It is patient policy of small steps, well-planned action [of Turkey, Qatar and Saudi Arabia], intended to cause the disintegration of European societies, the development of radical organizations and the influx into Europe as the largest number of refugees, including jihadists – says Waiel Awwad, a Syrian journalist and war correspondent. Source: Forsal.pl
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Any country leaving the eurozone would have to settle its claims or debts with the bloc’s payments system before severing ties, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi has said. The comment, a rare reference by Draghi to the possibility of the currency zone losing members, came in a letter to two Italian lawmakers in the European Parliament released on Friday (20 January). Source Euractiv
Britain’s government unveiled a new interventionist approach to rebalance its heavily services-based economy for the post-Brexit era, in a break with traditional Conservative laissez-faire economic policy. Prime Minister Theresa May’s “Modern Industrial Strategy”demands closer collaboration in key industries in exchange for government support, aiming to increase productivity, reinvigorate industrial production and stimulate investment in technology and R&D. Source Reuters
Farmers angered by hikes in taxes, gas prices and social security contributions warmed up their engines on Monday for nationwide action. The protest action, which unions have vowed will be forceful and prolonged, started with dozens of tractors and pick-up trucks blocked off a section of the Patra-Corinth national highway and farmers took to the streets. Source Ekathimerini