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Tusk: EU powerless to stop Aleppo carnage

A downbeat Donald Tusk last night (15 December) admitted that the European Union was powerless to stop Russian-backed bloodshed in the Syrian city of Aleppo. The European Council President said, … Continue reading

December 16, 2016 · Leave a comment

Migrants using drugs scam to enter EU, says Bulgarian PM

Migrants are tricking their way into the European Union by being deliberately caught with hard drugs, according to Bulgaria’s prime minister.

August 28, 2016 · 3 Comments

Refugees face asylum rejection if they leave country of arrival

Asylum seekers moving to other EU countries after arriving in Europe will face having their applications for international protection rejected, under tougher rules put forward by the European Commission today … Continue reading

July 13, 2016 · Leave a comment

Refugee crisis and EU migration policy to blame for Brexit, says Hungary’s Orbán

Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán today (29 June) blamed the British vote to quit the European Union on the EU’s inability to handle the refugee crisis.

June 30, 2016 · Leave a comment

Only 3% of Italy and Greece’s migrants sent back or settled last year

Only 3% of the more than a million migrants arriving in Italy and Greece in 2015 were returned to their countries of origin or relocated across the EU as refugees,  … Continue reading

February 11, 2016 · Leave a comment

Commission: Schengen suspension could be extended, 60% of migrants should be sent back

The European Commission today (26 January) said it could agree to a suspension of border-free travel in the Schengen zone of up to two years, and that nearly two thirds of … Continue reading

January 26, 2016 · Leave a comment

Eastern Europe’s first black mayor: ‘If we’re Schengen, then why the fences?’

“Are we Schengen or not?” the Ghana-born mayor of Slovenian border-town Piran asked. “And if we are, why is the government putting up fences?”, he said, before warning that a … Continue reading

January 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

EU leaders to roll out red carpet for Turkey at summit

European Union leaders will roll out the red carpet for Turkey’s newly re-elected President Recep Tayip Erdoğan at a summit about how to help the country stop the flow of … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

EU’s migration cash for Africa falls short

The European Union’s efforts to stem the flow of refugees from Africa was undermined today (12 November) by member states who failed to match EU money for a €1.8 billion trust … Continue reading

November 12, 2015 · Leave a comment

Juncker suffers double blow on immigration at summit

EU leaders tonight (23 April) dealt Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker a double-blow on immigration at their meeting to discuss the refugee crisis in the Mediterranean. Juncker tried to use the … Continue reading

April 23, 2015 · Leave a comment

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