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Germany cites terror threat to extend border controls

Oct 12, 2017 - 6:50 PM

Germany's interior minister, Thomas de Maiziere, justifies the move with the continued threat of terrorism, illegal migration inside Europe's passport-free Schengen zone, and the European Union's porous outside borders

GERMANY ON BORDER CONTROLS. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere arrives for the last weekly meeting of the German cabinet before parliamentary elections, at the chancellery in Berlin on September 20, 2017.  File photo by John Macdougall/AFP

German MPs approve partial burka ban, security measures

Apr 28, 2017 - 9:12 AM

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says the social integration of immigrants requires that we make clear and communicate our values and the limits of our tolerance to other cultures

Germany migrant arrivals down sharply as Merkel faces polls

Jan 12, 2017 - 8:51 AM

The figure dropped from 890 000 in 2015 to 280 000 in 2016 the government says largely due to the closure of the Balkan overland route and a fragile EU Turkey deal to limit the mass influx

In this file photo, migrants wait for a first registration at the registration point for asylum seekers in Erding near Munich, southern Germany, on November 15, 2016. Christof Stache/AFP

Merkel hopes for 'quick arrest' of Berlin market attacker

Dec 22, 2016 - 11:54 PM

UPDATED Just as Merkel praises the country for not succumbing to fear in the wake of the attack she insists that authorities will manage to track down the alleged assailant

Manhunt for Berlin suspect intensifies as anger grows

Dec 22, 2016 - 8:50 PM

It emerges that the prime suspect in Berlin s deadly truck attack a rejected Tunisian asylum seeker was known as a potentially dangerous jihadist

SECURED. Police officers walk at the Christmas market near the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church) in Berlin on December 22, 2016. Tobias Schwarz/AFP

Anis Amri: Tunisian suspect in Berlin truck attack

Dec 21, 2016 - 11:40 PM

UPDATED Anis Amri is named in European arrest warrants that offered a 100 000 euro 104 000 reward for information and warned he could be violent and armed

PRIME SUSPECT. This combination of pictures created on December 21, 2016 shows a handout portrait released by German Federal Police Office (BKA) on December 21, 2016 showing two pictures of Tunisian man identified as Anis Amri, suspected of being involved in the Berlin Christmas market attack, that killed 12 people on December 19.  BKA/Handout/AFP

Germany hunts for Tunisian asylum seeker in Berlin market attack

Dec 21, 2016 - 10:44 PM

UPDATED Officials say the suspect 24 year old Tunisian national Anis Amri had already been under investigation for planning an attack in a development certain to fuel public outrage

A sign quoting John F Kennedy's sentence 'I am a Berliner' lies amid candles at a makeshift memorial in front of the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedaechtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church), two days after an attack at the nearby Christmas market in central Berlin, on December 21, 2016. Odd Andersen/AFP

Germany hunts Tunisian suspect after ISIS claims truck attack

Dec 21, 2016 - 7:48 AM

3rd UPDATE The man is in his early 20s known by 3 different names and was born in the southern city of Tataouine reports say

The scene of a terrorist attack is seen on December 20, 2016 after a lorry smashed into a busy Christmas market in central Berlin. Odd Andersen/AFP

Germany: Facebook has 'social responsibility' to curb hateful content

Aug 30, 2016 - 5:00 PM

Thomas de Maiziere: Facebook has an immensely important economic position and just like every other large enterprise it has an immensely important social responsibility

GERMANY AND FACEBOOK. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere (C) talks to an employee during a vistit at the Facebook office in Berlin, Germany on August 29, 2016. Photo by Stefanie Loos/AFP

Germany proposes burka ban in public places

Aug 19, 2016 - 5:11 PM

UPDATED German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere tells public television that the full face veil does not belong in our cosmopolitan country

PARTIAL BAN? German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says he is in favor of a partial burka ban amid a fierce national debate on integration. Maiziere photo by Wolfgang Kumm/EPA, Burka photo by Nicolas Asfouri/AFP

Doubt cast on German train attacker's nationality

Jul 20, 2016 - 11:04 PM

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere says the teenager is believed to be a lone wolf attacker who appears to have been inspired by the Islamic State ISIS group but is not a member of the network

ON GERMANY'S TRAIN ATTACK. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere speaks at a press conference in Berlin, Germany, July 20, 2016. Photo by Michael Kappeler/EPA

Greece expels second wave of migrants to Turkey under EU deal

Apr 09, 2016 - 8:54 AM

Greek officials say two boats carrying 124 migrants – most of them Pakistani men – had been sent back across the Aegean Sea where hundreds have lost their lives in a quest to reach Europe

EU DEAL. A migrant (C-R) is escorted by a Frontex officer (C-L), boarding a Turkish-flagged passenger boat, to be returned to Turkey, at the port of Mytilene, on the island of Lesbos, Greece, April 8, 2016. Photo by Stratis Balaskas/EPA

Thousands of Afghans stranded in Greece as Macedonia shuts border

Feb 22, 2016 - 9:44 PM

UPDATED Overall some 8 000 people are trapped on Greece s northern frontier and at the port of Piraeus after Macedonia introduced the measure on Sunday in a bid to stem an unrelenting influx of migrants

MACEDONIA MIGRANTS. A group of Afghan refugees wait for permission to cross the border from Macedonia to Serbia near Tabanovce, Kumanovo, The Former Yugoslav Reublic of Macedonia, February 20, 2016. Photo by Nake Batev/EPA

Germany rejects about 10% of migrants – minister

Jan 24, 2016 - 7:47 PM

Tighter border control comes after EU s top economy took a record of 1 1 million refugees and migrants in 2015 Germany s interior minister says

HELPING THE REFUGEES. Refugees arrive at the airport train station in Duesseldorg, North Rhine Westphalia, Germany, early 09 September 2015. Photo by Maja Hitji/EPA

German interior minister heads to Istanbul after attack

Jan 13, 2016 - 4:09 PM

German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere will visit the site of the attack and then confer with Turkish officials

EMERGENCY. Paramedics carry a dead body after an explosion near the Blue Mosque in the Sultanahmet district of central Istanbul, Turkey, January 12, 2016. Tolga Bozoglu/EPA

Germany, eyeing threat, bans aiding Islamic State

Sep 13, 2014 - 2:30 PM

German politicians call for a crackdown on radical Islamist propaganda after ultra conservative Salafists took to the streets calling themselves the Sharia Police

IN PROTEST. Kurds and Yazidi take part in a protest rally in Frankfurt Main, Germany, 09 August 2014. They protested against the invasion of large parts of the Iraq by the jihadist group Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS). Boris Roessler/EPA

Turkey to ask for NATO support on border with Syria

Nov 20, 2012 - 8:14 AM

NATO said Monday November 19 it would urgently consider a request from Ankara to deploy Patriot missiles along Turkey s troubled border with Syria as the EU announced its recognition of the new Syrian opposition coalition

NATO chief Anders Fogh Rasmussen talks to the media upon arrival to the EU Council Building prior to the start of a meeting of European Union defense ministers, on November 19, 2012 in Brussels. AFP PHOTO/THIERRY CHARLIER