Thursday

23rd Mar 2017

Search

Search the EUobserver archives. Results may be sorted by date or relevance.

Results

'No zero terror risk', EU security commissioner warns

EU security commissioner Julian King said on Thursday (24 March) that there is never going to be zero-terror risk in Europe, but pledged to make it as unlikely as possible by making use of information sharing tools. "There is never going to be 100 percent ...

Stakeholder

UN could step in where EU fails in child migrant protection

As the Syrian conflict enters its sixth year, children are being maimed, killed or recruited as soldiers, suicide bombers, prison guards, and executioners - more now than at any other point during the conflict. But despite the stakes being so high for ...

Ticker

Man arrested in Antwerp after trying to mow people down

A man was arrested on Thursday after trying to drive into a crowd of people on Antwerp's main shopping street at around 11 AM, the Belgian police said. The driver, a French national, was wearing a camouflage uniform and was arrested after a chase in the ...

Ticker

Marine Le Pen goes to Russia

Far-right presidential candidate Marine Le Pen will travel to Russia on Friday (24 March), where she will meet with Russian lawmakers. The visit was announced shortly after Russia's foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, called Le Pen and US president Donald ...

May: London attacker was known to the police

The London attacker was "British born" and is known to the UK police and intelligence services. He has been investigated before for extremism, but has not been focused on by investigators lately, said British PM Theresa May on Thursday (23 March). "He was ...

Ticker

Dutch post-election talks prioritise green-right coalition

Four parties in the Netherlands have decided to enter a new phase in coalition talks, in an attempt to form a green-right coalition. PM Mark Rutte's centre-right Liberals, centre-right Christian-Democrats, centrist D66, and the GreenLeft parties will try ...

Ticker

EU summons Turkish envoy over threats to Europeans

The EU foreign service, the EEAS, has summoned Turkey's EU envoy "to receive an explanation" over comments made by Turkish president Erdogan on Wednesday that "no European in any part of the world can walk safely on the streets," a European Commission ...

Opinion

Ending the migrant deal with Turkey may save the EU

It has been one year since Turkey and the European Union signed a migrant deal on Syrian refugees. The controversial agreement has been effective in reducing the flow of Syrian and other refugees through Turkey, who aim to reach Europe. However, this ...

Poland unlikely to face EU discipline on rule of law

The European Commission will not try to impose sanctions on Poland over its breaches of the rule of law any time soon. Commission vice president Frans Timmermans, in charge of the procedure that was launched more than a year ago, told MEPs on Wednesday (22 ...

Ticker

British police make first arrests in London terror probe

British police confirmed on Thursday morning that they had made seven arrests in the city of Birmingham the night before, in connection with Wednesday's terrorist attack in London. The UK prime minister, Theresa May, said in a statement on Wednesday ...

Opinion

Rutte courted Wilders' voters, now he must deliver

On 15 March, the Dutch voted in their parliamentary elections in favour of the ruling Liberal party and against their own version of the alt-right. Prime Minister Mark Rutte’s People’s Party for Freedom and Democracy (VVD) won 33 seats compared to ...

Ticker

EU commission has received Facebook reply on WhatsApp

US social media giant Facebook has sent its defence to the European Commission in an anti-trust case opened last December. "We have now got the reply from Facebook and we are now analysing it," EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager told MEPs on ...

Ticker

Rome expects thousands of protesters at summit

Police in the Italian capital, Rome, expect around 25,000 people to attend both pro-EU and anti-EU rallies during Saturday's summit, news agency Ansa reported on Wednesday. The report said the police are especially vigilant against possible violent ...

Ticker

Dijsselbloem says his comments had 'Dutch directness'

Dutch finance minister and Eurogroup chief Jeroen Dijsselbloem said on Wednesday his style is "direct" and that he was "sorry of course" for suggesting southern Europeans spend "money on drinks and women". "I regret it if one is offended by the remark. It ...

Ticker

Ukraine spy agency bars Russian Eurovision singer

On Wednesday, Ukraine's domestic intelligence agency barred Russian singer Yulia Samoylova from entering the country for three years, two months ahead of the Eurovision song-contest, where Samoylova was to represent Russia. In 2015 Samoylova had toured in ...

