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Inside Catalonia’s Battle Over Independence From Spain

The battle in Catalonia over independence from Spain reached a turning point Oct. 1, after an independence referendum was met with a brutal crackdown by Spanish national police. Since then, Spain has been witnessing the worst constitutional crisis in its recent history. AJ+’s Dena Takruri went to Catalonia to find out what’s driving thousands of Catalans into the streets to either fight for secession from Spain, or demand unity.

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Germany’s Complicated Relationship With Refugees, Pt. 2 | Direct From With Dena Takruri – AJ+

Germany welcomed Syrian refugees with open arms and two years later is still helping them integrate, pouring billions into aid. But Afghans and Iraqis are experiencing a different reality: The government wants them out. AJ+’s Dena Takruri visits Afghans at risk for deportation, speaks with the anti-immigrant AfD party and reunites with a Syrian refugee she met in 2015.

Syrian Refugees Are Still Trapped in Greece, Pt. 1 | Direct From With Dena Takruri Season 2 – AJ+

Europe’s borders have closed and a deal struck between the EU and Turkey in March 2016 has slowed the flow of refugees crossing the sea. Now, Greece is backlogged with 62,000 asylum applicants. AJ+’s Dena Takruri witnesses the limbo of Syrian asylum seekers in a Lesbos refugee camp and the efforts of Greeks still compelled to help those risking the dangerous journey.