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German police stop vigilantes from patrolling Poland border
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German police stop vigilantes from patrolling Poland border

 German German- German officials said, on Sunday, they had to stop more than 50 vigilantes who were patrolling along the border with Poland. 

The vigilantes were armed with batons, pepper sprays, and other weapons. 

The group had answered a call by The Third Way (Der Dritte Weg) – a German far-right party – which had asked it to stop migrants from coming into Germany via Poland.

Police had seized their weapons, including bayonets and a machete, near the town of Guben.

The individuals were thus banned from going close to the border area.

Totaling about 30 people, the largest group was caught up with near the village of Gross Gastrose.

According to media reports, several members of the vigilante patrol had come from far-off parts of Germany – including Berlin and Bavaria – while others were more local.

Police claimed that they had been responding to a call by the far-right party, particularly active in Germany’s eastern states – a splinter group of the neo-Nazi NPD.

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It called for “border walks” to halt the flow of migrants – many from Syria and Iraq – from entering Germany.

Dozens of people in Guben – where Poland and Germany are separated by the Neisse River – came on to hold a vigil walk on Saturday to protest the far-right patrols.

Fred Mahro, Guben’s Christian Democrat mayor, on the other hand, rejected any form of vigilantism.

Germany has deployed about 800 police officers on the Polish border to stop the flow of migrants from entering Germany.

According to reports, hundreds of officers are on duty in the area and if deemed necessary, officials have prepared to reinforce them even further.

Germany’s Interior Ministerial said that the country had already recorded about 6,162 unauthorized entries from Poland and Belarus this year.

On the other hand, Poland has started to ponder upon constructing a €350 million euro wall on its border with Belarus to make migrants stay out.

Walls against migrants divide Europe, Von Der Leyen: “Brussels does not finance them”
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Walls against migrants divide Europe, Von Der Leyen: “Brussels does not finance them”

 Europe Europe -The very heated discussion among the 27 European leaders on migration, the second day of the European Council, lasted almost five hours. First of all, the European leaders considered the question of the “walls” proposed by a group of states. The Eastern countries bordering Belarus are the most heated: the dictator of Minsk, Aleksandr Lukashenko, attracts more and more migrants and then pushes them towards the EU as a “weapon” against Europe that sanctions him for the repression of dissidents. As a result, Belarus is cited with the promise of new EU restrictive measures.

Some countries, such as Poland and the Baltic Republics, have already started building borders. A month ago, twelve states (Austria, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Poland, and Slovakia) wrote to Brussels asking for EU funding to implement them. Yesterday they went back to doing it. “We urgently need physical barriers – declared the Lithuanian president Gitanas Nauseda – in the face of what Lukashenko is doing. Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow. We could find ourselves in front of 3-4-5,000 migrants who try to cross the border altogether or in different points.” The new Austrian Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg warned, urging to take countermeasures at the border, with drones, fences, or something co-financed by the EU.

These countries obtained the addition of a critical paragraph in the conclusions of the summit. The drafts have been rewritten several times with ambiguous wording, trying to sell themselves as an opening. The Commission has to propose “the necessary legislative changes” to the EU legal system and “concrete measures supported by adequate financial support to ensure an immediate and appropriate response in line with international obligations, including fundamental rights.”

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In reality, the president of the European Commission, Ursula von der Leyen, specified, “I have been unequivocal that there will be no EU funding for barbed wire or walls.” Many other leaders are against it, including Italy. However, they all agree on the need for effective control of external borders. At risk is the very tightness of the Schengen borderless area, already severely tested by the 2015 migration crisis. “We will look at the necessary legal measures to improve the situation – assured Von der Leyen – by making changes to the code on the Schengen area that it will be on the table as a new proposal.”

The other point that has made the case is secondary movements, which worry states such as Germany, Belgium, Holland. Above all, the latter asks Italy to prevent migrants arriving on its shores from continuing towards Northern Europe. The tensions were strong, but in the end, the 27 countries found a compromise. The text of the conclusions affirms that “efforts must be maintained to reduce secondary movements,” however, Italy has snatched a vital addition, namely that it will also be a question of “ensuring a fair balance between responsibility and solidarity between member states.”

Overall, the impression is that the discussion strengthened the urgency of standard solutions. But, then, they turned an eye to the Pact on migration proposed by the European Commission, blocked above all in front of solidarity and redistribution of migrants. “I can say – said the President of the European Council Charles Michel – that this time I had the impression that there was an ever-wider convergence.”

