Tag Archives: germany

EU’s founding members back two-speed Europe

european union
The Flag of the European Union flies outside of the European Parliament in Strasbourg, France, June 30, 2014. Patrick Seeger/EPA
The foreign ministers of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg and the Netherlands issue a joint communique in which they admit to being ‘concerned about the state of the European project’

ROME, Italy (Feb. 10, 2016) — The 6 founding members of the European Union on Tuesday, February 9, reiterated their commitment to “ever closer union”, even it means leaving less enthusiastic partners like Britain behind.

Continue reading EU’s founding members back two-speed Europe

Germany to tighten asylum rules as Sweden, Finland plan deportations

asylum seekers
TOUGHER AYSLUM POLICIES. A group of migrants from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, who declared that they will seek asylum in Germany or Austria, board the train to Croatia at the train station in the south Serbian city of Presevo, January 25, 2016. Photo by EPA
The cutoff on migrants from Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia follows a chorus of demands in recent weeks to step up expulsions after a rash of sex assaults in Cologne on New Year’s Eve blamed by police on North Africans

BERLIN, Germany (Jan. 30, 2016) — Germany moved Thursday, January 28 to toughen its asylum policies, as Finland and Sweden announced plans to deport tens of thousands of people in a bid to contain the migrant crisis.

Continue reading Germany to tighten asylum rules as Sweden, Finland plan deportations

Germany rejects about 10% of migrants

refugees
HELPING THE REFUGEES. Refugees arrive at the airport train station in Duesseldorg, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany, early 09 September 2015. Photo by Maja Hitji/EPA
Tighter border control comes after EU’s top economy took a record of 1.1 million refugees and migrants in 2015, Germany’s interior minister says

BERLIN, Germany (Jan. 24, 2016) — While Germany is still taking in around 2,000 refugees a day, it is now denying entry to about 200 others daily at its borders, the interior minister said Sunday, January 24.

Continue reading Germany rejects about 10% of migrants

At least 44 migrants dead as boats sink on way to Greece

refugees
MIGRATION. Macedonian police officer checks the paper of the refugees who cross the border between Greece and Macedonia. Thousands of migrants continue to cross the border and pass through Macedonia on their way to the European Union countries. EPA/GEORGI LICOVSKI
The Greek coastguard says they had rescued 74 people after two boats ran into trouble off the Greek Aegean islands of Farmakonisi and Kalolimnos

ATHENS, Greece (Jan. 22, 2016) — At least 44 people including 20 children have died after their boats sank on their way from Turkey to Greece on Friday, January 22, with dozens of other migrants reported missing, coastguard officials in Greece and Turkey said.

Continue reading At least 44 migrants dead as boats sink on way to Greece

Under pressure, Merkel looks to Turkey for help in migrant crisis

angela merkel
TURKEY’S HELP. German Chancellor Angela Merkel gives a press statement in front of the conference building of the Winter Conference of CSU state parliamentary group in Kreuth, Germany, January 20, 2016. File photo by Sven Hoppe/EPA
Germany and Turkey have emerged as key players in the biggest migration crisis to rock Europe since World War II

BERLIN, Germany (Jan. 22, 2016) — German Chancellor Angela Merkel will press Turkey to step up to its “key role” in stemming the flow of migrants to Europe, when she hosts Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu for talks Friday, January 22.

Continue reading Under pressure, Merkel looks to Turkey for help in migrant crisis

German, Turkish police arrest dozens in raids on human traffickers

turkey
FIGHTING HUMAN TRAFFICKING. President of the German Federal Police Headquarters Dieter Romann (R) shakes hands with Governor of Turkey’s general security administration Celalettin Lekesiz (C) as chief of Turkey’s counter organized crime unit Orhan Oezdemir looks on during a press conference in Potsdam on January 20, 2016. Photo by John Macdougall/AFP
The human traffickers allegedly purchase 3 old and decrepit cargo ships in Turkey, loading each with hundreds of paying migrants, then sending the vessels on autopilot toward the Italian coast.

POTSDAM, Germany (Jan. 21, 2016) — German and Turkish police on Wednesday, January 20, announced major coordinated raids against a criminal trafficking network that used unseaworthy ships to send more than 1,700 refugees to Europe.

Continue reading German, Turkish police arrest dozens in raids on human traffickers

Refugee workers urge Germany to learn from past mistakes

refugees
WELCOME. Refugees react to the welcome greetings of Munich’s residents after their arrival at the main train station in Munich, southern Germany, on September 05, 2015. Hundreds of refugees arrived in Germany on September 5, 2015 coming from Hungary and Austria. Photo by Christof Stache/AFP
No-one, including Merkel, has pretended that taking in 1.1 million asylum-seekers last year alone would be easy

COLOGNE, Germany (Jan. 11, 2016) — Chancellor Angela Merkel’s mantra on Germany’s record migrant influx has been “we can do it”, which Cologne refugee worker Behshid Najafi heartily agrees with – but would add a qualifying “if.”

Continue reading Refugee workers urge Germany to learn from past mistakes

Migrants in Germany fear backlash after sex assaults

migrants
MIGRANT WALK. Recently arrived refugees head to accommodation from the main station in Munich, Germany, September 12, 2015. Photo by Andreas Gebert/EPA
The city’s ugly mob violence has inflamed public opinion already strained by the influx of a record 1.1 million refugees and irregular migrants last year

COLOGNE, Germany (Jan. 9, 2016) — When asylum seeker Asim Vllaznim heard about the New Year’s Eve spate of sexual attacks in Germany, blamed on a crowd of migrants, he says his heart fell.

Continue reading Migrants in Germany fear backlash after sex assaults