Nine EU members stay away from UN migration pact

By |december 20th, 2018|Austria, Austrian Presidency, Belgian elections, Belgium, Bulgaria, Charles Michel, global compact for migration, Italy, Jair Bolsonaro, Latvia, Miroslav Lajcak, News, populism, refugee crisis, Romania, Romanian Presidency, Slovakia, United Nations, Visegrad Four|

Three EU members voted against, five abstained and one didn’t vote during the formal ratification on Wednesday (19 December) in New York of the Global Compact on Migration.

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Marrakesh UN forum adopts migration pact despite withdrawals

By |december 11th, 2018|Austria, Austrian Presidency, Belgian elections, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, global compact for migration, Hungary, Italy, Latvia, Miroslav Lajcak, News, Poland, populism, refugee crisis, Slovakia, United Nations, Visegrad Four|

A United Nations conference adopted a migration pact in front of leaders and representatives from over 160 countries in Morocco on Monday (10 December), despite a string of withdrawals, including several EU countries, driven by anti-immigrant populism.

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Six EU countries – and counting – back out from the global migration pact

By |november 12th, 2018|Austria, Austrian Presidency, Boyko Borissov, Bulgaria, Croatia, global migration pact, Hungary, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarovic, Kornelia Ninova, News, Poland, populism, refugee crisis, United Nations|

Bulgaria has become the sixth EU country after Hungary, Austria, Poland, the Czech Republic and Croatia to signal that it will not sign the global migration agreement at a ceremony in Morocco in December.

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Austria calls for EU-wide halt in arms sales to Saudi Arabia

By |oktober 26th, 2018|Angela Merkel, arms trade, Austrian Presidency, Emmanuel Macron, EU sanctions, Jamal Khashoggi, Karin Kneissl, News, Saudi Arabia, Yemen Civil War|

The European Union should halt arms sales to Saudi Arabia following the killing of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl told a German newspaper, saying such action could also help end "the terrible war in Yemen".

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EU digital tax: MEPs call for higher rates

By |oktober 9th, 2018|Amazon, Austrian Presidency, digital tax, Facebook, Google, News, OECD, Olaf Scholz, Taxation|

The European Commission should consider increasing the proposed rates in the controversial digital tax plans, MEPs from the European Parliament's Economic and Monetary Affairs committee suggested on Tuesday (9 October).

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Juncker raises spectre of new Balkans war

By |oktober 5th, 2018|Austrian Presidency, EU enlargement, Jean-Claude Juncker, News, Western Balkans|

European Union Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker warned on Friday (5 October) of a possible new war in the Balkans if Bosnia, Albania, Serbia, Macedonia, Montenegro and Kosovo do not feel the EU is serious about offering them future membership.

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Kurz reacts after far-right-controlled ministry suggests muzzling press

By |september 27th, 2018|Austrian Presidency, FPO, Herbert Kickl, News, press freedom, Sebastian Kurz|

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz had to intervene Tuesday (25 September) in the wake of a reported suggestion from an interior ministry official that police should limit contact with three critical media to a minimum.

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World’s first hydrogen train leaves station in Germany

By |september 18th, 2018|Austrian Presidency, Germany, hydrogen, Miguel Arias Cañete, News|

The world’s first hydrogen-powered train service began operating in Germany on Sunday (16 September), while EU ministers debated the future potential of the clean fuel at an informal summit in Austria this week.

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Clouds are gathering over the Salzburg summit

By |september 18th, 2018|Austrian Presidency, Brexit, Council of the European Union, Donald Tusk, Emmanuel Macron, internal security, Migration, News, Sebastian Kurz|

Brexit, internal security and immigration: the items on the agenda of the informal European Council summit in Salzburg on Thursday (20 September) could lead to lively discussions. EURACTIV France reports.

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EU ministers wary of Kosovo-Serbia border changes

By |avgust 31st, 2018|Aleksandar Vučić, Austrian Presidency, border change, EU enlargement, Federica Mogherini, Hashim Thaçi, Heiko Maas, Johannes Hahn, Karin Kneissl, Kosovo, Kosovo war, News, reconciliation, Serbia, Timo Soini|

EU ministers voiced concern on Friday (31 August) about talk of potential border changes between Kosovo and Serbia, warning that it could destabilise the Balkans, a region still simmering with ethnic tensions.

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