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Thousands protest as far-right party joins Austrian government

VIENNA — The last time the anti-immigration Freedom Party entered government in Austria, protests were so big that the cabinet took a tunnel from the chancellery to the swearing-in ceremony at the president’s office across the street. There were no such inhibitions on Monday when, almost 18 years on and to a significantly more muted reaction, the country once again became the only one in western Europe with a far-right party in its ruling coalition. Protesters hold banners in front Austria’s parliament building during the new government’s swearing in on…

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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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International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

Japan’s fisheries agency says the hunt is needed to study whale behaviour and biology (AFP Photo/Institute of Cetacean Research) Wellington (AFP) – The European Union and 12 other nations condemned Japan’s Antarctic whaling programme Monday, rejecting Tokyo’s argument that the annual slaughter is for scientific research. Japan’s whaling fleet left for the Southern Ocean last month, planning to kill 333 minke whales over a four-month period. Its fisheries agency says the hunt is needed to study whale behaviour and biology, but critics say such lethal research is unnecessary and acts…

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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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‘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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EU green farming subsidy wastes BILLIONS after improving just 5 per cent of farmland

The so-called ‘greening subsidy’ costs the European Union £10.6billion a year – making up a huge chunk of the Common Agricultural Policy’s (CAP) £51billion budget. But despite spending more than the UK’s net contribution of £8.6billion from last year on the project, just 5 per cent of the EU’s 150million hectares of farmland have been made more ecologically friendly as a result. Samo Jereb of the European Court of Auditors said: “Greening remains essentially an income support scheme. “As currently implemented, it is unlikely to enhance the CAP’s environmental and…

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The Hidden Danger of Do-It-Yourself Genetic Tests

The Hidden Danger of Do-It-Yourself Genetic Tests More “Genetic tests, here! Get your genetic tests!” No one would’ve expected to hear that refrain at an NFL game — at least not until this fall. Biotech firm Orig3n planned to distribute “free” genetic tests at a Baltimore Ravens game as part of a September promotion dubbed “DNA Day.” The Ravens ultimately postponed the event, questioning whether Orig3n needed to secure federal approval before distributing the tests. Trending: China Must Prepare for Imminent War With North Korea, Top National Security Experts Warn…

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Christmas cancelled: Chinese university crackdown to resist ‘corrosion’ of Western culture

Shenyang Pharmaceutical University informed students the ban was to help them develop their own “cultural confidence”. And the university claimed youngsters have been “blindly excited” by Western holidays. The statement said: “In recent years, influenced by Western culture and individual business operations, as well as erroneous public opinions expressed on the Internet, some young people are blindly excited by Western holidays, especially religious holidays like Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.” Now the University has banned the students’ union from holding Christmas-related activities. The ban was put in place “in order…

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Merkel demands Macron steps into line to save EU – hours after French PM slapdown

Speaking at the party conference of her CDU’s Bavarian sister party, the CSU, Mrs Merkel emphasised strong leadership by the two countries was needed to make the EU work. Mrs Merkel said: “Europe is unthinkable without a strong Germany and strong German-French cooperation.” The Chancellor also welcomed the SPD’s decision to enter into exploratory talks on a coalition agreement, as she makes her second attempt to form a government since the September general elections. But her comments about France and Germany’s working relationship have not been echoed by the French…

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UK hopes new $132 million satellite testing plant will assuage Brexit concerns for space industry

HARWELL, United Kingdom — A 99 million pound ($132 million) satellite test facility to be built at the U.K.’s Harwell Campus should bring more business to the space hub here and ensure Britain’s satellite manufacturers can carry on without disruption post-Brexit, according to Chris Mutlow, director of RAL Space, the space division of the U.K. state-run Rutherford Appleton Laboratory. The RAL Space-operated National Satellite Test Facility, once it opens three years from now, will be able to test satellites as large as 7 metric tons, and aims to attract commercial…

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