Member States


    • 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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    • Swiss reject sovereignty referendum

      Swiss reject sovereignty referendum

      Swiss voters have reportedly rejected a proposal to give the neutral country’s laws precedence over international law and treaties, early projections from a national referendum show. According to initial figures 67% voted against and 33% in favour in the plebiscite that critics claimed would have deeply damaged its global standing and hurt its economy. If confirmed, the rejection of the sovereignty proposal would be a major blow for the national-conservative Swiss People's Party, which put it forward, calling for a provision to be added to the national constitution giving it explicit precedence over international agreements.

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    • Spain, UK reach agreement over Gibraltar

      Spain, UK reach agreement over Gibraltar

      The European Union removed the last major obstacle to sealing an agreement on Brexit after Spain announced it had reached a deal Saturday with Britain over Gibraltar on the eve of an EU summit. The accord over the British territory will give Spain a say in the future of the disputed British territory of Gibraltar and now paves the way for approval by 27 EU governments at a summit Sunday on the withdrawal terms of the UK from the bloc next year.

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    • Silicon Alps attracts talent to Styria and Carinthia

      Silicon Alps attracts talent to Styria and Carinthia

      The Silicon Alps is an electronic-based systems cluster and is the only one in Austria that covers two regions - this of Styria, or Steiermark as it is also called and where Graz is situated, and the region of Carinthia. Now in our network there are 140 companies, Ruth Aigner, who deals with project management in the Silicon Alps explained. The cluster is operational from the beginning of 2017 and is the youngest in the region.

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    • Denmark stops military exports to Saudi Arabia

      Denmark stops military exports to Saudi Arabia

      In the wake of the murder of a dissident Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi and deepening conflict in Yemen, Denmark has become the second European country to suspend future approvals of weapons and military equipment exports to Saudi Arabia. Yet, Copenhagen is not considering other sanctions for the moment.

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