Merkel’s allies told to show Christian values in immigration policy

By Riham Alkousaa BERLIN, July 18 : Chancellor Angela Merkel’s Bavarian allies, who are pressing her to toughen up immigration policy, should remember their Christian roots and show a sense of responsibility towards the poor and weak, the head of the Catholic Church in Germany said. Horst Seehofer, leader of the Bavarian Christian Social Union […]

Migrant rescue boat aims for Spain with bodies, shunning Italy

By Juan Medina ON BOARD THE OPEN ARMS, Mediterranean, July 18 : A sea rescue charity is seeking permission to take the bodies of two dead migrants to Spain, it said on Wednesday, shunning the option of taking a lone survivor to a much closer port in Italy whose interior minister has accused rescue groups […]

Italy wants EU sea missions to take rescued migrants elsewhere

By Steve Scherer ROME, July 8 : Italy will seek commitments from European Union partners to have migrants rescued at sea by ships from anti-trafficking and border control missions taken to other countries, its interior minister said on Sunday. The request will be made on Thursday at a meeting of European interior ministers in the […]

EU lawmakers back plan for European Investment Bank work in Iran

By Robin Emmott and Alissa de Carbonnel BRUSSELS, July 4 : EU lawmakers gave approval on Wednesday for the European Investment Bank (EIB) to do business in Iran, overcoming a blocking attempt and keeping alive plans to save the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran that Washington has abandoned. The EIB, the European Union’s not-for-profit long […]

Italy, Malta in fresh stand-off over boat carrying 59 migrants

By Gavin Jones ROME, June 30 : A rescue boat saved 59 migrants at sea off Libya on Saturday and Italy immediately said it would not welcome them, setting up a fresh stand-off with Malta and adding to tensions among European governments over immigration. The migrants on board Open Arms, a boat run by the […]