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PARIS (Reuters) – Italy said on Saturday that the "arrogant" France was at risk of becoming its "enemy number 1" on immigration issues, a day before European leaders met in Brussels for an organized meeting hastily on the divisive subject.

French President Emmanuel Macron attends a joint press conference with Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sánchez (not pictured) at the Elysee Palace in Paris, France, on June 23, 2018. Thibault Camus / Pool via Reuters

Responding to comments by French President Emmanuel Macron, who said that migratory flows to Europe had been reduced compared to a few years ago, Italian Deputy Prime Minister Luigi Di Maio said that the words of Macron They showed that I was out of touch.

"Italy really faces a migration emergency and partly because France keeps pushing people back on the border, Macron risks turning his country into Italy's number one enemy in this emergency," he wrote. Di Maio on his Facebook page.

Macron said that European cooperation had managed to reduce migratory flows by almost 80 percent and that the problems stemmed from "secondary" movements of migrants in Europe.

"The reality is that Europe is not experiencing a migration crisis of the same magnitude as it experienced in 2015," said the French president.

"A country like Italy does not have the same migratory pressure as last year … The crisis we are experiencing today in Europe is a political crisis."

But Interior Minister and Italian Deputy Prime Minister Matteo Salvini said that his country had faced 650,000 arrivals by sea in the last four years, 430,000 asylum applications and the hosting of 170,000 "alleged refugees" for a total cost of more than 5 billion euros ($ 5.8 billion).

"If for the arrogant President Macron this is not a problem, we invite you to stop insulting and show some concrete generosity by opening the numerous ports of France and letting children, men and women in Ventimiglia pass by," he said. a statement, referring to the city of northeastern Italy on the border with France.

Macron also said that France favored financial sanctions for EU countries that reject migrants with proven asylum status.

"You can not have countries that benefit enormously from the solidarity of the European Union and that massively express their national selfishness when it comes to migration issues," he added, in a clear allusion to Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic. , who oppose the EU relocation plan for asylum seekers.

WARM DEBATE

The fate of the rescue ship Aquarius and its more than 600 immigrants sparked a heated debate this month about the responsibilities of the EU states.

Italy and Malta refused to take the ship that was stranded at sea for days before being offered refuge in Spain. On Saturday, another migrant rescue ship, the MV Lifeline, was waiting in the Mediterranean, Italy and Malta denied the port.

The French president suggested that additional conditions should be granted to the granting of EU structural funds to ensure that beneficiaries assume their share of asylum migrants.

He made the comments after his first meeting with the new Spanish Prime Minister, Pedro Sánchez, at the Elysée Palace.

Both leaders agreed that additional detention centers in Europe should be opened to review the applications of asylum seekers.

This would be added to the so-called "landing platforms" outside the EU, where asylum applications could be assessed before the claimants arrive in Europe.

Immigrants seeking to reach Europe were picked up in hundreds in the Mediterranean on Friday and Saturday.

Spanish authorities said they had rescued nearly 600 migrants trying to make the dangerous crossing from Africa, while off the coast of Libya, the coastguards recovered the bodies of five immigrants and picked up 210 survivors, the coast guard said.

Container ship Alexander Maersk picked up 113 immigrants from a ship in southern Italy on Friday, the ship's owner said. The ship was south of Sicily waiting for new instructions from the authorities.

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The taxi goes to the Moscow crowd, including football fans, wounding eight https://tech2.org/the-taxi-goes-to-the-moscow-crowd-including-football-fans-wounding-eight/ Sat, 16 Jun 2018 19:49:38 +0000 https://tech2.org/the-taxi-goes-to-the-moscow-crowd-including-football-fans-wounding-eight/

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A taxi crashed into a crowd of pedestrians near Moscow's Red Square on Saturday, wounding eight people, including two Mexicans in the city, for the soccer World Cup that Russia organizes, said officials and witnesses.

A damaged taxi, which collided with a crowd of people, is evacuated in the center of Moscow, Russia on June 16, 2018. REUTERS / Jack Stubbs

The incident occurred while residents and football fans visited the center from Moscow a pleasant summer afternoon, a short distance from the Kremlin.

