Thousands of refugees hoping to reach western Europe are trapped in the bitter cold near the border between Macedonia and Greece. Some have tried to cross in areas where the border is unguarded.
Germany's government is concerned that proposed changes to EU asylum rules will force it to take in significantly more refugees in the future, according to Der Spiegel. The reforms would also void any caps on refugees.
Greece has been at loggerheads with its northern neighbor for decades over the name Macedonia. The Macedonian PM headed to Thessaloniki for a New Year visit. While unofficial, it's seen as a sign of rapprochement.
The number of people applying for asylum in the European Union in 2017 dropped significantly for the first time since 2015. Germany still received the highest number of applications, but less than half were approved.
Vehemently opposed to migration, Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban refuses to adhere to an EU refugee allocation scheme. He shouldn't be allowed to get away with it, says DW's Bernd Riegert.
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