French PM rejects permanent quota system for refugees

By Andreas Rinke and Tatiana Jancarikova MUNICH/BRATISLAVA, Feb 13 : French Prime Minister Manuel Valls rejected today the idea of a permanent quota system for distributing refugees across Europe, putting Paris at odds with Germany ahead of a summit to discuss the EU crisis over migration. Speaking to reporters at a security conference in Munich, […]

EU executive to push Greece, Italy more on migration

By Gabriela Baczynska BRUSSELS, Feb 9 : The EU executive will push Greece and Italy tomorrow to do more to control migrants arriving across the Mediterranean, as time runs out for Athens to fix frontier chaos or be suspended from Europe’s free travel zone. EU leaders will meet next week under growing pressure to get […]

UN migration chief says Angela Merkel is a hero

By Tom Miles GENEVA, Feb 5 : The UN’s top migration official called German Chancellor Angela Merkel a hero today, saying she had taken a principled stand to support refugees while some European leaders had failed a test of human decency. Popular support for Merkel has tumbled to its lowest in 4 1/2 years, a […]

Germans make refugees feel at home with buddy schemes, cooking and sport

By Michelle Martin BERLIN, Feb 4 : When asylum seeker Fouad Nour Aldin from Gaza arrived in Germany a year ago, he used to spend all day brooding inside his shelter — until a scheme hooked him up with German buddies. The 41-year-old Palestinian, a former bus driver, is one of more than a million […]

Greek bus drivers, migrants block highway over border impasse

By Fedja Grulovic POLIKASTRO, Greece, Feb 4 : Greek bus drivers and migrant passengers seeking to reach western Europe blocked traffic on the main highway running north to Macedonia today, tempers fraying over the slow pace of passage over the border. At least 80 buses have been backed up short of Greece’s northern border with […]

Migrants stranded in Greece by taxi, tractor protests

By Fedja Grulovic POLIKASTRO, Greece, Feb 2 : At least 80 buses packed with migrants, many of them women and children, were backed up short of the Greek border with Macedonia today, stranded by protests on either side of the frontier. Taxi-drivers on the Macedonian side have blocked the railway line between the two countries, […]