Moscow's traffic management authority said the taxi driver had a driver's license issued in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic mainly Muslim. He cited the driver, who was in police custody, who said he had not conducted the crowd on purpose.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a Twitter post: "There was an unpleasant incident with a taxi, the driver lost control of the vehicle."

City police said they had opened a criminal investigation into an alleged violation of the traffic code.

Eight people were injured and were taken to the hospital, the health department of the city of Moscow said in a statement. He said that seven were in satisfactory condition, while one woman was seriously injured.

The Mexican embassy in Moscow said that two Mexican women had been slightly injured. Also among the wounded were a Ukrainian citizen and two Russian citizens, the Russian news agency TASS quoted an emergency services source as saying.

The video of the incident posted on social networks showed that the Hyundai yellow taxi suddenly leaves a line of stationery traffic, accelerates and rides the narrow pavement, which was full of pedestrians.

The vehicle traveled about 10 meters along the pavement, knocking down the pedestrians, and some of them were dragged by the bonnet of the car.

The taxi stopped after hitting a traffic sign. While the spectators tried to open the door on the driver's side, the driver, dressed in black pants and a black T-shirt, jumped and ran.

More passers-by pursued him and could be seen trying to knock him down when the video ended.

MEXICO FOOTBALL PARTY

A witness told Reuters that some of the people attacked were wearing the colors of the Mexican team. Mexico will face Germany on Sunday in its first World Cup match at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, and thousands of Mexican fans are in the Russian capital.

A second witness at the scene told Reuters about the taxi driver: "They took him out of the vehicle, he ran out but passers-by apprehended him, shouting:" It was not me. "

A damaged taxi, which crashed against a crowd of people, is evacuated in the center of Moscow, Russia, on June 16, 2018. REUTERS / Jack Stubbs

Another witness, Viktoria Geraimovich, said he called the emergency services on his mobile phone. [19659004] Describing the actions of the driver, she said: "He found a group of Mexicans. There were screams, moans. They only stopped him because he hit a traffic signal. "

" Someone punched him in the face. He stayed in the car, the people approached him, he told him what he was doing, he punched him in the face, he opened the door and he tried to flee "

" It's scary that he was in the center (of Moscow)) and I was right in front, "he said.

The Moscow traffic management authority said the driver was not drunk and the Interfax news agency quoted a source who said there was no alcohol in his blood.

The same source told Interfax that the driver had said he had fallen asleep at the wheel and accidentally pressed the accelerator pedal.

The Russian authorities have promised to organize a safe football World Cup, which Russia is hosting for the first time. taking place in 11 cities until July 15.

In the center of Moscow, the authorities installed heavy concrete blocks at the entrances to the pedestrian areas after a series of incidents in European cities where they were used. Vehicles to bring down people.

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The US Department of State. UU He updated his travel advice on Russia on Friday, saying that terrorist groups were planning attacks.

"Terrorists can attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist sites, transportation hubs, markets / shopping centers, and local government facilities," the travel notice states.

DRIVER'S LICENSE

The Moscow traffic authority posted on Twitter a copy of what it said was the taxi driver's license. He gave his name as Chingiz Anarbek Uulu and said he was born on April 22, 1990.

He gave his birthplace as the city of Kochkor-Ata in Kyrgyzstan, near the border with Uzbekistan.

An account on the Russian social media platform Odnoklassniki for someone with the same name and date of birth was last updated two years ago.

The last video he posted on his page showed chapter 82 of the Koran, the holy book of Islam, which discussed the day of judgment. There was nothing on the page that suggested links to, or sympathy with, Islamist militant groups.

People walking through downtown Moscow on Saturday night said they were aware of the taxi incident, but that did not discourage them from spending time in the city. The streets were crowded with people listening to the performance of street musicians or sitting in cafes.

"We are not scared, but disappointed," said Youseff Fraige, 27, of Monterrey, Mexico.

"We did not expect something like this to happen in a place like this, it could happen anywhere in the world, but it happens here in Moscow, in the middle of the World Cup, it's shocking for us."

