• 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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    • May to launch new Brexit accord push

      May to launch new Brexit accord push

      British PM Theresa May will make yet another attempt early next month to have her Brexit deal approved by parliament, news wires reported. She will try to get the deal approved before the summer break, setting a new deadline for her Brexit plan and a potential timetable for her own departure.

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    • Merkel vows to make Germany CO2 neutral by 2050

      Merkel vows to make Germany CO2 neutral by 2050

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel raised the prospect of backing an EU target for carbon neutrality by 2050, as she addressed the Petersberg Climate Dialogue in Berlin on Tuesday, news wires reported. Merkel said she asked ministers in her cabinet to find a way for Germany to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, though such a path would not mean eliminating all emissions. Instead, Germany would compensate some emissions through afforestation and carbon capture.

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    • Trump: Orban is doing tremendous job

      Trump: Orban is doing tremendous job

      The US President Donald Trump praised Hungarian PM Viktor Orban on Monday, saying he is doing a "tremendous job in so many different ways”, news wires reported. "Probably, like me, a little bit controversial, but that's okay ... You've done a good job and you've kept your country safe,"Trump said before their meeting in the Oval Office.

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