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After Migrants Drowned at Sea, Debate Over Who Should Have Saved Them

ROME — Dozens of migrants — possibly more than 100 people — drowned in the Mediterranean Sea while trying to reach Europe this month after their boat sank and passengers waited in the water for hours until a rescue ship Read more…


German Politicians Call for Surveillance of Anti-Immigrant Party

BERLIN — German politicians have called on domestic intelligence officials to place the nationalist Alternative for Germany party under surveillance on suspicion of undermining the country’s constitution, as it stokes resentments against immigrants and Chancellor Angela Merkel’s immigration policies. The Read more…


German Far-Right and Counterprotesters Clash in Chemnitz

BERLIN — Protesters flashing Nazi salutes and shouting “Foreigners out” clashed Monday night with counterdemonstrators chanting “Refugees welcome,” in a second night of violence in the east German city of Chemnitz that left several people injured and a country dismayed Read more…


Europe Benefits by Bankrolling an Anti-Migrant Effort. Niger Pays a Price.

DIRKOU, Niger — The heavily armed troops are positioned around oases in Niger’s vast northern desert, where temperatures routinely climb beyond 100 degrees. While both Al Qaeda and the Islamic State have branches operating in the area, the mission of Read more…


‘All of Africa Is Here’: Where Europe’s Southern Border Is Just a Fence

CEUTA, Spain — For most migrants from Africa, the last stage of their trip to Europe involves some sort of perilous sea crossing. At the border in Ceuta, there is just a fence. Ceuta (pronounced say-YOU-tah) is one of the Read more…


Gay Afghan Teenager Denied Asylum in Austria Because He Didn’t Fit Stereotype, Rights Group Says

Migrants who flee their home countries for Europe face perilous and sometimes fatal journeys crossing by boat or over land, often at the hands of unscrupulous human traffickers. The office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees said this Read more…


Star Athlete Is Injured in Egg Attack, and Italy Debates ‘a Racism Emergency’

“They tell you, ‘Oh, the monster is here, there is a monster, here is the monster, there is the monster,’” Ms. Osakue said. “So you think the first person who comes in that door is a monster, so you attack Read more…


For Europe, Cutting the Flow of Migrants Challenges Basic Ideals

But is this the Europe of its founders, or is it something harsher, less optimistic and self-confident? Mr. Kurz, whose country has just taken over the revolving presidency of the European Union, acknowledges that this is “an important moment, a Read more…


Germany’s Europe-Shaking Political Crisis Over Migrants, Explained

The near political breakdown in Germany marks the beginning of the end for the European experiment, for an era of openness toward refugees and migrants in the West, and for Angela Merkel, the German chancellor at the center of the Read more…


Merkel’s Government Teeters as Conservatives Clash on Migration

BERLIN — Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany struggled to keep her government together on Monday, after her rebellious Bavarian interior minister first threatened to resign, then backtracked, and finally gave her a second ultimatum on creating a hard border with Read more…