Monthly Roundup: Europe

Barbara Alejarra


One week after the death of hundreds of migrants in the Mediterranean, EU leaders meet in Brussels to discuss measures. Among the decisions taken during the summit, the heads of government agreed on increasing the budget for surveillance programme along Greek, Italian and Maltese seaboards.

During May Day, Turkish protesters were attacked by the police with tear gas and water cannons. Taskim Square – an area frequently used for manifestations – was blocked by police force and many protesters were arrested even before they reached the spot. The government had already declared that the square could only be used by those with non-violent intentions.

Documents from Albania’s communist regime will be disclosed. The Albanian parliament approved the law that reveals police files related to that time. Communist rule was responsible for at least 7,000 deaths.


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