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Leaders of UK, France, Germany, Turkey discuss Syria

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Ahead of the two-day NATO summit in London, four countries discussed their efforts to end the conflict in Syria. France's President Emmanuel Macron, Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and German...

Belarus to increase flights to Kazakhstan

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan – A delegation from Kazakhstan has held negotiations with the aviation authorities of Belarus, Kazakhstan’s Industry and Infrastructure Development Ministry said on 3 December. “As a result of this agreement Belavia Airlines will...

Head of EU mission asks Malta PM to resign

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The head of a European Parliament mission, posted to Malta to assess the rule of law, following a scandal over the murder of a journalist, said on 3 December prime minister Joseph Muscat should...

Rosatom inks deal with Delo Group to facilitate Arctic transport

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Russia’s State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom said on 3 December the company is finalising the legal paperwork for the purchase of a minority stake in Delo Group to cooperate on the international multimodal and...

EU backs Celtic interconnector and Baltic synchronisation project

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In an effort to boost diversification of energy supply and improve energy security for Ireland and the Baltic states, the European Union has signed two grants for the Celtic Interconnector between Ireland and France,...

White House finally schedules Washington meeting with Greek prime minister

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The White House announced on December 2 that President Donald J. Trump would be meeting with Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis on January 7 in Washington. The announcement ended weeks of speculation about how...

Europe continues to struggle with levelling the playing field for women in politics

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The participation by women in Europe's politics is improving but is still far from close to closing the gender gap, according to a recent report by The Council of European Municipalities and Regions (CEMR),...

Goulard under formal investigation in France

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The former liberal MEP and former France's Minister of the Armies has been indicted for "embezzlement of public funds", after a hearing at the Paris court on Friday. Sylvie Goulard is suspected by the French justice to...

Estonian students the best in Europe according to PISA ranking

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Estonian school children have reached the top of the 2018 league tables in several categories of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA). The PISA test compares the...

Finnish prime minister resigns

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Finnish prime minister Antti Rinne resigned on Tuesday before a confidence vote on his five-party coalition government on Wednesday. Rinne's five-party centre-left coalition came to office six months ago after his Social Democratic Party (SDP) narrowly...

US to restore steel tariffs on Argentina and Brazil

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United States President Donald Trump said on 2 December that he would impose tariffs on steel and aluminum from Brazil and Argentina, after accusing them of weakening their currencies and hurting American farmers. "Brazil and...

At least 208 killed in Iran protests, says Amnesty International

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At least 208 people in Iran have been killed amid protests over a sudden tripling in gas prices and a crackdown by security forces, human rights watchdog Amnesty International said on 2 December. The protests...

Putin signs law targeting journalists as foreign agents

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Russia's President Vladimir Putin has signed on 2 December the bill that allows the Kremlin to label journalists, but also ordinary people, as "foreign agents", if they receive financial or other material support from...

Six European nations join INSTEX mechanism for trade with Iran

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Belgium, Denmark, Netherlands, Norway, Finland and Sweden will join the INSTEX mechanism for trade with Iran, the six EU nations declared in a joint statement on Friday November 29. "As founding shareholders of the Instrument in Support...

Dutch prosecutors accuse Russia of letting MH17 suspect return to Ukraine

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Russia let a suspect in the downing of Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 return to Ukraine, Dutch prosecutors have said on 2 December. Vladimir Tsemakh, an alleged air defence specialist for pro-Moscow separatists, had been identified...

Shell offsets CO2 emissions from lubricant for wind turbines

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark - While the wind industry is striving to eliminate hydrocarbons an energy source, thus cutting CO2 emissions, wind turbines still use hydrocarbons as a lubricant. With that in mind, Royal Dutch Shell...

NATO does not see China as an enemy, says Stoltenberg

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NATO’s Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg said on Friday that the alliance recognizes the challenges posed by China but did not want to “create new adversaries.” “What we see is that the rising power of China is shifting...

SPD to vote over remaining in Merkel IV government on Friday

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Germany’s junior coalition partner is likely to decide whether to remain in government during the Social Democrats (SPD) conference on Dec. 6. The balance of the German governing coalition changes following the election of Norbert...

German defence minister warns of Russian, Chinese influence in Balkans

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Germany's defence minister, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has warned of Russia's and China's growing influence in the Western Balkans. "We know that the entire region is regarded with particular interest by China, but also by Russia", she...

