Issue 125:2017 10 19:Week in Brief International

19 October 2017 Week in Brief: International Europe AUSTRIA:  In last weekend’s elections, the Conservative Peoples’ Party (OVP) came first with 31.7%, the Social Democrats (SPO) second with 27.4%, and the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) third with 26.5%. (Other parties: NEOS 5%, PILZ 4.1%, Green 3.3%, others 2%)…. Sebastian Kurtz, the leader of the OVP,… Continue reading Issue 125:2017 10 19:Week in Brief International

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Issue 124:2017 10 12:Week in Brief International

12 October 2017 Week in Brief: International   Europe AUSTRIA: The Social Democrats have fallen to third place in polls ahead of next week’s elections, as a result of a scandal about an internet smear campaign against Sebastian Kurz, leader of the rival Peoples’ Party.  The far right Freedom Party is in second place.  The… Continue reading Issue 124:2017 10 12:Week in Brief International

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Issue 123:2017 10 05:Week in Brief International

05 October 2017 Week in Brief: International Europe AUSTRIA: A ban on wearing the full-face veil in public has come into force.  However, French businessman Rachid Nekkaz has offered to pay any fine (€150) imposed. FRANCE: A 29 year old illegal immigrant from Tunisia stabbed two girls to death at a railway station in Marseilles. … Continue reading Issue 123:2017 10 05:Week in Brief International

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Issue 122:2017 09 28:Week in Brief International

28 September 2017 Week in Brief: International Europe FRANCE: Florian Phillipot, the deputy chairman of the National Front, resigned and left the party.  Although socially tolerant, he believes in absolute national sovereignty and has clashed with leader Marine le Pen over his opposition to the EU and the euro. Jean-Luc Melenchon (leader of the far… Continue reading Issue 122:2017 09 28:Week in Brief International

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Issue 121:2017 09 21:Week in Brief International

21 September 2017 Week In Brief: INTERNATIONAL NEWS Europe EU:  In his state of the union address, president of the EU commission Jean-Claude Juncker proposed more centralisation of power in Brussels (including a single president instead of one for the EU commission and one for the European council, a Eurozone finance minister, an intelligence agency,… Continue reading Issue 121:2017 09 21:Week in Brief International

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Issue 120:2017 09 14:Week in Brief International

14 September 2017 Week in Brief: International Europe EU: The European Court of Justice rejected Hungary’s and Slovakia’s legal challenge to the EU’s national quotas for migrant relocation.  Slovakia has accepted the ruling, but Hungary continues to defy it, backed by Poland and the Czech Republic. According to a leaked report, the EU is considering… Continue reading Issue 120:2017 09 14:Week in Brief International

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Issue 119:2017 09 07:Week in Brief International

07 September 2017 Week in Brief: International Europe FRANCE: The prime minister announced 36 measures to reform the country’s labour laws. GERMANY: Chancellor Merkel faced the SDP leader Martin Schultz in a live TV debate, but there was little conflict; they agreed on most things, including keeping Turkey out of the EU.  Brexit wasn’t mentioned. … Continue reading Issue 119:2017 09 07:Week in Brief International

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Issue 118:2017 08 17:Week in Brief International

17 August 2017 Week in Brief: International Europe FRANCE: A car was driven into a patrol of 16 soldiers in a Paris suburb, injuring six of them. Police arrested an Algerian suspect after a car-chase which ended near Calais.  The suspect was shot and wounded. ROMANIA: A sharp rise in illegal immigrants suggests that people… Continue reading Issue 118:2017 08 17:Week in Brief International

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Issue 117:2017 08 10:Week in Brief International

10 August 2017 Week In Brief: INTERNATIONAL NEWS Europe BELGIUM:  A large number of eggs produced in Belgium and exported to France and the Netherlands have been found to be contaminated with fipronil, a toxic pesticide. FRANCE:  President Macron faced stiff opposition to his proposal to make the resources and position traditionally but unofficially granted… Continue reading Issue 117:2017 08 10:Week in Brief International

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issue 116:2017 08 03:Week in Brief International

03 August 2017 Week in Brief: International Europe FRANCE: Macron promised to remove migrants from the streets and to house them in cheap hotels instead. The deradicalisation centre opened under the previous government has been closed, and the deradicalisation program judged a failure. STX, the country’s biggest ship-building company, is to be nationalised to prevent… Continue reading issue 116:2017 08 03:Week in Brief International

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!ssue 115:2017 07 27:Week in Brief International

27 July 2017 Week In Brief: INTERNATIONAL NEWS Europe FRANCE:  The chief of the armed forces resigned after Macron gave him a dressing down for complaining about defence cuts. GREECE: A 6.7 magnitude earthquake in the Aegean (hitting the Greek island of Kos, and also Bodrum in Turkey) left 2 people dead and 500 injured.… Continue reading !ssue 115:2017 07 27:Week in Brief International

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Issue 114:2017 07 20:Week in Brief International

20 July 2017 Week in Brief: International Europe FRANCE: President Trump was the guest of President Macron at the military parade on Bastille Day in Paris.  The parade had a US theme to commemorate the centenary of US intervention in World War I. President Macron acknowledged French responsibility for sending thousands of Jews to Nazi… Continue reading Issue 114:2017 07 20:Week in Brief International

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Issue 113:2017 07 13:Week in brief International

13 July 2017 Week in Brief: International Europe CYPRUS: Negotiations between Greek Cyprus and Turkish Cyprus for reunification have collapsed.  Greek Cyprus will begin drilling for natural gas off its coast, a move which is likely to increase tension with Turkey. FRANCE:Macron’s labour minister Muriel Penicaud is facing a criminal inquiry about an outing to… Continue reading Issue 113:2017 07 13:Week in brief International

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