• Poland's ruling party wins poll but loses control of the senate

      Poland's ruling party wins poll but loses control of the senate

      Poland's conservative Law and Justice party (PIS) won a narrow majority in the lower house of parliament securing another four years to govern, but lost control of the senate, the final results of last Sunday election showed on Tuesday. The party of Jaroslaw Kaczynski won almost 44% of votes, which translated into 235 seats in the 460-member Sejm, the same number it won in 2015.

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    • Migrant kills one, wounds another in Austria knife attacks

      Migrant kills one, wounds another in Austria knife attacks

      A knife-wielding Afghan man killed one person and badly wounded another in a series of attacks in Austria on Monday, police said. The man, 33, wounded a staff member at a refugee centre in Wullowitz, near the border with the Czech Republic, before fleeing the scene by bicycle. He then stabbed to death a nearby resident and took his car, police said.

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    • EU insists for more concessions by the UK to agree on Brexit deal

      EU insists for more concessions by the UK to agree on Brexit deal

      A deal between the EU and the UK on Brexit is still far away as diplomats indicated the Union wanted more concessions from PM Boris Johnson, which makes signing an agreement this week unlikely, news wires reported. Johnson claims he wants to strike an exit deal at an EU summit on Thursday and Friday to allow an orderly departure on 31 October but if an agreement is not possible he will lead the UK out of the Union without a deal, although parliament has passed a law saying he cannot do so.

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    • Spain jails Catalan separatist leaders, sparking protests

      Spain jails Catalan separatist leaders, sparking protests

      Spain’s Supreme Court on Monday sentenced nine separatist leaders from Catalonia to between nine and 13 years in prison for sedition over their role in a failed independence bid, triggering protests in Barcelona. Three other defendants who were also on trial for their involvement in a referendum held in spite of a ban and a short-lived independence declaration, were found guilty only of disobedience and not sentenced to prison.

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    • Polish ruling party leads in polls before Sunday general election

      Polish ruling party leads in polls before Sunday general election

      The day of “electoral silence” started in Poland on Saturday morning ahead of Sunday parliamentary elections. Poland's governing conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party has a significant lead, according to opinion surveys, released earlier. The PiS, led by its founder Jaroslaw Kaczynski, could get 42% of the vote, according to an opinion survey, carried out this month by the Kantar institute for several media outlets close to the opposition.

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    • EU removes UAE, Switzerland from tax haven lists

      EU removes UAE, Switzerland from tax haven lists

      The EU's 28 finance ministers agreed to remove the United Arab Emirates, Switzerland and Mauritius from the bloc’s lists of countries deemed to be acting as tax havens, a move that activists called a “whitewash”. The blacklist and the gray list of tax havens were set in December 2017 - following several widespread scandals including Panama Papers and LuxLeaks - in the hopes of "naming and shaming" countries into better combating tax evasion by multinationals and wealthy individuals. 

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