Several properties in Germany have been stormed and fifteen arrests made in an operation to crack down on people smuggling. Turkish and German police joined forces to uncover the ring, which is suspected of trafficking 1700 Syrians into Europe.
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.
Cologne-based author Dogan Akhanli has been detained in Spain after Turkey issued an Interpol arrest warrant. The charges remain unclear. German officials have decried the move as politically motivated.
Rescue operations are "the obligation of all those who are at sea," says the EU's border control boss. In a DW interview, he describes the huge challenges the EU faces in a situation that means life or death every day.
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.
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