While there are still one billion people living in extreme poverty, the EU's development aid has decreased in 2011 and 2012. According to Oxfam, ‘the 2008 economic crash left a $ 65 billion dollar hole in the budgets of the world’s 56 poorest countries’. In a context of slow economic recovery, wars and climate change, the European Union needs to ask the right questions, about a very complex and sometimes not efficient system of international cooperation.
The result of Mare Nostrum, the operation of Frontex in Italy, was announced on 10 April by the Italian chief of the naval forces, stating that 18.546 migrants had been saved by Italy since October. The operation costs € 9 million each month and comprises of on average five naval ships and their helicopters, and more than 900 soldiers and officers each day.
On the 7 April President Kagame lit the Flame of Remembrance in memory of the 800,000 victims of the genocide in Rwanda. It will burn for 100 days - the period over which the slaughter took place. “Twenty years ago, Rwanda had no future, only a past" said President Kagame. “If the Genocide reveals humanity’s shocking capacity for cruelty, Rwanda’s choices show its capacity for renewal.”
The EU-African Summit concluded with a declaration noting progress made in promoting improvements in democracy, governance and the observance of human rights in Africa, and in the progressive recovery of Europe's economy which is important to both Europe and Africa. Meeting in Brussels the Summit brought together more than 60 leaders of the European Union and African Union, to look at future of cooperation under the theme “Investing in People, Prosperity and Peace.”
The European Commission launches a call for making the European local in their evaluation of progress in Roma inclusion throughout the EU. At the European Roma Summit, ‘going local on Roma inclusion’, progress and future challenges at EU, national and local level were discussed. Two of the most urgent recommendations were to stimulate local implementation of Roma inclusion and for Roma to increasingly become agents of change themselves, especially at local level. This article discusses the Summit content, challenges addressed, and the main topic missing in the Summit’s Roma inclusion discussions.
- A youth without fear, a free youth, a youth of hope
- The Migrants' Files database on dead and missing migrants on their way to Europe.
- Future priorities for the EU's justice, civil liberties and home affairs
- Europol warns EU about the kidnapping of asylum seekers
- Hell in Sinai - interviews on German radio