Trump’s blasting win causes uncertainty and turbulence to the global financial markets

Van Rompuy meets top US CEO’s at NY stock exchange.
Location: New York, United States 
Date: 23/09/2011
© European Union
Source: EC – Audiovisual Service

So Donald Trump against all odds won the US elections and will become the 45th President of the United States of America. The latter had as a result to cause severe and immediate turbulences to the world’s financial markets which experienced serious losses in the first few hours of the elections. However, Trump’s victory speech that came right after […]

UN member states express their will to tackle global migration but specific actions are still missing

Summit for Refugees and Migrants, Signing Ceremony of UN-IOM Agreement
During the opening of the UN Summit for Refugees and Migrants, Secretary-General Ban-Ki Moon seated right) and William Lacy Swing (seated left), Director General of the International Organization for Migration (IOM), sign the agreement to make the IOM a Related Organization of the UN. 
Date: 19/09/2016. Location: United Nations, New York. Copyright © 2016 United Nations. Photo:Rick Bajornas

Last Monday the world leaders convened at the UN’s summit in New York and adopted the New York Declaration for Migrants and Refugees; a document that contains commitments about dealing with the global issue of the large movements of refugees and migrants around the globe. All 193 countries have agreed to share global responsibility in order to […]

Europe provides financial support to African countries while Turkey denies to change terrorism laws jeopardising the EU deal

Visit of Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the EC, and several Members of the College of the EC to Strasbourg.
Franz Timmermans, on the left and Federica Mogherini
Date: 07/06/2016. Location: Strasbourg - EP. Source: EC – Audiovisual Service. © European Union, 2016. Photo: Jean-François Badias

The European Commission  convened yesterday in Strasbourg and announced its plans to create a Partnership Framework with third countries and particularly Africa in order to manage migration more effectively. This attempt comes after the EU-Turkey deal which aims at reducing the influx of immigrants coming to Europe via the Aegean Sea. It seems that the […]

Tusk fights back while charismatic Boris goes against everybody in Brussels pushing the UK to leave the EU now or never

Boris Johnson, M.P. for Henley with Liberal Democrat M.P. John Hemming at a demonstration against hospital closures (Hemming, 2006)

Last week Boris Johnson likened the EU to Adolf Hitler’s plans regarding the Old Continent’s domination. The politician favoring the “Leave” campaign clearly stated that the Brussels bureaucrats are using different kind of methods to unite Europe into a single state. Those statements led to Donald Tusk’s intervention who characterized the former London mayor’s sayings […]

Brexit update: Tusk’s proposal is out and Cameron takes it all

European Council 02 February 2016, Trilateral meeting roundtable for the "British question". From left to right, Angela MERKEL, German Federal Chancellor, David CAMERON, Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, François HOLLANDE, President of France. Shoot location: Brussels. Shoot date: 15/10/2015

It was just yesterday when Donald Tusk, president of the European Council (EC), released a draft deal that intends to keep Britain within the EU. This new proposal is mostly aligned with what the British Prime Minister has been asking for from the European Union. However, this draft text must be voted by all 28 […]

WEF Davos 2016 LIVE: “We need more Schengen but reinforce control!”, France’s Minister of Economy Emmanuel Macron emphasises from Davos

DAVOS/SWITZERLAND, 22JAN16 - Emmanuel Macron (L), Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs of France, gestures while Federica Mogherini (R), High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Vice-President of the European Commission, European Union, Belgium looks on during a session at the Annual Meeting 2016 of the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, January 22, 2016.

  WORLD ECONOMIC FORUM/swiss-image.ch/Photo Michele Limina

Earlier today in Davos, WEF organized one more session on Europe in order to find ways to deal with one of the most important issues that the old continent is facing which is no other than the refugee crisis. The session that took place in the Sanada room was called “Europe at a tipping point” and was moderated by Lyse […]

Unemployment and immigrants haunt the EU; who can offer relief?

Deployment of Rapid Border Intervention Teams (RABIT) at the land border between Greece and Turkey. On 24 October, the Greek authorities called for help from their partners to face an influx of illegal immigrants. The objective of the new patrol of Frontex (European Agency for the Management of Operational Cooperation at the External Borders of the EU), which consists of 175 people, is to assist Greek border-control authorities in securing the land border with Turkey from a heavy influx of irregular migration. (EC Audiovisual Services, Date: 04/11/2010 , Location: Orestiada, Greece).

On Tuesday 1st December, Eurostat the EU statistical service reminded us all that in the euro area the October unemployment rate still remained in the double digit region with 10.7%. Understandably, this is the official percentage of people without a job, while the real unemployment rate may be double that, as this newspaper has proved, […]

Migration has set EU’s political clock ticking; the stagnating economy cannot help it and Turkey doesn’t cooperate

Refugees: the Balkan route starts from the Greek island of Lesbos. A series of EC Audiovisual Services’ stockshots show refugees arriving in Greece and their route through the Balkan countries into EU member states further north. Shoot date: 11/09/2015. Location: Lesbos, Greece. (EC Audiovisual Services. Snapshot from a video footage).

The more action clauses a document of a Western Balkans-EU agreement contains, meant to “improve cooperation and step up consultation between the countries along the migration route”, the less cooperation there will be. That was the case last Sunday 25 October when 11 leaders of Balkan and EU countries met in Brussels. They knew very […]

Migration crisis will keep deteriorating as common EU political will is simply not there

Handshake between Angela Merkel, German Federal Chancellor, in the centre, and Federica Mogherini, on the left, in the presence of Werner Faymann, Austrian Federal Chancellor, on the right (in the foreground)
at the Western Balkans Summit 2015 in Vienna, Austria (EC Audiovisual Services, 28/08/2015)

The migration crisis in the European Union was the main issue of the Western Balkans Summit yesterday in Vienna, but was largely overshadowed by the deaths of at least 20 refugees who were found dead in a truck in Austria. This tragic event shocked everyone in the Summit who expressed the need for immediate actions by […]

EU seems to fail its moderate migration promises postponing them for end 2015

Dimitris Avramopoulos, Member of the EC in charge of Migration, Home Affairs and Citizenship, travelled to Budapest to meet with Péter Szijjártó, Hungarian Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade, and Sándor Pintér, Hungarian Minister for the Interior, with whom he hiscussed the migratory inflows that Hungary currently faced last month. (EC Audiovisual Services, 30/06/2015)

The European Union’s Interior Ministers convened last Monday on migration but didn’t come to the preferred outcome which was set by the EU leaders only one month ago, in June. Many EU member states opposed to the proposed, by the European Council (EC), distribution of the 40.000 asylum seekers coming from Greece and Italy within […]