Ticker

Turkish president Erdogan threatens Europeans

Turkey's leader, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, made more harsh comments towards Europe on Wednesday, amidst diplomatic rows with the Netherlands and Germany about campaigns in their countries for a Turkish referendum - granting Erdogan more powers. "If Europe ...

Barnier to UK: trade talks will come after settling accounts

The UK needs to conclude all the terms of its EU exit including its liabilities, before talks on a trade deal and the future relationship can start, the EU's chief negotiator said on Wednesday (22 March). Michel Barnier said that an orderly withdrawal is ...

Analysis

EU declaration to voice unity in troubled times

Four days before one of its largest members, the UK, will officially notify fellow EU countries of its intention to withdraw its membership, the remaining 27 leaders of the European Union will gather in Rome on Saturday (25 March) to recommit to the idea ...

Ticker

Russia invites EU diplomats to occupied Crimea

The Russian foreign ministry on Wednesday invited EU diplomats to "see with their own eyes" how Russian occupation of Ukraine's Crimea peninsula for the past three years has led to "positive changes in the lives of people" there. It spoke after the EU ...

Terror attack shuts down UK parliament

[Updated on Wednesday at 20.00] The UK parliament and ministries in the surrounding area, were put under lock-down on Wednesday afternoon (22 March) after a car and knife attack that police said was likely a "terrorist incident". The police said they were ...

Ticker

UK parliament in lockdown after reported attack

The British parliament has been locked down on Wednesday afternoon, following a report of shootings outside the building. According to police, cited by the media, a policeman was stabbed and another man was shot. A car was also reported to be running ...

Opinion

Catalonia and Scotland at core of Europe's geopolitical conundrum

In recent months, the Catalan autonomous government has taken unprecedented political steps towards independence from Spain, angering Madrid and putting EU leaders on edge. Meanwhile, the Scottish government has doubled down on its bet for independence by ...

La présidentielle française sous cyber-alerte maximale

A l'approche de l'élection présidentielle des 23 avril et 7 mai, les autorités françaises sont en état d'alerte pour parer à toute tentative de cyber-attaque qui pourrait affecter le résultat du scrutin. Les principales cibles potentielles sont les sites ...

EU doing well in global energy ranking

The European Union is dominating the World Economic Forum's annual Global Energy Architecture Performance Index, published on Wednesday (22 March). This year, fourteen of the twenty best-scoring countries are members of the European Union – two more than ...

Child migrants endure 'abysmal conditions'

Children who trekked alone to reach Europe often find themselves living in "abysmal conditions" upon arrival and are being denied free legal aid. The findings are part of a thematic report, released on Wednesday (22 March) by Strasbourg-based human rights ...

French socialist woos Europe with new vision

Benoit Hamon, the Socialist Party’s contender in France's presidential race, visited Brussels on Tuesday (21 March) in a bid to promote his vision of Europe. Speaking to 3,000 supporters who gathered in a downtown concert hall in the evening, Hamon said ...

EU to Macedonia: 'Stop playing with fire'

The EU has once again urged Macedonia to let Albanian parties join a new government and to stop “playing with fire” on ethnic hate speech. “In a democracy, everyone must acknowledge parliamentary majorities … We therefore encourage the president to ...

Eurozone chief in 'drinks and women' row

[Updated on Wednesday 22 March at 14.00] Eurogroup president Jeroen Dijsselbloem is facing calls for resignation after suggesting that crisis-hit countries in southern Europe spent "money on drinks and women" before being helped by others. "As a Social ...

Opinion

Ukraine’s IT boom could speed up EU integration

June 2017 will mark the three-year anniversary of the association agreement between the European Union and Ukraine, and while the Eastern European state has taken major steps towards European integration, its progress has been slow. With the signing of the ...

Ticker

Brussels attacks remembered with minute of silence and noise

Belgium remembers the Brussels attacks committed a year ago. King Philippe, alongside government officials, rode the metro Wednesday morning to commemorate the victims of the terrorist attacks, which claimed the lives of 32 people. "Today we honor the ...