“It doesn’t matter which trading partner you talk to – be it the Japanese or the U.S. or neighboring countries or European countries. They all feel the same, that there’s a growing protectionism here,” Michael Clauss, the German ambassador to China, told CNBC’s “Squawk Box” on Monday. Source: CNBC
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The number of refugees striving for Europe has increased significantly in the countries south and east of the Mediterranean since the beginning of the year. This was reported by the “Bild” newspaper on Tuesday, citing a “Confidential” paper of the German security authorities. Source Diepresse
The combined amount spent on the refugee crisis by the federal government totalled over €20 billion in 2016. Over half of the money was spent abroad aiming to stop the flow of migrants making the journey to Europe. Source The Local
Two people have died in two blasts at a public bus station in the Indonesian capital Jakarta, police say. Police said Wednesday’s explosions were triggered by a “suicide bomber” and confirmed that one officer was killed along with the attacker. Source Al Jazeera