Erdogan in Brussels for migrant talks

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan is to hold key talks with EU officials on how to deal with the migrant crisis.
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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan will meet with EU representatives in Brussels today to negotiate a joint strategy for the refugee crisis. Why should Turkey help an EU that has neglected its interests for years, some commentators ask. Others find it unacceptable that the EU has now come begging at Erdoğan‘s door

Supporters and foes gathered in Strasbourg on Sunday (4 October) on the occasion of a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, who has apparently turned his European tour into part of his election campaign.

Refugee crisis stokes tensions in Turkey

Can the EU stop Syrians in Turkey risking their lives?

VIDEO: Can Turkey stop the migration flow?

The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has gone to Brussels to discuss the migration crisis with EU leaders.

Those who wish Europe well will be hoping that Merkel can emulate Kohl’s leadership, and that Hollande can cut a more commanding figure than the wily Mitterrand, writes Andrew Duff.

VIDEO: Refugees: Turkey is gateway to Europe

EU calls for Turkey to encourage refugees to stay.

People flow: migration and Europe

The existing European approach to migration does not match reality or recognise the evolving complexity of human mobility. In our People Flow pamphlet of 2003, openDemocracy and Demos proposed a model that does.

Portugal’s coalition hopes to survive voters’ austerity anger

The Portuguese general election will take place on Sunday 4 October. It may well deliver an inconclusive outcome, with neither the centre-right governing coalition nor the Socialist Party securing an absolute majority in the Portuguese parliament. A primer by our policy analyst Vincenzo Scarpetta.

All you need to know about the Portuguese election

Centre-right coalition wins parliamentary election but appears to have fallen short of a crucial outright majority.

According to François Decoster, it’s time for European citizens to demand from their national leaders a clear answer to a fundamental question: “Who governs?”

In a recent report on Germany, Nils Muižnieks, the Council of Europe’s Commissioner for Human Rights, criticises the fact that democratic control of the intelligence services is practically impossible and that mass surveillance can be carried out virtually unchecked.

Which way now for Uber?

Will we have to give up Uber?

Why is there no Syriza in Portugal?

Unlike in Greece or in Spain, in Portugal the dire crisis and steep austerity measures have not entailed important changes to the party system. Why?Português. Español.

Pedros Passos Coelho, leader of the PAF (PSD/CDS) coalition and António Costa, leader of the opposition (PS). Sapo Photos: all rights reserved.

On centrism and independence in Spain

“Facing an increasingly self-centered centre, we stand for citizens who are open to the world and to the present time, capable of organizing and cooperating according to their abilities and aspirations.”

Colmenas» de la M-30 (Madrid, 1953).Colmenas» de la M-30 (Madrid, 1953). Flickr/Alvaro Ibáñez. Some rights reserved.

Regling, right, with European Central Bank president Mario Draghi at a press conference

Fear of the unknown and threats of retaliation have replaced prosperity as the force maintaining cohesion in Europe. This will progressively weaken Europe’s balance of power, writes Andrea Bosoni.

Catalonia, Scotland and the fluid concept of democracy

Unlike Scotland, Catalonia has not been given the chance to have a definitive say on its independence. Does this further the cause for secessionists?

Artur Mas, Carme Forcadell and Oriol Junqueras during the Catalan plebiscitary election day celebrations in Barcelona. Joan Cros/Demotix. All rights reserved.Democracy, and by that I mean the modern, Western understanding of it, is a near-sacred concept. The right for people to freely and fairly elect their leaders – and for their leaders to therefore possess a legitimate mandate for governance – is seen as inalienable in the Western world.

Disagreement is growing over the plan to introduce transit zones for asylum seekers on the German border. Federal Minister of the Interior Thomas de Maizière has been criticised for breaking agreements.

Russian fighter jets attacked targets in Syria on Wednesday. The Defence Ministry in Moscow has said the attacks were aimed at IS positions. According to US government sources they targeted areas controlled by moderate rebels. Moscow’s military intervention is an admission of failure by the West, some commentators write. Others believe that Washington will benefit from the mission.

Plenty of literature coming out on the UK-EU relationship. Here I’ll quickly list four reports.

