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    1. May 21, 2015

      Europe has made tragedy a political crisis

      Faced with a tragedy in the Mediterranean, the EU risks transforming it into a self-inflicted political crisis that could...

    2. May 21, 2015

      David Cameron aims to cut inflow of non-EU skilled migrants

      David Cameron has set out plans to “significantly reduce” the number of skilled workers coming to Britain from outside...

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    1. Ireland and the World

      Through its diaspora, its businesses, its cultural heritage and even the humble pint o...
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    1. May 21, 2015

      Police and migrants play game of cat-and-mouse on Europe’s borders

      France-Italy rail line becomes migration flashpoint Under the shade of a palm tree, in the Italian coastal town of...

    2. May 20, 2015

      Tunisian museum massacre suspect captured in Italy

      Fears that jihadis could enter Europe on boats laden with migrants were heightened after a Moroccan suspected of involvement...

    3. May 13, 2015

      EU seeks emergency powers to make its states share asylum seekers

      EU states that have until now accepted few asylum seekers will have to shoulder a heavier burden under a new mandatory...

    4. May 10, 2015

      Brussels to propose mandatory refugee quotas for EU states

      Brussels is planning to introduce mandatory national quotas for refugees in a radical overhaul of the EU’s immigration rules...

    5. May 10, 2015

      UK warned by east Europe not to meddle with migrant rights

      Eastern Europe is warning David Cameron against meddling with “sacrosanct” migrant worker rights, as the newly re-elected...

    6. May 5, 2015

      Russia scuttles Brussels’ plan to destroy migrants boats

      Preparations for EU military strikes against boats used by human traffickers in Libya have hit stiff political resistance,...

    7. May 3, 2015

      More than 6,550 rescued in Mediterranean over the weekend

      Italian coastguard and navy ships led the rescue of more than 6,550 migrants in the Mediterranean Sea at the weekend, in a...

    8. April 29, 2015

      MEPs criticise Viktor Orban over immigration questionnaire

      European lawmakers have rounded on plans by Viktor Orban, Hungary’s prime minister, to poll 8m of the country’s citizens on...

    9. April 29, 2015

      Misplaced nostalgia for Libya’s Gaddafi

      He was supposed to be the dictator no one would ever miss. Treacherous and volatile, Muammer Gaddafi had far less diplomatic...

    10. April 28, 2015

      Ban Ki-moon attacks EU plans for strikes on Libyan smugglers’ boats

      Ban Ki-moon, UN secretary-general, is opposed to plans by the EU to mount military strikes against boats used by human...

    11. April 28, 2015

      The populist surge has peaked but it will leave a bitter legacy

      Europe’s populist political tide is on the retreat. Not everywhere and not always for entirely comforting reasons. But the...

    12. April 26, 2015

      Europe could learn from Australia’s tough border controls

      Pledges of more money and plans to blow boats out of the water may sound like tough policy making. Yet the agreement cobbled...

    13. April 24, 2015

      National interests collide over future of Europe’s migrants

      At a hastily arranged summit in Brussels this week, European leaders were unanimous on doing more to save people from...

    14. April 24, 2015

      Human traffickers advertise their trade on Facebook

      Smugglers have taken to Facebook to offer desperate migrants passage across the Mediterranean to Europe in a sign of how...

    15. April 24, 2015

      Perilous voyage to Europe is only half the ordeal, say migrants

      Lamin Dampha was a political prisoner in Gambia before he escaped to Libya, where he was kidnapped, beaten, imprisoned, made...

    16. April 24, 2015

      The macabre market in Mediterranean migration

      “‘Tour operators’ who trade in human misery” Financial Times, April 23 Tour operators? The boats that have capsized while...

    17. April 24, 2015

      Cameron hits back at Miliband over migrant remarks

      David Cameron accused Ed Miliband of making an “ill-judged intervention” on Friday after Labour suggested the prime...

