• Germany spends record €23bn to integrate refugees

      Germany spends record €23bn to integrate refugees

      In 2018, Germany spent a record €23bn on helping to integrate more than one million refugees and fighting the root causes of migration abroad, a government document seen by Reuters showed on Monday. That marks an increase of nearly 11% on the €20.8bn that Germany spent the previous year, the document prepared by the Finance Ministry showed.

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    • 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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    • 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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    • Muslim headscarf banned in Austrian primary schools

      Muslim headscarf banned in Austrian primary schools

      Austria's parliament passed last week a law intended to ban Muslim girls from wearing the headscarf in primary schools, news wires reported. The bill was support by the governing centre-right People's Party (OeVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) MPs, while almost all of the opposition voted against it. The measure is likely to be challenged as discriminatory in the constitutional court.

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    • Germany's Merkel welcomes EU unity over Iran

      Germany's Merkel welcomes EU unity over Iran

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel said that Europe needs to "reposition" itself in a changing world and praised EU powers' unity over Iran, a contrast with their deep divisions over the Iraq war 16 years ago. In an interview with Germany's daily Sueddeutsche Zeitung published Wednesday, the chancellor insisted that Europe needs "forward-looking" arguments and reasoned that "simply pointing to seven decades of peace is no longer enough to justify Europe."

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