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German expert report: No evidence of Russian troops in Donbass

BerlinAccording to a report by a research unit of the German Bundestag, the contention of the European Union, NATO and the US, that since the Ukraine civil war began in early 2014, Russia has been involved, is highly questionable.

EU’s political disputes set to increase says Hungarian official

BudapestThe Hungarian government fully expects the upcoming period in European politics to be teeming with disputes, an official of the Prime Minister’s Office told public radio.

Marine Le Pen announces her candidacy for 2022

Nanterre The president of the National Rally will try her luck to enter the Élysée palace as the resident for the third consecutive time.

Finland: Human trafficking at record high

HelsinkiFinland's Migration Board has released data showing that the number of human trafficking victims has risen more than six times in only five years. Migrants are involved in most of these cases.

Thunberg’s messages are written by her father bug reveals

A Facebook bug revealed that messages posted by Greta Thunberg were in fact written by her father and not herself as she has claimed.

Is Brussels preparing to ‘poison’ rice?

RomeBrussels proposes halving the cadmium limits in rice, with the risk of increasing the concentration of arsenic.

Matzneff affair in France exposes opportunism of leftists

ParisShe was very critical in 1990 when some had expressed outrage over Gabriel Matzneff's ideas on his relationships with young adolescents, but the leftist author Christine Angot has since done an about-face, fearing a backlash in public opinion.

Antifa extremists injure students in Vienna

ViennaAntifa extremists prevented Austrian historian Lothar Höbelt's lecture in Vienna and attacked students, injuring them.

Siemens offers Thunberg-sidekick a seat on supervisory board

MunichSiemens CEO Joe Kaeser offered Fridays for Future spokeswoman Luisa Neubauer a seat on the supervisory board of the new company Siemens Energy.

More New Year’s violence in Netherlands but fewer people arrested

The HagueFireworks caused millions of euros worth of damage in the Netherlands over New Year, said Dutch police. They were used as weapons too.