The US Justice Department is investigating German carmaker Volkswagen, according to news reports. The company admitted on the weekend that it had manipulated emissions tests for diesel vehicles in the US. Germany’s much touted reliability has been exposed as a myth, some journalists comment. Others say consumers are also to blame for the shoddy work in the automotive industry.
Hundreds of refugees hold a protest in the Turkish city of Edirne on Wednesday night. Chanting and holding banners in English, the group is calling to be allowed to cross the border into Greece.
Other countries have followed Germany’s example and re-introduced border controls in recent days. Some politicians are calling for sanctions in the dispute over refugee quotas. As the EU displays its lack of consensus on the refugee issue some commentators draw attention to the Union’s foreign policy and point out that it failed years ago.
Authorities warn hundreds of people trying to reach Europe by land they will be forcibly removed in three days if they refuse to leave
HORGOS, Serbia — Hungarian police used tear gas and water cannons on hundreds of migrants who broke through a razor wire fence on the border with Serbia on Wednesday, while migrants prevented from moving through Hungary increasingly began taking a longer route into Western Europe through Croatia.
The EU interior ministers failed again on Monday to reach an agreement on the Commission’s proposal for refugee quotas and postponed the decision on how a total of 160,000 refugees should be redistributed throughout the EU. Some commentators complain that the photo of little Aylan has done nothing to change the stance of individual states. Others hope that the heads of state and government will set aside their differences.
Media responses have pointed to the lack of women in the new shadow cabinet, but the policy response to austerity will have more impact on women’s lives in the UK.
The European Commission fears that Germany’s new electricity market reforms will breach EU guidelines by giving environmentally-harmful brown coal power plants special treatment. EurActiv Germany reports.
The Hungarian reaction to the refugee crisis has caused a media storm. But before we join in the castigation, let’s try and understand the reasons behind Hungary’s actions.
EU ministers on Friday (18 September) agreed upon the bloc’s negotiating mandate for the upcoming COP21 talks, including a 40% cut in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 over 1990 levels, overcoming resistance from eastern member states.
Diplomacy and development are the foundations of the EU’s influence in the world. But they can only be effective if we truly understand the cultural and political landscapes of the countries we are trying to influence, writes Hans Gustaf Wessberg.
As the run up to the Catalan elections gets under way, Spain and Europe are starting to consider what impact independence for Catalonia would have.EurActiv Spain reports.
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