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EP Rapporteur calls for suspension of EU-Turkey accessions talks

European Parliament Rapporteur Kati Piri proposes the formal suspension of accession negotiations with Turkey reiterating her call on Ankara to refrain from threatening Cyprus. Dutch socialist MEP Kati Piri presented on Wednesday to the European Parliament in Strasbourg her draft report on Turkey`s accession progress. Her report said that continuing …

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Greece holds 4. place in property taxation in the EU, real estate prices on the rise

When it comes to property taxation, Greece holds the fourth place in the European Union, after France, UK and Belgium, a study conducted by the Foundation for Economic and Industrial Research (IOBE) has shown. . Property Taxes (left): Greece after France, UK and Belgium. Repeated Property Taxes (right): Greece after …

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Controversial AI “lie detector” to be used at borders of Greece, Hungary and Latvia

A controversial system of Artificial Intelligence powered “lie detector” will be used at some borders in Greece, Hungary and Latvia to identify illegal migrants. The system sponsored by the European Commission is supposed to identify illegal migrants by analyzing their micro-expressions. The project that is to be used initially for …

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EU backs Greece in territorial waters extension, rebukes Turkey

The European Union backs Greece in territorial waters spat with Turkey and asks Ankara to respect international agreements like the “Law of the Sea. The EU remains committed to good neighbourly relations and respect of international agreements, EU spokesperson Maja Kocijancic told euractive, following tensions between Athens and Ankara on the expansion of …

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Populist Alliance has EU leadership paralyzed in its Brussels bubble

Italy’s far-right Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini and French populist Marie LePen met in Rome on Monday to seal a unholy alliance: they declared that they are the anti-establishment movement within the European Union. Salvini slammed the European Union for budget restrictions and austerity, the migration crisis as well as …

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EU leaders remain deep divided over tackling Migration within European borders

The European Union  Summit in Salzburg was supposed to bring leaders together, tackle the Migration crisis and reach consensus. A very difficult task given the fact that Austria that runs the EU’s rotating presidency and its Chancellor Sebastian Kurz have a strong anti-migrants policy. A few months ago, the Summit …

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3,000 migrants from overcrowded Moria to be relocated to mainland

After repeated appeals for asylum-seekers relocation from overcrowded Moria camp in the island of Lesvos, the European Commission reportedly plans to finally take take action. A total of 3,000 people are to be relocated to the Greek mainland. An EU source told New Europe that “the European Commission, having repeatedly alerted …

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What will happen if Greece abolishes the pension cuts despite creditors objections?

Greece insists that the austerity measure to further pension cuts as of 1. January 2019 is not necessary. Creditors try to avoid commenting on that, although the usual “Euro Sources Anonymous” claim that the euro finance ministers are against abolishing of the measure. “Greece’s budget 2019 will not include pension …

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Greece warns Brussels: No Brexit deal could trigger economic meltdown

Greece has sent a shock warning to European Union bosses that they risk the economic and political stability of the bloc’s poorer countries while jousting with Britain over a possible no-deal Brexit. Athens said Brussels failing to deliver a Brexit deal would leave the country facing “increased financial and political …

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Trump threatens Turkey with new sanctions as feud escalates

Relations between US and Turkey took a further turn for the worse, as Washington warned Ankara with more economic sanctions in the last hours unless the latter releases US pastor Andrew Brunson. The US ‘will pay nothing’ to Turkey for the release of detained pastor, President Donald Trump tweeted on …

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Europeans are no longer shocked by pictures of drowned children

Europeans are no longer shocked by pictures of drowned migrants and refugees children.Their pictures no longer make it to headlines. The urgency Europe felt following the death of  3-year-old refugee boy Kurdi washed ashore a Turkish shore in 2015 appears to have dissipated. Just look at the direction in which …

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Erdogan’s chief aide: Greece might leave EU to join Turkey

Amid the havoc and the despair in Greece’s wildfires, a joke comes from Turkey. In all seriousness. Chief aide of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, a notorious provocateur,  opened his mouth and started telling fairy tales right from the darkest corridor of the Anatolian bazaar. From snoozing story teller to hypnotized …

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EU to deploy border guards to FYROM to curb migration

The European Union has struck a deal with FYROM to deploy border guards at the south border of the Balkan country to curb migration. European Commissioner Dimitris Avramopoulos and Oliver Spasovski, Minister of Interior of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, signed a status agreement that will allow teams from …

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