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Support for Spain's ruling conservatives sinks: poll MADRID: Support for Spain's centre-right People's Party (PP) has sunk to its lowest level since its general election victory in 2011, while support for new leftist party Podemos has risen, a poll showed on Sunday.Spaniards have become increasingly disenchanted with politics as unemployment, fraud and separatist tensions in Catalonia cloud a nascent economic recovery.This has taken its toll on Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's government, which has also lost enthusiasm from traditional conservative voters since it withdrew a controversial abortion law last month.Rajoy's People's Party (PP) would win 15.9 percent of the vote if elections were held now, about half of what it won in 2011, the Metroscopia poll published in newspaper El Pais showed.While support for Spain's opposition Socialists has ticked up to 20.7 percent versus 20.3 in the same period, new leftist party Podemos has emerged as the country's third largest political force, gaining 14.3 percent of votes, the ...

German defence minister wants to revive Euro Hawk BERLIN: German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen wants to revive the high-altitude reconnaissance drone Euro Hawk after the government backed away from plans to buy some last year, a German newspaper said on Saturday. Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung (FAS) said it had learnt from the defence ministry that it wanted "to get the Euro Hawk drone out of the garage" to be able to test a reconnaissance system for it. In an advance copy of ...
Poland needs 'stronger eurozone' to join single currency: PM WARSAW: Central European heavyweight Poland needs a stronger eurozone and stability for its own economy to join the single European currency, the country's prime minister-designate said Wednesday."A stronger eurozone and stable Polish economy are the pre-conditions for entry into the eurozone," Ewa Kopacz told parliament ahead of a confidence vote that her new cabinet is expected to win later in the day.Copyright AFP (Agence France-Presse), 2014 ...
German unemployment unexpectedly rises in September BERLIN: German joblessness unexpectedly increased in September, the Labour Office said on Tuesday, in a further sign that Europe's largest economy remains subdued after contracting in the second quarter. The number of people out of work increased by 13,000 to 2.918 million, seasonally-adjusted data showed. That confounded expectations for a drop of 2,000 and overshot even the highest estimate in a Reuters poll for a rise of 10,000. The jobless rate nonetheless held steady at ...
Turkey calls on world to help Syrian refugees ISLAMABAD: Turkey has called on the international community to help it cope with the flood of refugees fleeing the Syrian civil war.Speaking at the World Economic Forum in Istanbul, Turkish Interior Minister Efkan Ala said: "Within the last week more than 150,000 mainly Kurdish refugees took shelter in Turkey", Anadolu News Agency reported."International organizations did not help properly. So we spent $4 billion, the UN has spent $160 million on aid in Syria and other ...
Italy's Renzi wins party vote on labour reform ROME: Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi on Monday overcame fierce opposition from the old guard of his centre-left Democratic Party (PD) and got backing for plans to make it easier to fire workers at big companies although he offered little detail on his labour reform. At the end of five-hour party meeting Renzi won a vote on broad brush proposals to extend jobless benefits, cut the number of short-term contracts, boost the role of employment ...
Polish weekend warriors up in arms over Russian threat OSTROWIEC: Commandos sneak up on a fortress in southern Poland. Camouflaged behind sandbags, they fire their Kalashnikov rifles to free the hostages. But the fortress is really a school and the machine guns are fake. The bullets are blanks and the hostages are there of their own accord.The participants are all volunteers taking part in a military manoeuvre motivated by security concerns over the crisis in neighbouring Ukraine. "I shot three," cries one of the ...


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