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Hundreds of people tried to cross Turkey’s border with Greece, after Turkey announced its European borders would be briefly open to the four million refugees living on its soil, a move seen by European officials as a way to obtain more aid from the bloc.

When the coronavirus outbreak began in China, a wave of mistrust toward Chinese people swept through Italy. Now, as Italy combats its own outbreak, some Italians are taken aback that they are being treated as a risk.

Companies in Europe’s largest economy are rushing to limit the impact of the spreading coronavirus epidemic, which hits a weakened German economy in a painful spot: the supply chains of its export-oriented manufacturers.

Italy’s coronavirus outbreak continued to spread, bucking efforts to contain it mostly to two rural areas near Milan and Venice. New cases appeared as far south as Sicily, showing the limits of quarantining towns.

Italy reported a seventh death from the coronavirus as authorities imposed quarantines and other restrictions in the country’s economic heartland to fight what is now the world’s third-biggest national outbreak.

Angela Merkel’s embattled conservatives, reeling from their latest election defeat, will hold a special convention on April 25 to elect a new party chairperson who is likely to lead the party’s ticket at next year’s general election.

The candidates to succeed Angela Merkel as chair of her conservative party—and, possibly, as Germany’s next chancellor—are facing a daunting challenge: to recapture ground lost to the nativist right while reversing an exodus of voters to the center-left.

A gunman killed at least nine people in an immigrant neighborhood near Frankfurt after writing a screed calling for the extermination of entire ethnic groups, authorities said, fueling a tense political debate over the rise of far-right extremism in Germany.

An Albanian’s efforts to forge a Republic of Chameria along the northwest border of Greece, including collecting funds, creating passports and staging military-style parades, won him admirers—and enemies.

The head of Italy’s most popular political party, Matteo Salvini, has been stripped of legal immunity and will go on trial for allegedly kidnapping migrants, offering him a risky platform to portray himself to voters as a persecuted defender of Italy against illegal immigration.

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