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Juncker says euro at risk if Schengen passport-free travel zone unravels BRUSSELS: European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Wednesday Europe's single currency will be jeopardised if its Schengen passport-free travel zone unravels due to member states reimposing border controls to keep out refugees.The 26-member Schengen zone has come under immense pressure since the summer as hundreds of thousands of migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and Africa stream across the continent's southern frontiers in search of security in Europe.With Greece in particular struggling to contain the human tide, countries from Hungary in the south to Denmark in the north have put up temporary border controls to stem the flows, making passport-free travel harder than at any time in decades.Addressing the European Parliament in Strasbourg, Juncker warned that allowing the Schengen system to erode would have political consequences for other European Union projects including the euro single currency."If the spirit of Schengen leaves our lands and our hearts, ...

Developing nation climate adaptation bill to hit $790bn a year: report PARIS: Developing countries could face a bill of $790 billion (741 billion euros) per year by 2050 for adapting to climate change, anti-poverty agency Oxfam said Wednesday.Carbon-curbing pledges which form the cornerstone of a climate rescue pact to be sealed at a UN summit opening in Paris next week are insufficient, it said in a report.Current commitments from some 170 nations put the world on track to warm by three degrees Celsius (5.4 degrees Fahrenheit) ...
Kerry readies wide-ranging European tour WASHINGTON: Secretary of State John Kerry sets out on a European tour Monday, stopping in Paris for a week for a UN climate summit, before heading to a NATO meet and traveling across the continent.Kerry will be joining US President Barack Obama at the 12-day, 195-nation UN climate forum.World powers are negotiating a universal pact to cap global warming at two degrees Celsius (3.6 degrees Fahrenheit) above mid-19th century levels, and lock in financial support ...
EU must limit migrant numbers: French PM PARIS: French Prime Minister Manuel Valls on Tuesday urged the European Union to limit the number of migrants it allows into the bloc, following heightened security concerns after the Paris attacks."Europe must say that it can no longer accommodate so many migrants, it is not possible," he said in extracts from a lunch with foreign media published by Germany's Suddeutsche Zeitung."Controlling the European Union's external borders is essential to the future of the EU. If ...
Hollande meets Obama seeking to ramp up Islamic State fight PARIS: French President Francois Hollande flies into Washington on Tuesday seeking support for his newly declared war on the Islamic State group after the Paris attacks, while the US announced a worldwide travel alert for its citizens.Back in Europe, the manhunt continued for Belgian-born Salah Abdeslam, a key suspect in the Paris attacks that killed 130 people, while Brussels entered a fourth day of lockdown amid fears of an "imminent" attack.French police said they were ...
Downing of Russian warplane a 'very serious incident': Kremlin MOSCOW: Russia condemned the downing of a warplane on the Turkish-Syrian border but refused to comment further after Ankara said it had shot down the plane."It is a very serious incident," Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov told reporters. "It would be wrong to make some assessments, proposals or announcement when we don't have the full picture."Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2015 ...
NATO calls 'extraordinary meeting' after Turkey downs Russian jet BRUSSELS: NATO allies will hold an "extraordinary" meeting Tuesday at Ankara's request to discuss Turkey's shooting down of a Russian fighter jet along the Syrian border, an alliance official said."At the request of Turkey, the North Atlantic Council will hold an extraordinary meeting at (1600 GMT). The aim of this extraordinary NAC is for Turkey to inform Allies about the downing of a Russian airplane," the official told AFP.The North Atlantic Council consists of ambassadors ...


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