In January of this year the Czech EUROPEUM Institute for European Policy published a policy brief on what the EU can do to contain the risk of Brexit:

European carmakers have lobbied behind the scenes in Brussels for a one-year delay to the introduction of planned EU limits on nitrogen oxide (NOx) emissions, despite

On a blustery afternoon, three German tourists emerge from the Brussels metro, seeking the very heart of Europe in all its grandeur.

Portugal centre-right wins re-election

Portugal’s governing centre-right coalition wins a general election that has been widely seen as a referendum on four years of austerity.

Europe’s refugee crisis

In this guest editorial Maurizio Albahari considers the refugee crisis, Europe’s worst since WWII. Does this crisis represent a critical turning point?

EAC-logo1A guest contribution by Moses Onyango and Jean-Marc Trouille.

When should the legislator use a sledgehammer to crack a nut (in more senses than one)?
When we advance from the existential importance of fundamental rights to a few lines about the colloquium, I have to admit to a lingering doubt about how intrusive criminal law should become.
I hope that bright thinkers contribute to the cross-border discussion in Europe, since similar problems confront the European and the national level.

It will take time to organise elections in Ukraine that respect international standards and as a result, the so-called Minsk peace process will run into next year, French President François Hollande said yesterday (2 October).

In exclusive interviews, the two share a worldview, with the ex-Italian premier endorsing the Kremlin’s actions in Syria and Ukraine

VIDEO: Dogs ‘victims of Greek debt crisis’

Among the many problems brought on by the Greek debt crisis is a surging population of stray dogs, as Emilia Papadopoulos reports.

Spain PM ‘ready for Catalonia dialogue’

Spanish PM Mariano Rajoy says he is ready to listen to Catalonia’s new regional government after Sunday’s polls but will not discuss national unity.

Catalonia update: adéu Espanya?

Spain cannot continue ignoring the democratic, peaceful and repeated demands of Catalans for a referendum; continued obstinacy will ensure the rupture.

Catalan independence rally on Catalan National Day. Roger De Marfa/Demotix. All rights reserved.The vote count in the Catalan regional election is not yet finalized, but initial estimates give the pro-independence parties an electoral plurality that translates into a substantial parliamentary majority. This is at best a mixed result for Artur Mas and Oriol Junqueras, who were much criticized for the begrudging manner in which the separatist coalition came together earlier in the year and who failed to recapture the sum of votes given to their parties separately in 2012. However, it remains a heavy blow for Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy, whose consistent mishandling of Catalan affairs have acted as a spur to Spain’s prickliest region. His government was responsible for numerous wholly avoidable gaffes that undermined the pro-union position just days before the election and undoubtedly contributed to the record turnout of 77 percent of the electorate. As of 11:15 p.m., with 96 percent of the ballots counted, the election stands as follows:

The political situation in Catalonia will be extremely tense in the weeks ahead, following Sunday’s victory (27 September) by separatists Junt pel Sì. EurActiv Spain reports.

The revelation of Volkswagen’s deception has left consumers, politicians, national authorities, and environmental organisations reeling. Trust in big business and industry has taken a nosedive, but it is not the first time a big company has deceived consumers and authorities, and it is unlikely to be the last scandal.  Given the lobbying power of car manufacturers in both the EU and USA one should not be surprised that companies cheat to avoid complying with legislation, what might be surprising is that Volkswagen spends money on developing a software system aimed at deceiving instead of actually developing technologies to reduce emissions. The reactions have been one of condemnation and discussions about how to prevent this in the future is slowing emerging.

Refugee crisis: EU ministers to discuss binding quotas – as it happened

  • Central European states resisting refugee quotas
  • Ban Ki-moon urges European leaders to show compassion
  • Hungarian army given power to block migrants
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Even though Slovenia is “no longer under Communism” critical journalism in that country is still under siege and often subjugated to political power.

Radio Televizija Slovenija log. Wikipedia/free to use and share.Recent decisions taken by some of the most influential public mediao organisations in Slovenia regarding the employment and dismissal of journalists have ignited debate within the country. The issues of needing to secure objective communication, pluralism, quality of information and also better working conditions for those working in the media have been raised.

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