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Italy would be SUPERPOWER and Germany a disaster: Gentiloni argues Italy has MORE support

Paolo Gentiloni made the controversial comments at the end of a two-day EU summit where leaders finally agreed Brexit talks could move on to trade. In a press conference, Mr Gentiloni hit out at Germany over the way Italy was treated in its bid to be the new home of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), currently based in London. Milan narrowly lost out to Amsterdam after votes were left deadlocked in last month’s decision – leading to straws being drawn to decide. And the Italian premier placed the blame firmly…

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Philippe Coutinho to Barcelona: Liverpool settle on £127m transfer fee – report

Coutinho wants to join Barcelona and the Catalan club have continued their pursuit since the summer. Liverpool issued a statement in August insisting the Brazilian won’t be sold. But five months down the line and Barcelona are supposedly closing in on their top transfer target. That is according to Barcelona-based newspaper Mundo Deportivo, who claim a rough transfer fee is being discussed. The newspaper claims a top Barcelona source has told them Liverpool want £127m (€145m) for the 25-year-old. However, Barca want to drive down that price. Mundo Deportivo report that…

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Jose Mourinho: Man Utd boss ordered to explain ref claims before Man City game

Manchester United boss Mourinho caused controversy during his pre-match press conference on Friday, saying of the City players: “A little bit of wind and they fall.” He then questioned Pep Guardiola’s permission to wear a yellow ribbon – a symbol of protest against the imprisonment of pro-independence politicians in the Spanish region of Catalonia – on the touchline. And in a conversation with the Sunday newspapers, Mourinho warned match referee Michael Oliver of City’s “tactical fouls”. United lost Sunday’s game 2-1 in a major blow to their title hopes. The…

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Emmanuel Macron to clash with Corsica after REJECTING calls to take control

But Paris refused to make major concessions to the French-controlled island. The Corsican nationalists Pè a Corsica (For Corsica) were given a major boost to their cause on Sunday when they took a decisive victory in regional elections, winning two thirds of the seats in the new regional council that takes office on January 1, 2018. The nationalist alliance was formed two years ago by independents Gilles Simeoni and Jean-Guy Talamoni.  The Corsican cause, while having some similarities to a number of nationalist causes that have swept through Europe recently,…

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Macron’s Catalonia: French leader under pressure as Corsican nationalists DEMAND autonomy

On Sunday, the nationalist coalition Pè a Corsica (For Corsica) won the second round of polling with the 56,5% of the votes and is now calling for President Emmanuel Macron to re-open a debate on Corsica’s independence.  The nationalist alliance was formed two years ago by independents Gilles Simeoni and Jean-Guy Talamoni.  After the victory, Mr Simeoni said Paris will have to “come to terms with what is happening in Corsica”, pressing President Macron to re-open negotiations on independence. Corsica is highly dependent on funds from Paris. The nationalist alliance…

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EU’s worst nightmare: Now FLEMISH separatists want independence from Belgium

The drive by Catalans to form an independent country, separate from Spain has given fresh impetus to Flemish separatists who want to be independent from Belgium. About a dozen members of the Flemish nationalist party New Flemish Alliance (N-VA), including the speaker of the Flemish Parliament, Jan Peumans, joined the huge demonstration on the streets of Brussels as the Catalans took their plight for self-determination to the heart of the European Union. MEP Mark Demesmaeker Federal parliamentarian Peter Luyckx, and Jan Van Esbroeck, member of the Flemish Parliament, said in…

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‘Wake up EU!’ Huge demonstration sweeps Brussels streets as thousands protest against bloc

Belgium police estimated about 45,000 people marched through the heart of Brussels earlier today with many questioning the refusal by the leaders of the EU to get involved with the issue of Catalan independence, as well as showing their support for the ousted Catalan president Carles Puigdemont. Some carried placards criticising the Europen Union for not pressuring Madrid. One sign showed the face of European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker with the question: “Democracy? Some defend it when it suits them. Shame on them.” Mr Puigdemont, who like many in the…

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Jailed Catalan leaders in Supreme Court to fight against independence charges

Along with eight members of Catalonia‘s Cabinet Jordi Cuixart, head of Omnium Cultural and Jordi Sanchez, the president of the Catalan National Assembly, are also due to appear. Sacked regional vice-president Oriol Junqueras, one of his ERC party’s main candidates for the election, has asked to be allowed to leave jail in order to campaign in the vote which was called by Madrid. Mr Junqueras and seven other former members of the Catalan regional cabinet were jailed on November 2 pending trial on charges of sedition, rebellion and misappropriation of…

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CATALONIA CRISIS: Pro-independence radicals HANG human-sized dummies in shock warning

The dummies appeared early this morning hanging from a bridge over the C17 road between the Catalan towns of Vic and Tona. Three featured the logos of Catalonia’s pro-union parties – the Catalan Socialist Party, Catalan Partido Popular Party and Ciutadans – on their chests. Pro-union organisation Sociedat Civil Catalana posted a picture of the chilling scene on its official Twitter feed today with the message: “They are simulating the killing of voters of these parties.” The dummies were later removed by the regional Mossos d’Esquadra police who confirmed they…

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‘Useful IDIOT’ Exiled Catalan leader Puigdemont mocked for becoming part of ‘Putin’s club’

The pro-Western European Values group said the former president of Catalonia had been picked for the less than prestigious accolade because of his appearance on the “Kremlin disinformation pseudo-journalistic outlet RT”. Mr Puigdemont was a guest on the Alex Salmond Show, which was broadcast by the Russian-backed channel earlier this month to discuss the upcoming elections in the region. The ballot on December 21 was called after the Spanish government dissolved the regional parliament after a failed independence bid, led by Mr Puigdemont, in October. But using an “expert jury”,…

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