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,
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
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.
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
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,
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
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.
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
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
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