• Austria far right leader quits after video corruption sting; snap election possible

      Austria far right leader quits after video corruption sting; snap election possible

      Austria appeared headed for a snap election on Saturday after its far right party leader quit as the government’s number two, over video showing him discussing state contracts in return for favors from a woman posing as a Russian oligarch’s niece. News agency APA quoted sources in Heinz-Christian Strache’s Freedom Party as saying a snap election was now likely after his shock resignation as vice chancellor over the sting video, released by two German news outlets.

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    • Europe's far-right rallies in Milan ahead of EU vote

      Europe's far-right rallies in Milan ahead of EU vote

      Nationalist and far-right parties from across Europe held a rally on Saturday, led by Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini, promising to reshape the continent following next week’s EU parliamentary election. Salvini, who heads Italy’s League party, is confident his newly forged alliance will win a record number of seats at the May 23-26 vote, giving it a powerful voice in how the 28-nation EU is run over the coming five years.

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    • EU agrees new cyber sanctions

      EU agrees new cyber sanctions

      The EU adopted a mechanism to impose new sanctions regime on individuals and legal entities for cyberattacks, the EU Council said in a statement Friday. Aimed at detering future attacks by hostile state and non-state actors and pushed by the UK, the sanctions regime will impose tougher consequences for those behind cyber attacks such as asset freezes and visa bans, which will replace the old, country-based sanctions.

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    • Majority of citizens sceptic about EU's future

      Majority of citizens sceptic about EU's future

      Despite support for the EU is hitting heights not recorded in more than a quarter of a century, more than half of the European citizens believe that the EU would not survive another 10 or 20 years. This is the conclusion of the lastest survey conducted in 14 Member States by British pollster YouGov for the London-based think-tank, the European Council on Foreign Relations.

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    • Pledging for more fair Europe

      Pledging for more fair Europe

      Upholding the standpoint that the EU has to be more fair and closer to the concerns and desires of its citizens, and hence needing a number of changes, the six candidates for the EU's top job held their Eurovision Presidential Debate in Brussels. It took place at the hemicycle of the European Parliament on Wednesday, 15 May. In just one week, it will be clear who among them will on 1 November take the seat of Jean-Claude Juncker as chief of the EU executive, if of course the European Council and the European Parliament also give their consent.

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    • Taking initiative for a greener Europe

      Taking initiative for a greener Europe

      Calling on “Taking Initiative”, the Green Week in Brussels, Europe's major environmental event, again gathered hundreds of scientists, people from the business and the non-government sectors, European institutions officials, environment experts, to debate on pressing issues for Europe and for the planet.

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    • Every ivory item means an elephant was killed

      Every ivory item means an elephant was killed

      At the Green Week's exhibition space, Benjamin Wiacek, Communications Manager from the EU office of IFAW, the International Fund for Animal Welfare, is presenting what the organisation is doing for uncovering the scale of online wildlife trade, including ivory, reptiles and birds, among others. In fact, consumers don't know that purchasing online - from eBay or Facebook - they can pay for something illegal, he explained. 

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    • Young Europeans are willing to know more about the Union

      Young Europeans are willing to know more about the Union

      Young people in Europe believe that belonging to the EU benefits them personally, shows the study “Youngsters and the EU - Perceptions, Knowledge and Expectations”, carried out at the initiative of Diversity Europe Group of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC). The research on the opinion of school pupils between 14 and 18 years of age was conducted among pupils in the European schools in Brussels as well as in schools in France, Germany, Italy, Romania and Sweden. 

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