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The taxi addresses the Moscow crowd, including football fans, hurts eight https://tech2.org/the-taxi-addresses-the-moscow-crowd-including-football-fans-hurts-eight/ Sat, 16 Jun 2018 18:49:34 +0000 https://tech2.org/the-taxi-addresses-the-moscow-crowd-including-football-fans-hurts-eight/

MOSCOW (Reuters) – A taxi crashed into a crowd of pedestrians near Moscow's Red Square on Saturday, wounding eight people, including two Mexicans in the city, for the soccer World Cup that Russia organizes, said officials and witnesses.

A damaged taxi, which crashed into a crowd of people, is evacuated in the center of Moscow, Russia, on June 16, 2018. REUTERS / Jack Stubbs

The incident occurred when residents and football fans around The world visited the center of Moscow on a mild summer afternoon.

Moscow's traffic management authority said the taxi driver had a driver's license issued in Kyrgyzstan, a former Soviet republic mainly Muslim.

The authority cited the driver, who was in police custody, saying he had not conducted the crowd on purpose.

Moscow Mayor Sergei Sobyanin said in a Twitter post: "There was an unpleasant incident with a taxi, the driver lost control of the vehicle."

City police said they had opened a criminal investigation for alleged violation of the traffic code.

The health department of the city of Moscow issued a statement saying that eight people were injured and taken to the hospital. He said that seven were in satisfactory condition, while one woman was seriously injured.

The Mexican embassy in Moscow said that two Mexican women had been slightly injured. Also among the wounded were a Ukrainian citizen and two Russian citizens, the Russian news agency TASS quoted an emergency services source as saying.

The video of the incident posted on social networks showed that the Hyundai yellow taxi suddenly leaves a line of stationery traffic, accelerates and rides the narrow pavement, which was full of pedestrians.

The vehicle traveled about 10 meters along the pavement, knocking down the pedestrians, and some of them were dragged by the bonnet of the car.

The taxi stopped partially after hitting a traffic signal. While the spectators tried to open the door on the driver's side, the driver, dressed in black pants and a black T-shirt, jumped and ran.

More passers-by pursued him and could be seen trying to knock him down when the video ended.

A damaged taxi, which hit a crowd, was evacuated in the center of Moscow, Russia on June 16, 2018. REUTERS / Jack Stubbs

MEXICO FOOTBALL GAME

A witness at the scene said to Reuters that some of the people attacked used the colors of the Mexican team. Mexico will face Germany on Sunday in its first World Cup match at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow, and thousands of Mexican fans are in the Russian capital.

A second witness at the scene told Reuters about the taxi driver: "They took him out of the vehicle, he ran out but passers-by apprehended him, and he shouted:" It was not me. "

Another witness, Viktoria Geraimovich, She said she called the emergency services from her cell phone.

Describing the driver's actions, she said: "He found a group of Mexicans. There were screams, moans. They only stopped him because he hit a traffic signal. "

" Someone punched him in the face. He stayed in the car, the people approached him, he told him what he was doing, he punched him in the face, he opened the door and he tried to flee "

" It's scary that he was in the center (of Moscow)) and I was right in front, "he said.

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The Interfax news agency quoted a source as saying that the driver was drunk at the time of the incident, a medical source quoted by Interfax said. that none of the hospitalized people were seriously wounded.

Russian authorities have promised to organize a safe football World Cup, which will take place in 11 cities until July 15.

In the center of Moscow, the authorities installed heavy concrete blocks at the entrances to pedestrian areas after a series of incidents in European cities where vehicles were used to cut people.

The US Department of State updated on Friday They traveled about Russia, saying that terrorist groups were planning attacks.

"Terrorists can attack with little or no warning, targeting tourist sites, transportation hubs, markets / shopping centers, and local government facilities," the travel notice states.

The Moscow traffic authority posted on Twitter a copy of what it said was the taxi driver's license. He gave his name as Chingiz Anarbek Uulu and said he was born on April 22, 1990.

He gave his birthplace as the city of Kochkor-Ata in Kyrgyzstan, near the border with Uzbekistan.

An account on the Russian social media platform Odnoklassniki for someone with the same name and date of birth was last updated two years ago.

The last video he posted on his page showed chapter 82 of the Koran, the holy book of Islam, which discussed the day of judgment. There was nothing on the page that suggested links to, or sympathy with, Islamist militant groups.

