Europe

Egypt Migrant Departures Stir New Concern in Europe

By Francesco Guarascio BRUSSELS, Feb 28  – The European Union fears Mediterranean migrant smuggling gangs are reviving a route from Egypt, officials told Reuters, putting thousands of people to sea in recent months as they face problems in Libya and Turkey. “It’s an increasing issue,” an EU official said of increased activity after a quiet

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Border Fences Will Not Stop Migrants Heading to Europe Says Think-Tank

By Emma Batha LONDON, Feb 10 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Efforts by European countries to deter migrants with border fences, teargas and asset seizures will not stem the flow of people into the continent, and European leaders should make their journeys safer, a think-tank said on Wednesday. The Overseas Development Institute (ODI) said Europe must

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Finnish PM Says He Can’t Put Up Refugee Family for Security Reasons

HELSINKI, Feb 1 (Reuters) – Finnish Prime Minister Juha Sipila has said he will not be able fulfill a promise to put up a family of asylum seekers for now because of security concerns. Sipila, a former telecoms executive, stirred controversy in September by saying he would open his second home in northern Finland to

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Europe Turns to Morocco in Paris Attacks Investigation

By Aziz El Yaakoubi and Philip Blenkinsop AIT OURIR, Morocco, Jan 13 – A few weeks before she was killed in a raid by French special forces beside the suspected ringleader of last November’s Paris attacks, Hasna Ait Boulahcen packed her bags and said her last farewells to relatives in Morocco. The 26-year-old Parisian’s almost

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Dutch to Push Intelligence Sharing After Missed Signals in Paris

THE HAGUE, Jan 11  – The Netherlands will push for greater sharing of intelligence data, including lists of suspected foreign fighters, at a gathering of global counter-terrorism officials on Monday. The Dutch, who hold the rotating European Union presidency, circulated a draft outlining the objective to roughly 250 delegates of the Global Counter Terrorism Forum

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EU Sees Little Drop in Migrants Since Turkey Deal

BRUSSELS, Dec 17 – The European Union has seen little evidence that Turkey has managed to reduce departures of migrants for Greek islands in the two weeks since it signed an agreement to do so, an EU document showed on Thursday. The report by the Luxembourg government, in its current capacity as president of EU

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Chancellor Merkel Wants to “Drastically Reduce” Refugee Arrivals in Germany

KARLSRUHE, Germany, Dec 13 (Reuters) – Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday she wanted to “drastically decrease” the number of refugees coming to Germany, signalling a compromise to critics of her open-door policy from within her conservatives on the eve of a party congress. Merkel has resisted pressure from allies within her Christian Democratic Union

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Passenger Jet Lands in Budapest Due to Bomb Threat

BUDAPEST, Dec 7 (Reuters) – A passenger jet heading from Berlin to Hurghada in Egypt landed in Budapest on Monday due to a bomb threat, police said. Hungarian police searched the plane and were unable to find any explosives on the flight, police spokeswoman Viktoria Csiszer-Kovacs said. She added that the threat had been aimed at

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Global Economy: A Not-Entirely-Dead Week

By Jeremy Gaunt LONDON, Dec 6  – The calm before the storm? Here comes the “dead week” before the U.S. Federal Reserve raises interest rates for the first time since June 2006 – nine and a half years ago. It will be a week of last-minute positioning by financial markets before the expected hike on Dec. 16

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U.N: Europe Must Stop Locking Up Thousands of Stateless People

By Emma Batha LONDON, Dec 1 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – European countries must stop locking up stateless people like criminals, human rights campaigners said, describing their detention as “a preventable tragedy” that risks being worsened by the migrant crisis. Thousands of stateless people are being held in immigration detention centres across Europe even though they

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