Ahead of an expected U.S. announcement that it will cut all aid to the
UNRWA, which supports more than 5 million registered Palestinian refugees, Germany calls on European Union states to help bridge the expected US$217 million deficit. Yesterday, Jordan made a similar appeal to the Arab League.
Foreign Minister Heiko Maas says US slashing of financial aid to UNRWA, which may result in the organization's disappearance, 'could unleash an uncontrollable chain reaction'; pledging to provide more money to help make up $217M deficit, Maas calls on other European states to follow suit.
The foreign ministers of Germany, Russia, the United Kingdom, France, China and Iran agree to the creation of a Special Purpose Vehicle, a financial facility in the European Union, to facilitate payments and continue trade with Iran after the US withdrawal from the Iran deal. 2018-09-24 (Context: European Union, Germany)
Israel Defense Forces extract 98 White Helmets and 324 others from recently recaptured southwestern Syrian territory into Jordan, at the request of Canada and the United States. Canada, the United Kingdom and Germany offer refuge to some of them. Two other groups intended for rescue, comprising about 800 people, do not escape. 2018-07-21 (Context: Germany, Jordan)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel faces resistance by the Bavarian CSU over the result of the EU asylum policy summit last week. 2018-07-1 (Context: European Union, Germany)
The WWF describes Germany's rivers as being in a state "bordering on critical" after it emerges more than 90% do not meet European Union standards for cleanliness and ecological quality. 2018-04-3 (Context: European Union, Germany)
Germany announces plans to start deporting newly-arrived migrants to Greece starting in March. According to EU's Dublin Regulation, asylum seekers must file for asylum in the member state they arrived in. 2017-01-12 (Context: European Union, Germany)