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GERMANY: Angela Merkel ‘to abandon key CDU party role’

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has told her CDU party that she will not run for re-election as its chairwoman in December, sources say. Her decision comes after her party suffered heavy losses in regional elections that threatened the stability of the governing coalition. Mrs Merkel has been chair of the CDU since 2000, becoming one […]

UK: Child taken away from mum who refused him icecream

Social worker criticised as child is taken away from mother because she refused to give him ice cream A High Court judge has criticised a social worker who took a child away from his mother because she refused to give him an ice cream. The social worker said the woman was failing to meet her son’s “emotional needs”, and also highlighted how […]

Immigration rules to be relaxed for non-EU doctors and nurses

The government is to relax immigration rules to allow more non-EU skilled workers into the UK. On Friday, the Home Office is expected to confirm that foreign doctors and nurses will be excluded from the government’s visa cap. The cap – introduced by Theresa May when she was home secretary – sets a limit for […]

Home Office suspends immigration checks on UK bank accounts

The Home Office is to suspend controversial immigration checks on thousands of bank accounts in the wake of the Windrush scandal. The department is in the process of contacting banks and building societies to instruct them to reduce the scope of the checks, which were introduced as part of Theresa May’s plans to create a […]
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