UK inflation likely to hit 5%
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UK inflation likely to hit 5%

 UK UK – British inflation slowed last month, but the decline was only a temporary respite for consumers. The slide is unlikely to stop the Bank of England from spiking interest rates, which is likely to happen as soon as next month.

Consumer prices surged by 3.1% in annual terms in September.

UK inflation is set to rise “close to slightly above 5 percent” next year, the new Bank of England’s chief economist has warned.

A record part of the British public is of the opinion that inflation will accelerate in the next 12 months, as per the data that could boost assumptions that the Bank of England will surge interest rates next month.

About 48% of people surveyed by consumer research firm GfK showed that prices would increase more rapidly in the next 12 months, from 34% in September.

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It signified the highest share since records started in January 1985, when Margaret Thatcher was the prime minister – a decade before the BoE became operationally independent.

The spike in inflation expectations comes after a month of rocketing gas prices, causing the collapse of numerous British energy suppliers, leaving households facing the prospect of surging bills in 2022.

Inflation has been proliferating for most of 2021 because of the economic recovery from the Covid-19 crisis, surging global supply chain disruption, and energy prices. Pill’s view that inflation was coming back down in the latter half of 2022 did not comfort him with the sudden price rises expected this year and early 2022.

Consumers are nervous about the situation of their finances. The specter of growing costs can only add to their growing concern.

As the global economy recovered from labor shortages and COVID-19 lockdowns, speeded up by Brexit, global supply chain problems have added to the UK’s recent inflationary tilt.

Framing of Green politics in Europe ahead of climate change
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Framing of Green politics in Europe ahead of climate change

 Europe Europe -In an election dominated by climate change, a speck of green has made a ripple in Bavaria. For the first time a Greens candidate was directly elected to represent Bavaria in the federal parliament. It is symbolic of the crucial rise in support for European green parties, from Hungary to Finland.

Floods, wildfires, and drought conditions, suddenly climate change doesn’t seem so far in the future of Europe. It’s no wonder then that European voters are turning to the continent’s various Green parties in the election season.

Terms like ‘net-zero’ and ‘reduced emissions’ are thrown around a lot, but for these guys, global warming is central to their political identity. After striking a power-sharing deal with the Scottish Nationalist Party (SNP) the Scottish Greens are the first green party to get into government anywhere in the UK.

Under the power-sharing deal, the pro-independence party will add their eight seats in Holyrood to make an overall majority, in a deal that was modelled on the one struck between the Greens in New Zealand and Jacinda Ardern.

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In all those cases, the Greens are pressing their partners to adopt more ambitious targets for lowering carbon emissions. Elsewhere, the green mayors of Amsterdam and Budapest are aiming for carbon neutrality by 2050 and 2030 respectively to balance the greenhouse gases emitted and absorbed by their cities.

Dubbed with the green wave in 2020, the environmentally focused party won cities across the countries including Bordeaux, Strasbourg, and Lyon. While there have been some political gaffes along the way including criticizing the Tour de France and trying to outlaw a Christmas tree. It is the new administrations that have implemented few effective green policies.

It should be noted that the Irish Green Party is focused on environmental and social initiatives. They are working on a Community Energy Bill that would give locals the ability to purchase at least 30 per cent of clean energy projects.

Poland under fire over challenging EU laws
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Poland under fire over challenging EU laws

 Europe Europe -The European Union’s top official has said that a ruling by Poland’s constitutional court challenges the supremacy of the bloc’s laws.

She said the Polish ruling would not be left unanswered.

Ursula von der Leyen said the verdict by Poland’s Constitutional Tribunal was “a direct threat to the unity of the European order” and undermined the protection of judicial independence.

Von der Leyen was addressing EU politicians in Strasbourg on Tuesday.

“The rule of law is a glue that links our union together,” the European Commission’s President said.

Poland joined the EU in 2004.

It merits a mention that relations between Brussels and Warsaw plunged after the tribunal’s verdict on October 7 – which said the Polish laws takes the upper hand over those of the 27-nation bloc – escalating lingering tensions regarding democratic standards between Brussels and the country’s right-wing government.

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At Tuesday’s plenary of the European Parliament, the split came to a head. However, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki backed his country’s stance. Morawiecki pressed that Poland abides by EU treaties and negated concerns raised by critics of Poland’s government, who think that the court’s ruling has paved a path to a possible “Polexit” from the 27-nation EU.

“I think we should not be propagating lies about Poland leaving the EU,” he clarified.

It is pertinent to mention that the European Commission has a few options to make Warsaw comply with EU law. Stopping Poland’s access to funding of billions of euros to revive its corona-hit economy tops the list. Moreover, the commission can also launch an infringement procedure against Poland.

