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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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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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Austria sparks EU FURY with plan to slash benefits for foreign children

The country’s coalition government led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, along with Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache said they would press ahead with the cost-cutting drive, and are adamant it does not break EU rules banning discrimination. Mr Kurz believes the move could save about €114 million. The move though has been met with condemnation from other European Union countries. MEP Romana Tomc, the former state secretary and candidate for the Slovenian presidential election, said the proposal was “unacceptable”. She said: “Austria is turning children from EU citizens into first and…

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Will the Czech election 2018 plunge the EU and Czech Republic into chaos?

GETTY Czech Elections 2018: The Czech election is building to be a tense battle Mr Zeman, a fierce critic of European Union immigration policies, has a 42.5 percent chance of winning the first round of the presidential election, according to the most recent public poll by TNS Kantar & Median. His nearest competitor, Jiří Drahoš, is expected to take 27.5 percent of the votes – although he is expected to score higher in the second round at the end of January. The controversial populist is an ally of Russia and…

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Revealed: The ‘secret’ love story of an Auschwitz tattooist who survived the Nazi horror

GETTY/AMAZON.CO.UK The love story of a Jewish man held prisoner at Auschwitz has been revealed in a new book Lale Sokolov was 26 years old when he was sent to Auschwitz in April 1942 from Krompachy, in what is now Slovakia, and forced to become one of the death camp’s tattooists under the evil watch of Nazi chief Josef Mengele. Mr Sokolov, unaware of the horrors that awaited him had offered himself to the invading Nazis for labour, hoping it might spare his family. He felt great shame but as…

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PS4 games 2018: The big rumours that could win year against Xbox One and Nintendo Switch

While the PS4 games list didn’t have all the best exclusives in 2017, they certainly had a great selection. Titles such as Horizon Zero Dawn, Crash Bandicoot and Gravity Rush 2 helped paint the Sony PlayStation console in a positive light next to its rivals. And it appears there’s plenty of exclusive fuel to burn in 2018 too. While Nintendo gamers will be ecstatic to hear that a Pokemon RPG could arrive later this year on Switch, PS4 fans won’t be left behind. Shadow of the Colossus could be one…

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Austria STRIPS benefits from residents’ children living aboard in move that could anger EU

The conservatives and the far right party coalition announced its plans to cut benefit payments for children living abroad during a cabinet meeting in a castle near Slovenia. The move will mean stricter rules are imposed on Austrians who claim benefits for children who live in a country where the cost of living is lower. However, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache said they would press ahead with the cost-cutting drive and was adamant the move does not break European Union rules banning discrimination. Mr Kurz said…

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Shenmue news – Dreamcast classic getting HD remaster for PS4, Xbox One ahead of Shenmue 3?

Shenmue fans are meant to finally be getting Shenmue 3 – the long-awaited sequel to the much loved Sega Dreamcast classics – in 2018. Shenmue 3 is scheduled to arrive on PS4 and PC at the end of the year, more than 17 years after the release of Shenmue 2 on the Dreamcast. The Sony and crowdfunded-back game will continue the story of Ryo Hazuki, who is seeking revenge for the murder of his father, a Martial Arts master. The original Shenmue games were groundbreaking – giving players a huge…

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