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Merkel coalition strikes migration deal, no transit centres

Following weeks of power struggle the three parties forming Germany's government, CDU, CSU and SPD, agreed on Thursday to a two-page document on tightening of migration policies, while skipping plans for transit centres at the borders, which was too much for the Social Democrats. The deal averted a collapse of Merkel's fragile government. It was branded political "summer theatre" by SPD finance minister Olaf Scholz.

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Stymied on 'golden passports', EU sets up expert group

The European Commission has described the sale of EU citizenship by Bulgaria, Cyprus and Malta as a "golden gate to Europe" for the rich. Unable to stop it, the commission now wants an expert group to probe the schemes.

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