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EU TURMOIL: Finland preparing to go against Spain and RECOGNISE Catalonia’s independence : The Express

FINLAND could be the first country to officially recognise Catalonia as a republic state, in a move that would put the Nordic country in direct opposition to the European Union (EU). 831 more words

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DWP agrees to test new approach in latest sign of softer approach to sanctions | DisabledGo News and Blog

Ministers are to test a new approach to dealing with claimants who breach strict benefit conditions for the first time, in the latest sign that the government is finally listening to calls to soften its much-criticised sanctions regime. 147 more words

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Flanders premier calls on EU to take action on Catalonia

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The premier of Belgium’s Flanders region, which has itself seen separatist frictions in the past, denounced Spanish authorities on Friday for arresting sacked separatist Catalan officials and urged the EU to mediate in the dispute. 12 more words

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Spain's direct rule takes hold in Catalonia as secessionists accept elections

BARCELONA/MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s direct rule over Catalonia took hold on Monday as state employees turned up for work despite calls for disobedience, and pro-independence parties said they would contest an election, implicitly accepting the regional government had been sacked. 14 more words

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Lack of choice leaves families settling for unsatisfactory care homes-Which? report from Anna Studman | Care Industry News

Families face a critical lack of choice in arranging care, new Which? research shows. The survey found that nearly half (48%) of people who had arranged care… 18 more words

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#Catalonia Latest: The Catalan regional parliament has voted to declare independence from Spain, 70-10 just as the Spanish government appears set to impose direct rule and votes to curtail their rule #AceNewsDesk

#AceNewsReport – Oct.27: Catalan parliament votes to declare independence from Spain, just as Madrid looks set to impose direct rule as a total of 70-10 lawmakers are in agreement, immediately PM Rajoy calls emergency meeting of parliament #AceNewsDesk reports… 169 more words

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61chrissterry reblogged this on 61chrissterry and commented:

An unsatisfactory state of affairs as, if the majority in Catalonia wish for Independence then Independence they should be granted. That is democracy, if Spain disagrees then Spain is not a democratic country. The EU have said they will not recognise an independent Catalonia, but then whenever was the EU democratic.

North Korea CIVIL WAR: Kim Jong-un scrambles to avoid uprising | World | News | Express.co.uk

NORTH Korea could be on the brink of civil war as furious locals target memorials and monuments glorifying the bloody Kim dynasty as anger grows over poor living standards. 16 more words

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