    18. April 23, 2015

      EU increases funds for Mediterranean rescue mission

      EU leaders pledged ships, helicopters and triple the funds for rescue operations amid a Mediterranean refugee crisis that...

    19. April 23, 2015

      Traffickers are organised as tour operators, says Sicily prosecutor

      The best way to understand the commercial scale of human trafficking across the Mediterranean, says a leading Italian...

    20. April 22, 2015

      Anti-immigration mood weighs on EU politicians

      Seven months ago, the British government prevailed on its EU partners to abandon an Italian search and rescue operation in...

    21. April 22, 2015

      The hour of Europe on the Mediterranean crisis

      When EU heads of government meet in Brussels on Thursday to discuss the migrant crisis in the Mediterranean they need to...

    22. April 22, 2015

      Critics round on €500m aircraft deal for Greek navy

      During its time in opposition, Greece’s radical leftwing Syriza party was quick to accuse the government of “excessive”...

    23. April 22, 2015

      EU migrant crisis: Enrico Letta urges restoration of Mare Nostrum

      Enrico Letta, Italy’s former prime minister, vividly remembers the last time a summit of EU leaders was held against the...

    24. April 20, 2015

      David Cameron pledges to ‘do more’ to help tackle human trafficking

      David Cameron has pledged that Britain “can do more” to help tackle the human trafficking crisis in the Mediterranean, and...

    25. April 20, 2015

      Italy arrests trafficking suspects after hundreds drown off Libya

      Mediterranean migrant tragedy Italian police have arrested two alleged people smugglers who were among the survivors of a...

    26. April 20, 2015

      The cold reality of Europe’s migrant crisis

      When 12 people were murdered by terrorists in the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris earlier this year, more than 2m came out on...

    27. April 20, 2015

      Q&A: Are there solutions to stop the crisis in the Mediterranean?

      Mediterranean migrant tragedy The latest tragedy off the Libyan coast has triggered a chorus of calls for Europe to be much...

    28. The World

      April 20, 2015

      Europe's Mediterranean crisis

      When 12 people were murdered by terrorists in the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris, earlier this year, more than 2m came out...

    29. April 15, 2015

      The shame of Europe over migrant boat people

      The steadily increasing flow of migrants and asylum seekers attempting to reach Europe via the Mediterranean represents one...

    30. April 15, 2015

      Migrant boat from Libya capsizes off coast of Italy

      As many as 400 migrants from sub-Saharan Africa are feared dead after a boat carrying them from Libya to Italy capsized in...

    31. April 14, 2015

      Pro-Europeans need to woo ‘anxious middle’ on free movement

      How should those who want Britain to stay in the EU talk about free movement of people? The issue will shoot to the top of...

    32. April 13, 2015

      More migrants attempt Mediterranean crossing to Italy

      Almost 6,000 migrants have been rescued by Italian Naval and Coast Guard vessels off the coast of Libya in the past three...

    33. April 12, 2015

      Arson attack on hostel for asylum seekers shocks Germany

      On a sunny spring day, it would seem that nothing could disturb the peace of the sleepy German village of Tröglitz, as the...

    34. March 26, 2015

      Economic desperation forces Kosovars to flee

      Valmir spent three days wading through rivers, crawling through undergrowth and evading border guards before he reached...

    35. March 23, 2015

      Growth alone will not stabilise Europe

      Europe is in a race against time. After six years of economic crisis, extremist political parties are well-entrenched across...

    36. March 10, 2015

      Ageing workforce poses risks for eastern Europe, says report

      Eastern Europe risks booming economic growth ending and strains on the public purse rising unless there are radical reforms...

    37. March 5, 2015

      EU migration chief calls for more money to help migrants

      The EU’s new migration chief has called on member states to accept more asylum seekers and share the financial burden of...

    38. March 3, 2015

      Ireland launches initiative to lure expats home

      Ireland’s prime minister has appealed to emigrants who left the country after its economic and financial crash to return...

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