“We will not allow our shared values to be put at risk. I want to clarify that the commission will act,” Von der Leyen said. “We want a strong Poland in a united Europe, and the situation can and must be resolved,” she said.

Facebook to create 10,000 jobs in EU to Expand Market and upscale the business
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Facebook to create 10,000 jobs in EU to Expand Market and upscale the business

 California California – Facebook announces its plan to create 10,000 new high-skilled jobs within the European Union (EU) over the next five years. This investment is a vote of confidence in the strength of the European tech industry and the potential of European tech talent.

It is apparent to have a big job market in Europe, as it is hugely important to Facebook. From the thousands of employees in the EU to the millions of businesses using apps and tools every day, Europe is a big part of their success, as Facebook is invested in the success of European companies and the wider economy. 

This is an exciting time for European tech. The EU has a number of advantages that make it a great place for tech companies to invest. A few of the attraction points are that it has a large consumer market, first-class universities, and, crucially, top-quality talent.

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It should be noted that that FB’s recruiters are targeting Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Poland, the Netherlands, and Ireland for the hiring drive. Tuong Nguyen, an analyst who tracks immersive technologies for research firm Gartner mentioned that there’s not going to be specific metaverses to specific companies. There’s only going to be one metaverse.

The tech giant clarified that the company shares these values and has taken considerable action over the years to uphold them. They are working hard to see the completion of the Digital Single Market to support Europe’s existing advantages, as well as stability on international data flows, which are essential to a flourishing digital economy. 

Supply chain problems will persist for a year in Britain, report
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Supply chain problems will persist for a year in Britain, report

 UK UK – According to a survey by the top British companies, there is hardly any scope for the supply chains to establish under one year. Despite the Covid-19 recovery curve, the experts have projected that it will at least take over a year to solve supply chain problems.

The Bank of England is also trying to evaluate how long it will take for the inflation to settle that was recently seen in the stagnant curve. Amid such financial concerns, there are also concerns among more than half of the chief financial officers about consumer price inflation.

The experts fear that inflation would still be above 2.5 percent in two years’ time, which will worsen the crisis-stricken economy of the country, further hampering the supply chain. As per an earlier report, the bank had forecasted inflation of only slightly above two percent in the coming two years.

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Britain too, like a lot of other nations, depends on imports and after the supply chain started facing issues, the country has gone into the saving mode. The downfall in the British economy was further threatened by the poor supply chain system, which is also affecting many other countries.

Another reason why Britain has a lot on its plate to handle is the post-Brexit complications. The limited staff that the nation has resulted in extreme pressure on the available ones making it further hard for them to effectively deal with solution-based strategies.

As a result of the financial complication, the BOE will be raising its interest rates for the first time since the outbreak of the coronavirus and it will be done later this year or the start of 2022. Deloitte CFO’s projected that the rise in operating cost will be the most in 14 years

Other than that, the key strategy also involves investing more on capital expenditure which is in line with PM Boris Johnson‘s call out of favoring migrant labor over productivity-boosting investment. Talking about the British situation, the head of manufacturers’ body Make UK’s CFO Stephen Phipson said, “Currently there is a feeling within the industry that the government is still fighting the last war and sees business as the enemy within.”

Czech PM Babis wants smooth power handover to Opposition
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Czech PM Babis wants smooth power handover to Opposition

 Czech Czech Czech Prime Minister Andrej Babis is set to hand power to the opposition parties that have won a combined majority in the Parliament’s lower house in an election last weekend.

Babis is heading the centrist ANO party. He acknowledged the opposition win but held out the possibility, until Friday, that he may have the first stab at nominating a new cabinet as the head of the single biggest party in Parliament.

However, on Friday, he abandoned that option.

Two opposition coalitions – the liberal Pirates/Mayors and the center-right Together – won 108 seats between them from the 200-seat lower house of Parliament. According to media reports, they have said they wish to form a government together.

“We have decided that we will go into the opposition without trying to form a cabinet first,” he said.

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“We do not want to cling on to positions. We, certainly, will not block anything. I want to make it clear that it is in my interest, and I want our country to prosper as it did in our government,” Babis said on Twitter.

An ally of Babis, President Milos Zeman, said prior to the elections that he would allow the head of the biggest party for the first attempt to form a new government.

On the other hand, Zeman, 77, has not made any comment on the matter after the election as he was admitted to an ICU of a Prague hospital with an undisclosed illness on Sunday.

