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10.09.2020

Fire destroys Moria refugee camp: another tragic wake-up call for the EU’s asylum policy

Fire destroys Moria refugee camp: another tragic wake-up call for the EU’s asylum policy

Fires at a reception centre for asylum seekers on the Greek island of Lesbos have left thousands of people without shelter. Around 13,000 people – including those from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and west Africa – lived at the Moria Reception and Identification Centre (RIC) in a space intended for just… »

10.09.2020

Moria I: Large part of the camp set on fire yesterday night

Moria I: Large part of the camp set on fire yesterday night

Last night, the camp of Moria was set on fire and a large part of it was completely destroyed. The 12,000 refugees sheltered in the structure spent a wild night of terror. They testified, saying that “they tried to escape in nearby fields around the camp and initially there was… »

07.09.2020

Brexit: as the deadline looms, why are negotiations stalling?

Brexit: as the deadline looms, why are negotiations stalling?

The UK left the EU on January 31 this year. Yet, the trading relationship between the two parties will not change until January 1 2021, when the transition period agreed by both sides expires. And with negotiators heading into their eighth round of talks to decide what the future relationship… »

05.09.2020

Majority of asylum seekers in need of international protection

Majority of asylum seekers in need of international protection

Majority of asylum seekers in need of international protection, according to Eurostat first instance asylum statistics More than two thirds of the 29,490 decisions issued by the Asylum Service on asylum applications in the first half of 2020 were positive, according to the latest statistics published by the European Commission’s statistical… »

03.09.2020

EU needs new trade chief at critical, uncertain moment

EU needs new trade chief at critical, uncertain moment

The European Union lost its highly rated trade commissioner Phil Hogan due to an Irish domestic scandal over pandemic regulations. It needs a new one fast given the volume of critical issues mounting up. The resignation of Phil Hogan as the European Commissioner for Trade came about in bizarre… »

31.08.2020

EU Subsidies Benefit Big Farms While Underfunding Greener and Poorer Plots

EU Subsidies Benefit Big Farms While Underfunding Greener and Poorer Plots

Viewpoint by Murray Scown, Kimberly Nicholas & Mark Brady* The Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) is the European Union’s largest budget item. For the 60 billion euro a year it pays in subsidies, the CAP is expected to support farmer incomes, ensure a supply of quality food, protect biodiversity, tackle climate… »

24.08.2020

Unstable Belarus could divide European Union

Unstable Belarus could divide European Union

BY VIKTORS DOMBURS The members of the European Council held a video conference on 19 August. They discussed the situation which unfolded in the aftermath of the presidential elections in Belarus on 9 August. The EU calls on the Belarusian authorities to find a way out of the crisis through… »

21.08.2020

The “Coalition of the Determined”

The “Coalition of the Determined”

For the EU to assert itself in the power competition between the USA and China, foreign policy makers are calling for a “core European” vanguard. German foreign and military policy makers are pushing for an EU global policy offensive and suggest that a small number of member states should lead… »

03.08.2020

Anti-pandemic measures in their home countries deter EU tourists from visiting North Macedonia

Anti-pandemic measures in their home countries deter EU tourists from visiting North Macedonia

North Macedonia has opened its borders to tourists from the European Union (EU) and other European countries, but measures related to COVID-19 prevention are discouraging visitors from choosing the country as a travel destination. A big factor is that some EU countries, Hungary for example, require their citizens returning from… »

26.07.2020

EU & The Other Developed Countries Should Spend Some Of The ‘Magic Money’ To Help Africa

EU & The Other Developed Countries Should Spend Some Of The ‘Magic Money’ To Help Africa

Viewpoint by Jonathan Power* There is “Magic Money” around in case you didn’t know. Not quite made out of thin air, but getting on that way. This is a phrase invented by the economic writer, Sebastian Mallaby, in the new issue of Foreign Affairs, America’s leading foreign policy bi-monthly journal. It… »

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