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Austria welcomes Putin but rejects his request to lift the sanctions https://tech2.org/austria-welcomes-putin-but-rejects-his-request-to-lift-the-sanctions/ Tue, 05 Jun 2018 18:59:40 +0000 https://tech2.org/austria-welcomes-putin-but-rejects-his-request-to-lift-the-sanctions/

VIENNA (Reuters) – Russian President Vladimir Putin visited Austria on his first trip west since his re-election to the Kremlin and was rejected when he called for the lifting of EU sanctions.

Austria, where a coalition of conservatives and the pro-Putin far right is in power, has a history of neutrality and relatively warm ties to Moscow.

He was criticized by his allies for being among the minority of EU member states that did not expel any Russian diplomat for the poisoning of former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal.

Putin, re-elected last March for a fourth general term in office, took advantage of his visit to call for the lifting of EU sanctions, imposed as punishment for the Russian annexation of Crimea and his support for separatists in the east of Ukraine.

"These actions are harmful to everyone, both those who initiate them and those against whom they are directed," Putin said at a press conference.

"Therefore, I think everyone has an interest in canceling them," he added at the ornate imperial palace in downtown Vienna, where he met with Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen.

But Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, whose conservatives control EU policy, repeated that Vienna would not break ranks with the rest of the bloc, which says that the situation in eastern Ukraine must improve before sanctions can be lifted .

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen and Russian President Vladimir Putin review the honor guard in Vienna, Austria on June 5, 2018. REUTERS / Heinz-Peter Bader

"We hope that through dialogue more intense will be progress in the relations between the EU and Russia, "Kurz told reporters.

"In particular, we hope there is progress in eastern Ukraine to … lift the sanctions step by step."

Putin's visit is part of the celebrations that marked 50 years since the energy companies OMV and Gazprom signed a gas supply agreement – They signed a new agreement on Tuesday extending their agreement until 2040.

Your trip to Austria is a rare and symbolic foray into the West for a man often at odds with Western governments over issues such as Syria and Ukraine. His last bilateral trip to Western Europe went to Finland last July.

Austria, which assumes the rotating presidency of the European Union in July, says it wants to act as a "bridge builder" between East and West.

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Has forged friendly ties with nationalist leaders such as Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban.

Kurz's coalition government includes the extreme right-wing Freedom Party (FPO), whose boss called over the weekend to end EU sanctions on Russia.

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Saudi Arabia threatens military action if Qatar deploys anti-aircraft missiles: report https://tech2.org/saudi-arabia-threatens-military-action-if-qatar-deploys-anti-aircraft-missiles-report/ Sat, 02 Jun 2018 14:59:35 +0000 https://tech2.org/saudi-arabia-threatens-military-action-if-qatar-deploys-anti-aircraft-missiles-report/

PARIS (Reuters) – King Salman of Saudi Arabia has threatened to take military action if Qatar installs a Russian air defense system, French daily Le Monde reported.

PHOTO OF THE FILE: The Russian military manned S-400 anti-aircraft defense systems during the Victory Day parade, marking the 73rd anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany in World War II, on Red Square in Moscow , Russia on May 9, 2018. REUTERS / Sergei Karpukhin

Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates broke diplomatic and economic ties with Qatar last year, accusing Doha of supporting terrorism, which it denies.

Qatar and Russia signed an agreement on military and technical cooperation last year. The Qatar ambassador to Russia was quoted as saying in January that he was in talks to buy the Russian S-400 anti-aircraft systems.

Le Monde said that Saudi King Salman had written a letter to French President Emmanuel Macron, expressing deep concern over the Doha-Moscow negotiations and the possibility that Qatar could deploy the missiles.

"The kingdom would be ready to take all necessary measures to eliminate this defense system, including military action," said Le Monde, citing the letter to Macron. He said that the letter had been sent "recently", but was not more specific.

Salman asked Macron for his help to prevent the sale of the missiles and preserve peace in the region, said Le Monde.

The office of the French president and the communications office of the Saudi government did not respond immediately to the requests for comments.

