Category: Europe

Macron heads to Mali to reaffirm French commitment to battle jihadists

Macron heads to Mali to reaffirm French commitment to battle jihadists

President Emmanuel Macron undertakes his first trip as commander-in-chief on Friday when he meets troops fighting Islamist militants in Mali where the security situation has worsened despite French intervention more than four years ago. The Sahel, a politically fragile area whose remote desert spaces spanning from Mauritania in the west to Sudan in the east host a medley of jihadist […]

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Greek parliament approves more austerity to unlock bailout funds, debt relief

Greek parliament approves more austerity to unlock bailout funds, debt relief

Greek lawmakers approved pension cuts and tax hikes on Thursday sought by the country’s lenders to unlock vital financial aid, as angry demonstrators protested outside parliament over new austerity, the latest since the country plunged into crisis seven years ago. The leftist-led government hopes that legislating the measures, four days before euro zone finance ministers meet in Brussels, will convince […]

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Macedonia’s president to mandate Social Democrats to form government

Macedonia’s president to mandate Social Democrats to form government

Macedonia’s President Gjorge Ivanov said on Wednesday he would give a mandate to Social Democrat leader Zoran Zaev to form a government. Following national elections in December, the Social Democrats and parties representing ethnic Albanians agreed a coalition, but Ivanov had so far had refused to give them mandate. Ivanov said in a statement he would meet Zaev at noon […]

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Greeks join nationwide strike over new round of bailout reforms

Greeks join nationwide strike over new round of bailout reforms

Greek ferry, bus and train services were disrupted and civil servants and doctors stopped work in nationwide walkout on Wednesday, as lawmakers debated austerity measures that lenders want the indebted country to implement. The protest strike was called by the main public and private sector unions a day before parliament was due to vote on reforms that would unlock the […]

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Kremlin says Ukraine’s accusation of cyber attack ‘groundless’

Kremlin says Ukraine’s accusation of cyber attack ‘groundless’

Ukrainian accusations that Moscow was behind cyber attacks on President Petro Poroshenko’s official website are baseless, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said on Wednesday. “The lack of any details confirms the groundlessness of the accusations,” Peskov told reporters during a regular conference call. Ukraine accused Russia on Tuesday of carrying out an organised cyber attack on Poroshenko’s website in response to […]

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Swiss watchdog defends handling of information on Germany spy suspect

Swiss watchdog defends handling of information on Germany spy suspect

A Swiss watchdog defended federal prosecutors on Wednesday from allegations that they inadvertently blew the cover of a spy detained in Germany last month on suspicion he was gathering intelligence about sales of stolen Swiss bank data. In a case that has triggered outrage in Germany, the man identified only as Daniel M. was taken into custody in April and […]

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Czech Finance Minister Babis says proposes Pilny as his replacement

Czech Finance Minister Babis says proposes Pilny as his replacement

Czech Finance Minister Andrej Babis said on Wednesday he had proposed the lower house’s economy committee chief Ivan Pilny as his replacement. Babis said he hoped Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka would accept the nomination, which would end a row between Babis’s ANO party and Sobotka’s Social Democrats. Sobotka has demanded that Babis leave the cabinet due to questions over his […]

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Germany arrests Tunisian asylum-seeker linked to Tunis museum attack

Germany arrests Tunisian asylum-seeker linked to Tunis museum attack

A 36-year-old Tunisian asylum-seeker arrested on Wednesday on suspicion of planning an Islamist attack in Germany is also wanted in his homeland over a deadly 2015 assault on a Tunis museum favored by Western tourists, German officials said. The Tunisian is suspected of recruiting for Islamic State in Germany since August 2015 and building up a network of supporters with […]

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Polish opposition accuses ruling party of power grab in Warsaw

Polish opposition accuses ruling party of power grab in Warsaw

Warsaw’s mayor vowed on Thursday to fight a proposal to expand the city’s electoral boundaries, amid angry accusations that it is part of a plan to rig elections in the ruling party’s favour. Law and Justice (PiS) lawmakers this week filed a draft bill that would add 32 communities to the capital. The nearly 2 million residents of the current […]

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Germany to move ahead on new short-range air defense system

Germany to move ahead on new short-range air defense system

The German military has decided to replace its ageing short-range air defense systems and help fill a gap that has caused concern among NATO allies following Russia’s annexation of Crimea, a defense ministry spokesman said on Thursday. U.S. and German military officials last year identified a growing gap in short-range air defense weapons, or SHORAD, in Europe, including the ability […]

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