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The EU needs "increased co-operation to help member states on the ground," Fabrice Leggeri, the head of Frontex, the EU border agency, told France's Le Figaro. He said Frontex and the European Commission are "working to extend Frontex's mission", especially to "rapidly" deport failed asylum claimants.
Spain's economy grew by 1 percent in the second quarter of 2015, according to data published Thursday. It is the highest rate in eight years. A 1 percent increase of household consumption and more investment in capital goods and cultivated assets drove this growth. Unemployment remains at 22 percent.
Syriza, the party of outgoing PM Alexis Tsipras, is supported by 23% of voters ahead of the 20 September election, according to a poll published Friday by the Efimerida Ton Syntakton newspaper. New Democracy (conservative) is second with 19.5%, and Syriza's coalition partner is Anel under the 3% threshold.
Estonia will build a 110km-long fence along its border with Russia, "to create ideal conditions for border guarding and to ensure the security of Estonia and the Schengen area", the interior ministry spokesman told AFP press agency on Thursday. Construction is planned to start in 2018 for completion in 2019.
Over 30 refugees were Thursday found dead in a truck in Austria close to the Hungarian border, as German chancellor Merkel and Balkan leaders gathered in Vienna to discuss the European migration crisis. "Another terrible incident, illustrating the urgent need for quick and determined common action", EU commissioner Hahn commented.
European Commission president Juncker said in Brussels Thursday, alongside Ukraine leader Poroshenko, commission services are likely to propose an EU visa-free travel pact with the 45mn-strong war-torn country by the end of the year. Juncker added he has "no doubt" EU states'll endorse the proposal despite the EU migrant crisis.
Labour leader Diederik Samsom wrote in a Dutch newspaper article Thursday he wants an end to the Dublin regulation, the current EU rules on asylum applications. But his coalition party, Mark Rutte's Liberals, want to keep the rules, which say that the country of arrival should process asylum seekers.
Russian president Vladimir Putin announced Wednesday Russia would help Egypt build a nuclear power plant and strengthen Russian-Egyptian relations, Al-Jazeera reports. Putin also mentioned "a possible creation of a free-trade zone between Egypt and the Eurasian Economic Union", whose member states are Armenia, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, and Russia.
Pro-Russia fighters and Ukraine agreed Wednesday that as of next Tuesday (1 September), they will stop violating the February ceasefire, news agencies report. The deal came one day after the monitoring mission of the OSCE observed "an increase in ceasefire violations compared with the previous days".