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Assad of Syria flies to Russia to talk with Putin: the Kremlin https://tech2.org/assad-of-syria-flies-to-russia-to-talk-with-putin-the-kremlin/ Thu, 17 May 2018 19:59:38 +0000 https://tech2.org/assad-of-syria-flies-to-russia-to-talk-with-putin-the-kremlin/

MOSCOW (Reuters) – Syrian President Bashar al-Assad flew to the summer residence of Russian leader Vladimir Putin on the Black Sea to discuss the Syrian conflict on Thursday, the Kremlin said, a visit that underlined the status of Moscow as the main sponsor of Assad.

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during his meeting in the resort of Sochi, Russia, on May 17, 2018. Sputnik / Mikhail Klimentyev / Kremlin via REUTERS

From that the clashes broke out in his country 2011, Assad has only rarely traveled, but has made three publicly recognized visits to Russia, each time for meetings with Putin.

Russia's entry into the conflict in 2015 changed the tide of the conflict in favor of Assad, and established Russia as a power broker in the Middle East.

At the meeting in the Sochi spa on the Black Sea, Assad congratulated Putin on his new term as president, after being re-elected in March, and thanked the Russian military for their support in Syria.

Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said the meeting, which had not been announced in advance, took place on Thursday.

Russian President Vladimir Putin welcomes Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during his meeting in the resort of Sochi, Russia, on May 17, 2018. Sputnik / Mikhail Klimentyev / Kremlin via REUTERS

" Stability is improving, and all that opens the doors to the political process, which we started a while ago, "Assad told Putin, according to a transcript of the initial comments of the meeting published on the Kremlin's website.

"I have always said, and I repeat, that we have always unconditionally supported the political process, which must continue in parallel with the war against terrorism."

"We know it will not be easy, as there are countries that do not want stability to return to Syria, but together with you and our other partners and friends, we will move forward firmly in the peace process," said Assad.

Russian President Vladimir Putin shakes hands with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad during their meeting in the resort of Sochi, Russia, on May 17, 2018. Sputnik / Mikhail Klimentyev / Kremlin via REUTERS

Russia He said he intervened militarily in Syria to defeat the violent Islamic extremists who had taken control of parts of the country and were launching bomb attacks and weapons in other parts of the world.

Critics of Russia's action, including the United States and European states, say it is propping up an Assad leader who has lost his legitimacy, and that his air strikes have killed a large number of civilians. Russia says it never points to civil areas.

In comments quoted by the Kremlin, Putin congratulated the Syrian leader for what he said were significant successes in the battlefield achieved by the Syrian army.

"Terrorists have laid down their arms in key locations in Syria, which has allowed the restoration of Syrian infrastructure," Putin was quoted as saying.

"And of course now, after these military successes, no doubt additional conditions have been created for the renewal of a complete political process."

Assad was making his second visit to see Putin in Sochi. The previous occasion was in November of last year. He also visited Putin in Moscow in October 2015, shortly after Russia launched its military operation in Syria.

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U.N. and EU use conference of donors from Syria to call for peace https://tech2.org/u-n-and-eu-use-conference-of-donors-from-syria-to-call-for-peace/ Tue, 24 Apr 2018 15:19:42 +0000 https://tech2.org/u-n-and-eu-use-conference-of-donors-from-syria-to-call-for-peace/

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – The European Union and the United Nations called on Tuesday for quick political talks to end the long war in Syria, saying that the latest territorial gains from Damascus and its allies had not brought the peace closer.

PHOTO OF THE ARCHIVE: The UN envoy Syria Staffan de Mistura speaks during a joint press conference with the Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, after their meeting in Moscow, Russia on April 20, 2018. REUTERS / Maxim Shemetov

Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, backed by Moscow and Tehran, is pushing a military offensive to crack down on the last rebel enclaves near Damascus. Efforts for a negotiated end to the war, which killed half a million people for seven years and displaced millions, are stagnating.

"We are seeing in recent weeks, days … that military gains, territorial gains and military escalation do not bring a political solution, they have not brought any change, on the contrary," the UN special envoy for Syria, Staffan de Mistura, said at a press conference in Brussels.

He spoke while governments and aid groups met in Brussels to commit more than $ 6 billion in aid for Syria.

De Mistura's co-host and EU diplomat, Federica Mogherini, said that "real and meaningful political negotiations … are clearly the only way forward".

