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EU keeps former Soviet states at arm's length

The EU aims to weaken the enlargement hopes of former Soviet states at a summit next week. It also aims to lend weight to Azerbaijan's view of a conflict with Armenia. EU states plan to "acknowledge the European aspirations and European choice of the ...

EU leaders make pledge on social issues after populist backlash

In an effort to tackle rising populism in the European Union, EU leaders gathered on Friday (17 November) in Gothenburg to strengthen the social aspect of the bloc to protect workers, and help the underprivileged. In a formal ceremony, the presidents of ...

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EU agencies and eastern neighbours This WEEK

Ministers will get be immersed on Monday (20 November) in a complicated three-stage se­cret bal­lot­ing process to decide where to relocate the European Medicine Agency (EMA) and the European Banking Authority (EBA) from London, which need to find a new ...

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Bonn climate talks extend into Friday evening

The Bonn climate talks will continue into Friday evening, longer than expected. Rich and poor countries are at loggerheads over how and when the financial support for developing countries will be determined and will reconvene at 6PM. There is disagreement ...

Germany slams Dutch call for more ambitious EU climate goal

Germany's outgoing environment minister said on Friday (17 November) that a Dutch proposal to increase the EU's emissions reduction target to 55 percent was "unrealistic". "I don't think that the European Union will be capable of achieving this," minister ...

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UK needs to move on Brexit by early December, Tusk says

The UK needs to "make progress" by early December in the Brexit negotiations for talks to move on to a transition period and the future relations, European Council president Donald Tusk said Friday after meeting with UK prime minister Theresa May. EU chief ...

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Puigdemont extradition decision postponed to December

Belgian judges will decide in December whether to allow the extradition of Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont to Spain. Puigdemont and four other former members of Catalonia's regional government, who are charged in Spain with rebellion, sedition ...

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Ireland wants written UK guarantees to avoid hard border

Ireland's prime minister Leo Varadkar said Friday he wants written guarantees from the UK before the end of the first phase of Brexit talks that there will be no hard border between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. "We want that written down ...

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US did not obstruct climate talks, says German minister

German environment minister Barbara Hendricks said Friday that the US delegation acted "constructively" and "professionally" at the international climate conference in Bonn. She said that she had not experienced any obstruction on the part of the US, whose ...

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EU signs social declaration

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, European Parliament president Antonio Tajani and Estonian PM Juri Ratas, on behalf of EU member states, signed on Friday the 'European Pillar of Social Rights', a document outlining principles for a social ...

Opinion

Mind the gap: inequality in our cities

Growing poverty and inequality across European cities is putting a strain on the European social model. We need to rethink how welfare instruments provide social justice. One impact of the financial crisis has been to reignite debate on how a minimum ...

Climate activists 'disappointed' with EU at climate talks

Europe has not done enough to become a leader on climate action, environmental group Friends of the Earth said at a press conference on Friday (17 November), on the last day of climate negotiations in Bonn. "It has been absolutely disappointing, to say the ...

Davis outlines UK vision on Brexit in Berlin

Britain has called for a unique trade deal with the EU after it leaves the bloc, but declined to say how much it would pay for the divorce. David Davis, the UK's Brexit negotiator, detailed its ideas at a business forum in Berlin on Thursday (16 November). ...

German coalition talks in near collapse

Talks to form a coalition government in Germany were in deadlock on Friday morning (17 November), after negotiators separated early morning without a deal in sight.
 A new, last chance meeting was due at midday on Friday. But wide differences remained on ...

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Puigdemont to be heard by Belgian judges

Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont will appear before judges in Brussels on Friday at 2PM. Puigdemont and four other former members of the Catalan regional government are under an EU arrest warrant issued by Spain over rebellion and sedition ...

EU to proclaim 'pillar' of social rights in Gothenburg

European leaders are meeting in Sweden to discuss social issues as part of an effort to boost jobs and growth. The half-day summit on Friday (17 November) in Gothenburg will bring together heads of state and government, as well as the EU institutions. ...

Analysis

Lower waste targets still not low enough for EU states

The European Commission's attempt to bring member states on board on waste reduction targets by lowering them has not worked in practice, documents seen by this website reveal. Two years ago, the commission presented four legislative proposals as part of ...

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Steep fall in migrants reaching EU

The number of people trying to reach the EU via the Mediterranean fell 63 percent in the first 10 months of this year compared to last year, reaching 173,000, Frontex, the EU border agency, said on Thursday. The Central Mediterranean tour to Italy ...

Lithuania adds to EU momentum on Russia sanctions

Lithuania has joined Estonia and the UK as the third EU state to pass a law against human rights abuse in Russia in the name of Sergei Magnitsky. MPs passed the Magnitsky Act by 91 votes to zero in Vilnius on Thursday (16 November), eight years after ...

EPP row over Hungary's statement on Poland

A press statement on Poland by the Hungarian delegation of the European People's Party (EPP) caused an uproar within the centre-right group on Wednesday (15 November) in the wake of the vote in the European Parliament yesterday to launch the first phase of ...

Greek bailouts 'lacked planning and strategy', EU auditors say

Weaknesses in programme design and economic planning led to the failure of the first two Greek bailouts to help the embattled Mediterranean country finance itself again, the EU Court of Auditors has said. In a report titled 'the Commission's intervention ...

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EU's Kosovo mission judge quits citing corruption

The chief EU judge in Kosovo, Malcolm Simmons, announced his resignation in an interview to Le Monde on Thursday. Simmons cited "several cases of corruption" within the EU's rule of law mission (Eulex), and the hacking of his "private email by another ...

MEP switches vote on 'private expenses' transparency

MEPs leading a probe into the transparency of so-called 'private expenses' appear increasingly under pressure to back rules on accountability of the Parliament's expenses scheme. Following revelations last week of voting patterns by this website and ...

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Lithuania adopts Magnitsky law

The Lithuanian parliament has passed by 91 votes to zero a law to impose asset freezes and visa bans on Russian human rights abusers. The bill, named after Sergei Magnitsky, a Russian anti-corruption whistleblower who was jailed and killed, is the fifth of ...

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EU and China start dialogue on anti-dumping

The EU and China on Thursday (16 November) started to discuss anti-dumping issues in Beijing, as a part of a dialogue agreed in June 2017 about cooperation on competition matters. "It is in our mutual interest to work together to promote fair global ...

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EU 'North-South' divide remains but social justice improving

After almost ten years of crisis a new upward trend is emerging in the EU as regards social justice, German Bertelsmann Stiftung's yearly Social Justice Index published on Thursday showed. The recovery is however proceeding at two different speeds - and ...

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Russia approves new rules targeting foreign media

Russia's lower house of parliament gave preliminary approval on Wednesday for authorities to brand any international media organisation working in Russia a "foreign agent" required to disclose where they get their funding from and how they spend it. The ...

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Greece offers bond swap to gain financial freedom

The Greek government announced on Wednesday an offer to convert 20 Greek bonds worth €30 billion into five new bonds in a move to regain more financial freedom and become more attractive for investors. The initial bonds were issued after a 2012 ...

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Weber more optimistic on Brexit after London visit

Manfred Weber, a German MEP who heads the European Parliament's centre-right group, said Wednesday he was more confident about Britain and the EU following talks with UK PM Theresa May in London. He told reporters that a precise figure for the UK's Brexit ...

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German parties race to form new government

The three parties trying to form a new German government remain far apart on key issues such as immigration and a eurozone budget, just one day before a deadline to reach agreement runs out. Chancellor Angela Merkel announced last week that she wanted the ...