POLITICS & POLICY
Austria – Migrant’s crisis: Austrian wall
According to the Budapest Business Journal, Austria is ready to build a fence on its borders with Hungary. Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Austria’s Minister of the Interior, stated that in order to stop human trafficking from Hungary and protect borders, this measure could be applied. According to Mikl-Leitner, Austria receives at least 100 asylum requests every day.
Source: Bbj, 21/03/2016
UK – Brexit: Consequences
According to PricewaterhouseCoopers, Brexit could cost £100bn to the UK economy while Britain’s unemployment rate could increase by 2 to 3 percentage points. As Carolyn Fairbairn states, “This analysis shows very clearly why leaving the European Union would be a real blow for living standards, jobs and growth”. Brexit campaigners believe that government’s aim is to scare voters away from supporting Brexit and are convinced that once the UK will leave the EU, the economy will continue to grow.
Source: The Guardian, 21/03/2016
“There is no growth without investment (…) (it is) false to believe that reducing expenses is the only way of meeting a budget or reducing sovereign debt (…) Alexis Tsipras has a seat on the European Council. I do not have the impression that this is a threat for us. (The communist party in Portugal) has apparently changed its strategy (…) After 40 years, they have decided for the first time to cooperate constructively. It is a kind of revolution”.
Martin Schulz, President of the European Parliament
Source: Portugal Resident, 18/03/2016
The number of migrants and asylum-seekers currently in Greece
Source: Ekathimerini, 21/03/2016
The number of job losses that Brexit could cause in the UK
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