Rinat Akhmetov and a close associate, and of a power distributor in the west of the country.

Russian MP who opposed Crimea annexation stripped of immunity

8 Avril, 2015 - 09:43

Russia's parliament voted yesterday (7 April) to strip the only deputy who voted against last year's annexation of Crimea of his immunity from prosecution as a lawmaker.

State prosecutors had asked the State Duma lower house to deprive opposition deputy Ilya Ponomaryov of his immunity, opening the way for him to face possible embezzlement charges.

Ponomaryov, who is now in the US, and is one of the last remaining critics of President Putin in the chamber, says the case against him is political.

Tsipras to see Putin, with controversial agenda

8 Avril, 2015 - 09:33

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras is due to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow today (8 April). The agenda of the talks appears to include several issues divisive for the EU.

Ahead of Tsipras’s arrival in Moscow late Tuesday, there were suggestions that Greece’s liquidity difficulties may form part of the discussion with Putin. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Tuesday (7 April) that Greece’s debt could be raised, but that the discussion would cover the “whole range” of Greek-Russian relations, the Greek daily Kathimerini reported.

EU referendum would cause chaos, says Blair

8 Avril, 2015 - 06:58

A referendum on EU membership would lead to chaos and uncertainty, former Prime Minister Tony Blair said today, accusing David Cameron of trading the UK’s national interest for political advantage.

Speaking in his former constituency of Sedgefield, Blair said British business would face the most intense period of uncertainty since the Second World War, should the Conservatives win on 7 May.

Gabriel slams Greek demands for WWII reparations

8 Avril, 2015 - 06:47

Greece’s demands for WWII reparations from Germany, amid the debate over solving its debt problems, were met with criticism from Germany's Minister of Economic Affairs, and calls from the Greens for a ruling in the International Court of Justice. EurActiv Germany reports.

EU regrets Roma integration a long way off

8 Avril, 2015 - 06:35

There is still a long way to go for Roma integration in the EU, the European Commission said on the eve of International Roma Day, on Wednesday (8 April).

In a joint statement, first Vice-President Frans Timmermans, Commissioners Marianne Thyssen, Vĕra Jourová and Corina Creţu stressed that the Roma community, Europe's largest ethnic minority, with an estimated population of 6 million, still faces exclusion, inequality and discrimination.

German ministers visit West Africa with ‘lessons from Ebola’

8 Avril, 2015 - 06:12

Gerd Müller and Hermann Gröhe travelled to Ghana and Liberia on Tuesday (7 April) to strengthen the healthcare system in Africa. But industry officials were not in their delegation. EurActiv Germany reports.

Addressing anti-Gypsyism must be a priority on International Roma Day

7 Avril, 2015 - 17:13

An important part of the fight against anti-Gypsyism is raising awareness of the history of past persecution of Roma minorities in Europe, writes Rokhaya Diallo.

Rokhaya Diallo is a board member of the European Network Against Racism.

There is very little to celebrate on the eve of International Roma Day. Ten to 12 million Roma people in Europe continue to be denied their basic human rights and to be the victims of racist attacks, widespread discrimination and hate speech.

From farm to fork: Investing globally in food safety on World Health Day

7 Avril, 2015 - 11:22

On World Health Day (7 April), European Commissioners Vytenis Andriukaitis and Neven Mimica highlight the importance of food safety, malnutrition, and fighting health threats both in the Union and in developing countries.

Vytenis Andriukaitis is Commissioner for Health and Food Safety.Neven Mimica is Commissioner for International Cooperation and Development.

Health sustainable development goal must tackle inequity head on to succeed

7 Avril, 2015 - 11:05

The proposed health sustainable goal risk to be diluted into vague formulations not mentioning the right of all people to receive standard essential healthcare services, writes Nouria Brikci.

A proposal to finance low carbon investment in Europe

7 Avril, 2015 - 10:58

“Where there is danger, the rescue grows as well” says the German poet Hölderlin in his famous evocation of the Greek island of Patmos. Should we read it as a message of hope for the European Union in 2015? This year is indeed perilous in many respects for the bloc’s economy, but it is also rich in new opportunities, write Michel Aglietta, Étienne Espagne and Vincent Aussilloux.

Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary discuss ‘Turkish Stream’

7 Avril, 2015 - 08:09

The foreign ministers of Greece, Macedonia, Serbia and Hungary are due today (7 April) to meet in Budapest to explore their potential participation in Russian plans for the new Turkish Stream pipeline.

According to the Greek daily Kathimerini, energy cooperation will be at the heart of talks between Greek Foreign Minister Nikos Kotzias and his counterparts from Turkey, Serbia, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Hungary to be held in Budapest on Tuesday.

EU mulls probe into unfair state aid for southern Europe's banks

7 Avril, 2015 - 07:45

The European Commission is considering an investigation into whether Greece, Italy, Portugal and Spain have illegally underwritten banks which have accumulated assets considered low-quality in the rest of the eurozone, the Financial Times reported.

The Commission is currently studying the information requested from member states to decide if a full probe is required, and a "conversation" was in progress between the member states and competition regulators in Brussels, according to the FT article.