In Greece, Merkel admits EU migration policy isn’t working

In Greece, Merkel admits EU migration policy isn’t working

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, speaking in Greece, conceded that a migration deal struck between Turkey and the European Union in 2016 isn’t working as planned but Europe will continue to support its implementation. That deal affecting Middle Eastern and North African migrants immediately ended crossings from Turkey into Greece, with…

Earthquake in Greece felt across the Mediterranean

Earthquake in Greece felt across the Mediterranean

A strong earthquake struck the Ionian islands of western Greece early Friday, with people in at least eight countries saying they felt the shaking across southern Europe and North Africa. The United States Geological Survey said the 6.8-magnitude earthquake hit just before 2 a.m. local time, about 33 kilometers from…

New EU immigration plan puts focus on Africa’s most vulnerable

The European Union introduced on Wednesday a new immigration plan that would bring at least 50,000 new people, primarily from African and Middle East nations, into member countries. The proposed two-year plan will run through October 2019, and acknowledges the shift in migration patterns across the Mediterranean since the immigration…

Fatal Turkey quake causes tsunami; 2 dead, some 500 injured

A major earthquake that sparked a small Mediterranean Sea tsunami struck Turkey and Greece early Friday morning, with reports that the temblor was felt as far away as Egypt. The 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit at about 1:30 a.m. local time, 10 kilometers from the seaside town of Bodrum, according to the…

HRW report on EU-Turkey migrant deal may raise red flags for Africa

The European Union’s dicey migration deal with Turkey is causing untold misery among migrants and refugees trapped on Greek islands, according to a Human Rights Watch (HRW) report released Wednesday. The HRW organization conducted research in May and June on the island of Lesbos that “documented the deteriorating mental health…