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(L-R) Leader of the left-wing Catalan party Esquerra Republicana (ERC), regional vice-president Oriol Junqueras and president Carles Puigdemont attend a protest in Barcelona, on October 2, 2017. Photo: Lluis Gene / AFP
(L-R) Leader of the left-wing Catalan pa […]

European separatist movements

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont calls for international mediation in crisis pitting his separatist executive against Madrid, after police violence marred independence vote.
A refugee sits on the rescue ship "Aquarius" in the Mediterranean Sea. The humanitarian aid organisation Doctors without borders and SOS Méditerranée rescue refugees that are denied entry to the European Union on all other routes, bringing them to Italy. Photo: Lena Klimkeit/dpa/archive
A refugee sits on the rescue ship "Aquar […]

Top EU leaders lay out plan to ID, grant asylum to migrants in Africa

Last year, Italy replaced Greece as the main destination for Europe-bound sea migrants. About 98,000 migrants have landed on its shores since the beginning of the year.