The war of power confronts Damascus, Russia and Iran against rebels seeking to oust Assad and his supporters in Turkey and the West. Islamic militants have also wreaked havoc in the conflict, where the UN says more than 400,000 people are still trapped in the sieges.

"MEDIEVAL" WAR

A British deputy minister of development at the Brussels meeting said it was an important signal as the Syrian army continued to use sieges and bombing to expel the rebels.

"We want to make sure that medical facilities are no longer targeted, medical care is stolen, gender violence is reduced, medieval tactics of starvation are coming to an end," Alistair Burt told Reuters.

Donors would offer new money for humanitarian assistance within Syria, as well as for Syrian refugees in Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon and Turkey.

But the United States and the EU, the world's biggest donors, refuse to obtain billions of dollars that would eventually be needed to rebuild Syria while Assad does not allow the opposition to share power.

"We see absolutely no motivation to give up one of the most important levers we have in the absence of a minimal movement towards a better political configuration or framework for Syria to do more, and no less, stable and secure," he said. a senior official of the United States administration.

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Montenegro’s veteran politician prepares to win the presidential vote: projections https://tech2.org/montenegros-veteran-politician-prepares-to-win-the-presidential-vote-projections/ Sun, 15 Apr 2018 21:09:50 +0000 https://tech2.org/montenegros-veteran-politician-prepares-to-win-the-presidential-vote-projections/

PODGORICA (Reuters) – Veteran pro-EU politician Milo Djukanovic was to win the presidential election in Montenegro on Sunday with 54 percent of the vote, according to a projection from the monitoring and research center (CeMI) pollster

Milo Djukanovic, the presidential candidate of the ruling party DPS (Democratic Party of the Socialists), gesticulates as he arrives for the meeting with his supporters at the DPS headquarters in Podgorica, Montenegro, on April 15, 2018. REUTERS / Stevo Vasiljevic [19659003] Mladen Bojanic, a businessman backed by an alliance of parties, including some who wanted closer ties with Russia, was to come in second with 33 percent, CeMI said, based on a partial vote count on a sample of voting centers.

Djukanovic and his ruling Democratic Party of the Socialists (DPS) took Montenegro to NATO last year and pledged to complete the talks for EU membership.

"There will be no second round," Milos Nikolic, DPS parliamentary deputy, told reporters at the party headquarters. "Djukanovic is the new president of Montenegro."

Supporters of Milo Djukanovic, the presidential candidate of the ruling party DPS (Democratic Party of the Socialists), are seen at the DPS headquarters in Podgorica, Montenegro, on April 15, 2018. REUTERS / Marko Djurica

The state election commission said that participation at 7:30 pm (1730 GMT), half an hour before the closing of the polling stations, was 61.6 percent.

"This (result) is a serious indication of how the final results could be seen, although the results could be slightly skewed," said Milos Besic, a political science professor at the University of Belgrade who oversees Montenegro's vote.

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After casting his vote, Djukanovic said he was convinced he would win in the first round.

"I am convinced that Montenegro will confirm its determination to continue on the path of European development," said Djukanovic.

No significant electoral irregularities have been reported.

Although the presidential role is primarily ceremonial, if Djukanovic wins and replaces his ally Filip Vujanovic, he is expected to exercise a considerable policy of power and influence through the ranks of the DPS.

Having dominated politics in the tiny Adriatic country of only 620,000 and a former Yugoslav republic since 1991, either as prime minister or president, Djukanovic resigned as prime minister in 2016. He announced his return last month citing the " responsibility of the future of Montenegro. "

During the campaign, opposition candidates accused Djukanovic of fomenting cronyism, nepotism, corruption and ties to organized crime, which he denies.

"I'm proud of my result," Bojanic told the repoters after the screenings were released. "I will continue the fight to free Montenegro from the Djukanovic dictatorship," he said.

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]]> The Hungarian prime minister could point to the Soros organizations right after the electoral victory https://tech2.org/the-hungarian-prime-minister-could-point-to-the-soros-organizations-right-after-the-electoral-victory/ Mon, 09 Apr 2018 10:49:36 +0000 https://tech2.org/the-hungarian-prime-minister-could-point-to-the-soros-organizations-right-after-the-electoral-victory/

BUDAPEST, Hungary (Reuters) – Prime Minister Viktor Orban could use his broad political mandate to extend the Hungarian crackdown on civil organizations that have criticized his anti-immigration policies.

