Thousands of refugees are trapped in the bitter cold at the border between Macedonia and Greece. +++ Many Russians are choosing to holiday in their own country because they feel unwelcome abroad.
Bulgaria plans to station 600 troops on its border with Turkey to quell any potential flow of migrants. Bulgaria's defense minister said the EU's failure to stop migrants crossing the Mediterranean justified the move.
Chancellor Angela Merkel was the center of a televised question and answer session with voters tackling issues of security, the status of immigrants and the VW emissions scandal. She is standing for a fourth term.
The Social Democrats' leader has warned of the "fatal mistake" of mixing the debate on integration with security policy. Weeks ahead of key elections, the SPD has tried to distance itself from Angela Merkel's CDU.
Recent numbers of migrants arriving on European shores suggest shifting migration routes. While numbers in Italy fell sharply in July and August, Spain is experiencing a peak in refugee numbers.
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