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Fear of neofascism keeps Emmanuel Macron ahead of Marine Le Pen

2017-04-29 European News Comments Off on Fear of neofascism keeps Emmanuel Macron ahead of Marine Le Pen
At the university of Paris Nanterre, on the outskirts of the French capital, Antoine Guerreiro of the union of communist students was handing out leaflets urging students to vote for Emmanuel Macron in the final round of the presidential election next Sunday. Or, to be strictly accurate, to vote against the Front National’s Marine Le Read More

From refugee boat to Amsterdam canal cruiser

2017-04-29 European News Comments Off on From refugee boat to Amsterdam canal cruiser
We wait on the quay, looking at a boat. It’s strangely familiar: the colour of rust, paint flaking, revealing layers of colour beneath, and Arabic lettering on the side. We’ve all seen fragile-looking, battered craft like this. The Alhadj Djumaa, or Mr Friday, was once a people-smuggler’s boat. But rather than smuggling people across the Read More

George Szirtes

2017-04-29 European News Comments Off on George Szirtes
The crowds demonstrating in Hungary in recent weeks have numbered many tens of thousands. They are by no means allstudents of a university the government is threatening to shut down, but they are mostly young and carry two flags: the Hungarian red-white-green tricolour and the European Union flag, with its circle of stars. Europa! Europa! Read More

Alexei Navalny on Putin’s Russia: ‘All autocratic regimes come to an end’

2017-04-29 European News Comments Off on Alexei Navalny on Putin’s Russia: ‘All autocratic regimes come to an end’
Alexei Navalny is in good spirits for a man who can hardly step outside without being insulted, assaulted or arrested. Earlier this month he was released from a 15-day stint in a Russian jail. And on Thursday, in Moscow, unknown assailants threw green dye in his face, the second such attack in recent months. But Read More

Emmanuel Macron: I’ll renegotiate Le Touquet border treaty

2017-04-28 European News Comments Off on Emmanuel Macron: I’ll renegotiate Le Touquet border treaty
Emmanuel Macron, the favourite in the race to become the next French president, has suggested that he would want to renegotiate an agreement that allows British border police to operate in Calais. The centrist politician, who will go head to head against Marine Le Pen in the final round of the election on 7 May, Read More

Montenegro ratifies Nato membership in historic shift to western alliance

2017-04-28 European News Comments Off on Montenegro ratifies Nato membership in historic shift to western alliance
Montenegro’s parliament has supported the Balkan country’s membership in Nato in a historic turn toward the west amid protests by Russia and the pro-Russia opposition. Politicians voted 46-0 in the capital of Cetinje to ratify the accession treaty with the western military alliance. They then stood up and applauded the decision. The parliament has 81 Read More

UK was given details of contacts between Trump and Moscow

2017-04-28 European News Comments Off on UK was given details of contacts between Trump and Moscow
The UK government was given details last December of allegedly extensive contacts between the Trump campaign and Moscow, according to court papers. Reports by Christopher Steele, a former M16 officer, on possible collusion between the the Trump camp and the Kremlin are at the centre of a political storm in the US over Moscow’s role Read More

Macedonia politician says violent attack was attempted murder as UN appeals for calm

2017-04-28 European News Comments Off on Macedonia politician says violent attack was attempted murder as UN appeals for calm
A Macedonian party leader who was left beaten and bloodied after hundreds of protesters stormed the country’s parliament has claimed the assault was attempted murder.  The Balkan country is battling a severe political crisis, and tensions flared into violence on Thursday night when around 300 demonstrators burst into parliament in an assault that left over Read More

EU leaders to insist UK pays its Brexit bills as precursor to trade talks

2017-04-28 European News Comments Off on EU leaders to insist UK pays its Brexit bills as precursor to trade talks
EU leaders will toughen their stance on Britain paying its Brexit bills when they agree negotiating guidelines at a special summit on Saturday. EU diplomats have agreed unanimously that Britain must settle its bills before embarking on trade talks. The position has been set out by EU leaders from the German chancellor, Angela Merkel, to Read More

EU and Nato plead for calm in Macedonia after protest at parliament

2017-04-28 European News Comments Off on EU and Nato plead for calm in Macedonia after protest at parliament
The EU and Nato have pleaded for calm in Macedonia after nationalist protesters stormed the parliament in Skopje on Thursday, attacking politicians and journalists in an attempt to prevent the election of an ethnic Albanian as speaker. The protesters, supporters of former prime minister Nikola Gruevski’s conservative, Russia-backed VMRO party, demanded new elections. Russia claimed Read More