EU wants to send more migrants away as irregular arrivals grow

European Union ministers on Thursday sought ways to curb irregular immigration and send more people away as arrivals rose from pandemic lows, reviving controversial ideas for border fences and asylum centres outside of Europe.

EU border agency Frontex reported some 330,000 unauthorised arrivals last year, the highest since 2016, with a sharp increase on the Western Balkans route.

Nehammer: The EU should Finance the Construction of a Fence along the Bulgarian-Turkish Border

Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer has publicly called on the EU to finance the construction of a 2 billion euro fence along the Bulgarian-Turkish border, where more and more migrants are crossing into the EU. The proposal was repeated by the Austrian permanent representative during the meeting of EU ambassadors on Wednesday.

‘We can’t stay silent against anti-Türkiye protests in Sweden:’ Akar

Türkiye cannot stay silent against the anti-İslam and anti-Türkiye protests that were held in Stockholm over the weekend, Defense Minister Hulusi Akar has said, calling on Sweden and Finland to fully fulfill the commitments they made in the trilateral agreement for them to join NATO.

NATO Admiral: In three to five years... It will rise from the ashes

He claims that the threat will not disappear because the Russians, regardless of the outcome of the special military operation, will have similar ambitions as now. NATO, Bauer says, expects Moscow to try to restore, and even strengthen, its military capabilities exhausted during the conflict.

PM to hold presser on the economy on Monday

Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will hold a live press conference on Monday on the "economy, growth and the labor market," spokesperson Yiannis Economou announced on Thursday.

The press briefing will start at 12.30 p.m.

Mitsotakis is in Davos, Switzerland, to take part, on Thursday and Friday, in the World Economic Forum (WEF).