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban addresses supporters after the announcement of the partial results of the parliamentary elections in Budapest, Hungary, on April 8, 2018.REUTERS / Leonhard Foeger

The right-wing nationalist He projected himself as a savior of the Christian culture against Muslim migration to Europe, an image that resonated with more than 2.5 million voters, especially in rural areas.

His Fidesz party won a two-thirds majority for the third consecutive time in Sunday's election, which means it has the powers to change constitutional laws.

The victory could encourage Orban to put more force in a central European alliance against EU migration policies, working with other right-wing nationalists in Poland and Austria, and further exposing the cracks in the European Union of 28 nations.

The European Commission said it hoped to work with Hungary on many challenges.

On Monday, a spokesman for Fidesz said one of the first laws passed by the new parliament could be legislation that empowers the government to ban NGOs that support migration and pose a "national security risk."

The proposed legislation, called "Stop Soros" by the government before the vote, is part of Orban's strident anti-immigrant campaign directed against Hungarian financier George Soros, whose philanthropy aims to reinforce liberal and frontier values.

A spokesman for Fidesz told state radio on Monday: "After parliament is formed, at the end of April … in early May at the next parliament session we can start working … that's necessary for the interest of the country, which could be the Stop Soros legal package. "

A nongovernmental organization described the possibility that the bill was" frighteningly serious ".

Among the measures presented before the elections were the mandatory registration of some non-governmental organizations that "support illegal immigration," a 25 percent tax that will be levied on foreign donations collected by such NGOs, and activists they could face restraining orders that prevent them from approaching the EU's external borders in Hungary. Those borders have been strengthened since the influx of immigrants in 2015.

Last month, Orban told state radio that the government had information about activists who were being paid by Soros.

"We know by name who they are and how they work to transform Hungary into a country of immigrants, which is why we draft and present the Stop Soros bill that qualifies immigration as a national security issue," he said. Orban before the elections.

Soros has rejected the government's campaign against him as "distortions and lies" aimed at creating a false external enemy.

HARDENING OF THE STAY?

According to preliminary results, with 99 percent of the votes counted, data from the National Electoral Office showed that Fidesz won 133 seats, a tight two-thirds majority in the 199-seat parliament. The nationalist Jobbik won 26 seats, while the Socialists were projected as third parties with 20 legislators.

Some of the NGOs that could be affected by the new law said they expected a hardening of the new government's position.

"I think what the ruling party promised during the campaign will now be fulfilled," said Stefania Kapronczay, director of the Hungarian Union for Civil Liberties. "This was a key promise to stop the Soros organizations, whatever that means." With a two-thirds majority, there is no doubt that they can and will do it. "

" This is terrifyingly serious, "he said.

Transparency International's Legal Director, Miklos Ligeti, said at the moment that they considered the Halasz's comment as "a political declaration made in the heat of an electoral victory."

Ligeti added that if the government presented the version already published earlier this year, it should await the opinion of the Venice Committee of the European Council, who has said that he will analyze the three laws of the package.

Orban, the longest-serving Hungarian prime minister, opposes a deeper integration of the EU and, as a team with Poland, has been a fierce critic of Brussels policies.

Since coming to power in 2010, his government has been pitted against the European Commission for reforms, which critics say has eroded democratic checks and balances and weakened the independence of the media.

Critics say that Orban has put Hungary on an increasingly authoritarian path and his position on immigration has fueled xenophobia in the Central European country.

French far-right leader Marine Le Pen, president of the National Front, was the first to congratulate Orban on Sunday.

Orban's victory is "a confirmation of the Central European emancipation policy," said Deputy Foreign Minister of Poland and sent to the EU Konrad Szymanski on Monday.

However, some people in the capital, Budapest, where Fidesz only won in six of the 18 constituencies, were very disappointed on Monday morning.

"Well, the government has successfully implemented its hate campaign, they planted hatred in people's hearts, which is very sad," said Balazs Bansagi, 45, a quality controller.

Written by Krisztina Than; Editing by Alison Williams

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