Migrants keep crossing Strait of Gibraltar despite bad weather

30 years ago, a migrant’s body washed up on the coasts of Andalusia in southern Spain for the first time. Now, its popular beaches are regularly the scene of death and drama. So far this year, close to 53,000 migrants have crossed the Mediterranean to Spain, with nearly 700 losing their lives. And that figure continues to rise as the arrival of seasonal bad weather fail to deter those desperate to reach Europe.

Suspect named in Christmas market attack in France

(12 Dec 2018) A massive manhunt was underway in France Wednesday for a suspected extremist who yelled “God is great!” in Arabic during a deadly shooting spree around one of Europe’s most famous Christmas markets. (Dec. 12)

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Migrant routes to Europe

Graphic showing migration routes to Europe. Updated videographic showing the principal migration routes to Europe. A United Nations conference has adopted a pact designed to manage migration.VIDEOGRAPHICS

EU court rules Britain can revoke Brexit unilaterally

Europe’s top court ruled Monday that Britain could halt Brexit without the approval of fellow EU member states, in a victory for pro-Europeans on the eve of a key House of Commons vote. SOUNDBITE

‘Joy’ snags Etoile d’Or at Morocco’s Marrakesh film festival

Austrian filmmaker Sudabeh Mortezai’s “Joy”, an unflinching look at migrant sex workers in Europe, wins top prize at the Marrakesh film festival in Morocco.

What Angela Merkel Stepping Down Means For Germany (HBO)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is stepping down as leader of her party – marking the beginning of the end for a four-term ruler whose politics have defined Europe but divided her country.

Merkel’s 18 years at the head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) and 13 years as chancellor have seen Germany transformed into an economic and diplomatic force. The leader known as Germany’s “mother” became the chief powerbroker of the European Union.

But her decision to allow in more than a million migrants during the peak of the 2015 crisis spawned the rise of far-right movements and crushed poll results for mainstream parties, including her own.

She’s also faced criticism for failing to heal the divide between the former Communist east of the country, where incomes and pensions remain lower some 31 years after the collapse of the Berlin Wall.

Public demonstrations by movements on the far-left and far-right are once again a daily reality in Germany.

“There is now an invisible wall. Before it was made of bricks and mortar. And now there is a new divide in our country,” said Winfried Wenzel, a retired engineer who once marched against Communism and now marches against Merkel.

“We are very disappointed in Mrs Merkel. She didn’t listen to the people.”

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OSCE members pose for family photo in Milan

Members of the OSCE (Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe) pose for a family photo during the 25th Ministerial Council of the organisation in Milan. IMAGES of the family photo

For Poland’s mining region, coal remains a way of life

Poland’s southern coal mining city of Katowice is hosting the UN’s COP24 climate conference tasked with curbing global greenhouse gas emissions. Among Europe’s most polluted cities, it is located at the heart of the Silesian coal basin where tens of thousands of families rely on mining “black gold” for a living. The job is lucrative but also deadly.