Erdoğan may call Brexit-style referendum on Turkey’s EU bid

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said the European Union doesn’t want Turkey because it’s a “Muslim-majority country” and he may hold a referendum on whether to continue with efforts to join the bloc.

(c) Politico I 23.06.2016

Europe cracks down on wildlife trafficking

EU environment ministers this Monday (20 June) adopted the European Action Plan against wildlife trafficking, presented by the European Commission in February this year. EurActiv’s partner Journal de l’Environnement reports.

(c) EurActiv I 23.06.2016

Putin hosts trilateral summit over Nagorno-Karabakh

The leaders of Azerbaijan and Armenia yesterday (20 June) agreed at a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin to bolster the number of monitors in disputed Nagorno-Karabakh in a bid to shore up a shaky ceasefire.

(c) EurActiv I 21.06.2016

Turkish press campaigner arrests prompt EU criticism

Turkish authorities on Monday (20 June) arrested three prominent campaigners for press freedom, including the local representative of Reporters Without Borders (RSF), on charges of spreading terrorist propaganda, human rights groups said.

(c) EurActiv I 21.06.2016

New Western frontier, conquered by China

A 21st century Silk Road takes shape on Kazakh border, to Russia’s consternation and beyond EU’s imagination.

(c) Politico I 20.06.2016

UN refugee chief: Worrying ‘climate of xenophobia’ in Europe

The UN’s refugee chief says a worrying “climate of xenophobia” has taken hold in Europe as the continent struggles with the biggest influx of migrants since World War II.

(c) EurActiv I 20.06.2016

Juncker, Putin vow to keep ‘close contacts’ after bilateral freeze

European sanctions on Russia will be lifted when the Minsk agreements are fully implemented, EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin on Thursday (16 June).

(c) Euractiv I 17.06.2016

MSF spurns EU funding in protest at Turkey migrant deal

 Medical aid charity Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said it will reject all funding from the European Union and its member states in protest at a deal the EU reached to stem the flow of migrants and refugees via Turkey.

(c) Euronews I 17.06.2016

Beijing seeks EU neutrality on South China Sea dispute

The European Union should refrain from taking any action that constitutes interference in the South China Sea issue, Yang Yanyi, China’s ambassador to the EU, told

(c) EurActiv I 16.06.2016

Putin seeks to re-engage Europe at St Petersburg forum

Guests include Juncker, Renzi and UN’s Ban Ki-moon.

(c) Financial Times I 16.06.2016