War, terror, hunger and poverty have forced millions of people to flee their homes in many parts of the world. But in some areas, initiatives and campaigns have been launched to persuade people to stay.
Chancellor Merkel defended her decision to open German borders in 2015, while also urging EU countries to show solidarity on refugees. In a separate TV appearance, the chancellor dodged a question about her main rival.
In her annual summer press conference, the German chancellor had critical words for the European Union and Turkey. But with Germany heading to the polls in 26 days, she was careful not to say anything controversial.
Italy wants to work more closely with Libya to limit the number of sea crossings by migrants and potential asylum seekers. But what are the consequences?
Berlin attracts gays, lesbians, bisexuals, transsexuals and intersexuals from around the world. Even refugees come to the capital for this reason. But they don't always feel safe there, says columnist Gero Schliess.
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