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25th Mar 2017

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Around 55,000 migrants chose to leave Germany in 2016

Some 55,000 migrants voluntarily left Germany in 2016, according to figures from the Federal Office for Migration and Refugees (BAMF) cited by German media. Most are from the Western Balkans - particularly Albania, Serbia and Kosovo. They have little chance of receiving permanent residency. Separately, the police said they had denied entry to 19,720 people at Germany's borders. They included Afghans, Syrians and Iraqis.

Column / Brexit Briefing

The Union under threat

The effect of Brexit will be much more profound on Northern Ireland than on Scotland. Some kind of border controls with Ireland seem inevitable.

Bulgaria's election test

Sunday's general elections will be a test for the country's relations with the EU, Russia, and Turkey, as well as for the political future of former leader Borisov.

'Mr Putin steps into French elections'

Putin treated France's anti-EU firebrand, Le Pen, as if she had already won the elections. "I have my own viewpoint ... identical to Russia's", she said.

SMEs lack support in EU financial plan

The European Commission's plan for a capital markets union is said to be aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, but many could end up being left out in the cold.

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