EU audit finds Czech PM Babis in conflict of interest

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An audit of the European Commission has found that the Czech prime minister and billionaire Andrej Babis, has a conflict of interests in his former business empire that he has put into trust funds....

France to put 20 suspects on trial for 2015 Paris terror attacks

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French prosecutors formally charged 20 suspects over the massacre of 131 people in Paris, four years ago, when 10 heavily armed gunmen and suicide bombers attacked during a football match at the Stade de...

Finnish Presidency to table EU budget compromise proposal

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The Finnish EU Presidency will propose raising member state contributions to the EU budget from 1% of GDP to 1,08%, three diplomatic sources told Reuters. That is smaller than the 1,3% advocated for by...

German grand coalition in crisis following SPD leadership change

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The German grand coalition looks unlikely to survive the change of guard in the leadership of the Social Democratic Party (SPD) on Saturday. The two leaders fielded by the left-wing of the party secured a...

Germany’s hawkish monetary policy no longer a point of consensus

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There is no single German position on monetary policy in the eurozone. While the German nominee for the European Central Bank (ECB) executive board Isabel Schnabel favours expansionary policy, Bundesbank President Jens Weidmann sticks to...

EU-funded programmes to diversify economies of Central Asian republics

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - Three EU-funded multi-year programmes with a total amount of €28 million, that aim to support trade, rule of law as well as investments and growth in Central Asia were the officially...

Getting Turkey on board

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The government of Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis has declared a change of course regarding the management of the refugee crisis that has been characterized by the opening of fenced-off detention centres on the...

Are young Slovaks losing interest in the EU?

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Michal Tanáč, 21, is like many young people in Slovakia. A student at the University of Economics in Bratislava, Tanáč voted in Slovakia’s recent presidential elections as well as in the election for mayor...

Blades of Glory: Denmark to repower Middelgrunden offshore windfarm

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COPENHAGEN, Denmark – The blades of the 20 turbines of the Middelgrunden offshore windfarm, off the coast of Copenhagen, rotated slowly as the boat ‘Langø’ circled around the long line of massive shafts with...

Greece champions EU Enlargement in the Western Balkans

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As a consequence of French President Emmanuel Macron’s decision in October to call for a temporary hold on EU accession discussions for Albania and North Macedonia, Greece has been able to claim a new...

Turkey, Libya delimitation deal raises geopolitical tensions

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Turkey has signed an agreement with Libya’s internationally recognised government on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean Sea that could affect oil and gas exploration of other countries and heighten geopolitical tensions in the volatile...

China helps Kazakhstan build solar and wind power plants

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NUR-SULTAN, Kazakhstan - China has help implement two renewable energy projects in the Almaty region, southern Kazakhstan - the construction of a 5 MW wind farm and a 1 MW solar power station (SES),...

Germany proposes automatic relocation scheme for asylum seekers

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Germany has proposed an automatic relocation scheme for asylum seekers, after repeated calls for reforming EU’s Common European Asylum System (CEAS). The German proposal is more of a consulting document than an official plan and...

Salvini renews attack on the Italian government over ESM reform

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Addressing the Italian parliament on Thursday, Italy’s League leader Matteo Salvini accused prime minister Giuseppe Conte of “an attack against the Italian people.” Salvini is accusing Conte of failing to stop the reform of the...

IFS brands Labour and Conservative economic programs unreliable

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Neither the Conservatives nor Labour are offering "credible" spending plans, according to a fact-checking report by the Institute for Fiscal Studies. The IFS also called the Liberal program “radical” although more restrained. Ahead of the...

Turkey accuses France of sponsoring terrorism

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Turkey's foreign minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused French President Emmanuel Macron on Thursday of being a “sponsor of terrorism." Macron “is already the sponsor of the terrorist organisation and constantly hosts them at the Elysee,” Cavusoglu...

European Space Agency sees historic budget rise

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The European Space Agency got its biggest financial boost in a generation on Thursday, with 22 member states agreeing to invest €14.4bn over the next five years. At a two-day conference in Seville, Spain, the...

Benin expels EU ambassador citing “interference” in its domestic affairs

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Benin has ordered the European Union’s ambassador to the country, Oliver Nette, to leave, accusing him of meddling in state politics, said a statement from the President's office on Wednesday. Nette has until December 1...