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17th Dec 2018

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Putin's Austrian dance partner cancels Moscow visit

Austria's foreign minister Karin Kneissl, famous for dancing with Russian president Vladimir Putin at her wedding, has canceled a visit to Moscow on 2 December. Meanwhile Vienna has opened an investigation into a retired colonel, who is suspected of providing Moscow with information about Austria's air force, artillery and the migration crisis. The scandal is a severe blow to Austria's attempt to better relations with Russia during its EU presidency.

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Bulgarian 'EU passports' whistleblower wants justice

Katya Mateva, a former director in Bulgaria's ministry of justice turned whistleblower, says high-ranking politicians behind a scam leading to Bulgarian citizenship are likely to go unpunished.

No more Brexit talks, despite May's pleas

EU leaders said they can do no more than reassure the UK they do not want to trap it over Ireland, but May might need more than that to get the Brexit deal through parliament.

EU leaders stuck on asylum reform

Migration was overshadowed by Brexit at the EU summit, with leaders stuck on key legislation. Some warned that free movement could be at risk.

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