EU launches new border force to stem migrant flow

EU launches new border force to stem migrant flow

The EU’s beefed-up version of its struggling border force goes into operation Thursday, as the squabbling bloc struggles to find a unified strategy to tackle its worst migration crisis since World War II. European Union officials were due to inaugurate the new task force at the Kapitan-Andreevo checkpoint on the Bulgarian-Turkish border, the main land […]

Syria ceasefire holds but aid convoy held up near border

Syria ceasefire holds but aid convoy held up near border

Two convoys of aid for the Syrian city of Aleppo were waiting in no-man’s land on Wednesday after crossing the Turkish border, held up by security fears and disagreements between combatants on the third day of a ceasefire. The convoys, each of around 20 trucks carrying mostly food and flour, set off from the Turkish […]

Turkish-backed fighters drive IS group from Syria-Turkey border

Turkish-backed fighters drive IS group from Syria-Turkey border

Turkish troops and allied Syrian rebels expelled the Islamic State group from the last strip of territory it controlled along the Syrian-Turkish border on Sunday, effectively sealing the extremists’ self-styled caliphate off from the outside world. Also on Sunday, Syrian pro-government forces backed by airstrikes launched a wide offensive in the northern city of Aleppo, […]

French politicians warn Calais border could move to UK

French politicians warn Calais border could move to UK

The day after Britain voted to leave the EU, some French politicians began to re-examine the Touquet accord, which has allowed British border controls to take place in France. The Touquet accord, signed in 2003, reinforced French-British cooperation on immigration, moving the British border to cross-channel embarkation areas in France and Belgium, such as ferry […]