German police said on Sunday they had stopped more than 50 far-right vigilantes armed with pepper spray, a bayonet, a machete and batons who were trying to patrol the Polish border to stop migrants from entering the country. The vigilantes were following a call by the Third Way, a far right-party with suspected links toContinue reading “German police stop far-right vigilantes patrolling Polish border”
Tensions on the Polish-Belarusian border have increased in recent days. If similar scenarios were repeated in Lithuania, the country’s soldiers would not hesitate to use their weapons, according to Lithuanian Defence Minister Arvydas Anušauskas. On Monday night, a group of 60-70 irregular migrants attempted to break the barrier on the Polish-Belarusian border, the Polish StateContinue reading “Lithuanian soldiers will use weapons on Belarus border if ‘their lives in danger’, says minister”
European Union leaders have spent the last two days tackling a list of mounting challenges. An uptick in migrants crossing into the EU from non-member Belarus has sparked heated debate. Some leaders want to build more walls to control migration. Others are hoping for diplomatic solutions. The situation is serious, Poland has ramped up borderContinue reading “EU leaders debate migration amid Belarus ‘state-sponsored smuggling’ – DW News”
EU foreign ministers are considering possible sanctions against Belarusia’s national airline over allegations that it is transporting migrants from Iraq in order to push them across the country’s border into the bloc. Several ministers want to stop EU-registered companies leasing aircraft to the country’s national airline Belavia. This would ban European companies from doing anyContinue reading “EU considers sanctions against Belarus airline over migrant arrivals”
Border migrant smuggling continues in Belarus. Local smugglers have said that migrants are being sent to EU via Belarus. The EU has accused Belarus of encouraging migrants from Iraq.
Poland’s prime minister has expressed support for the country’s border troops after they were reportedly fired on from Belarus. A spokeswoman for the Polish Border Guards said Belarusian forces fired shots at Poland’s troops across the eastern border on Thursday. Anna Michalska stated no one was hurt and that blank ammunition was most probably used.Continue reading “Belarus forces opened fire on Polish troops over border, says Warsaw”
Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko called on Tuesday for changes to the constitution that would prevent an opposition movement that rose up against him in mass street protests last year from taking power, the state news agency Belta reported. President since 1994, Lukashenko has touted constitutional reform as a way out of the political crisis followingContinue reading “Belarus leader: change constitution to prevent opposition from taking power”
Minsk accused of abandoning migrants at frontier in attempt to put pressure on EU Four people stranded on the border between Poland and Belarus have died in recent days, officials have said, amid continuing allegations that Minsk is abandoning migrants at its frontier in an attempt to put pressure on the EU. Polish authorities said three people,Continue reading “Four migrants stuck on Poland-Belarus border die of hypothermia and exhaustion”