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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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Czech Republic in crisis as Prime Minister ‘faces prosecution’ over EU payments

Mr Babis is accused of hiding ownership of a farm and convention centre to receive a 2 million euro subsidy a decade ago. He denies the allegations and even voted in favour of removing his immunity protection. Mr Babis said: “We live in a country where you can order a prosecution of somebody and you can probably get somebody in jail.” The Prime Minister, who created the ANO party in 2011, remains popular among voters and has called the subsidy case a ploy by opponents to drive him out of…

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Hard Brexit will cost EU27 economy £100 billion by 2020 – with businesses hit hard

The research group said the EU businesses supply chains would be hit badly if there was a no-deal Brexit. It claimed a hard Brexit would cost the UK economy £120 billion by 2020.  The report from Oxford Economics highlights the risks for both sides should the UK be forced to fall back on World Trade Organisation rules.  If countries were to fall back on WTO rules, there would be greater costs from trade tariffs and there would be a slower movement of goods across borders.  The report said: “The supply…

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Czech Republic in chaos after government resignation over PM corruption claims

And the decision – which came after the administration resoundingly lost a vote of confidence a day earlier – has presented Czech President Milos Zeman with yet another headache as he himself prepares to square off against rival Jiri Drahos in an election run-off later this month. Police are alleging that billionaire Mr Babis, 63, the country’s second-richest person, hid ownership of one of his companies a decade ago to win a two million euro subsidy, mostly from European Union funds, meant for small businesses.  Mr Babis denies wrongdoing –…

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Czech election latest: Zeman plots to hold on to presidency against pro-EU Drahos

GETTY Milos Zeman’s re-election would come as a blow to the EU The opponents are gearing up for an election run-off on January 26 and 27 in a battle which is already being compared to that fought between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton in the United States Presidential Election in 2016. The leader of the Party of Civic Rights, Mr Zeman, a 73-year-old who has courted the far-right in rejecting migrants from Muslim countries while pursuing warmer relations with Russia and China, was elected President of the Czech Republic in…

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United States of Europe: German minister unveils shocking EU plans to TAKE OVER Europe

The fervently pro-EU politician suggested European countries in the future will only be able to exercise self-control through the European Union. Mr Gabriel claimed even Germany – the EU’s largest and strongest financial contributor – would have to accept more EU rules in the coming years. He said: “In the world of the 21st Century, Europe will only be able to act on a sovereign basis via the European Union, by winning back sovereignty through the European Union.  “Even Germany, big and strong as it is, in tomorrow’s world will…

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Farage reveals four countries that will BRING DOWN EU ‘bullyboys’ in less than 10 years

The European Union has been facing growing dissent from the leaders of Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic – with Brussels beginning court action against the countries for failing to uphold their duties as EU member states. Mr Farage predicted the four Eastern European countries will ultimately lead the EU institutions to collapse in as little as 10 years. He said: “I heard Andrew Marr a few months ago say that if you listen to the Prime Ministers of Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic and Slovakia ‘they make Nigel…

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Czech election results LIVE: Zeman leads first round in major blow to EU

Voters are at ballot boxes today to select a new president, however, early exit results show the public have opted to keep their eurosceptic head of state, Milos Zeman. The vote, likely to end in a run-off in two weeks’ time, is seen as a referendum on the 73-year-old Zeman, in office since 2013, who has criticised migration from Muslim countries and Germany’s decision to accept many migrants in Europe. Early results show Zeman has taken 44.2 per cent of the vote against eight competitors, with his closest rival Jiri…

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‘Eurocrats are PRAYING’ Brussels fears ‘game-changing’ impact of Czech election

Czechs are heading to the polls today in the final day of voting to elect a new president, amid concerns in Brussels over the result. Reporting for the BBC, John Simpson told the Today programme that “Eurocrats in Brussels” are praying that the incumbent Milos Zemen “does very badly”. Mr Zemen, who has served as president for the past five years, has used his tenure to consistently rail against the powers of the European Union and has even suggested the Czech Republic hold a referendum on their membership of the bloc.  He…

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Prague bus crash horror: At least three dead and 30 injured as coach collides with car

The incident occurred in the area of Horomerice, in the northeastern suburbs of the Czech Republic’s capital. Police spokeswoman Monika Schindlova said: “The collision killed three people, the driver of a car and two people in the bus.” Several injured passengers were still trapped inside the bus, which struck a tree after veering off the road.  More to follow.

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