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Europe Politics | The Ukraine Crisis as of Friday, February 4, 2022: :

 Source :  cnbc.com ‘Everything is possible’: Ukraine wary as U.S. says Russia may use fake video as invasion pretext Sam Meredith, Holly Ellyatt 6-8 minutes A sit-in in Rome near the Russian embassy which was organized by Ukrainian community and Italian Radicals to defend Ukraine and Europe from the threat of invasion of Ukraine by Russia, on Feb. 3, 2022. Matteo Nardone | Pacific Press | LightRocket via Getty Images Ukraine Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said on Friday that the government is taking every risk into account after being briefed by the United States over Russia's possible use of a fake video as a pretext for invasion. "We haven't seen the video itself, but I can tell you the United States briefed us shortly before the official announcement by [State Department spokesperson] Ned Price that they possess this piece of intelligence," Kuleba told CNBC's Hadley Gamble on Friday. "

Europe Politics | Germany elections: Center left scents victory in tight vote.

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 Source:  bbc.com By Paul Kirby 3 minutes By Paul Kirby BBC News, Berlin media captionOlaf Scholz of Germany's Social Democratic Party: "Many voters... wanted a change in government" Angela Merkel's anointed successor has refused to give up, but projected election results look increasingly bleak for German conservatives after a nail-biting race with the centre-left. Armin Laschet is vowing to form a government, despite presiding over the CDU's worst performance in history. The results are not yet final and the margin is small, but the centre-left SPD could be closing in on victory. SPD leader Olaf Scholz said his party had a clear mandate to rule. Exit polls predicted a dead heat, but this election has been unpredictable from start to finish and the result was never going to be the end of the story. For one thing, the outgoing chancellor is going nowhere until a coalition is formed - and this may have to

Europe Politics | Germany Elections: German Social Democrats Beat Conservatives in Vote to Decide Merkel Successor.

 Source:  reuters.com September 26, 20213:36 PM -05Last Updated 2 hours ago 5-6 minutes A man casts his vote for the general elections, in Berlin, Germany, September 26, 2021. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch Summary Social Democrats (SPD) ahead - projected results SPD's Scholz claims clear mandate for pragmatic government But conservative Laschet also vows to seek coalition Chancellor Angela Merkel is not seeking a fifth term BERLIN, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Germany's Social Democrats narrowly won Sunday's national election, projected results showed, and claimed a "clear mandate" to lead a government for the first time since 2005 and to end 16 years of conservative-led rule under Angela Merkel. The centre-left Social Democrats (SPD) were on track for 26.0% of the vote, ahead of 24.5% for Merkel's CDU/CSU conservative bloc, projections for broadcaster ZDF showed, but both groups believed they could lead the next

Europe Politics: Clashes on Greece's border add to list of problems for EU leaders

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Silvia Amaro 5-6 minutes - Source: CNBC Migrants clash with Greek police on the buffer zone Turkey-Greece border, at Pazarkule, in Edirne district, on February 29, 2020. - Thousands of migrants stuck on the Turkey-Greece border clashed with Greek police on February 29, 2020, according to an AFP photographer at the scene. Greek police fired tear gas at migrants who have amassed at a border crossing in the western Turkish province of Edirne, some of whom responded by hurling stones at the officers. The clashes come as Greece bolsters its border after Ankara said it would no longer prevent refugees from crossing into Europe following the death of 33 Turkish troops in northern Syria. OZAN KOSE/AFP via Getty Images European leaders are facing an unprecedented range of problems, from new tensions at the Greek border, trade talks with the U.K. and internal divisions over money. All of this while the coronavirus keeps spreading

Europe Politics: Italy senate to vote on trial for far-right leader

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4-5 minutos - Source: BBC NEWS Image copyright Reuters Image caption Matteo Salvini has repeatedly said he wants to defend himself in court Italy's senate is to vote on whether the far-right leader Matteo Salvini should face trial on charges of holding migrants at sea. Mr Salvini - who previously served as Italy's interior minister - is accused of illegally keeping people on a boat off Sicily for days in August 2019. Some 116 migrants remained aboard the Gregoretti for close to a week. Now, senators could decide in a simple majority vote to put the head of the anti-immigration League party on trial. The League leader has repeatedly said he wants to go to court.

