Europe in deep freeze, over 60 dead as new Arctic blast arrives

More than 60 people have died in Europe since the beginning of the month when cold Arctic airmass started descending south, toward the Mediterranean. The most vulnerable, and many of the victims, are homeless and migrants. The temperatures are expected to somewhat ease up over the next couple of days in parts of the region, but the weather is expected to further deteriorate by the end of the week. There are fears thousands of people could die before the winter ends.
https://watchers.news/2017/01/11/arctic-blast-europe-casualties-january-2017/

EU Migrant Crisis

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Ailing Brussels staggered ever closer to its own grave with the announcement the flagship Schengen agreement, for so long thought indispensable, is being shelved because of the refugee chaos.

Nations are now set to reimpose border controls for the first time in more than 30 years, effectively killing off Brussels’ dream of creating a European superstate to rival America and China.

A number of EU heavy hitters have lined up in recent weeks to warn Schengen was vital to the survival of the 28-nation bloc, which is paralysed by indecision and facing extinction over its failure to control the flow of millions of migrants into the continent.

But leaders, under pressure from increasingly Eurosceptic electorates have ignored their pleas, and the landmark free movement agreement is now set to be suspended for at least two years.   Continue to Article

Israel suspends EU role in peace process with Palestinians

Israel has said it is suspending contact with EU officials involved in peace efforts with the Palestinians.

The move follows the bloc’s decision to label goods from Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “ordered suspension of diplomatic contacts with the institutions of the European Union on this issue”, a foreign ministry statement said.

The EU says the settlements are illegal, but Israel disputes this.

Mr Netanyahu, who is also the foreign minister, told the ministry to carry out “a reassessment of the involvement of EU bodies in everything that is connected to the diplomatic process with the Palestinians”, the statement said.

Just over two weeks ago the European Commission issued new guidelines….CONTINUE TO BBC