Read this article in German. People and goods can move relatively freely across the internal borders of the 26-nation Schengen Area. The idea is that the agreement — to which 22 EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland are party — will boost domestic economies and facilitate human mobility in a way that few parts of the world permit. Border controls used to be reserved for foreseeable events Clear rules regulate when and how a Schengen country can temporarily reintroduce checks at its borders. Until recently, these reintroductions were few and far between, usually invoked for foreseeable events, such as major sports competitions or political meetings: Portugal conducted border checks for the 2010 NATO summit in Lisbon, for example, and Denmark did it during the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen. One announcement by Iceland lists "Participation of MC Hells Angels at the inauguration of the Icelandic Motorcycle club in Reykjavik" as … [Read more...] about Border checks in EU countries challenge Schengen Agreement
At least three people have been killed or gone missing as a result of the impact of typhoon Nakri, whilst thousands of homes throughout the central highlands region have been submerged in water. Thousands of houses in Dak Lak are inundated due to typhoon Nakri According to a report on the impact of the typhoon released by the steering committee on November 12, two residents were killed as they were in the process of reinforcing their homes against the storm, whilst one person from Lam Dong province remained missing in the aftermath of the weather event. Heavy rain brought on by typhoon Nakri damaged dozens of homes throughout the centre of the country, while 424 houses in Dak Lak province were left submerged by floodwater. Many roads have also been left flooded, isolating 360 homes throughout the locality. In Khanh Hoa province, typhoon Narki also caused damage to hundreds of crops and dozens of hectares of aquaculture. As many as 3,400 heads of cattle and poultry were also … [Read more...] about Typhoon Nakri leaves two people dead with another missing in central Vietnam
Le Quang Liem, Vietnam’s top chess player, finished in first place in the blitz chess category on the Romania Grand Tour, which recently concluded in Bucharest, Romania. Liem enjoys win in blitz event during Romania Grand Tour During the blitz event, Liem earned a total of 11 points from 18 matches in order to finish ranked in first place. This total was enough to finish higher than several talented chess players, including Karjakin and Wesley So. As a result of his success in the category, Liem finished the tournament ranked in fourth place overall with 19 points, winning a total of US$15,000 in prize money in the process. The Vietnamese player finished just behind Levon Aronian and Sergey Karjakin, who were tied on 20 points, and Viswanathan Anand on 19.5 points. Thanks to a strong showing throughout the tournament, Liem added an additional 88 Elo points to his total, whilst also climbing to 15th place in the world rankings. With an Elo rating of 2768, Liem is now … [Read more...] about Le Quang Liem enjoys win in blitz event during Romania Grand Tour
Cooperation among the five BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa) has set an example of a new type of international relations, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said recently. The BRICS meet this week in Brasilia under the banner of "Economic Growth for an Innovative Future," with a focus on strengthening cooperation in science, technology and innovation, enhancing cooperation in the digital economy, more cooperation in the fight against transnational crime, money laundering and drug trafficking. Wang went on to say that the BRICS had served as a stabilizer in international volatility and an example of a new type of international relations. "The BRICS should continue to promote multilateralism, take the lead in safeguarding the international system with the UN as its core and uphold the purposes and principles of the UN Charter." Great hopes The acronym BRIC (then excluding South Africa) was created by Goldman … [Read more...] about Have the BRICS hit a wall?
Evo Morales headed for Mexico on Tuesday after fleeing Bolivia. The Mexican Foreign Ministry said it had made the decision to grant an asylum request from the former Bolivian president for humanitarian reasons. Foreign Minister Marcelko Ebrard said Morales' "life and physical integrity" were at risk in Bolivia. Read more: Bolivia crisis: 5 things to know Mexico sent an air force jet to pick up Morales, whose photograph on board the flight was tweeted by Ebrard. "It pains me to leave the country for political reasons, but I will always be watching," Morales, who has led Bolivia for the past 14 years, tweeted. "I will be back soon with more strength and energy." Morales — Bolivia's first indigenous president — quit his post on Sunday after an election on October 20 that saw him seek an unprecedented fourth term. A disputed win for the 59-year-old sparked civil unrest, and he came under pressure from the military to quit the … [Read more...] about Evo Morales escapes to Mexico