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Twitter says Russian propaganda more widespread than estimated – CNET

Twitter said Friday that Russian meddling ahead of the 2016 presidential election was more widespread than it initially estimated and it pledged to let users of the service know if they were exposed to propaganda associated with a Kremlin-linked troll farm.  Twitter says it found more Russian interference than it originally estimated.  Getty Images The social network said it had identified 3,814 accounts linked to the Internet Research Agency, which was the seat of the Russian propaganda effort. In October, Twitter executives testified in front of Congress that it had…

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Senior MEP fears Brexit will INTENSIFY EU pressure on countries who have REFUSED the euro

The European Union could try to exploit Brexit and impose the euro currency onto the remaining eight countries inside the bloc who do not use the euro, according to a Polish MEP. Speaking to the Institute of Government yesterday, the Polish MEP Danuta Hübner fears that Brexit could result in pushing more countries towards the eurozone. This comes amid plans between EU leaders, including Jean-Claude Juncker and Emmanuel Macron, to expand the current eurozone and push integration this year. The French President has ambitious reform plans for the Brussels bloc,…

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EU IN CRISIS: Shock figures reveal how Dutch economy will pay HUGE price for Brexit

Finance experts KPMG said a ‘no-deal’ Brexit would cost Dutch firms trading with the UK up to £546million (€620m) in import and export licences. Around 200,000 jobs in the Netherlands, one of the EU’s biggest economies, are believed to be involved in trade with the UK. The staggering sum excludes the costs of trading tariffs and VAT, meaning the true cost to Dutch companies could be even higher. Theresa May has repeatedly threatened to walk away from Brexit talks if Eurocrats fail to offer the UK government a favourable trade deal.…

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Merkel plots EU army with Emmanuel Macron as she vows to create a United States of Europe

The German Chancellor is on the ropes at home as she desperately tries to seal a coalition deal with the SPD after her election debacle last year. But she insisted today there was no major difference between Mr Macron’s vision of a more tightly-bound EU and her own coalition blueprint for reform. Angela Merkel told a news conference: “Germany and France can and should take the lead on many questions and therefore I understand that France is waiting that we have a new government. “On a broad basis, there is…

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BARNIER RED LINES: Graphic revealing what EU is demanding UK do to get Brexit trade deal

A presentation he gave to the European Council last month reveals the benefits of Norway- or Switzerland-type arrangements will be immediately off-limits to the UK, as Theresa May has refused to accept EU financial contributions or freedom of movement. The Frenchman is pushing the UK towards a Canada or Japan-style trade deal as he believes this is the only option for Mrs May given her many Brexit red lines. And there is no provision in the presentation for Britain to strike a bespoke deal with more advantages than any existing…

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Zimbabwe crawling back: Mugabe’s replacement eyes Commonwealth amid Brexit ‘opportunity’

Mr Mnangagwa, who took power when veteran dictator Robert Mugabe was forced from office last November, described Brexit as a “good thing”. He said: “What they’ve lost with Brexit they can come and recover from Zimbabwe. “When we have engagement, Britain wants to raise the issue about us joining the Commonwealth. I said I’ll be happy to deal with that.  “I personally have nothing against the Commonwealth club.” Mr Mugabe dramatically quit the Commonwealth in 2003 after being ordered to restore democracy and the rule of law by other members. …

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Britons stuck with hated tampon tax until after Brexit as EU delays reform

After controversy about the high tax rate on sanitary items many women consider essential, EU officials will pass the power to determine tariffs on consumer products back to member states. However, the reform has been pushed back until 2022, meaning Britons will not feel the benefits of the change until after the EU exit date. EU member states will be able to tax a wide range of consumer goods at rates of “between five and zero percent” under the reforms. The British government is expected to use the change to…

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Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron to discuss future of EU – but will they FINALLY agree?

The meeting comes one day after the centrist leader spoke with Mrs May, where the pair struck a post-Brexit security deal between France and Britain. But Emmanuel Macron will be eager to discuss EU reform with Mrs Merkel who has been absent from the centre of the bloc as she struggles to claw back power following a dismal German election victory.  The French president is planning to push through his sweeping European reforms, including plans for the creation of a European finance minister and a European Monetary Fund, and would…

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France warns: Britain will be FORCED to pay BILLIONS to EU before it’s allowed to leave

Brussels bigwigs could stop the UK’s divorce from the bloc, unless Britain coughs up a huge sum to settle the country’s “membership bill”. Although an exact amount has not been announced, the European Commission’s chief negotiator, Michael Barnier, is reported to be working on the basis the UK would pay a fee of £42-£50 billion for its outstanding liabilities. On Thursday, French Liberal MEP, Sylvie Goulard, claimed it was the “responsibility” of the remaining 27 states to make sure Britain paid the staggering figure. Speaking on BBC’s Today programme, she…

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Trump scrapped UK visit because President wants May to ‘FOCUS ON BREXIT’, Tillerson claims

The US President caused a stir earlier this month when he announced that he would not after all be visiting the UK to open the new embassy in Vauxhall, tweeting that it was in an “off location”. He has subsequently returned to the subject yesterday, claiming the building “came out tremendously over budget”.  He said: “So now we have an embassy that cost $1.2billion, I think it was much more than that… in the wrong location.” At the time, his claims raised eyebrows, with many suggesting he was ducking out…

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