Tag: Europe

65.3 million people displaced: ‘There is no Plan B for Europe. Europe will continue to receive people seeking asylum’

 A record 65.3 million people were uprooted worldwide last year, many of them fleeing wars only to face walls, tougher laws and xenophobia as they reach borders, the United Nations refugee agency said on Monday.   The figure, which jumped from 59.5 million in 2014 and by 50 percent in five years, means that 1 […]

Nato chief seeks to avoid ‘new Cold War’ with Russia as it boosts defences against Moscow

Nato’s secretary general has confirmed it will bolster its defences against Russia, while attempting to avoid any unwarranted escalations in tension with Moscow.   On Tuesday, Jens Stoltenberg confirmed a Nato deployment plan to send four multinational battalions to the Baltic states and Poland, following backing from defence ministers who gathered for a two-day meeting in Brussels. What would happen […]

Pride in London: What you need to know about the annual LGBT festival and parade

Pride in London is one of the world’s biggest LGBT celebrations, with thousands of revellers taking part in the parades and performances across the British capital. Here is everything you need to know about the festival and parade.   When does it start?   What’s on during the festival?   The festival includes theatre, dance, […]

Nato countries begin largest war game in eastern Europe since cold war

The largest war game in eastern Europe since the end of the cold war has started in Poland, as Nato and partner countries seek to mount a display of strength as a response to concerns about Russia’s assertiveness and actions.   The 10-day military exercise, involving 31,000 troops and thousands of vehicles from 24 countries, […]

Ukrainian Vice PM for European Integration: Delay in visa-free regime may obstruct EU-Ukraine dialogue

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine for European and Euro-Atlantic Integration Ivanna Klympush-Tsyntsadze has held talks with French Ambassador to Ukraine Isabelle Dumont on the process of visa liberalization, Russian aggression and the possibility of cooperation in the reform of Ukrainian civil service.   This is reported by the Government portal.   “In a conversation with […]

French Jews flee Paris suburbs over rising anti-Semitism

Le Raincy (France) (AFP) – When Alain Benhamou walked into his apartment near Paris in July 2015 and saw the words “dirty Jew” scrawled on the wall, he knew it was time to leave.   It was his second such break-in in less than three months and the 71-year-old no longer felt welcome in Bondy, […]

Syrian refugees caught in the middle of Europe and Turkey standoff over migrant deal

Turkey’s 2,700,000 Syrian refugees, their lives already blighted by the civil war in their country, have been thrown into further uncertainty as a standoff between Europe and Turkey over a deal intended to stem the flow of migrants to the continent escalates.   Brussels and Ankara have agreed to a €6bn (£4.1bn) deal to operate […]

Erdoğan calls on Europe to take in more Syrian refugees

The Turkish president has asked Europe to welcome more of the 3 million refugees currently living in Turkey, as the main group campaigning to take Britain out of the EU suggested that higher levels of immigration from Turkey could pose a security risk if the country is admitted to the EU. Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said […]

Islam and Christianity share ‘idea of conquest’, says Pope Francis

Islam and Christianity share an inherent “idea of conquest”, and those who refer to Europe’s roots as Christian often veer into colonialism, Pope Francis said in a wideranging interview about the the migration crisis and the ability of Christians and Muslims to live together harmoniously.   Speaking to the French Catholic newspaper La Croix, the […]

Pope Francis: ‘Conquest is inherent in the soul of Islam’ — but don’t fear refugees

Pope Francis seemingly sent mixed messages to 1.2 billion Catholics Tuesday while talking about Europe’s refugee crisis.   A reporter for France’s La Croix told the pope that Europeans were “partly” reticent of accepting refugees from the Middle East and North Africa due to fear, and he then asked if such feelings were justified.   […]