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Austria faces snap election after vice chancellor resignation

Austria faces snap election after vice chancellor resignation

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Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has called for a snap election after the resignation of his vice chancellor over an alleged corruption scandal.Heinz-Christian Strache resigned on Saturday after footage of him seeming to offer lucrative German contracts to a potential Russian benefactor was published in newspapers this week. Mr Kurz said he could not reach an agreement with the leadership of Mr Strache's anti-immigrant Freedom Party on continuing forward with the coalition with his centre-right People's Party.In a statement to the media, he said "enough is enough" and listed a number of lesser scandals involving the Freedom Party that have not triggered the fragile coalition to collapse.He said he would propose to President Alexander Van der Bellen that a snap election be held as soon a...
Seattle Seahawks release ‘iconic players’ Doug Baldwin, Kam Chancellor

Seattle Seahawks release ‘iconic players’ Doug Baldwin, Kam Chancellor

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May 9 (UPI) -- The Seattle Seahawks released veteran players Doug Baldwin and Kam Chancellor, the team announced Thursday. The team said that it has terminated both players' contracts with failed-physical designations. "The Seahawks have made the difficult decision to terminate/failed physical Doug Baldwin and Kam Chancellor," Seahawks general manager John Schneider said in a statement. "These are two of the most iconic players in franchise history and both were instrumental in establishing our championship culture, great examples of competitiveness and leadership on the field and in the community. These legendary players will always be a part of our Seahawks family." Baldwin and Chancellor both were sidelined with injuries in recent seasons. Baldwin underwent three surgical procedures s...
'Ending austerity' will cost £19bn, IFS warns chancellor

'Ending austerity' will cost £19bn, IFS warns chancellor

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The only way the chancellor can end austerity is to borrow substantial sums or raise Britain's tax burden to the highest level for nearly 70 years, the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS) has warned. In its closely-watched green budget, a survey of the UK economy and public finances, the IFS said that even the mildest version of "ending austerity" would cost a minimum of £19bn - the equivalent of a penny on income tax, National Insurance and on VAT.The IFS added that there was effectively no prospect of a "Brexit dividend" for the public finances and warned that UK economic growth would remain weak for another two years.Its report comes a fortnight ahead of the chancellor's winter budget, in which he will unveil his latest plans for borrowing and spending. But the I...
Merkel starts fourth term as German Chancellor

Merkel starts fourth term as German Chancellor

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Angela Merkel has finally begun her fourth term as Chancellor after almost six months of political deadlock in Germany.Ms Merkel is due to be sworn on Wednesday.Parliament voted 364 to 315 in a secret ballot to re-elect Ms Merkel, who ran unopposed.Germany has been locked in political uncertainty for almost six months after millions of voters abandoned the two main parties.Ms Merkel's Christian Democratic Union of Germany party (CDU) and the Social Democratic Party (SPD) were dropped by the public in favour of parties on the left and right.Image:Angela Merkel (in white) receives congratulations from parliamentarians following her election for a fourth term as ChancellorA coalition has been formed between the CDU, the Christian Social Union (CSU) - which is the CDU's Bavaria-only sister par...
Seahawks' Chancellor intends to play next season

Seahawks' Chancellor intends to play next season

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Seattle Seahawks safety Kam Chancellor intends to play in 2018, according to a published report. Chancellor, who suffered a season-ending neck injury in November, expects to be back with the Seahawks providing he receives medical clearance, Ian Rapoport of NFL.com reported. The 29-year-old Chancellor's $ 6.8 million salary for 2018 was guaranteed on Friday, the trigger day for the team to make any moves on contracts. He signed a three-year extension in August. There has been speculation about Chancellor's future after he posted an image on Instagram that appeared to reflect he was walking away from the team. Following the season, Seahawks coach Pete Carroll said that Chancellor and defensive end Cliff Avril would have a "hard time" in coming back from their neck injuries. Chancellor's ei...