A (sadly) consistent theme of British policy towards the EU has been widespread ignorance. I recall being told in my undergraduate EU law module a story of the first British judge, Alexander Mackenzie Stuart, setting off in 1973 to Luxembourg with the firm intention of trying to establish the supremacy of EC law, apparently unaware that this has been done over a decade beforehand.
Beating drums, miners parade a coffin for Poland’s centrist government through the gritty streets of Ruda Slaska, a mining town left behind by a quarter century of explosive growth since Communism’s demise.
The Swedish Migration Agency, Migrationsverket, announced on Thursday (22 October) that Sweden will likely receive 190,000 asylum seekers this year.
Syrian ruler Bashar al-Assad thanked Russian President Vladimir Putin for hismilitary support during a surprise visit to Moscow on Tuesday. This closing of ranks between the two leaders won’t end the war in Syria but only strengthen their position in the region, commentators conclude.
Angela Merkel would have read and heard plenty of opinions over the last few weeks saying that she is going to lose the support of her party because of the refugee crisis.
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There are nearly 20 million refugees, with a total of more than 60 million people displaced from their homes, and their lives, by conflicts across the globe. The United Nations estimates that more than four million people are now refugees as a result of the conflict in Syria alone.
After Hungary closed off its southern border, thousands of refugees are now trying to move northwards through Serbia, Croatia and Slovenia. But these countries are also closing their borders, leaving many refugees stranded on the Balkan route. Some commentators fear the backlog will result in violence. Others criticise that Germany’s rhetoric of hospitality is not helping to solve the crisis.
A surge in the number of refugees arriving in Sweden over the past few years has led the conservative Moderates, the country’s biggest opposition party, to toughen its stance on immigration.
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The German Islamophobic movement PEGIDA staged its biggest rally in months yesterday (19 October), reinvigorated on its first anniversary by anger at the government’s decision to take in nearly a million refugees from the Middle East.
Several EU member states including major automaker France will urge Europe’s pollution regulator to thoroughly assess the consequences of the Volkswagen emissions scandal, according to a document seen by AFP Monday (19 October).
SPECIAL REPORT / The introduction of new information and communications technologies in the EU agricultural sector could significantly contribute to its future sustainability, as well as the quality of life for farmers and co
Those who think that Jeremy Corbyn could turn the Labour party into a British Syriza should think again.
Jeremy Corbyn at a Greece Solidarity Campaign rally. Demotix/P Nutt. All rights reserved.The recent assumption of the Labour Party’s leadership by Jeremy Corbyn triggered a string of reactions in Britain and all over Europe. Certain commentators, as well as various sections of the European left, greeted the ascension of an alleged ‘dark horse’ to Labour’s leadership with satisfaction.
SPECIAL REPORT / A majority of member states have introduced coding classes to their educational curriculums, as education ministries across Europe increasingly view computer skills as essential to developing key “21st century compe
The truth is that ‘trust me’ didn’t work and the much-vaunted expertise of the ‘third way’ politicians have contributed to the disarray we see all around us.
The Vienna Policy Conference, October 29-30, 2015, will delve into one of the most important trends driving change in European politics: the dramatic drop in public trust in many political institutions. Policy researchers, activists, leading European thinkers, and political figures will discuss new research and analysis of the causes and consequences of the trust gap across the European continent. Debating Europe and openDemocracy will be covering the event and its follow-up, and we continue the series with the thoughts of the Director of the Migrant Rights’ Network on what trust means in Europe today.
Montenegro is witnessing the biggest protests in its history in calling for the resignation of Prime Minister Djukanovic, and activists are turning to crowdfunding to sustain their revolution.
Rows of tents outside Montenegrin parliament/facebook.com/SlobodaTrazi.Me. Photos used with permission of author.As I write these lines from an overcrowded, ad hoc assembled press HQ facing the Parliament of Montenegro in Podgorica, I shudder to think of what success our risky and implausible endeavor will yield.
The summit will focus chiefly on migration, with Turkey relations taking centre stage.