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Austrian far-right hails benefits cut for immigrants

Vienna (AFP) - The head of Austria's far-right hailed on Sunday plans by his incoming government to slash benefit payments for immigrants, a day …


It’s not just Trump’s administration that bans words. European nations have done it, too.

The Trump administration is prohibiting HHS agencies from using certain words and phrases in official documents being prepared for the 2018 budget. (Monica Akhtar,Juliet Eilperin,Lena Sun/The Washington Post)When policy analysts at Atlanta’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) met with …

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Welcoming the pro-EU far-right

Mehreen Khan in Brussels<p>December 18, 2017<p>Few countries encapsulate the EU’s quietly shifting attitude towards the far-right than Austria.<p>In 2000 the …


Security is as critical as trade in the next stage of Brexit talks

After the adversarial rhetoric of the last few months, the agreement on Friday for a Christmas ceasefire between the UK and the EU is to be …


Austria’s (not so) pro-European government

Austria’s incoming right-leaning coalition took pains over the weekend to reassure partners the country would remain firmly “pro-European,” amid …


North East exports continue to grow but remains reliant on the EU

The North East economy added an extra £250m to its export figures during the last quarter, with the majority of the increase was derived from trade …


Concerns of business is next for Brexit talks

There are so many moving parts to the Brexit process that inevitably some sectors are going to be overlooked at different stages of the negotiation …


Moscovici sounds warning on Austrian far right in government

European Commissioner Pierre Moscovici greeted the formation of a coalition in Austria that includes a far-right party with a call for vigilance and …

Sebastian Kurz

Tsipras: Europe not Properly Addressing its 'Excessive Social Deficit'

There is currently an “excessive social deficit” in Europe that is not being adequately addressed, Greece’s Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said, in a …


Almost the entire EU has agreed a major joint military plan — without Britain

• <b>25 EU states finalised a military pact, which excludes the UK.</b>• <b><br>It is designed to increase co-operation and avoid states wasting money.</b>• <b><br>It is also meant to decrease the reliance of Europe on the US for defence.</b>• <b><br>Denmark and Malta were the only other countries not to sign up along with the UK.</b>• <b><br>It includes</b> …


Europe Is Not Ready for the Next Migration Surge

The refugee crisis is subsiding. The political crisis is still going strong.<p>Though the flood of immigrants in 2015 and 2016 has subsided, Europe is ending the year without having prepared for the next migration wave. Meanwhile, many immigrants are languishing.<p>This year, German refugee applications …


Tusk warns 'dramatically difficult' to reach Brexit deal by March 2019

EU President Donald Tusk warned Friday it would be “dramatically difficult” to reach a final Brexit deal by March 2019 as he said the bloc would …


EU Extends Sanctions on Russia Until July 2018

The European Union (EU) agreed on Thursday to extend its economic sanctions against Russia, introduced after the country’s annexation of Crimea from …


In rebuke to Trump's Jerusalem move, EU leaders reaffirm commitment to two-state solution

A European Union leader says leaders of the 28-nation bloc have reiterated their "firm commitment" to a two-state solution for Israel and the …


EU leaders arrive at summit to discuss Brexit progress - Politics Live

The EU27 is expected to agree a joint proposal from the UK and the European Commission to move on to discussions about Britain’s future outside the bloc


UK required to accept freedom of movement during two-year Brexit transition

Britain will remain under the jurisdiction of the European Court of Justice and be required to permit freedom of movement during a transition period …


EU's Tusk Congratulates May on Phase Two Approval: Brexit Update

European Union leaders formally agreed that the U.K. has offered enough on the divorce settlement for talks to move on to trade. Leaders are in …


EU’s Tusk says meeting Brexit deadline will be ‘dramatically difficult’

15 December 2017 - 17:24 Agency Staff<p>Donald Tusk. Picture: REUTERS<p>Published by Tiso Blackstar and distributed with the Financial Mail on the last …

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New EU defense pact: Who’s doing what

EU leaders are so proud of their new defense cooperation pact that they can’t stop celebrating it.<p>The pact, known as Permanent Structured Cooperation …

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Turkish Coast Guard Rescues Stranded Migrants by Helicopter

Dozens of migrants were rescued by the Turkish Coast Guard on Thursday after their rubber dinghy snagged on a rocky outcropping off Turkey’s Aegean coast.<p>In a rescue recorded by the Turkish authorities, a helicopter winched people to safety near Bademli, on the coast near the island of Lesbos, …


Mayday, Mayday!

<b>Germany</b><p>Germany’s Die Welt led with a picture of European Council President Donald Tusk marching into the European Council building for the EU …


West Bank and Gaza clashes; Brexit moves to ‘second phase’

<b>WikiTribune’s tracking these stories and more. To collaborate on the Briefing, please SIGN UP or SIGN IN</b>Curated top stories• U.S. Senators Marco Rubio …

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Turkish coastguards rescue 68 people stranded on rocks

Footage shows rescue personnel airlifting child as people wait next to partially deflated rubber dinghy on Aegean coast<p>Turkish coastguards have mounted a dramatic rescue operation in the Aegean Sea, saving 68 people who became stranded on rocks as they attempted to seek refuge in Europe.<p>The …


Brexit: UK must 'make up its mind' on what it wants, says Dutch PM - Politics live

Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Davis taking questions in the Commons and Theresa May at the EU summit<p>What Bercow said about David Davis not being in contempt of parliament Lunchtime summary


New moves to strengthen the euro zone

IN DARKER times language tends to be blunt. But when Europeans are feeling perky, out come the metaphors. And by that measure, things in the euro …


60,000 Join Far-Right March on Poland's Independence Day

(WARSAW) — Tens of thousands of nationalists marched in a demonstration organized by far-right groups in Warsaw Saturday, as Poles celebrated their …

Andrzej Duda

Banish the Grinch: could new year cheer in 2018 be Santa's present?

Eeyores and Grinches have had the upper hand lately. If it isn't shoppers wincing at rising prices, it's firms fretting about Brexit.


‘Lord Trump’ rules US, but ‘Darth Moore’ can’t defeat rebels

<b>Germany</b><p>Die Tageszeitung led with a photoshopped image of U.S. President Donald Trump and Roy Moore, the Republican candidate who lost the Alabama …

Paolo Gentiloni

Brief from Brussels: EU leader under fire over refugee quotas

In this edition of the Brief from Brussels: European Council President Donald Tusk faces criticism, after suggesting that mandatory refugee quotas could be scrapped; and EU prepares to formally award Sakharov Prize to Venezuela opposition and political prisoners.<p>More news on

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