Given the lack of potential in coalition partners, any Babis-led cabinet will almost fail to win the required vote of confidence in the lower house. It merits mentioning that the attempt could have extended his role in power for months.

According to experts, Babis’s departure after four years in office will resolve conflicts of interest that he was accused of.

Alexander Schallenberg sworn in as Austria’s new chancellor, replacing Kurz due to charges of corruption and bribery against him
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Alexander Schallenberg sworn in as Austria’s new chancellor, replacing Kurz due to charges of corruption and bribery against him

 Austria Austria -Alexander Schallenberg sworn in as Austria’s new chancellor. He replaced Sebastian Kurz, who resigned after he was implicated in a corruption scandal. During the ceremony, Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said the government needed to restore public trust eroded by the allegations of Kurz’s wrongdoing.

Schallenberg, is a 52-years-old politician who was previously elected as Austria’s foreign minister in 2019. Austrian president further added by saying that this government crisis is over. Tomorrow at noon I’m going to swear in the new Chancellor and a new Foreign Minister. And the work for our country can continue. I thank Sebastian Kurz. With his move, he kept harm away from the office and made an important contribution to the integrity of our institutions being protected.

The reason Kurz had to resign from the efficient running of the political party is due to ascandal. Kurz and nine others are being investigated for breach of trust, corruption and bribery. Moreover, Kurz is also under on-going investigation for perjury. He has denied wrongdoing and initially hesitated to resign, but that position became politically untenable.

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Austrian government signalled that they would topple Kurz in a vote of no confidence in parliament if he did not stand down, as the coalition has already been strained several times by other corruption scandals and differences over questions such as refugee policy. Along with this change in the cabinet, Michael Linhart was elected as the Austria’s new foreign minister.

Although, Kurz had strong intentions of remaining the leader of his party and move as a parliamentary group leader within the Austrian parliament. Supporting his intention, the opposition criticized this move, saying he will remain an extremely influential political figure despite a criminal investigation.

Italy: Neo-Fascist and Squadron Violence Explodes in Rome
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Italy: Neo-Fascist and Squadron Violence Explodes in Rome

 Italy Italy – Until the other evening, the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Mattarella, was convinced that he could represent today and tomorrow in Berlin, a stable Italy, with the wind in its sails, the Covid under control and a prime minister who enjoys the esteem of a large part of the world.

That image remains, of course. However, the assault of the fascist mob on the CGIL headquarters arouses concern. Neo-fascist squadrons have put Rome to fire and sword. Violence against vaccines, restrictive measures and masks has exploded in Italy. The capital has seen scenes not seen in Europe for decades.

The demonstrations passed the limit, and democracy is at risk. It is the mood that prevails at the Quirinale. The images of the raid made a powerful impression on the Head of State. Saturday evening Mattarella immediately wanted to call the head of the workers’ union, Maurizio Landini, to express the closeness of that Republic “based on anti-fascism,” as he has repeated on several public occasions. Then there are revealing details. That police car guarding the door of Palazzo Chigi did not go unnoticed: symbolically signifying the concrete threat to democracy.

This time, the Ministry of the Interior’s self-criticism is cruel: underestimating the presence in the streets, inadequate deployment of security forces in the field, and a late answer to the outbreak of the demonstration violent fringes. On public order, Italy needs to change the acceleration of prevention work on social networks, massive development in law enforcement on the street, and above all, new commands of engagement. If it is necessary to use force, security forces will use it without hesitation.

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The Interior Ministry collects through gritted teeth, takes advantage of the lesson, and runs for cover. The hot autumn has arrived, and there are two tight deadlines on which no mistakes are allowed: the fire day on Friday 15 October, the debut day of the mandatory Green Pass in the workplace, and the G20 in Rome on 30 and 31 October. On Wednesday, the National Committee for Order and Security will define the new strategy of the iron fist.

This time, condemnation alone is not enough: one cannot stigmatize the gravity of the gesture and then return to current affairs as if nothing had happened. Something more is needed: the assault on the CGIL marks a qualitative leap in the provocative action of neo-fascist groups that must be nipped in the bud before it settles with the latent outbreaks of social protest in the country.

Therefore, Enrico Letta orders him to act quickly to unmask those who, among the political forces, continue to cover these fringes that are dangerous for democracy. However, the center-left parties have defined the blitz as “violence and squadrons,” taking care, not to attribute its authorship. “I don’t know the matrix,” specified the President of the far-right party Fratelli d’Italia (FDI), to which the leader of the democratic party replies with a grudge: “An unfortunate sentence. The matrix more evident than this cannot be and is fascism.”

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