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Accused of plagiarism, Spain PM recognises 'error' in book

Salzburg - Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez on Thursday acknowledged an "error" in a book of his which reportedly reproduces parts of a diplomat's speech without referencing him, just a week after being accused of plagiarising his thesis.

EU seeks closer North African ties to fight migrant smugglers

Salzburg - EU leaders called Thursday for more intense talks with Egypt and other North African countries to take further steps against illegal migration to Europe, particularly by fighting those who smuggle and traffic them.

EU to talk with Egypt, north Africans to curb migrants

Salzburg - EU leaders have agreed to open talks with Egypt and other north African countries as "an important further step" to curb migration to Europe, Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Thursday.

Tensions rise as EU prepares for final Brexit stretch

Salzburg - EU leaders will on Thursday make preparations for the final stretch of Brexit negotiations, after clashing with Britain over how to bridge their differences to reach a divorce deal.

Austria ex-chancellor Kern eyes Juncker's job at EU commission

Salzburg - Former Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern, head of the opposition Social Democrat (SPOe) party, said Wednesday he could make a bid to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker as EU Commmission president next year.

EU must convince southern members over border guard plan: Austria

Vienne - The EU must convince Italy, Spain and Greece to back a plan to bolster the bloc's external borders, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Wednesday as European Union leaders met in Salzburg to discuss the politically charged issue.

Britain, EU clash over who should give ground on Brexit

Salzburg - British Prime Minister Theresa May clashed with EU leaders on Wednesday over who should make the next move to break the Brexit logjam, as the clock ticks down to get a deal.

Austria proposes migrant processing at sea

Vienna - Austria's far-right Interior Minister Herbert Kickl used a meeting of his EU counterparts in Vienna Friday to suggest processing migrants on board rescue ships in the Mediterranean, rather than on land.

Italy's anti-migrant swipe prompts Luxembourg outburst

Vienna - An abrasive intervention from Italy's far-right Interior Minister Matteo Salvini at an EU meeting on Friday resulted in an undiplomatic outburst from Luxembourgish Foreign Minister Jean Asselborn.

France pushes for 'effective' EU action on illegal immigration

Vienna - French Interior Minster Gerard Collomb said Thursday he will push for "more effective and better harmonised" EU procedures for expelling illegal immigrants, as he gathered with European counterparts in Vienna.

Austria calls on Turkey to free detained journalist

Vienna - The Austrian government called Tuesday for the release of an Austrian journalist who has been arrested in Turkey.

Austrian far right invites Orban to form joint EU bloc

Vienna - The leader of Austria's far-right party raised the prospect Monday of forming a common bloc in the European Parliament with the party of nationalist Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Nuclear energy may see role wane, UN agency says

Vienna - The UN's nuclear agency on Monday said global capacity for electricity generation through nuclear power may be shrinking over the coming decades.

Austria asked to take 'trust building measurements'

Vienna - Austria has had to take "trust building measurements" to retain cooperation with allied secret services, its interior minister said Friday in a grilling over government raids on the country's domestic intelligence agency.

EU announces 35mn euro aid package for Venezuela crisis

Vienna - The EU announced a 35 million euro ($41mn) aid package on Friday to counter the effect of Venezuela's economic crisis, which has sparked one of the biggest exoduses in Latin American history.

Germany to raise funds for Palestinian refugee agency

Vienna - Germany will provide additional funding for the UN's Palestinian refugee agency and has appealed to other EU members to do the same following a cut in US aid, its foreign ministry said Friday.

Iran still abiding by nuclear deal terms: IAEA

Vienna - Iran is sticking to the terms of its nuclear deal with world powers, a UN atomic watchdog report showed Thursday, despite ongoing uncertainty over its future.

Mogherini urges EU to take 'more responsibility' on migrant mission

Vienna - EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini on Thursday urged member states to "take more responsibility" and ensure the bloc's migrant rescue operation continues to fight human trafficking in the Mediterranean.

Austria FM defends Putin wedding invitation

Vienna - Austria's foreign minister defended on Monday the presence of Russian President Vladimir Putin at her wedding, denying she had been used by him after photos of the two dancing fueled questions about her neutrality.

Austria asylum seekers to be denied apprenticeships

Vienna - Austria will no longer allow asylum seekers to take up apprenticeship opportunities while their claims are being assessed, a policy reversal by the country's anti-immigration government criticised by the opposition.
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