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Pope says he angered Merkel with ‘grandmother Europe’ comment

Pope Francis has revealed that he received an angry phone call from German Chancellor Angela Merkel after he compared Europe to a "barren woman", in an interview published Monday (8 February).more »


Putin using refugee crisis to weaken Merkel

Judy Dempsey is a non-resident senior associate at Carnegie Europe and editor in chief of Strategic Europe. This article was first published by Carnegie Europe.more »


Israeli NGOs receiving EU funds targeted by new bill

A bill that opponents say targets Israeli human rights groups critical of Israel's policies towards the Palestinians won initial approval in parliament yesterday (8 February) with the support of right-wing parties.more »


Erdogan threatened to flood Europe with refugees

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan threatened to flood Europe with migrants in November if European Union leaders did not offer him a better deal to help manage the refugee crisis, a Greek news website said yesterday (8...more »


Turkey, Germany to involve NATO in monitoring Syrian refugee exodus

Turkey and Germany plan to seek help from NATO allies in monitoring Syrian refugees trying to get to Europe across the Aegean Sea, Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu said yesterday (8 February).more »


National reluctance sinks EU's refugee relocation plan

Since adopting the scheme last September to relocate 160,000 asylum seekers from frontline states Greece and Italy, European Union countries have moved at a snail's pace, taking in just 500 people.more »


Downing Street warns Brexit means more migrants

A British EU exit could mean thousands of migrants landing on Britain's shores "overnight", the government said yesterday (8 February), stepping up the rhetoric in the campaign ahead of a referendum on membership.more »

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