EU in crisis over migrants - EUbusiness Week newsletter 714
EUbusiness Week 714 top stories: France, Germany, Italy call for reform of asylum rules; ECB cuts growth, inflation forecasts for 2015-2017; Bulgaria rejects anti-corruption bill; Belgium plans collection of travellers' data; Google rejects EU anti-trust charges as 'wrong'; Uber expands in Belgium despite bitter opposition
As we return to real life after the summer break, EU Member States
disagree over how Europe should tackle its biggest migration crisis
since World War II. Front-line Greece has seen 230,000 people land on
its shores this year. Germany expects to take in 800,000 asylum seekers
Europe 'cannot just get emotional' about migrants, says Italy's leader. A humanitarian and political crisis without precedent needs, as Commission vice-president Timmermans said, "European responses to a problem that cannot be resolved by countries individually."
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1. France, Germany, Italy call for reform of asylum rules
Germany, France and Italy are calling for an overhaul of laws on the
right of asylum and a fairer distribution of migrants throughout the
Mogherini sees military action against migrant smugglers
2. ECB cuts growth, inflation forecasts for 2015-2017
The European Central Bank on Thursday cut its forecasts for both
economic growth and inflation in the single currency area over the next
ECB could ramp up bond purchase programme if necessary
3. Bulgaria rejects anti-corruption bill
Lawmakers in Bulgaria, under EU fire over its failure to tackle
corruption, have rejected a bill that would have placed thousands of top
officials under closer surveillance.
4. Belgium plans collection of travellers' data
Belgium has unveiled plans for a controversial system to collect data on
all airline passengers, as well as international train and ferry
travellers, in the wake of the foiled attack on a train running between
Belgium and Paris.
5. Google rejects EU anti-trust charges as 'wrong'
US Internet search giant Google has rejected accusations by EU
anti-trust regulators that it illegally abuses its market dominance, in
its first formal reaction to allegations by Brussels earlier this year.
6. Uber expands in Belgium despite bitter opposition
US-based taxi app Uber is expanding its service in Brussels despite
growing opposition by traditional cab drivers who plan a major protest
in Europe's capital later this month.
Ukrainian filmmaker: the EU has sharply criticised Russia for the
jailing of Ukrainian filmmaker and Kremlin critic Oleg Sentsov, calling
it a violation of international law.
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Russia: the EU looks set to extend sanctions for another six months
against Ukrainian and Russian figures accused of backing pro-Moscow
rebels fighting for independence.
Tsipras still has the edge in pro-euro Greece
Migrant crisis could complicate Britain's EU reform push
Ministers call for more train patrols, named tickets
Cuba: the EU and Cuba have made good progress in normalisation talks but
getting an accord this year, the stated aim of both sides, may prove
Serbia and Kosovo hail 'landmark' agreements
EU pledges EUR 450m for Ebola recovery in west Africa
Cameron: British Prime Minister David Cameron is to be invited to
address a special session of the Parliament on his planned referendum on
Britain's EU membership.
Romania bends to EU and IMF on fiscal reform
This week, EP committees determined their positions on the EU's 2016 Budget; and Agriculture MEPs opposed national bans on imports of GM food and feed.
7 Sep: Agriculture and Fisheries Council
7-10 Sep: European Parliament plenary session
7 Sep: Beyond Ebola, helping children rebuild their lives
8 Sep: Social pact for sustainable finance
9 Sep: Nanotechnology for a competitive chemical industry
10-11 Sep: Road transport & emissions modelling workshop
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