EU leaders were focussing on reforms at their final summit of the year -- like boosting economic competitiveness. But so far they've only agreed on a time frame.
After a highly questionable election, Syrian President Bashar al-Assad has begun his new term. The fact that he should present himself as a bulwark against terrorism is a mockery, says DW's Rainer Sollich.
Nineteen passengers aboard an overcrowded wooden boat bound for Lampedusa have died, according to the Italian coast guard. Italy's Navy has rescued more than 4,000 such migrants just in the past three days.
Bulgaria's prime minister has resigned ahead of snap elections to end months of political turmoil in the European Union's poorest country. The legislature is expected to approve the resignation on Thursday.
Two Syrian refugees have been sentenced for breaking EU regulations on asylum applications. It comes as the UN's refugee agency released a new report calling on Europe to do more to help the Syria refugee crisis.
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