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Merkel Identifies Libya as Key to Solving Migrant Crisis

Via Politico Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel wants to cooperate more closely with Libya to stem the influx of migrants from North Africa to Europe via perilous Mediterranean crossings. “The process is in its infancy, but it’s supposed to develop like [the refugee deal with] Turkey once did,” the chancellor told …

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France: Churches are Being Destroyed as Mosques Spring Up

Via Gatestone Institute “France is not a random space… fifteen centuries of history and geography determined its personality. Inscribed in the depths of our landscape, the churches, the cathedrals and other places of pilgrimage give meaning and form to our patriotism. Let us demand our civil authorities to respect it”. …

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Germany To Resume Sending Migrants Back To Greece

Via BBC Germany is set to send asylum seekers back to Greece, although reception centres there are overcrowded and there is a huge backlog in processing claims. Germany had halted such returns under a 2011 ruling by its Constitutional Court. But it can send migrants back under the EU’s Dublin …

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Migrants Suing Germany in Ever Increasing Numbers

Via Stars and Stripes The refugee wave that buffeted Germany in 2015 is now crashing down on the nation’s courts, as migrants seeking relief from the Syrian civil war challenge efforts by one of Europe’s most welcoming states to limit their rights. Some 250,000 asylum appeals are pending across Germany, …

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Protestors Wall off Access to French Migrant Shelter

Via The Local France Locals in southwestern France have built a wall around the entrance to a disused hotel in protest against plans to turn it into a migrant centre. Protesters in a town in southwest France have built a nearly-two-metre-high wall around the entrance to a disused hotel to …

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German Media Failed to Accurately Report Refugee Crisis

Via The Local Germany An influential German institute has studied thousands of article published by daily newspapers during the refugee crisis. Their conclusion: journalists lost their objectivity and drove a wedge through society. As hundreds of thousands of refugees arrived in Germany in 2015 and early 2016, daily newspapers took …

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