Lithuania intelligence: Russia and Belarus may be interfering with armed forces

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Lithuania Intelligence Agency VSD (Valstybes Saugumo Departamentas) has published a report accusing Russia and Belarus of infiltrating the nation’s armed forces. In the annual report, it warned of an “aggressive Russian foreign policy”, and that Russian intelligence was highly active among Lithuanian society. According to the report, both Russia and Belarus may be attempting to plant informants among Lithuanian armed forces and those...

U.S. Military announces increase in troops for Eastern Europe

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The U.S. Military will step up patrols in Eastern Europe to counter “an aggressive Russia”, The U.S. Department of Defense has said. The increase comes after years of Russia pressure on Ukraine, and worries amongst Eastern Europe’s NATO members, in particular the Baltic states over Russia’s intentions. "This is a big step in enhancing the Army's rotational presence and increasing their...

Nicky Morgan UK Education Secretary: Brexit will lead to “lost generation”

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UK Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has emphasised the benefits of EU membership, and warned of a possible “lost generation” in the UK should it choose to leave the union. Speaking at The Fashion Retail Academy in London, Morgan said that EU membership gives young British people a global perspective, helping refine and improve skills and that the EU allows more...

Mediterranean refugee crossings halve in March, figures show

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Refugees arrivals from across the Mediterranean halved in March compared to the previous month, according to newly released UNHCR figures. The UN agency reported that just over 30,000 refugees made arrived in March, compared to over 61,000 in February. The news comes as the European Union begins implementing plans to deport migrants from across the continent to Turkey. Turkey will be receiving...

Former CIA Director criticises EU institutions in fight on terror

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Former CIA Director Michael Hayden has criticised EU policy in dealing with terrorism, in an interview with MSNBC. The retired four-star U.S. Air Force General and former Principal Director of National Intelligence claimed that European authorities had "..been very ineffective, hamstrung by law... shorted on resources, and now they're digging out of a big hole to recover." Hayden did commend British,...

Unemployment in France reaches new high

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Unemployment in France has reached a record high, even as the government narrows the deficit and economic growth is expected to increase. 2015 marked a reduction in the deficit, and finance minister Michel Sapin said the deficit was now at 3.5% of gross domestic product (GDP). This beats previous expectations of 3.8%. The Eurozone has a treaty-imposed goal of a 3%...

EU referendum could cost UK £500 million extra in energy bills after Brexit

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A report commissioned by the National Grid has claimed that the UK could face up to £500 million in extra energy bills if it votes to leave in the June EU Referendum. A group of consultants was asked to prepare the report in November, and has now published their findings. The report claimed that the EU referendum is widely debated, with...

Albania makes progress toward EU membership – but it’s a long road ahead

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Albania has made stride towards EU membership, but there is still a lot of progress to be made, according to the European Parliament. Successive governments in the former Yugoslav republic have made EU membership a top priority, signing a Stabilisation and Association Agreement in 2003. In order to be considered for membership, a lengthy process of negotiations takes place - between the European Union...

Poland revokes pledge to accept refugees after Brussels attacks

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Prime Minister Beata Szydło has stated that Poland will not take any refugees, a day after the terror attacks on Brussels. In January, Szydło announced that 400 refugees would be accepted by Poland, but has now gone back on that decision. Szydło did not cite security concerns, but rather economic ones, stating that there were already 1.5 million unemployed citizens in Poland. ‘Yes, you...

What is the Schengen Area?

The Schengen Area is under fire once again in the wake of the terrorist attacks in Brussels. The free movement area is considered a crowning achievement of the European Union, although in the past few years it has come under frequent criticism. What is the Schengen Area? The area is made up of 26 European states that have abolished border checks, allowing...