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Merkel calls for ‘real, true’ EU army

Angela Merkel has said EU leaders should one day consider “a real, true European army” shortly after Donald Trump ramped up a Twitter attack on Emmanuel Macron over the same idea. By – Jennifer Rankin Speaking to the European parliament in Strasbourg, the German chancellor backed the bold step in European defence policy, as part of a speech extolling the need for EU ...

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Swedish journalist’s murder to be made into TV series

One of the writers behind the Danish TV hit Borgen is to turn the murder of the Swedish journalist Kim Wall into a six-part TV series – but the killer, the self-taught rocket engineer Peter Madsen, will not feature. By – Richard Orange “I don’t want to make a crime series that is beguiled by the perpetrator or the crime,” said the director ...

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From Sweden to Brexit, immigration is the issue dividing Europe

The message is glaring from Sweden’s election result. There is one dominant issue in Europe’s politics at present, and it is immigration. It rules in Italy and Germany. It rules in Hungary and Austria. It rules from Serbia to Scandinavia. It dominates every meeting of the leaders of the EU. It obsesses the United Kingdom, except there it cloaks itself in the euphemism of “reaching trade agreements ...

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Russian spy found working at US embassy in Moscow

US counter-intelligence investigators discovered a suspected Russian spy had been working undetected in the heart of the American embassy in Moscow for more than a decade, the Guardian has learned. By – David Smith  Scroll 4video The Russian national had been hired by the US Secret Service and is understood to have had access to the agency’s intranet and email systems, which gave ...

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Italy’s ports are closed to migrant vessels

Italy’s interior minister has sparked a new migration crisis in the Mediterranean by barring two rescue boats from bringing refugees to shore, a week after the Aquarius was prevented from docking. By – Chris Stephen  “Two other ships with the flag of Netherlands, Lifeline and Seefuchs, have arrived off the coast of Libya, waiting for their load of human beings abandoned by ...

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Here is all the data Facebook and Google have on you

Want to freak yourself out? I’m going to show just how much of your information the likes of Facebook and Google store about you without you even realising it. By – Dylan Curran Google knows where you’ve been Google stores your location (if you have location tracking turned on) every time you turn on your phone. You can see a timeline of where ...

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George Soros: Facebook and Google a menace to society

Billionaire says social media companies’ ‘days are numbered’ Soros warns of ‘far-reaching adverse consequences’ for democracy By – Olivia Solon Facebook and Google have become “obstacles to innovation” and are a “menace” to society whose “days are numbered”, said billionaire investor and philanthropist George Soros at the World Economic Forum in Davos on Thursday. “Mining and oil companies exploit the physical environment; ...

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The long hunt for Isis leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi

Day and night for the past three years, an unprecedented number of the world’s spies have zeroed in on a patch of Iraq and Syria to hunt for one man. Their target, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, the leader of the Islamic State terrorist group, has eluded them all. But only just. By – Martin Chulov The most wanted man on the planet has ...

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British defence secretary: Isis fighters should be hunted down and killed

Britons who have fought for Islamic State abroad should be hunted down and killed to ensure they never return to the UK, the defence secretary, Gavin Williamson, has said. Via: Jessica Elgot In the strongest remarks yet from a senior cabinet minister, Williamson suggested there was deliberate targeting of British jihadists by the armed forces fighting Isis as the group retreats in Syria and ...

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EU takes Hungary to ECJ over crackdown aimed at George Soros

The EU is taking Hungary to the European court of justice (ECJ) over Viktor Orbán’s crackdown on political freedoms and a leading university, as Brussels steps up its fight to protect democratic values in central Europe. Via: Jennifer Rankin The Hungarian government was referred on Thursday to the court in relation to a higher education law that could force the closure of Central ...

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