Europe

Anti-Burkini Law in France Would Worsen Tension: Interior Minister

PARIS, Aug 29 – A law banning the full-body “burkini” swimsuit in France would stoke tensions between communities and would be both unconstitutional and ineffective, Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in an interview published on Sunday. France’s highest administrative court, the Council of State, ruled on Friday against a decision to ban the burkini by

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Merkel’s Deputy Says She Underestimated Migrant Integration Challenge

BERLIN, Aug 28 – German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel said in an interview on Saturday that Chancellor Angela Merkel’s conservatives had “underestimated” the challenge of integrating a record migrant influx. Gabriel is also leader of the Social Democrats (SPD) – the junior coalition partner in Merkel’s government – and his comments to broadcaster ZDF come

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Turkey Lashes Out at Germany Over Allegations it Has Become Islamist “Hub”

ANKARA, Aug 17 – Turkey lashed out at Germany on Wednesday, saying that allegations that Turkey had become a central hub for Islamist groups reflected a “twisted mentality” that has been trying to target President Tayyip Erdogan. German broadcaster ARD this week published part of a confidential German government report, which it said marked the

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Police Tighten Security at Geneva Airport After French Tipoff

GENEVA, July 27 – Police in Geneva increased security checks around the Swiss city’s Cointrin airport on Wednesday after receiving information from French police about a possible bomb threat. Preventive security measures were under way around the airport, the police said on their Facebook page, and would continue for an indefinite period. Officers armed with

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German-Iranian Gunman Kills at least Nine in Munich Mall

By Joern Poltz and Jens Hack MUNICH, July 22 – An 18-year-old German-Iranian gunman who apparently acted alone opened fire in a busy shopping mall in Munich on Friday evening, killing at least nine people in the third attack against civilians in Western Europe in eight days. The pistol-wielding attacker, identified by Munich Police Chief

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Putsched Out

Turkey’s coup holds lessons for the region By Shadi Hamid On a Friday night, just a day after a horrific attack in Nice, France, that had taken the lives of more than 80, rumors of a military coup in Turkey began to spread. It was a reminder that even the most unlikely things can happen in a

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“No Excuse” for Turkey to Abandon Rule of Law: EU’s Mogherini

By Alastair Macdonald and Robert-Jan Bartunek BRUSSELS, July 18 – EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini warned the Turkish government on Monday against taking steps that would damage the constitutional order following a failed weekend coup. “We were the first… during that tragic night to say that the legitimate institutions needed to be protected,” she

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Cameron Says UK Must Stay Close to the EU After Brexit

FARNBOROUGH, England, July 11  – Prime Minister David Cameron said it was in Britain’s fundamental interest to remain very close to the European Union when it renegotiates a new relationship with the bloc it voted to leave in a referendum last month. Speaking to global aerospace executives at the Farnborough airshow, Cameron said Britain must

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Thousands Gather in London to Protest Against Brexit Vote

By Alistair Smout LONDON, July 3 – Thousands of demonstrators gathered in central London on Saturday to march in protest against last week’s vote to leave the European Union, a result that has plunged Britain into political chaos and which most people in the capital rejected. Most protestors were young adults, and many were draped

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