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AUSTRIA: Far right Freedom Party ministers now control police and army

The Freedom Party – led by Heinz-Christian Strache – has agreed to enter into a coalition with Mr Kurz’s centre-right People’s Party which is likely to toughen the country’s stance on immigration and asylum seekers considerably, with the new government inaugarated at a ceremony in the capital, Vienna, today. Mr Kurz’s party came out on top in October’s elections, taking a 31.5 per cent share of the vote, following a campaign focusing on halting illegal immigration and tax cuts. Despite the fact that the centre-left Social Democratic Party, with 26.9…

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‘EU will be CHANGED!’ Brussels panic as eurosceptics SOAR ahead of Italy election

It could also lead to a vote on Italian membership of the eurozone as the Five Star Movement (5S) soars in the polls.  An Italian general election is set to be held in 2018 with eurosceptic 5S now predicted to be the largest party.  Party leader Luigi Di Maio said he would hold referendums on membership of the eurozone if elected and urged Brussels to look seriously at financial reform.  He said unless Brussels listened to his party’s many concerns he would hold a vote on whether to pull Italy…

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Europe to keep ‘watchful eye on’ Austria after far-right coalition

Mr Kurz’s OVP and the FPO have already agreed on their stance on Europe.  Both parties oppose deeper political integration among EU members states and seek to have more powers returned to national governments. They have demanded changes to the way it has forced nations to integrate. They also oppose Turkey’s membership of the bloc. Both parties have agreed to move some departments that deal with European affairs, including the task force preparing Austria’s EU presidency in the second half of next year, to the chancellery headed by Mr Kurz. …

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‘Build a wall!’ Protests as far-right summit claim EU will DESTROY Europe

Geert Wilders and Marine Le Pen were among the politicians to attend a controversial summit in the Czech Republic, which was met by protestors outside.  The meeting took place at a hotel in Prague, which was heavily guarded with specialist security forces during over the weekend.  Mr Wilders, leader of the anti-EU, anti-migrant Party for Freedom in the Netherlands, said a “wall” needed to be built to stop “mass migration”.  After dodging protestors outside who booed and chanted against the far-right groups, Mr Wilders claimed the Czech Republic highlighted the…

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World War 3: US to shell out MILLIONS building air bases to counter ‘Russian AGGRESSION’

Airfields, training sites ranges and other military installations are to be built across Eastern Europe close to Russian borders as well as in Iceland and Norway. It is part of the £3.4 billion European Deterrence Initiative (EDI) aimed at “reassuring” NATO’s European allies. An EDI report says: “As we continue to address the dynamic security environment in Europe, EDI funding increases our capabilities to deter and defend against Russian aggression. “Additionally, these significant investments will further galvanise US support to the collective defence of our NATO Allies, as well as…

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Manchester City to offer Pep Guardiola £100m new contract in bid to rival Man Utd dynasty

Guardiola, who is 47 next month, is only half-way through his three-year contract but City’s Abu Dhabi hierarchy are planning talks at the end of the season over rewarding the Spaniard with long-term extension. He is on around £15m a year and a new five-year deal could be worth £100m. Owner Sheikh Mansour’s board of directors are delighted not only with City’s stunning winning sequence but also the quality of their football. And they want Guardiola to emulate what Sir Alex Ferguson achieved across town at Manchester United by winning…

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China signals reconciliation with Japan at massacre memorial

NANJING, China — China marked the anniversary of the Nanjing Massacre by Japan with a message of peace and friendship last week, potentially helping to realign relations between the rival Asian powers. A somber President Xi Jinping led a nationally televised ceremony to remember the estimated 300,000 Chinese who died when Japan’s Imperial Army occupied Nanjing, then China’s capital, 80 years ago. China has consistently reminded its people of the 1937 massacre, but in what is being interpreted as a highly significant diplomatic gesture, Xi did not lay wreaths or…

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Brussels faces Brexit infighting: Eurosceptics to LEAD EU agenda during crucial summit

Austria is set to take a key role in setting the EU agenda when the country takes over the bloc’s rotating presidency during the second half of next year. However, much to the shock of Brussels, the crucial EU summits that will discuss the last details of Brexit could be led by a eurosceptic government. Sebastian Kurz announced the formation of the Austrian government yesterday following successful talks with the anti-EU far-right Freedom Party. Although the coalition has confirmed they will not hold an EU referendum, there are already signs…

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Inside Congress’ largest sexual harassment settlement

WASHINGTON — Of all the secret deals cut on behalf of accused members of congress, the one that resulted in the largest settlement yet uncovered may be the most surprising. The details provide a window into a process so opaque, convoluted and confusing that even the accused congressman was left in the dark about exactly how and why his accuser ended up being paid $220,000 for her claim. With new harassment accusations being revealed on a nearly daily basis in Congress, documents obtained by NBC News from this one case…

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‘EU is killing Europe’ Brussels condemned as THREAT to economy and security

Marine Le Pen, leader of Front National, accused the EU of “killing Europe” as she advocated the establishment of a new union – a “Europe of sovereign nations”. She said: “We are not xenophobes, we are opponents of the European Union. “I think this is something we have in common, because the European Union is a disastrous organisation which is leading our continent to destruction through dilution by drowning it in migrants, by the negation of our respective countries, by the draining of our diversity.”  Ally Gert Wilders, the leader…

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