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Debate: Why is Putin attending Kneissl's wedding? - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 12:22
In addition to high-ranking members of government Russian President Vladimir Putin will be a guest at the wedding of Austrian Foreign Minister Karin Kneissl on Saturday. Putin's attendance is viewed as an official engagement. For both sides his visit is in keeping with a long tradition, commentators explain.
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Debate: Duda stops electoral law reform in Poland - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 12:22
Poland's President Duda has vetoed a controversial law put forward by the ruling PiS party which would have given an advantage to bigger parties in the European elections in 2019. Smaller parties would have had a hard time winning any seats at all if the law had been passed. Did Duda act for or against the PiS government?
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Ukrainian rights activist claims Poland banned her from Schengen zone - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 09:29
A Ukrainian human rights activist claimed on Thursday (16 August) that Warsaw had banned her from Poland and the rest of the Schengen zone in what she called "a political affair".
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[Ticker] Merkel confronts far-right critics: '2015 will not be repeated' - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 09:27
"The year 2015 should not be repeated and will not be repeated," German chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday after meeting her CDU party in Dresden. In 2015 she spoke the famous words "Wir schaffen das" ('We can manage this') about migrants and refugees coming to Germany in the hundred thousands for shelter and better opportunities. Anti-migrant AfD party and Pediga movement supporters demonstrated at her arrival in Dresden.
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[Opinion] 'Nativism' and the upcoming Swedish and Bavarian elections - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 09:27
Swedes head to the polls in September in a national parliamentary election, while Bavarians vote in October in a state election. In both elections, voters' nativist sentiments may well help determine the outcome.
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Soros foundation to quit Hungary by end-August - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 09:10
The foundation run by US billionaire George Soros said Thursday (16 August) that the last of its operations in Hungary would cease by 31 August, with its activities being transferred to Berlin.
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Polish president vetoes change to European parliament election rules - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 09:06
Polish President Andrzej Duda on Thursday (17 August) vetoed a controversial reform of European Parliament election rules that would have essentially kept all small parties in Poland out of the running. “I refuse to sign it and am sending the...
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Former Malta opposition leader fears for his life - Fri, 08/17/2018 - 09:04
Simon Busuttil spent 10 years as an MEP before returning to Malta to lead the opposition. He now fears for his life amid probes into high-level corruption in Malta's government.
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