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Moroccans top list of recipients of EU citizenship

Moroccans topped the list of nationals who acquired the citizenship of a European country in 2015, according to figures published by Eurostat on Friday. “The largest group acquiring citizenship of an EU Member State in 2015 was citizens of Morocco (86,100 persons, of whom 88% acquired citizenship of Italy, Spain or France), ahead of citizens of Albania (48,400, 96% acquired …

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African and German Christians to come together in Speyer

A Christian revival event, bringing African Christians and their German brethrens together, will take place in the south-western town of Speyer on 1 May.The one-day gathering, christened Arise Africa, is to inspire Christians to rededicate themselves to the teaching of Jesus Christ and take up the task of spreading His word in Germany.“Arise Africa calls on Africans to be united …

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Accept European values or go elsewhere, German minister tells Muslims

Muslim migrants who refuse to embrace European values must realize there are better places for them to reside than in the EU, Wolfgang Schaeuble, the German Finance Minister has said.Muslims who don’t want to change their ways after arriving in Europe must be told, “you’ve made the wrong decision,” Schaeuble said during a round table discussion in Berlin on Wednesday.“There …

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Online university for refugees in Europe launched

UniNettuno, an online university in Rome, has launched a project called “University for Refugees,” which offers 50 free places for university degree courses to migrants. The project is aimed at giving young migrants from conflict zones the opportunity to take up their studies again.For Maria Amata Garito, rector of UniNettuno, the project aims to give migrants “the right tools to …

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Rescue operations in the Mediterranean not encouraging migrant smuggling, says EU official

The EU’s Operation “Sophia” to rescue migrants in the Mediterranean is not a reason for those setting off, operation commander Admiral Enrico Credendino said Thursday. Credendino was responding to accusations that sea rescues were attracting more migrants and that NGO vessels were helping people traffickers.“Migrants certainly don’t leave because boats at sea are a pull factor, but because there are …

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MoneyGram launches sponsorship scheme for African associations in Germany

The number of African organisations in Germany is astounding. More than 700 African clubs and associations support projects in Africa or promote sporting activities and African culture in Germany. At the same time they also support integration into German society. However, like all voluntary organisations they depend on donations. MoneyGram, one of the world’s leading providers of innovative money-transfer solutions …

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Germany: Refugees’ chances of gaining asylum vary dramatically from state to state

Asylum seekers’ chances of staying in Germany depend not only on threats they may face back home, but also in which German state they filed their applications, a study has shown. Its co-author has criticized this as an “asylum lottery.”Asylum seekers in the German states of Saarland and Bremen are most likely to be granted asylum, according to a study …

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UK-based Nigerian pastor jailed for sexually abusing female church members

An Archbishop-elect who sexually assaulted a teenage girl and a woman during private prayer sessions has been jailed by a court in London.Benjamin Egbujor, 55, of Harold Avenue, Belvedere, Kent, has been sentenced at Inner London Crown Court to three years and four months’ imprisonment, after he was found guilty of sexual assault and causing or inciting a child to …

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‘‘The UK is the most corrupt country in the world,” anti-mafia journalist Roberto Saviano claims

The UK is the most corrupt country on earth, using Gibraltar, Jersey and other territories to funnel dirty cash.That’s the view of anti-mafia journalist Roberto Saviano who claims the financial services industry in London facilitates worldwide criminal capitalism.‘‘Transparency groups have shown this with irrefutable data. The UK is already the most, without doubt, the most corrupt country in the world, …

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Germany set to introduce highway tolls

Germany’s upper house of the federal parliament Bundesrat has approved the federal government’s plan to make drivers pay for using the country’s highways. Neighbouring countries have threatened to take legal action. Ben Knight reports.The Bundesrat finally passed Germany’s highway toll bill on Friday. The upper house of the German parliament, made up of the 16 state governments, voted for the …

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23 Nigerians deported from UK

 Just a day after activists prevented a plane carrying dozens of Ghanaian and Nigerian would-be expellees from taking off at London’s Stansted Airport, 23 Nigerians were deported from the United Kingdom on Friday.The all male deportees, who were sent back to their home country for various immigration offences, arrived at the Lagos Murtala Muhammed International Airport at about 6 am …

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Activists prevent deportation of Nigerians, Ghanaians from London airport

It was drama at the Stansted airport in London on Tuesday as activists prevented the mass deportation of Nigerians and Ghanaians.The activists, working under the name Stop Charter Flights – End Deportations, blocked the runway of the Stansted airport carrying banners and chanting songs condemning deportations.A video recording showed some of them were under the wing of a plane, while …

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UK launches exit from the EU

Britain formally launched the process for leaving the European Union today, nine months after the island nation voted to leave the EU.Britain became the first country ever to seek a divorce, striking a blow at the heart of the union forged from the ashes of World War II.Just days after the Union’s 60th birthday, Britain handed over a momentous letter …

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Chancellor Merkel’s party wins German state election

Germany’s Christian-Democratic Union (CDU) party won Saarland’s state election on Sunday, with 40.7 percent, far ahead of the Social-Democratic Party (SPD), with 29.6 percent.The closely-watched election in the small, western state, which was the first since Martin Schulz became SDP leader, was seen as a test for him and CDU’s Chancellor Angela Merkel ahead of the September general elections.“We campaigned …

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EU commemorates 60th founding anniversary with pledge to revive momentum

The EU 27 leaders recommitted their vows to European integration in Rome on Saturday (25 March) amid warnings that the bloc’s unity remains fragile.The heads of state and government met in the same Renaissance-era palace where the six founding countries signed the Treaty of Rome on 25 March 1957, to establish the European Economic Community and the European Atomic Energy …

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Finding humour in racism

To mark the European Action Week against Racism (18-26 March), civil society groups, educational institutions and city governments are carrying out activities to protest against racism and celebrate the diversity that enriches European societies. To commemorate the week, our contributing editor Sarah Udoh-Grossfurthner, writing from Vienna, narrates a story that will make you laugh and then feel pity for racists.Who …

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Frankfurt-based Virginia Wangare Greiner receives international women’s award

 Virginia Wangare Greiner, the founder of Maisha e. V., a psychosocial centre in Frankfurt, has been honoured with the prestigious Elisabeth Norgall International Award. She was bestowed with the honour recently by the International Women’s Club (IWC) of Frankfurt in recognition of her efforts concerning the needs and problems of women.Ms Greiner, who is originally from Kenya, has been honoured by …

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Germany to deport Nigerian and Algerian terror suspects

The German-born Algerian and Nigerian who were arrested in Göttingen in February on the suspicion of planning an Islamist-inspired attacks are to be deported as soon as possible, the authorities have announced yesterday.The announcement followed the rejection of the appeal of the two Africans by the Federal Administrative Court (Bundesverwaltungsgericht) in Leipzig, which refused their prayers to order the state …

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