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Pollution from rigged German Volkswagens to kill 1,200 – study

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EMISSIONS SCANDAL. This file photo taken on September 22, 2015 shows the logo of German car maker Volkswagen in Hanover, central Germany. File photo by Julian StratenSchulte/ DPA/ AFP

‘The researchers estimate that 1,200 people in Europe will die early, each losing as much as a decade of their life, as a result of excess emissions generated,’ the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, which took part in the study, explains

PARIS, France (Mar. 4, 2017  ) — Pollution from 2.6 million Volkswagen cars sold in Germany between 2008 and 2015, rigged to appear eco-friendly, will cause 1,200 premature deaths in Europe, a study of the fraud’s health impacts said Friday, March 3. Continue reading Pollution from rigged German Volkswagens to kill 1,200 – study

Defiant Merkel defends refugee stance after attacks

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel gestures during a press conference in Berlin on July 28, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Merkel tells reporters that the assailants ‘wanted to undermine our sense of community, our openness and our willingness to help people in need’

BERLIN, Germany (July 29, 2016) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, July 28, rebuffed calls to reverse her welcoming stance toward refugees in the wake of a series of brutal attacks in the country.  Continue reading Defiant Merkel defends refugee stance after attacks

UN criticises UK and Germany for betraying Paris climate deal

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Mary Robinson says new UK tax breaks for oil and gas will cost taxpayers billions. Photograph: Jean-Marc Ferré/UN Photo

Climate change envoy singles out both countries for subsidising the fossil fuel industry and says the UK has lost its position as a climate leader

July 18, 2016 — Ban Ki-moon’s climate change envoy has accused the UK and Germany of backtracking on the spirit of the Paris climate deal by financing the fossil fuel industry through subsidies.  Continue reading UN criticises UK and Germany for betraying Paris climate deal

Saudi Arabia, Germany to ratify UN climate deal in 2016

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Angela Merkel on Petersberg Climate Dialogue

Europe’s top economy and world’s second-largest oil producer signal plans to ratify global pact to limit warming to sub 2°C

July 6, 2016 — Leaders in Berlin and Riyadh are planning to ratify the UN’s new pact to slash greenhouse gas emissions by the end of the year,1 it was announced today.  Continue reading Saudi Arabia, Germany to ratify UN climate deal in 2016

Europe freezes air, rail links with Brussels

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GERMANY POLICE PATROLS. Armed members of the German police patrol the area at the airport in Duesseldorf, Germany, 22 March 2016. Photo by David Young/EPA
Belgium locks down the capital, home to the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, and imposes its highest level of security alert after the explosions

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 23, 2016) — Airlines cancelled hundreds of flights and European railways froze links with Brussels on Tuesday, March 22, after a series of bomb blasts killed around 35 Continue reading Europe freezes air, rail links with Brussels

Belgium’s neighbors tighten borders security after attack

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FRENCH POLICE. French police controls along the road from Paris to Lille, between Senlis and Compiegnes, France, March 22, 2016. Photo by Yoan Valat/EPA
France’s Bernard Cazeneuve also calls on Europe to ‘further boost coordination and the fight’ against terrorism

PARIS, France (Mar. 23, 2016) — Belgium’s neighbors France, Germany and the Netherlands tightened border security Tuesday, March 22, after the attacks on Brussels airport and metro system that left at least 26 dead.

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EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

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PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA
Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

BRUSSELS, Belgium (Mar. 18, 2016) — EU leaders approved a controversial deal with Turkey to curb the huge flow of asylum seekers to Europe, with all migrants arriving in Greece from Sunday to be sent back.

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UNHCR to ask world to take in 400,000 Syrians

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NEW REFUGEES CHIEF. A picture taken on December 6, 2012 shows then UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) Commissioner Filippo Grandi speaking during an interview. Joseph Eid/AFP
On his first visit to Washington since being appointed to head the UN refugee effort, Filippo Grandi said the world must do more to end the crisis

WASHINGTON DC, USA (Mar. 16, 2016) — The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said Tuesday, March 15, he will ask countries to step forward and agree to take in another 400,000 Syrian refugees.

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Merkel in firing line over refugees after regional vote ‘debacle’

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Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany and leader of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), at the final campaign event of the CDU Baden-Wuerttemberg, in Haigerloch, Germany, March 12, 2016. Daniel Mauerer/EPA
The elections are largely regarded as a referendum on Merkel’s decision to open the country’s doors to people fleeing war

BERLIN, Germany (Mar. 14, 2016) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel was facing fresh pressure Monday, March 14, over her liberal refugee policy after a drubbing in regional elections described as a “debacle.”

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Merkel’s CDU in poll hammering as backing for populist AfD surges

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DISAPPOINTMENT. Supporters of Angela Merkel’s CDU party react after state elections exit poll results are announced on tv an election party in Berlin on March 13, 2016. Jens Kalaene/AFP
Merkel’s Christian Democratic Union (CDU) is defeated in 2 of 3 states in regional elections, and scores a historic low 27% in its stronghold Baden-Wuerttemberg

STUTTGART, Germany (Mar. 14, 2016) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s party suffered a major setback in key state polls Sunday, March 13, over her liberal refugee policy, while the right- Continue reading Merkel’s CDU in poll hammering as backing for populist AfD surges