Migration: Nigeria, EU to develop collective agreement on repatriation

The Federal Government and European Union (EU) are working to have a collective agreement that will facilitate the repatriation of Nigerians living illegally in EU countries. The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Geoffrey Onyeama, made the disclosure on Sunday at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum in Abuja. Onyeama said that the EU also……

EU expands sanctions against DPRK

The European Union (EU), on Thursday imposed further sanctions against the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK). The Council of the EU announced in a statement that it decided to expand the prohibition on investments in the DPRK to new sectors, including the conventional arms-related industry, metallurgy and metalworking, and aerospace. The measures also include……

EU official says no sign Trump plans to ease Russia sanctions

Senior European Union official said on Tuesday that there is no sign that US President Donald Trump’s administration planned to lift sanctions on Russia over its activities in Ukraine He warned that unilateral American sanctions on Russia could destabilise some European energy markets. “We have had no such indication,” David O’Sullivan, the head of the……

British Government sets out Brexit plan to ‘end EU supremacy’

Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservative Government set out its plans on Thursday for a “Great Repeal Bill” to incorporate EU law into British law and “end the supremacy of EU lawmakers” after Britain leaves the European Union. The government white paper “lays out a pragmatic and principled approach to converting EU law into UK law……

Official!! United Kingdom Is No Longer Part Of European Union

The United Kingdom’s departure from the European Union has been formalised following Prime Minister Theresa May signingg to the effect. Giving official notice under Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, it will be delivered to European Council president, Donald Tusk later. In a statement in the Commons, the prime minister will then tell MPs this marks……

Central European leaders refuse blackmail by EU on migration

The leaders of four Central European countries vowed on Tuesday not to be blackmailed by threats by European Union (EU) on migration. The leaders vowed not to be threatened with financial punishment from Brussels if they don’t join in the relocation of thousands of Middle Eastern and African refugees. A number of politicians in the……

EU countries register 1.2m asylum seekers in 2016

The European Union’s statistical office said Thursday that member states registered 1.2 million first-time asylum applications in 2016, which is slightly lower than the number of asylum claims submitted in 2015. The highest number of asylum seekers came by far from Syria with 335,000 applicants, followed by Afghanistan with 183,000 and Iraq with 127,000. The……

EU Parliamentarian to loss $9,750 for calling women weaker, less intelligent

A Polish member of the EU Parliament is to loss his subsistence allowance of $9,750 as punishment for calling women “weaker” and “less intelligent” during a debate. Parliament President Antonio Tajani while announcing the punishment for Janusz Korwin-Mikke, 74, also suspended him from parliamentary activities for 10 days. Members also prohibited Korwin-Mikke from representing the……

Turkey says EU exercising democracy selectively, wrong to stand by Netherlands

Turkey’s Foreign Ministry on Tuesday said the EU was exercising democratic values selectively and that it should not be standing by the Netherlands, which it accused of violating human rights and European values. Ankara has suspended high-level diplomatic relations after Dutch authorities prevented its ministers from speaking at rallies of expatriate Turks, worsening a row……

EU leaders invited to meet Pope Francis ahead of summit in Rome

The Vatican said on Friday that Pope Francis has invited 28 leaders of EU countries for an audience before a summit in Rome marking the 60th anniversary of the EU’s founding treaty. The meeting will begin on March 24, a day before EU leaders are set to commemorate the signing of the 1957 Treaty of……

EU should pay more to return African migrants home from Libya, Malta says

The European Union should step up funding for the United Nation’s migration agency to return migrants stranded in Libya to their home countries further south in Africa, the bloc’s current president says. The proposal by Malta, a frontline state for migrants, was presented to the other 27 members of the bloc earlier in February, and seen by media on Tuesday. Some 1.6……

EU Parliament chief to meet Merkel, Gauck during Berlin visit

European Parliament President Antonio Tajani is set to hold talks with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday. Tajani is also scheduled to meet with German President Joachim Gauck. Tajani, a member of the European Parliament’s centre-right European People’s Party, was elected to the presidency in January. He took over from Martin Schulz, a German Social……