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  1. April 2, 2014

    Clegg struggles to counter Farage’s populist shots

    A week ago, Nick Clegg did an imitation of Al Gore dissing George W Bush in their debates in 2000. When Nigel Farage was...

  2. March 26, 2014

    Merkel considers restrictions on unemployed EU migrants

    Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is considering limiting the right of unemployed migrants from other EU states to...

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  1. The Future of the European Union 2013

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  1. March 16, 2014

    Free flow of labour stemmed as Belgium cracks down on migrants

    Three years ago, 28-year-old Fatima Donaire thought she was living the European dream. Born and raised in the Andalucían...

  2. February 27, 2014

    Data on immigration to UK deal blow to David Cameron

    Net migration to the UK has soared by more than a third to 212,000 in the year to September, dealing a blow to David...

  3. February 25, 2014

    Roma: Moving target

    Sitting in her small house with three grandchildren and a dog at her feet, Terike Major struggles to think of improvements...

  4. February 23, 2014

    UK migration committee to unveil proposal for ‘visa auctions’

    Proposals due to be unveiled this week would allow UK visas to be auctioned off to the highest bidders, despite criticism...

  5. February 19, 2014

    EU warns UK against plans to limit benefits for migrants

    Britain risks being dragged to court by Brussels over its plan to curb access to social security benefits for European...

  6. February 14, 2014

    Athens crackdown shows no hospitality for illegal migrants

    From their makeshift shop outside an Athens metro station – a bedsheet strewn with fake Prada handbags and Louis Vuitton...

  7. February 14, 2014

    Europe’s far-right parties seek Swiss-style immigration curbs

    At least a half-dozen far-right European populist parties, some of them leading in national polling, have seized on last...

  8. February 13, 2014

    Recent votes call into question Swiss hospitality to business

    Few countries have been more hospitable to business than Switzerland. Its stable laws and favourable tax regime have proved...

  9. February 12, 2014

    German eurosceptics aim to capitalise on Swiss immigration vote

    As mainstream German politicians were bemoaning Swiss voters’ surprise move this week to support curbs on EU immigration,...

  10. February 11, 2014

    Swiss vote on migrant quotas sparks EU membership threat

    The EU has put an energy treaty with Switzerland on ice in an immediate display of how the Alpine nation’s decision to...

  11. February 10, 2014

    Switzerland inflicts a wound on itself

    The free movement of EU citizens from one member state to another has long been a pillar of Europe’s single market. But as...

  12. February 10, 2014

    Swiss vote on immigrant quotas threatens relations with EU

    Why did the Swiss back quotas on immigrants? Immigration has been a highly charged topic of Swiss debate since the 1960s,...

  13. February 10, 2014

    Swiss immigration vote triggers anger from banks to Brussels

    A surprise move by Swiss voters to back quotas on EU immigrants was met with dismay on Monday by both the Alpine nation’s...

  14. February 10, 2014

    EU migrants moving to UK balanced by Britons living abroad

    The number of European migrants in the UK is almost exactly balanced by the number of Britons living elsewhere in the EU,...

  15. February 9, 2014

    UK policy on Europe risks boosting extremism, says Viviane Reding

    British policy towards Europe risks boosting extremism and could create “major uncertainty” in national security, according...

  16. February 9, 2014

    Swiss clash with EU foreshadows tensions if UK votes to leave

    The Swiss face a confrontation with Brussels after voting for quotas on immigrants from the EU, – in a foretaste of tensions...

  17. February 9, 2014

    Swiss access to EU market under threat after immigration vote

    Brussels warned Switzerland on Sunday that its access to the EU’s single market for goods and services was under threat...

  18. February 6, 2014

    Italy faces fresh wave of boat migrants from north Africa

    Italy is facing a renewed wave of migrants making the dangerous sea crossing from north Africa, with a record 1,123 people...

  19. February 5, 2014

    UK migration policies ‘pose skills risk’

    The subject of immigration retains its power to polarise. In the UK, since the middle of the last century, periods of...

  20. February 4, 2014

    Swiss consider initiative to curb even wealthy EU immigrants

    Swiss citizens will decide on Sunday whether to impose blanket quotas on immigrants in a bitterly-contested vote that...

  21. February 3, 2014

    A prosperous Germany also worries about the cost of EU migrants

    As dusk falls in Mallinckrodt Road, a shabby street in the gritty German city of Dortmund, two young men in hoodies are...

  22. January 29, 2014

    Angela Merkel warns on EU benefit migration

    Germany will be vigilant against the abuse of freedom of movement in the EU, German chancellor Angela Merkel said on...

  23. January 24, 2014

    Greece criticised over sinking of migrant boat

    A Greek prosecutor has begun investigating the sinking of a boat carrying Afghan and Syrian migrants while it was being...

  24. January 19, 2014

    David Cameron faces EU isolation on anti-immigration stance

    David Cameron risks “damaging Europe” with his anti-immigration stance, according to some of Britain’s allies, leaving the...

  25. January 16, 2014

    Romanians in Spain plan to put down roots

    The doors of the church of the Holy Virgin Mary in central Madrid are flung wide open, allowing the smell of incense and the...

  26. January 15, 2014

    José Manuel Barroso takes aim at EU immigration critics

    The EU’s most senior official on Wednesday accused countries seeking to limit the free movement of the Union’s citizens of...

  27. January 14, 2014

    David Cameron shelves migration report amid lack of evidence

    David Cameron shelved a government report on EU migration, after Theresa May, home secretary, failed to provide evidence to...

  28. January 14, 2014

    Romanians despair that wealthy Britain is taking all their doctors

    In a rare break from Florin Chirculescu’s nearly 60-hour working week at Bucharest’s university hospital, he sits down,...

  29. January 13, 2014

    A Bullingdon bust-up that masks a real welfare problem

    In theory, David Cameron and Radoslaw Sikorski should get on marvellously. Both the British prime minister and the Polish...

  30. January 12, 2014

    Romanians in no rush to move to ‘racist’ UK

    The anti-immigration rhetoric that has dominated British media and political discourse in recent months appears to have made...

  31. January 10, 2014

    Labour considers policy change on EU workers

    Chuka Umunna, shadow business secretary, has said Labour is considering restrictions to one of the EU’s key principles, free...

  32. January 8, 2014

    Call for Poles to boycott Tesco stores

    A senior Polish politician has called for a boycott of Tesco, the UK’s biggest retailer, amid anger at recent comments by...

  33. January 8, 2014

    Lawyer in the eye of the immigration storm

    When politicians talk of an “immigration crisis” they generate a rash of headlines – along with more work for lawyers....

  34. January 7, 2014

    Business groups criticise calls for tougher UK immigration curbs

    Business groups have criticised growing political calls for tougher immigration curbs, with CBI chief John Cridland saying...

  35. January 3, 2014

    BNP leader will fight for re-election as MEP despite bankruptcy

    Nick Griffin, British National Party leader, insisted on Friday he would fight for re-election to the European parliament in...

  36. January 3, 2014

    Angela Merkel attempts to calm immigration row

    Angela Merkel sought to defuse the growing row in Germany over EU migration on Friday by announcing plans for a government...

  37. January 2, 2014

    Lifting of EU immigration restrictions divides German coalition

    Germany’s coalition partners have marked the new year with a dispute over intra-EU immigration sparked by the lifting of...

  38. December 29, 2013

    Italy’s Romanian experience gives flavour of what is in store for UK

    For a preview of what the UK might expect when it throws open its doors to Romanian job seekers on January 1, it might be...

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