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Sep 9, 2015

Juncker says EU to aid refugees, tighten border controls

STRASBOURG (Reuters) – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday the EU executive would offer better protection for refugees but also improve its frontier defenses and deport more illegal migrants.

In a written annual statement of priorities ahead of his State of the Union address to the European Parliament, he told lawmakers and EU governments that he would offer “a swift, determined and comprehensive response to the refugee crisis”.

Sep 8, 2015

Juncker to set out EU refugee plan, challenging leaders

STRASBOURG (Reuters) – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will lay out plans for handling Europe’s refugee crisis on Wednesday that may provoke new wrangling among EU states and between national leaders and the EU executive.

However, the mounting scale of the human calamity on the bloc’s frontiers — and growing fears that discord might do wider damage to shared interests like freedom of travel across Europe’s internal borders — appears to have kindled a will to compromise after an earlier Juncker plan in May provoked bitter recriminations.

Sep 8, 2015

“Elixir” from La Monnaie: Donizetti “soap opera” at the circus

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – “Wanted: world-class soprano – must look good in bikini; dashing baritone to sing aria while taking off trousers.”

La Monnaie opera may have worded their casting call for “L’Elisir d’Amore” rather differently but their version of Donizetti’s evergreen comedy of love, lust and money brings an steamy extension of summer at the beach to autumnal Brussels.

Sep 8, 2015

Factbox: EU response plans on migration crisis

STRASBOURG (Reuters) – European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker will detail a plan to tackle the EU migrant crisis in an annual State of the Union address to the European Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Here are elements of existing EU plans and what officials have already indicated Juncker will propose doing next, before an emergency meeting of interior ministers on Monday:

Sep 8, 2015

EU response plans on migration crisis

STRASBOURG, Sept 8 (Reuters) – European Commission President
Jean-Claude Juncker will detail a plan to tackle the EU migrant
crisis in an annual State of the Union address to the European
Parliament in Strasbourg on Wednesday.

Here are elements of existing EU plans and what officials
have already indicated Juncker will propose doing next, before
an emergency meeting of interior ministers on Monday:

Sep 7, 2015

EU’s Tusk warns against federalist push, treaty change

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – European Council President Donald Tusk issued a warning on Monday against forcing the pace of centralization in the EU and said those calling for changes to Union treaties had “zero” chance of success any time soon.

In a speech that focused on ways to strengthen the euro zone within its current legal framework, the message from the former Polish premier who chairs EU leaders’ summits carried cautionary messages for Brussels officials seeking sweeping new powers to manage the migration crisis and for Prime Minister David Cameron as he tries to renegotiate treaties to keep Britain in the bloc.

Sep 7, 2015

NATO plans Ukraine visit as Russia threatens trade embargo

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Ukraine sought political support from NATO on Monday as talks with Russia in Brussels failed to bridge differences over a trade deal at the heart of east-west tensions and Kiev said Moscow was threatening a trade embargo against it.

In a day of meetings with EU and NATO officials, Ukraine’s foreign minister said the secretary general of the U.S-led NATO alliance would make his first visit to Ukraine this month, dismissing concerns it could worsen tensions with Moscow.

Sep 7, 2015

EU eyes new migrant quotas; reluctant countries can buy out

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union executive is preparing for a new clash over refugees with national governments, especially in eastern Europe, after officials gave details on Monday of how many it would ask each of them to accommodate.

The European Commission will propose national quotas to relocate 160,000 asylum-seekers arriving in Greece, Hungary and Italy, with Germany taking in more than 40,000 and France nearly 31,000. Countries that do not want to take part would be able to make financial contributions to buy their way out of the obligation on a temporary basis.

Sep 7, 2015

EU sets new quotas for states to take asylum-seekers: source

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The EU executive has drawn up a new set of national quotas under which Germany will take in more than 40,000 and France 30,000 of a total of 160,000 asylum-seekers it says should be relocated from Italy, Greece and Hungary, an EU source said on Monday.

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker is due to unveil new proposals on Wednesday. EU officials have said he will propose adding 120,000 people to be relocated on top of a group of 40,000 the Commission previously proposed relocating.

Sep 4, 2015

Juncker ready to push EU leaders to take migrant quotas

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – EU chief executive Jean-Claude Juncker is preparing to defy national leaders over Europe’s migrant crisis with a new bid to force them to take in quotas of asylum-seekers – and four times as many of them than in a scheme they already rejected.

Senior EU officials, including Juncker’s deputy, confirmed various details on Friday of proposals the European Commission president plans to make next week in an annual State of the Union address to the European Parliament.

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      "Editor for political and general news across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. In 21 years with Reuters, have reported widely on conflict, elections, society, economics, culture and sport from postings in Paris, Moscow, Berlin, London, Baghdad and Jerusalem."
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