In Brief: German politicians warn of a fresh migration crisis if Turkey attacks Northern Syria

Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer wants more EU countries to agree to a distribution plan for migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, but efforts to seal a new deal in Luxembourg have failed.

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Germany’s Interior Minister Horst Seehofer wants more EU countries to agree to a distribution plan for migrants rescued in the Mediterranean Sea, but efforts to seal a new deal in Luxembourg have failed. Seehofer has worked out a draft plan together with France, Italy, and Malta. It is calling for at least 12 EU member states to participate in the effort. However, no agreement from other countries has been reached.

Seehofer said criticism against his bid to accept a quarter of new sea rescues is unfounded.

Seehofer says in the past 14 months, Germany has only accepted 225 migrants rescued from distress at sea. AND, having a debate over such a number is shameful, because Germany has much larger concerns.

Despite the risks, refugees continue to travel along the dangerous eastern Mediterranean route. Many enter Europe via Malta, Italy and Greece, where they face severely overcrowded refugee camps.

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Politicians in the U.S. and Germany are critical of a recent decision by the Trump administration to pull U.S. troops from Northern Syria. That’s ahead of an expected Turkish military offensive, targeting Kurdish allies of U.S. troops in Syria.

Germany’s free market Free Democratic Party (FDP), says it could force a fresh migration crisis in Europe. The foreign policy spokesman of the FDP, Bijan Djir-Sarai told the Saarbrücker Zeitung that an invasion by Turkish troops would have a destabilizing effect on the region.

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The Berlin Light Festival begins today. For the next two weeks facades of various buildings, churches and monuments will be illuminated in elaborate designs, and colorful displays.

In addition to the classic locations such as the Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz, and the Berlin Cathedral, for the first time there will also be light installations in Siemensstadt, Hellersdorf and the Märkisches Viertel.

 

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