The Greek parliament has approved the first civil service layoffs in more than a century. The debt-troubled country has to slim down its bloated public sector to receive another tranche of its international bailout.
In Germany, police officers, teachers, firefighters and other public workers are increasingly becoming the target of violent acts. German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere plans to implement countermeasures.
The German health care system is losing huge amounts of money to billing scams that are being linked to the Russian mafia. And it's a nationwide phenomenon, Germany's federal police warns.
Politicians in Athens have passed a crucial bill to send back refugees to Turkey. The bill clears the way for the implementation of an agreement with Ankara to end the uncontrolled influx of migrants into Europe.
Greek ministers will vote on moving forward with a plan to return thousands of asylum-seekers to Turkey. The move comes as chaos threatens to erupt in the country's refugee camps.
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