EU advances Turkey visa deal amid migration fears

The European Commission will say this week that Turkey has broadly met conditions for visa-free travel, despite some missing elements.

(c) EUobserver | 02.05.2016

Obama says Putin undermines EU unity

US President Barack Obama said yesterday (25 April) that his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin is trying to undermine European unity, which he sees as a threat.

(c) EurActiv | 26.04.2016

Commission calls for closer cooperation to combat foreign fighters

Poor information sharing between security services is one of the great shortcomings of European cooperation. About 5,000 Europeans are thought to have joined extremist groups in Syria and Iraq, but only 1,615 appear on Europe’s official list.

(c) EurActiv | 26.04.2016

Opinion: Rubble and dust: 
How EU keeps failing Palestinians

All over the occupied West Bank, one can practically taste the dust in the air: since January 2016 some 300 Palestinians homes and structures have been bulldozed by Israeli authorities. Hundreds have lost their homes to such demolitions, more than half of them children.

(c) EUobserver | 26.04.2016

EU leaders agree to uphold Russia sanctions, US says

Western European and US leaders have agreed to keep economic sanctions on Russia unless it stops the war in Ukraine, the US says, as French MPs prepare to debate lifting the measures.

(c) EUobserver | 26.04.2016

Turkey free speech row goes EU-wide

Turkey has said Dutch authorities should throw the book at a Dutch comedian the same way German authorities treated a German comic for insulting Turkey’s president.

(c) EUobserver | 25.04.2016

EU leaders' praise of Turkey triggers NGO anger

”Turkey is the best example in the entire world of how to treat refugees”, European Council president Donald Tusk claimed on Saturday (23 April), drawing criticism from human rights organisations.

(c) EUobserver | 25.04.2016

Serbia PM wins crushing election victory

The Serbian Progressive Party (SNS) led by prime minister Aleksandar Vucic emerged as a clear winner in a parliamentary election on Sunday (24 April).

(c) EUobserver | 25.04.2016

EU resumes US trade talks after German protests

Tens of thousands rallied against a planned EU-US free-trade deal in the German city of Hannover this weekend, during a visit by US president Barack Obama.

(c) EUobserver | 25.04.2016

Turkey widens crackdown on EU free speech

Turkey has detained a Dutch journalist and complained about German and Swedish projects to commemorate Ottoman genocides.

(c) EUobserver | 25.04.2016

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