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21st Aug 2017

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Romania's president plans referendum on prisoner pardons

Romania's president Klaus Iohannis said on Monday he would let voters decide on the government's plans to pardon thousands of prisoners. Critics say the move would weaken the fight against corruption, and thousands have protested against the plan. Social Democrat leader Liviu Dragnea, who is barred from becoming prime minister because he has been convicted for fraud, branded the protests an attempted coup.

'I thought I was safe in Europe'

Arrest of Turkish dissident has again highlighted the way rogue regimes use Interpol to hunt their enemies inside the EU.

Brexit realities dawn in UK

Just over a year after a small majority voted for Britain to leave the EU, new realities are dawning on both the in and the out camps.

News in Brief

  1. Austria has begun checks at Italian border
  2. Slovenian PM: Brexit talks will take longer than expected
  3. Merkel backs diesel while report warns of economic harm
  4. UK to publish new Brexit papers this week
  5. Macedonia sacks top prosecutor over wiretap scandal
  6. ECB concerned stronger euro could derail economic recovery
  7. Mixed Irish reactions to post-Brexit border proposal
  8. European Union returns to 2 percent growth

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