Against the background of closing borders in Europe the issue of a fair and even distribution of refugees among EU member states is highly contentious. Portugal has offered to take in more than its share. However, the welcomed refugees stay away.
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.
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 Alternative for Germany wants to scrap the right to asylum and make development aid conditional upon stopping emigration. The party says its suggestions are "humane," but in practice they would be anything but that.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged extra money for the world's top refugee and migrant advocates. While far fewer asylum seekers are now reaching Germany, new fronts in Europe's migration crisis are opening.
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