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France forces through controversial labour reform

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has forced a controversial labour reform bill through parliament without a vote.

French Prime Minister Manuel Valls has forced a controversial labour reform bill through parliament without a vote.

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49.3, French politics' imperfect number

Politics, it is often said, is about compromise. But for the French government at the moment compromise on the contentious issue of labour reform is

Politics, it is often said, is about compromise. But for the French government at the moment compromise on the contentious issue of labour reform is

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Cameron to leave EU negotiations to new PM, but says Brexit must be accepted

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, officially beginning the process for the UK’s departure from the EU, will not be triggered “at this…

British Prime Minister David Cameron has said Article 50 of the Lisbon Treaty, officially beginning the process for the UK’s departure from the EU, will not be triggered “at this…

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Germany becomes 27th nation to recognise Armenian genocide

Thursday’s vote in the German parliament recognising a genocide of Armenians in Turkey a century ago has enraged the Turks and delighted the…

Thursday’s vote in the German parliament recognising a genocide of Armenians in Turkey a century ago has enraged the Turks and delighted the…

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Turks outraged at Germany's Armenian genocide recognition

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Kenya as part of an African tour, might have been expected to react strongly to the German vote.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, in Kenya as part of an African tour, might have been expected to react strongly to the German vote.

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Bundestag Armenian massacres vote threatens German-Turkish relations

Hundreds of Turks in Germany protested outside the Bundestag ahead of the vote which saw the 1915 massacre of Armenians by their Ottoman occupiers classed as…

Hundreds of Turks in Germany protested outside the Bundestag ahead of the vote which saw the 1915 massacre of Armenians by their Ottoman occupiers classed as…

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Germany agrees to refer to 1915 massacre of Armenians as "genocide"

The Bundestag voted in favour of a resolution to refer to the killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during the First World War as "genocide".

The Bundestag voted in favour of a resolution to refer to the killings of up to 1.5 million Armenians by the Ottoman Empire during the First World War as "genocide".

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High heels at work? UK petition calls to end 'sexist' dress codes

Can your employer force you to wear high heels at work? Some are finding the legal ground on the topic is shaky – just like it can be when perched up

Can your employer force you to wear high heels at work? Some are finding the legal ground on the topic is shaky – just like it can be when perched up

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Iraq PM warns political crisis could harm fight against ISIL

Iraq’s Prime Minister has warned that a political crisis gripping the country could harm the war against ISIL militants. Grappling to retain control

Iraq’s Prime Minister has warned that a political crisis gripping the country could harm the war against ISIL militants. Grappling to retain control

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EU-Turkey migrant deal: UNHCR warns neither side is ready

With Europe’s deal on sending migrants back to Turkey due to come into force on Monday, the plight of the more than 50,000 people stranded in Greece

With Europe’s deal on sending migrants back to Turkey due to come into force on Monday, the plight of the more than 50,000 people stranded in Greece

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Protest tents go up in Pristina's main square

Hundreds of Kosovars have erected tents in Pristina’s main square. They are demanding snap elections and the suspension of a parliamentary vote that

Hundreds of Kosovars have erected tents in Pristina’s main square. They are demanding snap elections and the suspension of a parliamentary vote that

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Greece votes for same-sex civil partnerships

Greek lawmakers have voted to extend civil partnership agreements to same-sex couples with 193 of the country’s 300 parliamentarians supporting the

Greek lawmakers have voted to extend civil partnership agreements to same-sex couples with 193 of the country’s 300 parliamentarians supporting the

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Greece approves latest reform bill in exchange for 1 bn euros

Greece’s leftist-led government has survived another parliamentary vote on a reform bill demanded by the country’s international lenders. In return

Greece’s leftist-led government has survived another parliamentary vote on a reform bill demanded by the country’s international lenders. In return

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Coalition infighting spills into Ukraine parliament as allies tussle

Ukraine’s President Poroshenko meets his prime minister late on Friday with the future of their coalition government looking creaky. It follows a

Ukraine’s President Poroshenko meets his prime minister late on Friday with the future of their coalition government looking creaky. It follows a

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Portugal's Socialists threaten to bring down the government

Portugal faces uncertainty as parliament begins debating the centre-right government’s new programme after last month’s inconclusive general

Portugal faces uncertainty as parliament begins debating the centre-right government’s new programme after last month’s inconclusive general

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Kosovo: will the opposition scupper an EU-brokered deal with Serbia?

Teargas has been set off in Kosovo’s parliament. It is the second time this has happened in a week. It is in protest at an EU-brokered deal aimed at

Teargas has been set off in Kosovo’s parliament. It is the second time this has happened in a week. It is in protest at an EU-brokered deal aimed at

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Tsipras beings 'race to reform' following Greek confidence vote

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his new government have won a confidence vote launching a race to pass key reforms before Athens faces a

Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and his new government have won a confidence vote launching a race to pass key reforms before Athens faces a

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Japan: angry tussles ahead of controversial security vote

Japan’s upper house is braced for a continuing battle of wills. Opposition lawmakers are trying to physically block a vote on laws to expand the role

Japan’s upper house is braced for a continuing battle of wills. Opposition lawmakers are trying to physically block a vote on laws to expand the role

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Iran parliament sets up committee to review nuclear deal

The decision comes after Foreign Minister Javad Zarif presented the agreement to MPs, seeking to calm opposition from hardliners who consider it counter to national interests.

The decision comes after Foreign Minister Javad Zarif presented the agreement to MPs, seeking to calm opposition from hardliners who consider it counter to national interests.

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Greek parliament approves tough reforms demanded by Brussels

Greece’s parliament has approved tough new austerity reforms by a large majority. The result was 229 votes to 64 in the 300 seat chamber. There were

Greece’s parliament has approved tough new austerity reforms by a large majority. The result was 229 votes to 64 in the 300 seat chamber. There were

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Analyst says Greek debt 'haircut' too much to ask of EU

Greece’s lawmakers were debating an austerity bill set for a midnight vote on Wednesday (July 15) that will condemn the country to years of more

Greece’s lawmakers were debating an austerity bill set for a midnight vote on Wednesday (July 15) that will condemn the country to years of more

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Greek parliament votes overwhelming 'Yes' to Tsipras' reform proposals

The Greek parliament give a very bright green light to Alexis Tsipras' crucial reform proposals, taking Athens one step closer to remaining in the euro zone.

The Greek parliament give a very bright green light to Alexis Tsipras' crucial reform proposals, taking Athens one step closer to remaining in the euro zone.