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Prime minister David Cameron is under pressure to change EU migration rules following a report earlier this week indicating the UK has a backlog of 29,000 asylum cases, some dating back seven years. The report, published by the Public Accounts Committee, says 11,000 applicants had received no official initial decision.
Sweden on Thursday is set to officially recognise Palestine as a state, reports Haaretz. The plan has riled the Israelis, who have protested the move, first announced earlier this month during the swearing-in of Sweden's new government. British and Irish politicians have also called for similar measures by their countries.
Outgoing EU commission chief Jose Manuel Barroso Wednesday defended EU enlargement to the east in the mid-2000s saying that without it, "we would not probably be discussing only about Ukraine. We would probably be discussing now about Bulgaria, or about the Baltic states,” he said in reference to Russia.
A draft proposal for a toll system in Germany "is ready" and will be presented at the "end of the week", transport minister Alexander Dobrindt told Munchner Merkur. The plan has come under fire on grounds that it might discriminate against non-German drivers.
The 41-year-old Danish diplomat Preben Aamann, who has worked in the past two years as deputy spokesman for outgoing EU president Herman Van Rompuy, will be advancing to the job as chief spokesman when Poland's Donald Tusk takes over 1 December, reports Danmark's Radio (DR).
Politicians and voters must accept that the UK cannot control immigration levels while it remains an EU member, a minister close to David Cameron said Tuesday. Skills minister Nick Boles added that the UK would need a "very large amount of immigration every year" to maintain its economic growth rate.