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[OPINION] The visa nightmare and Filipinos' need for stronger passports

Jul 27, 2019 - 10:00 AM

What’s the use of having 4 Miss Universe crowns when Filipinos cannot even freely explore the world we live in?

Strong Swiss gun culture faces EU pressure

Apr 06, 2019 - 5:17 PM

Switzerland has the world's 16th highest rate of gun ownership according to a 2017 report by the Small Arms Survey

A visitor checks a label attached to a rifle displyed during the 45th edition of the Arms Trade Fair, in Lucerne, on March 29, 2019. Switzerland, where gun culture has deep roots, has managed to avoid the charged national debates surrounding firearm ownership that have consumed other countries. But in a country where compulsory military service means that many are comfortable around weapons, voters might, in a May 2019 referendum, push back against gun reforms demanded by the European Union.  STEFAN WERMUTH / AFP

Everything you need to know to apply for a Schengen visa

Jan 17, 2018 - 2:56 PM

(UPDATED) If a 21-year-old can do it, so can you. Here are all the details you will need to get that elusive visa!

Visa application guide: Getting a Schengen visa from the Italian embassy in PH

Feb 05, 2017 - 5:08 PM

Dreaming of a trip to Europe? Start planning it now – starting with your Schengen visa application

Photo courtesy of Ligaya Solera

EU, Turkey strike deal to send back migrants

Mar 18, 2016 - 10:14 AM

4th UPDATE Turkish Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu is now set to formally sign off on the accord at a final meeting with EU leaders

PROTEST. Refugees stage a sit-in on rail tracks during a protest of migrants near their camp at the border between Greece and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia (FYROM), near Idomeni, Greece, March 12, 2016. File photo by Nake Batev/EPA

Slovakia's Fico set for victory in EU's anti-refugee east

Mar 05, 2016 - 2:03 PM

The leftist populist Robert Fico is using anti Muslim and anti refugee rhetoric to clinch a win in Slovakia s general elections

VICTORY. Chairman of the Slovak Smer-Social Democracy party Robert Fico is close to winning in Slovakia's general elections, but may divide the country with his rhetoric. Photo by Samuel Kubani/AFP

EU chief sees first consensus on migrant crisis

Mar 05, 2016 - 11:15 AM

New official figures show that a record 1 2 million asylum seekers arrived in the EU in 2015 – more than double the figure from the year before

CONSENSUS? Migrants and refugees from Pakistan who arrived at the Greek island of Lesvos, wait at the port of Mytilini, Lesvos island, March 2, 2016. File photo by Panagiotis Balaskas/EPA

EU plans to restore Schengen free travel by end-2016

Mar 04, 2016 - 9:15 PM

The plan was announced as figures showed that a record 1 25 million asylum seekers arrived in the EU in 2015 more than double the figure from the previous year

Austria caps migrants, agrees to 'cooperate better' with Greece

Feb 20, 2016 - 12:08 PM

A maximum of 80 migrants per day are now being allowed to claim asylum in Austria and Vienna is also limiting the daily number of people transiting through to seek asylum elsewhere to 3 200

COOPERATION. Refugees and migrants children line up as they walk along a border fence after they crossed the Slovenian-Austrian border, near the village of Spielfeld, Austria, February 16, 2016. File photo by Christian Bruna/EPA

EU 'gives Greece 3 months' to strengthen border against migrants

Feb 13, 2016 - 11:05 AM

The decision is the culmination of weeks of pressure on Greece the main gateway for the million refugees and migrants who entered Europe last year

'STRENGTHEN BORDER.' Refugees and migrants disembark from a ferry at the port of Piraeus coming from the island of Lesvos, Greece, February 10, 2016. File photo by Orestis Panagiotou/EPA

EU mulls partial Schengen suspension over migrant crisis

Jan 27, 2016 - 8:14 AM

If the situation does not change there could indeed be justifications under public order and security reasons to maintain internal controls at internal Schengen borders

BORDER CONTROL. A sign that reads 'Kontrolle' (Control) has been set up at the border crossing in Mittenwald, Germany, May 26, 2015. Sven Hoppe/EPA

Fresh concern for Schengen as Denmark, Sweden tighten borders

Jan 04, 2016 - 10:28 PM

Berlin warns Europe s Schengen zone was in danger

Danish police on patrol on highway E45 close to Padborg, Denmark, near the border with Germany, January 4, 2016. Claus Fisker/EPA

Sweden imposes ID checks at bridge link with Denmark

Jan 04, 2016 - 10:14 AM

The measures are aimed at keeping out undocumented migrants and come after Sweden said it could no longer cope with the unregulated flow of new arrivals

BORDER BRIDGE. A picture made available on 30 November 2015 of the closed Oresund bridge, which links southern Sweden to Denmark, near Malmo, Sweden, 29 November 2015. Johan Nilsson/EPA

EU to propose major Schengen changes by year-end – France

Nov 20, 2015 - 10:05 PM

The proposals are made to boost security following the Paris attacks

Croatia, Serbia calm migrant border tensions after EU wades in

Sep 26, 2015 - 9:59 AM

Over the past week the two neighbors have been locked in their worst spat since the 1990s Yugoslavian conflict imposing tit for tat border restrictions over the human exodus seeking passage through the Balkans to northern Europe

SHARED BORDER. Refugees wait to enter Croatia at the Serbia-Croatia border town of Berkasovo, Serbia, September 25, 2015. Photo by Antonio Bat/EPA

Germany reinstates border controls over refugee surge

Sep 14, 2015 - 12:07 AM

Local authorities in Germany which has earned praise for its welcoming stance towards refugees are buckling under the sudden surge of arrivals

NEW ARRIVALS. Migrants walk at a platform at Vienna's Westbahnhof train station in Vienna, Austria, on September 6, 2015 after they have arrived by a train from Hungary. Joe Klamar/AFP

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Sep 02, 2015 - 6:54 PM

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Greek mayor warns of 'bloodshed' as police beat migrants

Aug 12, 2015 - 8:29 AM

Amid mounting tensions across Europe over the spike in new arrivals Germany s police union calls for a scrapping of Europe s visa free Schengen travel zone

NEW ARRIVALS. Migrants flash the 'V for Victory' sign as they arrive in a boat on a beach on the Greek island of Kos, after crossing a part of the Aegean Sea between Turkey and Greece, on August 11, 2015. Angelos Tzortzinis/AFP

Spain wants to change Schengen rules to thwart Islamist returnees

Jan 11, 2015 - 8:37 PM

We are going to back border controls and it is possible that as a consequence it will be necessary to modify the Schengen treaty says Spain Interior Minister Jorge Diaz

UK eases visa access for Chinese as premier visits

Jun 17, 2014 - 7:52 AM

The announcement coincides with Li s 3 day visit to Britain which aims to strengthen trade ties and warm a relationship strained by a spat over Tibet

In this file photo, Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang after the signing ceremony of several agreements between Switzerland and China in Kehrsatz near Bern, Switzerland, 24 May 2013. EPA/Peter Klaunzer

France's Sarkozy calls for end of Schengen

May 22, 2014 - 8:51 AM

Schengen I must be replaced by a Schengen II of which member countries can only be a part if they previously agree to the same immigration policy the former French president says

Nicholas Sarkozy

Applying for a visa? Keep these 5 tips in mind

Mar 23, 2014 - 4:10 PM

There’s the dream of travel but there’s also the reality of the paperwork involved

COMPLETE YOUR REQUIREMENTS. It may be the source of a few pre-travel worries, but find the most efficient way to get through it