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18th Jan 2020

Salzburg protests turn violent

Hundreds of anti-globalisation protestors clashed in Salzburg on Sunday, where some 15 heads of state and government as well as 40 ministers and some 660 business executives were gathering for the World Economic Forum's sixth annual European economic summit, reports the Independent. However, tight security measures kept the protests under control compared to last month's riots in Göteborg.

At least five demonstrators were arrested and four police injured, but the protests failed to disrupt the summit. According to police, there were about 700 protestors, although demonstrators put this number closer to 2000.

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Austria had been expecting trouble following the violence that erupted last month in Sweden. The country imposed emergency border controls and drafted in 5,000 police reinforcements. Authorities said some 39 people were turned back by border police as they tried to enter Austria.

The main issues discussed at the Salzburg summit were EU enlargement and the mounting crisis in the former Yugoslav republic of Macedonia, where ethnic Albanian rebels are battling government forces.

Meanwhile, police in Italy made important concessions ahead of the G8 summit later this month in Genoa, where violent demonstrations are anticipated. After a six-hour meeting with the Genoa Social Forum, which represents 750 protest groups, senior officers abandoned plans to seal off the city.

EU scepticism threatens European integration

Euroscepticism and the lack of citizens' trust, interest and involvement in Europe is perhaps the most serious threat to European integration cooperation today, according to the World Economic Forum.

At the World Economic Forum Summits in Salzburg, Austria, 1-3 July 2001 and at the Annual Meetings in Davos a new initiative, Bridging Europe, will be launched in an attempt to bridge the gaps between citizens and the political establishment in Europe by dialogue.

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