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Obama will host Nordic leaders next May

U.S. President Barack Obama will host the leaders of Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden in May for a U.S.-Nordic Leaders Summit, the White House said on Friday. The leaders will discuss terrorism, violent extremism, environmental and nuclear security issues among other topics at the summit on May 13, the White House said in a statement. Obama last met with Nordic ...

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“White smoke” is coming from Brussels

European Union negotiators and Turkey have agreed on a draft deal over the migrant crisis, which must now be approved by the 28 EU leaders. Under the scheme, migrants arriving in Greece after midnight Sunday will be sent back to Turkey if their asylum claim is rejected. In return, EU countries will resettle thousands of migrants from Turkey. Both the Czech ...

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Juncker: Turkey in the EU? Not even in 10 years!

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told German newspaper ‘Handelsblatt’ that he was cautiously optimistic of a deal between the EU and Turkey on the refugee crisis. “We shall reach a deal with Turkey within the next days, based on what has been prepared at the last Summit. I am reservedly optimistic on the outcome”, said Juncker, who defended the agreement to ...

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Kammenos will not resign- Supports Tsipras government, not Mouzalas

No confidence vote will be granted by the Parliamentary group of the Independent Greeks party to Mr. Mouzalas. Whether he resigns or not is up to him, said party chairman and Defense Minister Panos Kammenos upon the completion of the meeting of the Parliamentary Group. “I did not ask of the Prime Minister to demand Mr. Mouzalas’s resignation, but I did ...

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Merkel heralded new quotas for relocating refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said the closing of the migrant route through the Balkans has created a challenging situation for Greece and it should concern all of Europe. Addressing the Bundestag ahead of an EU summit with Turkey on Thursday, Merkel warned that nobody should be deceived by the slower influx of migrants to Germany because of border closures. Merkel ...

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EESC report reveals extent of migrant crisis

Key messages on EU migration strategy from 11 fact-finding country visits and 180+ meetings with Civil Society organisations active in the field. Persecution, conflict and poverty drove more than one million people to seek safety in Europe last year. Significant numbers went missing or died (most drowned) making the arduous journey. The majority who reached Europe made their way across ...

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New Democracy casts member out for insulting Facebook post

New Democracy member Phailos Kranidiotis returned in the news through a particularly controversial post on his personal Facebook account, which refers to the “execution” of the Deputy Minister for Immigration Policy, Giannis Mouzalas. In this way, Mr Kranidiotis chose to comment on the fact that Mr. Mouzalas called FYROM, Macedonia. As expected, there was an immediate reaction from the governing ...

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Kammenos stays adamant about Mouzalas’ s resignation

President of Independent Greeks Panos Kammenos maintains his position on the immediate resignation of Giannis Mouzalas (who in an interview called FYROM by the name of “Macedonia”), according to the statements he made after the meeting with Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras at the Maximou Mansion. Mr. Kammenos stressed: “We adhere to the resignation of Mr. Mouzalas. He may apologized, but ...

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Brazil: Former president Lula will be appointed minister

Former supreme ruler of Brazil Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva is expected to agree to take over a ministerial portfolio in the government of his successor, President Dilma Rousseff. Members of the main governing party, the Left Labour Party, to which both Mr. Lula and the president Rousseff belong, stress that such a move would strengthen the government’s profile. The ministerization ...

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