Member States


    • Sanchez makes a last ditch effort to avoid new election

      Sanchez makes a last ditch effort to avoid new election

      The Spain's acting PM and Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez on Tuesday launched to the parties some 300 proposals for policies in a last ditch effort to avoid snap elections. Sanchez said there were too many disagreements with far-left Unidas Podemos so a coalition government would not work. But Podemos leader Pablo Iglesias continues to believe that such a cabinet was the only option. The Socialists won April’s vote but failed to win enough seats to govern without the support of other parties.  If no agreement for a government is reached by 23 September, a repeat election will be held on 10 November.

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    • Sweden will introduce bank tax to fund bigger defence budget

      Sweden will introduce bank tax to fund bigger defence budget

      Sweden's centre-left coalition government intends to introduce a bank tax to help fund greater defence spending from 2022, Finance Minister Magdalena Andersson announced on Saturday. The Social Democrats and Greens had agreed with the Centre and Liberal Parties, which back them in Sweden's parliament, to boost defence spending by 5bn Swedish crowns ($520m) a year from 2022 to 2025, news wires reported.

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    • Greece to speed up deportations to curb migrant influx

      Greece to speed up deportations to curb migrant influx

      Greece is to step up border patrols, move asylum-seekers from islands to the mainland and speed up deportations in an effort to deal with a resurgence in migrant flows from neighbouring Turkey, news wires reported. A government’s unit convened on Saturday for an emergency session after the arrival on Thursday of more than a dozen boats carrying around 600 migrants, the first such arrival in three years.

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    • Germans reject claims from Poland and Greece for reparations

      Germans reject claims from Poland and Greece for reparations

      The demands from Poland and Greece for reparations for damages from the Second World War meet in Germany to broad refusal, dpa reported. According to a survey by the opinion research institute YouGov on behalf of the German Press Agency, 68% of the citizens support the position of the Federal Government that the topic is politically and legally closed. Only 7% are in favour of negotiations with the two countries. 11% believe that an international court should decide on new compensation payments.

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    • Britain, France, Germany to hold Iran talks

      Britain, France, Germany to hold Iran talks

      Britain, France and Germany will hold talks Friday on how to preserve the beleaguered Iran nuclear deal and protect shipping in the Gulf. The foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany - the three European parties to the deal - will be joined by EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini for talks on the sidelines of an EU meeting in Helsinki.

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    • Italy seems to be moving away from snap elections

      Italy seems to be moving away from snap elections

      Italy took a step to avoid snap elections as the anti-establishment 5-Star Movement (M5S) and the centre-left Democratic Party (PD) agreed on Wednesday to form a coalition government headed by the outgoing PM Giuseppe Conte. The 55-year-old professor was summoned to the presidential palace on Thursday by President Sergio Mattarella who gave him a mandate for new cabinet.

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