EU naval campaign against migrant smugglers may move to Libyan waters

February 18, 2016 11:28 AM
By Peter Morris, European Movement

With the referendum likely to be held in June, the euroskeptics' inability to coalesce around a single, clear message or leader is complicating their cause, even as their long-sought goal of ending Britain's membership in the European Union is within reach, according to the New York Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/18/world/europe/infighting-could-dilute-british-lawmakers-push-to-leave-the-eu.html?emc=edit_ee_20160218&nl=todaysheadlines-europe&nlid=74103272&_r=0

David Cameron risks losing Britain's EU referendum by fighting a campaign based on fear rather than articulating the positive case for remaining in the EU, Scotland's Europe minister has warned. Humza Yousaf said that emphasising issues such as migration and focusing on the risks involved in leaving the EU could prove disastrous, reports the Irish Times: http://www.irishtimes.com/news/world/uk/scotland-s-europe-minister-criticises-cameron-s-eu-campaign-1.2537229

The UK's new settlement offers the possibility of a new vision for Europe: a multitiered Europe that provides the flexibility the EU 28 needs to embrace the very real differences of its member states, but does not throw away its integrity, according to an op-ed in EurActiv: http://www.euractiv.com/section/future-eu/opinion/what-a-good-eu-uk-deal-means-for-europe/

The EU-led naval campaign in the Mediterranean to crack down on migrant smugglers is seeking to move operations into Libyan waters, a report by Vice News says. "From a military perspective, I am ready to move to phase 2B in Libyan Territorial Waters," wrote the EU mission's Italian commander, according to EUobserver: https://euobserver.com/tickers/132321

With thanks to Peter Morris, North East in Europe