Member States


    • Luxembourg to make all public transport free

      Luxembourg to make all public transport free

      Luxembourg is set to become the first country in the world to make all its public transport free. Under the plans of the re-elected coalition government led by PM Xavier Bettel, who was sworn in for a second term last Wednesday, fares on trains, trams and buses will be lifted next summer.

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    • French cabinet suspends fuel tax hikes for 6 months

      French cabinet suspends fuel tax hikes for 6 months

      The French government on Tuesday suspended planned increases in three taxes on fuel for a six-month period starting on 1 January in response to nationwide protests against high pump prices and living costs. PM Edouard Philippe announced the decision after detailing the plan in his regular Tuesday morning meeting with governing party lawmakers.

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    • Cosa Nostra's new boss of bosses arrested

      Cosa Nostra's new boss of bosses arrested

      Italian police have arrested on Tuesday the suspected new head of the Sicilian mafia and 45 other alleged mobsters in a major blow to organised crime on the Mediterranean island, the government announced. Among those arrested was Settimo Mineo, an 80-year-old jeweller suspected of heading local mafia families in the Sicilian capital Palermo and of being promoted to lead the whole crime group in May.

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    • EU court advisor: Britain can unilaterally end Brexit

      EU court advisor: Britain can unilaterally end Brexit

      Britain should be allowed to unilaterally revoke its departure notice from the EU, an adviser to the European Court of Justice said on Tuesday. The non-binding opinion for the ECJ comes as the British parliament begins five days of debate on PM Theresa May's proposed Brexit deal with the EU before voting on it next Tuesday. The case was referred to the top EU court by a Scottish court and hinges on whether the British parliament could simply revoke the country's "Article 50" EU withdrawal process.

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    • France to consider state of emergency as riots engulf central Paris

      France to consider state of emergency as riots engulf central Paris

      France will consider imposing a state of emergency to prevent a recurrence of some of the worst civil unrest in more than a decade and urged peaceful protesters to come to the negotiating table, a government spokesman said on Sunday. Rioters ran amok across central Paris on Saturday, torching cars and buildings, looting shops, smashing windows and clashing with police in the worst unrest in more than a decade, posing a dire challenge to Emmanuel Macron’s presidency.

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    • 'Yellow vest' protesters clash with police in Paris

      'Yellow vest' protesters clash with police in Paris

      French riot police fired tear gas, stun grenades and water cannon at “yellow vest” protesters trying to breach security cordons on the Champs Elysees boulevard in Paris on Saturday ahead of a third rally against high fuel prices. Police said 60 people had been arrested amid concerns that violent far-right and far-left groups were infiltrating the “yellow vests” movement, a spontaneous popular rebellion against diesel tax hikes and the high cost of living.

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    • Slovak minister quits over UN migration pact

      Slovak minister quits over UN migration pact

      Slovakia's foreign minister Miroslav Lajcak has resigned from his post in protest at his country's negative stance on a United Nations pact, which is seeking to promote an international approach to safe and orderly migration. Yet, his move is hardly considered a surprise since Lajcak, who was President of the UN General Assembly when the migration pact was adopted, had earlier threatened to quit if his country did not support it.

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    • Populist nominated as candidate for PM in Latvia

      Populist nominated as candidate for PM in Latvia

      Latvia’s president nominated Aldis Gobzems from the populist party KPV LV as prime minister on 26 November and gave him two weeks to form a cabinet and secure majority support in parliament following an inconclusive election last month. Latvians, fed up with corruption and weak democracy in the Baltic country of 2 million, punished the ruling three-party coalition in the October election, leading to a highly fragmented parliament consisting of seven parties.

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