Following an EU-hosted donors conference, the bloc says it will fund humantiarian assistance, but not full-scale reconstruction in Syria.
Talking Europe speaks to European Commission Vice-President Margaritis Schinas, whose wide-ranging portfolio covers migration and asylum, security issues, education and what the EU calls "promoting the European Way of Life", among other things. We focus on migration and the EU's efforts to rectify what Schinas calls a historic failure to build a cohesive asylum and migration policy.
After years of waiting, Croatia is adopting the euro and joining the Schengen Area. EU Commission chief Ursula von der Leyen praised it as "a day for the history books" during the ceremony at the Croatian border.
30 Nov 2022
It's one emergency the EU didn’t need. Already dealing with a war on its doorstep, an energy crisis and rising inflation, the handling of the Ocean Viking – a ship carrying migrants rescued in the Mediterranean – starkly showed the limits of European solidarity.
24 Oct 2022
Speaking to FRANCE 24, Vera Jourova, a Vice-President of the European Commission, strongly condemned what Russia says are evacuations of civilians in the Kherson province of southern Ukraine. "I come from Czechoslovakia and this is the old playbook," she told Catherine Nicholson. "The Soviet military invasion of 1968 was presented as brotherly help."
27 Jul 2019
Top EU civil servant Martin Selmayr is to leave Brussels to head the bloc's mission in Vienna, Austria. The German aide to outgoing EU Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker was regarded as influential but controversial.
8 Jun 2019
The EU Commission has begun a legal process that could mean unprecedented sanctions and financial oversight of Europe's fourth-largest economy. Italy aims to change the rules that could lead to its censure.
25 Nov 2018
As U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May returns to Brussels this weekend to meet EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, members of the 27 states due to sign off on future U.K.-EU ties are wondering what's left for her to discuss.