Report: EU countries divert overseas aid to cover refugee bills

A report published on Tuesday (24 November) by CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for relief and development, documents an emerging trend amongst member states to divert aid budgets from sustainable development to domestic costs associated with hosting refugees and asylum seekers.

(c) EurActiv | 24.11.2015

Tusk calls EU-Turkey summit on 29 November

European Union leaders and the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will meet in Brussels on Sunday (29 November) to discuss refugee issues and improving relations between the EU and Ankara, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk tweeted on Monday (23 November).

(c) EurActiv | 24.11.2015

EU, Russia, Ukraine to hold joint trade talks on December 1

The European Union, Russia and Ukraine will hold three-way trade talks in Brussels on Dec. 1, the EU said on Monday, in the latest effort to overcome Moscow's opposition to an EU-Ukraine trade pact that is due to take effect in January.
(c) Reuters | 23.11.2015

EU preparing to extend Russia sanctions for six months

EU countries are preparing to extend the life of Russia economic sanctions by six months in December, despite Moscow’s new role in fighting Islamic State (IS).

(c) EUobserver | 23.11.2015

EU vows to cut off terrorists’ financing networks

Europe’s justice and interior ministers tasked the Commission on Friday with finding ways to starve terrorist groups of their funding, in response to last week’s attacks in Paris by Islamic State (ISIL).

(c) Politico | 20.11.2015

EU institutions reach out to Moscow

The EU Commission has proposed closer trade ties with Russia’s new economic bloc, as the EU Parliament invites back Russian MPs.

(c) EUobserver | 20.11.2015

Riots rage in Kosovo over Serbia relations

Riots erupted in Kosovo yesterday (18 November) in a deepening crisis over relations with former ruler Serbia, with protesters setting fire to garbage containers and government vehicles in the capital Pristina.

(c) EurActiv | 19.11.2015

East Europeans wary of Russia diplomatic thaw after Paris attacks

With signs growing of a thaw between Moscow and Western capitals after the Paris attacks, some of Russia's neighbours fear that European resolve to keep up economic sanctions and military pressure over the Ukraine crisis may be waning.

(c) EurActiv | 19.11.2015

US, Russia and EU should work together to combat ISIS, says Juncker

Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker has team up with French President François Hollande in seeking a 'rapprochement' with Russia to fight Islamic State, described by both as the biggest threat to the EU.

(c) EurActiv | 19.11.2015

EU diplomat voices concern on Syria children

EU countries must redouble efforts to get Syrian children back to school, or risk a generation more prone to radical ideas, a European diplomat has warned.

(c) EUobserver | 18.11.2015


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