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Islamic State moves to Africa, all eyes on Europe

EU countries must monitor "very carefully" a growing threat from the Islamic State group in North Africa as jihadists relocate there from Iraq and Syria.

Austria set for rightward political turn?

Chancellor Christian Kern is vowing to take his center-left Social Democrats into the opposition if defeated and a handful of small parties are struggling to clear the 4 percent hurdle needed to get seats in parliament.

UEFA Nations League lineup has been confirmed

In order to counteract what many view as meaningless international friendlies, UEFA have established the Nations League, which will be played off between teams of similar standards.

Catalan leadership proclaims independence, no declaration yet

Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont has proclaimed the region's independence from Spain but says its effects will be suspended to allow for talks with the Madrid government.

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EU forces Amazon to pay back millions in taxes

Amazon has to pay €250 million in back taxes to Luxembourg, the European Union ordered.

Catalans strike to protest, independence declaration expected

Separatist groups and unions had initially called on strikes to be held on Tuesday in support for Catalan leaders pushing ahead with a declaration of independence from Spain.

EU commits to better protect marine life

The European Union and its private sector will commit about 1 billion euros to better protect marine life during the global Our Ocean conference this week.

Gunman opens fire at Las Vegas concert

A gunman perched on the 32nd floor of a Las Vegas hotel-casino unleashed a hail of bullets on an outdoor country music festival below.

First same-sex weddings in Germany, quiet LGBT revolution in Malta

Germany celebrated its first same-sex weddings after a new law came into force putting gay and lesbian couples on an equal legal footing with heterosexual couples.

The EU is sleeping, self-determination dreams wide awake

Spanish riot police are aggressively suppressing a self-determination referendum on independence for Catalonia, which Madrid says “runs counter to the goals and ideals of the European Union”.

IMF chief tells bankers to not dismiss cryptocurrency

Christine Lagarde, the head of the International Monetary Fund, has a message for the world's central bankers: Don't be luddites.

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EU steps up efforts to preserve Polish rule of law

The European Union escalated its case against Poland over what it sees as democratic backsliding in the Central European nation.

Worried British government warns for Brexit chaos

Brexit will descend into chaos if British lawmakers reject a bill designed to lay the legislative framework for the country’s EU exit,.

Tony Blair wants to limit migration to prevent Brexit

Former Prime Minister Tony Blair is not giving up his campaign to prevent Britain from leaving the European Union.

Norway wrestles with EU ties

Norway’s upcoming election has sparked a wide-ranging debate about national values, leaving voters wrestling with how close the Nordic country should be to the European Union.

Will Jeroen Dijsselbloem remain President of the Eurogroup?

Dijsselbloem is the finance minister of the current caretaker Dutch government since Dutch parties have been unable to form a new government since the country went to the polls in March 2017.

EU court rejects appeal of refugee quotas

The European Union’s top court ejected legal action by Hungary and Slovakia seeking to avoid accepting refugees under an EU-wide plan.

Putin urges restraint amid North-Korea nuclear tensions

While condemning North Korea over its latest nuclear test, the leaders of Russia and South Korea seemed far apart on the issue of stepping up sanctions.

U.N. Security Council to send peacekeepers to Ukraine?

Russia will ask the U.N. Security Council to send peacekeepers to patrol the front line in eastern Ukraine.

Brussels bails out failing company again

The European Commission approved a German bridging loan for Air Berlin that will keep the insolvent airline's planes flying while it tries to find buyers for its assets.

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