Europe Politics: The race to be Germany's next leader is suddenly wide open after Merkel's successor steps down

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Holly Ellyatt 7-8 minutes - Source: CNBC German Chancellor Angela Merkel Thomas Lohnes The next leader of Germany is in focus following the announcement Monday that Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, the head of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU), will stand down from the party leadership and not run for the position of chancellor . Kramp-Karrenbauer was widely seen as the chosen successor to Chancellor Angela Merkel, due to step down from the German leadership in 2021, but a series of electoral misses, divisions over the party’s direction and an apparent lack of authority prompted the CDU leader and defense minister to step down. A leadership race is expected to take place in summer and there are already possible contenders for the role, including several that lost out to Kramp-Karrenbauer in the party leadership election in December 2018. Friedrich Merz (who was narrowly beaten by Kramp-Karrenbauer in the leadership vote), current Health Minister Jens Spahn and

Europe Politics: EU warns UK it will 'never, never, never' give way on its single market ahead of trade talks

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Holly Ellyatt 3-4 minutes - Source: CNBC Lorries arrive at the Port of Dover in Kent. Gareth Fuller - PA Images | PA Images | Getty Images The EU will “never, never, never” compromise on the integrity of the bloc’s single market when it comes to negotiating a trade deal with the U.K., according to the EU’s chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier. “There will be no compromise on the single market. Never, never, never,” Barnier said at Queen’s University Belfast Monday evening. “It is our main asset on the EU side,” he said. “Never will the EU compromise, (make) fragile or unravel the single market, never,” he said. The EU’s single market seeks to guarantee the free movement of goods, capital, services, and labor — the “four freedoms” — within the EU. With a collective population of over 500 million people and consumers, the value of single market membership and that unfettered movement of goods and services is a boon to bus

Europe Politics: Pound slumps 1% as Boris Johnson raises fresh risk of a no-deal Brexit

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Holly Ellyatt 6-8 minutos - Source: CNBC UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he speaks to supporters on a visit to meet newly elected Conservative party MP for Sedgefield, Paul Howell at Sedgefield Cricket Club on December 14, 2019 in County Durham, England. F WPA Pool The pound fell more than 1% in early trade Tuesday after media reports said that the British government will make it illegal for the post-Brexit transition period to be extended, leaving little time for a trade deal to be agreed with the EU. Local media reported early Tuesday that Johnson will add a revision to the Brexit bill (formally known as the Withdrawal Agreement Bill) that would explicitly rule out any extension to the transition period beyond December 2020. The U.K. is due to leave the EU by January 31, 2020. The reports have raised concerns that the U.K.’s new, more empowered government under Prime Minister Boris Johnson could be steering the cou

Europe Politics: UK set for Brexit election with Boris Johnson hoping to retain power

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Holly Ellyatt 4-5 minutes - Source: CNBC Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Leader of the Labour Party Jeremy Corbyn shake hands during the ITV Leaders Debate on November 19, 2019 in Salford, England. Jonathan Hordle | Getty Images News | Getty Images The countdown to the U.K. election has entered its final days with Britons waiting to find out who will control the country’s departure from the European Union — an event that will have profound changes on Britain for decades to come. Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains the favorite to win on Thursday, although his lead has narrowed in opinion polls in recent weeks. Speaking to Sky News on Sunday, Johnson said he was nervous about the narrowing polls and said he and his Conservative Party were “fighting for every vote.” The Conservatives’ lead differs between polls but numbers over the last week have given the party a lead of between nine and 15 points ahead of its rival Labour . The “Britain Elects

Europe I Europe Politics I Italy's government seems to be at breaking point — here are 5 reasons why it's going wrong

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Holly Ellyatt 7-9 minutes (From L) Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Economic Development, Labour and Social Policies, Luigi Di Maio, Italy’s Prime Minister, Giuseppe Conte and Italy’s Deputy Prime Minister and Interior Minister, Matteo Salvini on October 15, 2018. NurPhoto | NurPhoto | Getty Images Tensions in Italy’s coalition government appear to be growing with differences of opinion between the ruling Lega party and 5 Star Movement (M5S) becoming more pronounced. Thrown together a year ago following an inconclusive general election, an alliance between the right-wing Lega and anti-establishment M5S had raised eyebrows from the off, but now it looks increasingly likely that the coalition could collapse and prompt fresh elections. The ruling parties and their leaders -- Lega’s Matteo Salvini and M5S’ Luigi Di Maio who both serve as deputy prime ministers -- appeared united last year in their 2019 budget as t