Eurosphere agenda: “Schengen in crisis…

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Carb-loading for the autumn ahead

France’s President François Hollande and Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel will discuss quotas for accepting migrants at their meeting today (24 August), French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said yesterday.

Following the thwarted attack on a French train on Friday evening, the authorities are assuming radical Islamic motives on the part of the alleged perpetrator. Belgium’s prime minister has demanded changes in the Schengen regulations. Some commentators argue that Europe’s open borders make planning terrorist attacks easier. Others emphasise that Europe will only be able to fight terror on the basis of a common security policy.

VIDEO: France honours train attack heroes

Three Americans and a Briton who foiled a suspected terror attack on a train receive France’s top honour from President Francois Hollande.
Asylum centre clashes alarm Germany

German Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel visits an asylum seekers’ shelter where dozens of police were hurt in clashes with right-wing demonstrators.

The German Bundestag approved a third bailout package for Athens on Wednesday. The parliaments in Spain, Austria, Estonia and the Netherlands have also given it the green light this week. Some commentators see the move as proof of the resilience of European solidarity. For others, Europe has missed the chance to reshape its future.


For the first time, the far-right Sweden Democrats are the biggest party in Sweden. According to a Yougov poll commisioned by Metro, the extremists would receive 25.2% of the vote if there was an election today, ahead of the governing centre-left Social Democrats, at 23.4%.


The refugee crisis facing fortress Europe

The ‘humanitarianism’ of military control, detention, and deportation, will not solve the refugee crisis facing Europe. Substantial changes in thought and practice are desperately needed.

A 'migrant boat cemetery' in Lampedusa, Italy. Michele Lapini/Demotix. All rights reserved.


The third Greek bailout and the challenge to national democracy (in Athens and beyond)

With the third Greek bailout officially under way, our policy analyst Vincenzo Scarpetta looks at how the debates and votes on the rescue package in a number of national parliaments have once again highlighted the underlying tension between Eurozone membership and national democracy.

Myth-busting the ‘Nazi gold train’

Is there truth behind the alleged discovery of a Nazi train stashed with gold?

The Plight of Refugees, the Shame of the World

Children are resilient when given a chance. It’s a shame how few are.

Published on Jan 26, 2015

Since 2000, more than 27,000 migrants and refugees have died attempting the perilous journey to Europe. With an unprecedented number of people breaking through its heavily barricaded borders in 2014, the EU continues to fortify its frontiers.

VICE News presents Europe or Die, a new four-part series that documents the efforts of those risking their lives to reach Europe, and the forces tasked to keep them out.

In episode one of our series, VICE News correspondent Milène Larsson travels to the border between Morocco and Spain, where West Africans in their thousands storm the razor-wire-clad fences. Many are beaten back by border police or illegally returned.

Watch “The Human Cost of War in the Central African Republic” –

Read “Guards Break Barricades and Jail Dozens as Refugees Continue Mass Hunger Strike Against Australia” –

Read “Asylum Seekers in Australia Could Soon Be Headed to Cambodia” –

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