27th Oct 2016

Austria drafts anti-asylum law

Austrian lawmakers are set to pass a law that would prevent people from applying for asylum once a self-prescribed upper limit has been reached.

MEPs back visa-free travel for Georgians

The small Caucasian republic could get an EU visa waiver before its parliamentary elections in October. Kosovo, Turkey and Ukraine are also on the list, but may have to wait longer.

WhatsApp's data gathering probed

Germany orders the US firm to stop collecting data "with immediate effect" and Italy wants details on the information it gathers on users.

Spy agencies launch 'real-time' terror tracker

Intelligence agencies in Europe launched an "interactive operative real-time information system" in July to collect data on jihadist suspects, EUobserver has learned.

Turkey sends EU mixed message on migration

Turkey's EU minister said in Bratislava his country will continue to respect the migration deal, but would not do more until it gets visa-free EU travel.

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France tries to defuse burkini row

The interior minister warns against "stigmatisation" of Muslims after a woman was fined for wearing a scarf and leggings on a beach.

Ukraine visa deal hangs in the balance

A row over the introduction of a computer system for officials to declare their interests threatens to torpedo Ukraine's visa deal with the EU.

Poland's constitutional crisis looms larger

The clock is ticking towards Poland's EU deadline to solve it's constitutional crisis, after the government's latest attempt to repair the situation was ruled unconstitutional by the country's constitutional court.

Erdogan renews death penalty call

Turkey's president Erdogan on Sunday repeated his call to reintroduce the death penalty at a rally of some 1 million people. Meanwhile, Austria wants an end to all EU accession talks with Turkey following Erdogan's increasing grip on power.


EU's Kosovo meddling risks Balkans chaos

The EU and the US are is unfairly pressuring Kosovo to ratify a border deal with Montenegro against the will of the opposition. It could bring trouble to the Western Balkans region.

UK gets top security role in EU commission

Julian King is set to become EU commissioner in charge of launching the "security union" - the fight against terrorism, radicalisation, organised crime, and cybercrime.

EU confrontation with Poland escalates

The EU commission said there is systemic threat to rule of law in Poland and gave new ultimatum. Poland said commission is "losing its authority".

Hollande: French people ‘under threat’

The “threat” of further attacks remained “high” in France and in Germany, French leader Francois Hollande has said after Islamic State claimed responsibility for murdering a Catholic priest.