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Thousands of migrants rescued in Mediterranean

Thousands of people in rickety boats and rubber dinghies in the Mediterranean were rescued over the weekend in one of the largest life-saving operations to date led by Italy’s coastguard.

(c) EUobserver | 04.05.2015

Ukraine: humanitarian disaster as fighting continues

Thirty-five year old Alexandr Ortinsky moved into a 24 square-metre container on the outskirts of Kharkiv, Ukraine’s second largest city, earlier this year.

(c) EUobserver | 04.05.2015

Big rescue mission saves 4,500 boat migrants

Nearly 4,500 migrants were plucked from boats off the coast of Libya over the weekend and 10 bodies were recovered, Italy's coast guard and navy said, in what looked to be the biggest rescue mission of its kind so far this year.

(c) EurActiv | 04.05.2015

Russia accused of disrupting new energy link between Sweden and Lithuania

Russian naval ships have repeatedly disrupted cable-laying work between Sweden and Lithuania in the past few months, prompting diplomatic protests from both countries affected.

(c) EurActiv | 04.05.2015

UN climate chief pushes for more ambitious emission plans

Steiner, the UN's climate chief, says countries need to come up with emission reduction plans ahead of Paris summit.

(c) Politico | 04.05.2015

Brussels and Moscow prepare for Gazprom fight

Statements by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicate that the EU and Russia are gearing up for a legal battle over Gazprom contracts with a number of member states.

(c) EurActiv | 23.04.2015

EU leaders to declare: 'We cannot take more migrants'

One of the messages the EU heads of state and government are expected to deliver at their extraordinary summit today (23 April) is that the Union cannot absorb any more mass arrivals of migrants, as they risk undermining it economically, and destroying it politically.

(c) EurActiv | 23.04.2015

US trade negotiator 'very disappointed' at European GM food ban

US Trade Representative Michael Froman expressed disappointment on Wednesday (22 April) that the European Commission has decided to let member states have 'opt-outs' on imports of genetically-modified food and feed.

(c) EurActiv | 23.04.2015

EU leaders to consider military crackdown on Libya human traffickers

EU leaders gathering in Brussels today (23 April) will consider launching a military operation against human traffickers in Libya, held responsible for the deaths of thousands of migrants this year in the Mediterranean, a draft statement showed.

(c) EurActiv | 23.04.2015

Opinion: When words speak louder than guns

Russia has taken this to heart in spinning its narrative surrounding the Ukraine crisis, leaving Europe at a loss on how to counter Moscow’s relentless propaganda campaign.

(c) EUobserver | 23.04.2015