During a visit to the US yesterday (24 November), French President François Hollande abandoned plans to include Russia in an international coalition against Islamic State, following the Paris attacks, in which 130 people lost their lives.
Stockholm wants to dramatically decrease the influx of asylum seekers coming into the country. Sweden will observe minimum standards for asylum policies under EU law and international rules, the government announced on Tuesday (24 November).
MEPs have confirmed that a letter sent to the deposed former Prime Minister of Thailand, Yingluck Shinawatra, is genuine and that their invitation to speak in Brussels, or Strasbourg, about the country’s military junta, still stands.
Russian President Vladimir Putin called Turkey's downing of a Russian fighter jet today (24 November) a stab in the back administered by "the accomplices of terrorists," saying the incident would have serious consequences.
A report published on Tuesday (24 November) by CONCORD, the European NGO confederation for relief and development, documents an emerging trend amongst member states to divert aid budgets from sustainable development to domestic costs associated with hosting refugees and asylum seekers.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel faced pressure from her own conservatives yesterday (23 November) to change course on her open-door refugee policy after an affront by the leader of her Bavarian allies drove up tensions in her ruling coalition.
European Union leaders and the Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoğlu will meet in Brussels on Sunday (29 November) to discuss refugee issues and improving relations between the EU and Ankara, the President of the European Council Donald Tusk tweeted on Monday (23 November).
Belgium maintained the highest security alert for Brussels on Monday with the metro system and schools to re-open only on Wednesday after authorities said there was an imminent threat of a Paris-style attack in the Belgian capital.
Britain on Monday (23 November) offered France use of an airbase in Cyprus for its strikes on Islamic State in Syria as President François Hollande prepared to ask other world leaders for help fighting the militant group.