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17th Jan 2021

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Austria's Kurz wants to update EU's Lisbon Treaty

Austria's conservative chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, suggested on Friday a far-reaching reform of the EU's Lisbon Treaty to include sanctions against members in debt, penalties for countries that do not register illegal immigrants, and consequences for violations of the rule of law. "We don't want to hand over the EU to the extreme fringes on the left or right, instead we need a strong politics of the centre," he said.

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Dutch government resigns two months before election

The four parties of the Dutch government, lead by prime minister Mark Rutte, have decided to let the government fall. On 17 March, two months from now, there are parliamentary elections in the Netherlands.

Italy government totters ahead of €200bn EU covid relief

Just in time to be all over the Italian evening news on Wednesday night, Matteo Renzi withdrew the two ministers of his small party, Italia Viva - making official the political crisis of the Giuseppe Conte government.

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