Made-in-Germany reporter Miltiades Schmidt is a German of Greek origin. He identifies with the European Union and explains why he sees it as more than just a partnership of convenience.
The European Court of Justice ruled that member states cannot refuse residency to non-EU spouses of EU citizens. However, the court's decision still allows states to decide whether to legalize gay marriage.
The economic measures prevent EU citizens and companies from investing in Crimea and Sevastopol. Russia's annexation of the peninsula in 2014 prompted the sanctions.
Dutch judges have rejected a bid by British expats seeking to take a landmark case on their rights as EU citizens after Brexit. The court ruled that the claims were "too vague" to be considered by Luxembourg judges.
The EU will give Germany some €4.5 billion in compensation for having taken in hundreds of thousands of refugees since 2013, according to a media report. Each non-EU citizen accepted will bring in nearly €3,000.
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