The European Border and Coast Guard Agency’s (Frontex) executive director, Fabrice, Leggeri, resigned from his post on Friday, following a meeting of the Frontex Management Board on 28 and 29 April to discuss consequences of the European Anti-Fraud Office’s (OLAF) report on their investigations.
Data from the EU’s border force, Frontex, shows that the migrant situation in November 2021 as compared to the years 2020 and 2019 has intensified significantly. The report observes that in November 2021 the number of illegal border crossings was the highest since November 2015.
An extraordinary meeting was held in the port of Calais, France, to discuss the migrant situation in the English Channel on Sunday, 28 November. Migration officials from France, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands and the European Commission attended the meeting.
The European Union (EU) might impose new sanctions on Belarus as of Monday, 15 November, since Belarusian President Aleksander Lukashenko continues to use migrants to destabilise the security and stability of Poland, and therefore of […]
The liberal Renew Europe Group in the European Parliament wants new sanctions targeting the Lukashenka regime in Belarus. The call comes as a response to what the group calls ‘the continued trafficking and exploitation of migrants as part of a perverse hybrid war against the EU’.
The Budget Control Committee of the European Parliament wants to freeze part of the Frontex budget. MEPs believe there are still unresolved issues involving recruitment and financial management of the EU border and coast guard agency.
A group of around 30 refugees have been stuck in Usnarz Górny at the Poland-Belarus border, in conditions the International Organization for Migration called “extremely harsh (…) with limited access to drinking water and food, medical assistance, sanitation facilities and shelter”. Those conditions resulted now over the week-end in the death of four refugees – frozen to death as Polish border guards confirmed.
The Group of Seven, better known as the G7, held a special meeting on the 24th of August, to discuss the situation in Afghanistan. The G7 represents the most powerful world nations, including the United States (US), Canada, the United Kingdom (UK), Japan and three European countries – Germany, Italy and France.
In Thursday’s extraordinary meeting of the Committees on Foreign Affairs and Development, together with the Parliamentary delegation for relations with Afghanistan, MEPs called for the EU to rescue Afghan citizens who worked for the union or worked to improve shared values in Afghanistan.
On the night of 15 August, the Taliban entered the presidential palace in Afghanistan’s capital Kabul after Western countries withdrew their military presence and President Ashraf Ghani fled the country, leaving Afghans in despair. With the Taliban taking over Kabul and seizing control over virtually all of the country, Western powers have been evacuating their citizens and staff from Afghanistan. The only countries willing to remain in Afghanistan are non-Western nations, such as Russia and China. What does this mean practically for the European Union (EU) and its member states? And where does the EU stand? Those are the questions that have been arising in the last couple of days, but before answering them, let’s first understand why Western forces were engaged in Afghanistan.