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Will the EU really fence off one of its own members?

By Tania Karas
February 9, 2016

Migrants carry their belongings inside a camp, as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis  - RTX253LT

Migrants carry their belongings inside a camp, as they wait to cross the Greek-Macedonian border, near the village of Idomeni, Greece, February 2, 2016. REUTERS/Alexandros Avramidis

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Russia’s payback against Turkey over shoot-down may turn deadly

By Josh Cohen
December 15, 2015

Russia's diesel-electric submarine Rostov-on-Don sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Black Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, December 13, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

Russia's diesel-electric submarine Rostov-on-Don sets sail in the Bosphorus, on its way to the Black Sea, in Istanbul, Turkey, December 13, 2015. REUTERS/Murad Sezer

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If Vladimir Putin carries through on latest threats, it would only hurt Russia

By Josh Cohen
December 9, 2015

 

An employee stands near pipes made for the South Stream pipeline at the OMK metal works in Vyksa in the Nizhny Novgorod region April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin (RUSSIA - Tags: BUSINESS ENERGY) - RTR3LET2

An employee stands near pipes made for the South Stream pipeline at the OMK metal works in Vyksa in the Nizhny Novgorod region April 15, 2014. REUTERS/Sergei Karpukhin

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Vladimir Putin targets Turkey first, terror second in state-of-Russia speech

By Lucian Kim
December 3, 2015

Honour guards stand at attention during the funeral ceremony of Oleg Peshkov, a Russian pilot of the downed SU-24 jet, at a cemetery in Lipetsk, Russia, December 2, 2015. Peshkov was awarded the Hero of Russia award posthumously. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev      TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY      - RTX1WTKJ

Honor guards stand at attention during the funeral ceremony of Oleg Peshkov, one of the pilots of the downed Russian SU-24 jet, at a cemetery in Lipetsk, Russia, December 2, 2015. Peshkov was awarded the Hero of Russia award posthumously. REUTERS/Maxim Zmeyev

from The Great Debate:

How Western politicians are playing into Islamic State’s hands

By Anne Hammerstad
November 19, 2015

A migrant from Syria carries his bicycle on railway near the Greek border in Macedonia  June 17, 2015.  Hungary announced plans on Wednesday to build a four-metre-high fence along its border with Serbia to stem the flow of illegal migrants. Several thousand migrants are daily crossing the Balkans towards Hungary on their way to other European Union countries. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski  - RTX1GZ3Y

A migrant from Syria carries his bicycle on railway near the Greek border in Macedonia June 17, 2015. REUTERS/Ognen Teofilovski -

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After Paris attacks, a new focus for world leaders at G20 summit

November 15, 2015

Children light candles near the site of the attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, November 15, 2015.    REUTERS/Christian Hartmann - RTS74S8

Children light candles near the site of the attack at the Bataclan concert hall in Paris, November 15, 2015. REUTERS/Christian Hartmann

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The state of play in the Syria talks (round 58692)

By Marco Vicenzino
November 13, 2015

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and US Secretary of State John Kerry (R) listen while UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (C) speaks during a news conference at the Grand Hotel in Vienna, October 30, 2015. U.S. Secretary of State Kerry said on Friday he hoped progress could be made at international talks in Vienna aimed at finding a political solution to Syria's four-year-old civil war but it would be very difficult. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool - RTX1U17Z

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (L) and Secretary of State John Kerry (R) listen as UN Special Envoy for Syria Staffan de Mistura (C) speaks during a news conference at the Grand Hotel in Vienna, October 30, 2015. REUTERS/Brendan Smialowski/Pool

from The Great Debate:

Why the West should worry about Turkey

By Peter Marino
November 2, 2015

People wave flags and hold a portrait of Turkish President Erdogan as they wait for the arrival of Prime Minister Davutoglu in Ankara

People wave flags and hold a portrait of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan as they wait for the arrival of Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in Ankara, Turkey November 2, 2015. REUTERS/Umit Bektas

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Why a deal to help Turkey deal with migrants is good for Europe – not migrants

By Tania Karas
October 22, 2015

A Syrian migrant offers Eid al-Adha prayers outside the Sarayici oil wrestling arena in Edirne

A Syrian migrant offers Eid al-Adha prayers outside the Sarayici oil wrestling arena in Edirne, Turkey, September 24, 2015 REUTERS/Yagiz Karahan

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Pssst! Need a passport? Forgery a lifeline for fleeing Syrians.

By Tania Karas
September 16, 2015

A Syrian refugee holds her passport and papers as she waits in front of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) for registration in Beirut

ISTANBUL, Turkey -- Obaida, a 22-year-old refugee from an area of Syria controlled by Islamic State, said he tried hard to get a passport the legal way. In May, he paid his way to Istanbul from the border town in Turkey where he now lives. He spent five days waiting in line at the Syrian consulate. He was told to return in a year.