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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...
US Defence Secretary James Mattis announces resignation

US Defence Secretary James Mattis announces resignation

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US Defence Secretary James Mattis is resigning, the latest in a string of senior US officials to do so.His announcement came a day after President Trump said he was withdrawing troops from Syria - a decision General Mattis is understood to oppose. In his resignation letter, Gen Mattis strongly hinted at policy differences with Mr Trump.He said the president had the right to appoint someone "whose views are better aligned with yours".Gen Mattis, 68, will leave the job in February. President Trump has not immediately named a successor, but said one would be appointed shortly. White House revolving door: Who's gone? Trump rewrites US Syria policy Members of Congress from both sides of the political divide have reacted with shock to ...
Trump comments spark U.S. ambassador to Estonia's resignation

Trump comments spark U.S. ambassador to Estonia's resignation

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June 30 (UPI) -- The U.S. ambassador to Estonia said President Donald Trump's comments about U.S. allies in Europe prompted him to resign. In a private Facebook post first reported by Foreign Policy, the longtime diplomat, James Melville, announced his resignation. "A Foreign Service Officer's DNA is programmed to support policy and we're schooled right from the start, that if there ever comes a point where one can no longer do so, particularly if one is in a position of leadership, the honorable course is to resign," the Melville post read. "Having served under six presidents and 11 secretaries of state, I never really thought it would reach that point for me." It continued: "For the President to say the EU was 'set up to take advantage of the United States, to attack our piggy bank,' o...