"The compact largely ignores refugees’ labour rights. The omission risks turning refugees into cheap and unprotected labour for private enterprises and large transnational corporations."Behzad Yaghmaian
Professor of political economy, Ramapo College of New Jersey
"It should become clear to all that the continuing, systemic and vicious attacks on Polish courts and their judges are bound to produce consequences beyond Polish borders and constitute a clear and present danger to the EU legal system as a whole. This is no time for further dialogue or half measures."Laurent Pech / Patryk Wachowiec
Laurent Pech is Professor of European Law, Patryk Wachowiec is Legal Analyst
"I do believe the solution to kids' obsessions with their phones starts with a look in the mirror. The problem is you and your addiction to your phone; it's not your kid. Your kid is simply doing what he or she has seen you do."Jamie Lee Curtis
Award-winning actress, author of 12 best-selling children's books
"I don't see how Trump could achieve the kind of autocratic takeover Orbán achieved in Hungary so long as democracy remains vibrant - and the opposition continues to control government - in many powerful states in the Union (such as California and New York)."R. Daniel Kelemen
Professor of Political Science and Law, and Jean Monnet Chair in European Union Politics, Rutgers University, USA
"A rational and seemingly well-intentioned readiness towards dialogue with the Kremlin resulted in irrationally demeaning us all."Danylo Lubkivsky
Former Deputy Foreign Minister of Ukraine
"Every trivialisation strengthens the far right, as experience shows."Caro Keller
Anti-fascist collective NSU Watch
"“You ask me when and why I decided to leave, but, in fact, I did not have any choice.""Somali man, age 24
Mercy Corps study interviewee
"Viktor Orbán is leading Hungary away from the rule of law, from our fundamental rights, from EU solidarity, from the EU project. He is using public funds to wage a massive propaganda campaign against the European Union, against free movement and against the rule of law."Viviane Reding
Former Vice-President of the European Commision, responsible for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship
What measures to take to supervise Europe’s banks? Wind them up when they are no longer working, and stop them from dragging whole countries into the
Germany’s new Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier has blasted Russia in his inaugural speech for exploiting Ukraine’s economic plight to prevent
Since the mass protests in Kyiv’s Maidan square began Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin three
Turkish police have detained at least 49 people in Istanbul and Ankara as part of a high-level corruption probe.
The sons of Interior Minister
Central African Republic
In the Central African Republic town of Bossangoa, Muslims and Christians used to live together, in relative harmony. Now they’ve fled for fear of
Russian President Vladimir Putin has slashed the cost of gas sold to Ukraine and agreed to buy billions of government bonds.
The deal comes amid
A major gas deal has been signed in Azerbaijan, as European buyers move to try to find alternatives to energy from Russia.
The agreement includes
French slalom skier Tessa Worley will miss the Winter Olympics, it’s been confirmed.
The 24-year-old suffered a nasty injury at the Alpine Skiing
World Cup winner Gennaro Gattuso is under investigation for match-fixing.
Police have arrested four others in connection with the case which is
Austrian Marlies Schild has returned from injury to net a record-equalling 34th World Cup slalom victory.
The 32-year-old – without a slalom win
A seven-meters-high Christmas tree made from 3,000 used plastic bottles has been unveiled in Baku, Azerbaijan. The authors of this project are two
In Japan the government of Shinzo Abe has approved a new defence policy designed to meet the challenge posed by a rising China.
It is the latest
A British doctor who travelled to Syria to volunteer has died in detention there, according to his family.
Abbas Khan, 32, an orthopaedic surgeon
After last week’s first snowfall in Cairo in 112 years, several pictures have been circulating on social media of the Egyptian capital or landmarks
London’s Metropolitan Police say there is “no credible evidence” to support the theory that the British military was involved in the death of
What a 12 months. While the mainstream acts have floundered and the major record labels have struggled to find any new talent, and in a year when
Police have stepped up security in Tunisia’s capital amid angry protests against the government.
The demonstrations mark three years since a young
Former French minister Claude Guéant was arrested on Tuesday. He will be questioned in the
Paris suburb of Nanterre over corruption allegations
A Turkish military helicopter has crashed after hitting high voltage cables in heavy fog near the Turkish capital Ankara, on Tuesday. The accident
A car bomb has exploded in Lebanon near the Syrian border.
The blast, in an otherwise deserted and muddy open field near a Hezbollah base, appears
The now famous voice of Britain’s Susan Boyle fills one of this festive season’s movies ‘The Christmas Candle’.
The story takes place in the small
Despite its small size, Cyprus enjoys a dynamic performing arts scene.
Established in 2006, the Paravan Theatre Company explores experimental ways
Tammam Azzam is one of Syria’s rising young talents.
Forced to abandon his canvas when he fled Damascus at the outbreak of the war, the artist had
At least 13 people are reported to have been killed on the third day of air strikes targeting Aleppo, Syria’s largest urban centre and the country’s
While an inquiry continues into the credentials of the sign language interpreter at Nelson Mandela’s memorial service following Thamsanqa Jantjie’s
It may be celebrations for Angela Merkel as she toasts a third term as German chancellor – but does she face a difficult future?
A more competitive Europe is the European dream in these days of austerity. But how to achieve it is always the question.
In this week’s Real
Boeing has raised the dividend the US planemaker pays to investors by about 50 percent.
The board also approved the buyback of an additional ten
Eurozone inflation picked up in November because of a rise in the cost of electricity and accommodation.
Consumer prices in the 17 countries