Continuing to address the broad range of challenges facing the global community, Heads of State and Government along with other high-level representatives hailed recent diplomatic successes, while decrying the plight of refugees and the crises leading to their flight, during day four of the General Assembly’s annual debate.
Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Thursday 9/17/2015 - 12:20 GMT
by Danny Kemp and Lachlan Carmichael
EU leaders were to stage an emergency summit Wednesday on boosting aid and tightening borders to tackle the migration crisis, but a growing east-west split over a deal to relocate 120,000 refugees threatened to poison the talks.
Hours before the meeting, Hungary's prime minister rejected Angela Merkel's "moral imperialism" over the worst such crisis since World War II while Slovakia said it would dispute the refugee quota deal in court.
What is the European Agenda on Migration and what is its state of play?
Tackling migration is one of the ten political priorities of this Commission. The European Agenda on Migration develops the political guidelines of President Juncker into tailored initiatives aimed at managing migration better in all its aspects. The Agenda, adopted on 13 May 2015 put forward concrete actions to respond to the immediate crisis and save lives at sea, and proposed structural responses for the medium and long term.
Brussels, Belgium | Thursday 9/22/2015 - 10:17 GMT
by Lachlan CARMICHAEL
EU interior ministers were set to hold emergency talks Tuesday to try and bridge deep divisions over Europe's worst migration crisis since World War II, as pressure builds for member states to reach an agreement.
Nickelsdorf, Austria | AFP | 9/21/2015 - 04:32 GMT
by Marianne BARRIAUX
Eastern European ministers were to meet Monday to attempt to bridge stark differences over their refugee policies, in an escalating crisis saw thousands of migrants shunted from one border to another over the weekend.
Several thousand finally entered Austria aboard crowded buses and trains on Sunday, while at least 13 refugees drowned off the coast of Turkey, the latest to perish as they try to escape conflict in their home countries mostly in the Middle East and Africa.
Edirne, Turkey | AFP | Friday 9/18/2015 - 14:46 GMT
Several hundred migrants who have been blocked by police in northwest Turkey from crossing overland into Greece drew closer to the border Friday after the authorities briefly opened the route.
From their makeshift camp on the outskirts of the border city of Edirne the migrants -- mostly Syrian refugees -- began walking in the direction of the city centre, beyond which lies the road to Greece, an AFP photographer reported.
9/17/2015 - 01:58 GMT
by Calin NEACSU with Eric Randolph in Tovarnik
Hungarian riot police fired tear gas and water cannon Wednesday at crowds of refugees and migrants desperate to cross the border from Serbia, while others carved out a new route and headed for Croatia.
Tensions boiled over at the flashpoint Horgos-Roszke crossing, where hundreds of furious people tore down the wire meshing separating them from Hungarian territory, and police clashed for hours with migrants, some of whom threw stones, sticks and plastic bottles.
Horgos, SERBIA | AFP | 9/16/2015 - 04:49 GMT
by Eric RANDOLPH
A first busload of migrants arrived early Wednesday near Serbia's border with EU member Croatia hoping to circumvent a razor-wire fence erected by Hungary, as Germany's Angela Merkel called for an EU summit on the refugee crisis.
The group of 30-40 mostly Syrian or Afghan migrants disembarked at the Serbian border town of Sid after an overnight journey from the Macedonian border at Presevo, 500 kilometres (300 miles) to the south.
(Brussels, September 16, 2015) – The response to the refugee crisis agreed by the European Union interior ministers on September 14, 2015, is largely focused on shifting responsibility to countries outside the EU, Human Rights Watch said today.
GENEVA, Sept 15 (UNHCR) – Tragedy marked the Mediterranean again last weekend as two more boats capsized in Greek waters, killing 39 people, including 15 children and four babies.
The boats, which capsized on Saturday and Sunday off the coast of Farmakonisi and Samos, had Syrians, Iraqis and other people fleeing war and conflict on board and looking for safety in Europe.
Röszke, Hungary | AFP | Sunday 9/13/2015 - 17:35 GMT
by Eric Randolph with Danny Kemp in Brussels
Hungary closed the main border crossing for migrants entering from Serbia on Monday as Europe's passport-free zone creaked under the reinstatement of border controls by Austria, Slovakia and Germany.
The growing tensions at the heart of the EU's flagship Schengen area ramped up the pressure on interior ministers holding emergency talks in Brussels on the unprecedented flood of people fleeing Syria and other war zones.
Brussels, Belgium | AFP | Sunday 9/13/2015 - 10:22 GMT
by Danny KEMP
Austria and Slovakia said they were reinstating border controls Monday to cope with a flood of refugees, following a similar move by Germany, which warned it could face up to one million migrant arrivals this year.
Berlin's shock move, which struck at the heart of the EU's passport-free Schengen zone, had an immediate knock-on effect and ramped up the pressure on interior ministers holding crisis talks in Brussels later Monday.
Prague, Czech Republic | AFP | Tuesday 9/8/2015 - 16:30 GMT
by Jan Flemr with Simon Sturdee in Vienna
Eastern European countries resisted on Friday a German push for them to take in more migrants, exposing a deep rift in the EU as video footage stoked concerns about Hungary's treatment of refugees.
Pressing his Czech, Hungarian, Polish and Slovakian counterparts in Prague, Germany's foreign minister warned the influx of hundreds of thousands of migrants could be "the biggest challenge for the EU in its history."
Röszke, Hongrie | AFP | vendredi 11/09/2015 - 01:27 GMT
par Philippe SCHWAB et les bureaux européens de l'AFP
Les tensions croissantes entre Européens sur la crise migratoire seront au coeur d'une réunion vendredi à Prague entre l'Allemagne et plusieurs pays frontalement opposés à la politique de Berlin en faveur de l'accueil des réfugiés, qui continuent d'affluer sur les routes d'Europe.
Prague, Czech Republic | AFP | Friday 9/11/2015 - 04:15 GMT
Germany on Friday will seek to mend bitter divisions over how to handle Europe's spiralling migrant crisis, pushing eastern states to accept a quota system it says is still only a "drop in the ocean".
Foreign ministers from Germany and Luxembourg are set to meet their counterparts from the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia in Prague for talks on a controversial system to distribute 160,000 new arrivals around the bloc.
The following statement was issued today by the Spokesman for UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon:
The Secretary-General has spoken to the Heads of Government of Austria, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia to discuss the arrival of refugees and migrants in Europe.
Prague, Czech Republic | AFP | Friday 9/4/2015 - 16:16 GMT
The Czech Republic and Slovakia on Friday proposed creating a rail corridor for Syrian refugees linking Hungary and Germany, as Central European leaders rejected an EU-wide quota system taking in refugees.
"The Czech Republic and Slovakia can create a rail corridor for Syrian refugees travelling from Hungary to Germany, if Berlin and Budapest agree," Czech Interior Minister Milan Chovanec said at a joint press conference in Prague.