22 Aug 2018

Serbia may reintroduce compulsory military service: president

Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic announced that Serbia may reintroduce a compulsory military service of between 3-6 months starting after 2020. Countries across Europe abolished these service programs in the 90s and 00s, but a number of countries, France included, are bringing them back to support a range of political and

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20 Aug 2018

Greece Officially Ends International Bailout Program

After eight years, hundreds of billions in loans, and ongoing austerity measures, Greece has officially ended its bailout program and “managed to stand on her feet again,” in the words of Prime Minister Tsipras. The country faces ongoing economic difficulties, but the economy is slowing expanding and the record unemployment

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18 Jul 2018

Google hit with record $5 billion EU antitrust fine

Antitrust regulators from the EU have fined Google a record $5 billion dollars for its use of “Android as a vehicle to cement the dominance of its search engine.” While the fine would hardly dent the $102.9 billion in cash reserves held by Google’s parent company Alphabet Inc., Google must

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29 Jun 2018

EU leaders hail summit victory on migration

European markets saw an uptick today as European leaders reached an agreement over migration. Italy had threatened to veto the entire program unless the EU reached a satisfactory decision that would reduce the pressure from migrants arriving in Italy via the Mediterranean. The decision avoided the controversial setting of quotas,

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26 Jun 2018

EU divided over enlargement

With the longstanding name disagreement between Macedonia and Greece recently settled, European Union plans for expansion are under increased scrutiny. France’s Macron has strongly stated that France would not support EU enlargement until the existing union is reformed and improved, a position supported by the Netherlands, Denmark, and many European

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21 Jun 2018

UK releases Brexit residency rules for EU citizens

The UK has released plans for one of the most contentious elements of Brexit, the residency rules for EU citizens. The new system details the options for the over 3 million EU citizens currently residing in the country and promises to make an easy transition to residency under the new

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20 Jun 2018

Merkel, Macron announce landmark EU deal

Under the deal, the EU will create a single eurozone budget for investment and the promotion of economic convergence within its 19 member states. The bill also covered banking provisions and immigration, with Merkel and Macron announcing efforts for greater solidarity among EU states to coordinate European responses and reduce

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15 Jun 2018

EU develops common strategy for illicit weapons reduction

Addressing the threats posed by terrorism, organized crime, and others, the EU has adopted a strategy to combat illicit firearms, small arms and light weapons. The strategy document establishes objectives and measures that it will implement, as well as the roles of governments, police bodies, and polities responsible for the

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15 Jun 2018

EU legislature report on defense reaffirming NATO, UK ties, and common EU defense

In spite of the tense G7 summit, the European Parliament produced a large report acknowledging the US’s key position in NATO and European security. It also emphasizes continued and strong defense ties with the UK following Brexit. The report was adopted just ahead of the NATO summit upcoming in July,

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07 Jun 2018

Foreign crime and professional criminals responsible for a growing share of arrests in Denmark

The percentage of crimes committed in Denmark by persons not living in the country has risen from 2 to 10%, including 25% of thefts and 20% of burglary. This increase has been attributed mostly to Romania and Bulgaria’s entry into the EU in 2007. Statistics like these, and the open-border

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