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EU wants answers to de-dramatise Brexit talks

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier hit a conciliatory tone when reacting to the latest UK proposals on Friday (20 July) - which nevertheless the EU consider insufficient for a breakthrough, as the risk of a 'no-deal' increases. Barnier again warned, ...

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Juncker White House trip trumps the agenda This WEEK

Relations between the EU and the US will top the news agenda this week, with European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker's visit to the White House on Wednesday (25 July) - just days after US president Donald Trump called the EU a "foe". Both sides said the ...

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Libyan PM rejects EU migrant camps idea

Libya is "absolutely opposed" to the EU's idea to establish camps there for people who cannot claim asylum in Europe, Libyan prime minister Fayez al-Sarraj said Friday. In an interview to Germany's Bild newspaper, he said his country saved "thousands of ...

Italian populists try to sink EU migrant mission

Italy is stepping up its campaign to stop EU ships from taking rescued migrants to its ports. Giuseppe Conte, its prime minister, fired the latest salvo in a letter to EU institutions on Thursday (19 July) that was leaked to Italian media. The EU should ...

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Italy's Salvini to sue critical anti-mafia writer

Italy's far-right interior minister Matteo Salvini said he will sue Roberto Saviano, a best-selling writer exposing the Camorra mafia, who has criticised the League leader's hardline migration policy. Salvini said he filed a defamation suit against Saviano ...

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EU countries send aircraft to Sweden to help with wildfires

France, Germany, Italy, and Lithuania are among EU countries that have sent help to Sweden, which is battling its worst wildfire season, triggered by the extreme heatwave across the Nordic region. Several countries have sent aircraft to help with putting ...

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British ex-commissioner's jobs called into question

Britain's former EU commissioner Lord Hill is facing calls for an inquiry after taking up six roles with multinational companies since leaving office, the Guardian reported. Hill resigned as commissioner after the Brexit referendum. Transparency ...

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May to tell EU to drop Irish border 'backstop' idea

British prime minister Theresa May is to tell the EU it should drop its position on the Irish border solution of creating a so-called 'backstop' (aligning Northern Ireland with EU rules) and "evolve" their position to break the deadlock in Brexit talks. In ...

EU urges no-deal Brexit preparation

Four million UK and EU citizens stuck in a legal limbo, border checks re-installed, transportation severely disrupted, trade and supply chains breaking down... This gloomy scenario would kick in the day after Brexit, if no divorce deal is agreed by the EU ...

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Trump threatens EU over Google fine

US president Donald Trump said in a tweet on Thursday that the EU has "truly taken advantage of the US, but not for long!" He was reacting to the €4.34bn fine imposed on Google by the European Commission on Wednesday for abusing its market position in ...

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Spain withdraws arrest warrant for Catalan separatists

Spain's Supreme Court withdrew on Thursday its European arrest warrant against former Catalan separatist leader Carles Puigdemont and five other politicians who left Spain last year. Last week the Schleswig-Holstein regional court had ruled that Puigdemont ...

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EU readies counter-measures on possible US car tariffs

The EU is preparing a list of counter-measures to possible US tariffs on European cars, EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said on Thursday, a week before she and the EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker travel to Washington for trade talks ...

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EU Commission launches probe into Hungary's 'Stop Soros' law

The EU Commission on Thursday launched a probe into Hungary's so-called 'Stop Soros' legislation that criminalises assistance to people seeking asylum in the country. The new law could be in breach EU rules on asylum applicants' rights and other EU rules ...

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EU warns Turkey on anti-terror bill

The EU welcomed Thursday the lifting of the state of emergency in Turkey but warned that a new bill to maintain some measures "would dampen any positive effect of its termination." In a statement by the EU commission spokesperson on foreign affairs, it ...

Turkey ends state of emergency but continues crackdown

Turkey ended a two-year state of emergency on Thursday morning (19 July) but is set to introduce extraordinary measures to keep a tight grip on society. The emergency regime had been imposed in July 2016 after the coup attempt, which president Recep Tayyip ...

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Report: EU secretly scorns UK's Brexit paper

The UK's new proposal for a bespoke EU customs deal would not fly, but Brussels did not want to publicly reject it in order to prevent a British government crisis, British daily The Guardian reported. "The white paper's not going to form the basis of ...

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Hungary: UN treaty could 'inspire millions' of migrants

Hungary has become the only EU state to refuse to sign a UN treaty urging parties to "uphold ... their obligations under international law" on migrants. The pact "could inspire millions" of people to come to Europe, Hungarian foreign minister Peter ...

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Nato reacts after Trump disparages Montenegro

Nato has said its mutual defence pact was "unconditional and iron-clad" after US president Donald Trump questioned "why" a US soldier should fight for Montenegro, Nato's newest member. "They [Montenegrins] may get aggressive and congratulations, you're in ...

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EU bank deals blow to Iran arms deal

The European Investment Bank (EIB) will avoid lending to Iran because US sanctions could jeopardise its ability to raise money on US markets. "There is no European bank which is presently able to do business with Iran," EIB chief Werner Hoyer said in ...

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US trade war could rock markets, EU warns

EU fiscal affairs chief Pierre Moscovici has warned that a US tariff war with the EU could destabilise financial markets. "An escalation - no matter from which side - would have serious consequences for the economy, including for the financial markets, ...

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Greek expulsions of Russian spies were 'independent'

Greece has rejected comments it was forced by outside forces to recently expel two Russian spies. "States, regardless of size, are independent and can exercise an independent, multidimensional and democratic foreign policy" the Greek foreign ministry has ...

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Juncker demands 'respect' for his 'sciatica'

European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker demanded "respect" from media in Brussels Wednesday after being asked whether he had consumed alcohol at a recent Nato summit. "I had sciatica last Wednesday and I had cramps in my legs [at the summit]," he said ...

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Trump did not misspeak on EU, says commission VP

Donald Trump's anti-EU jibes were not slips of the tongue, but signs of a "conflictual" new era in world affairs, a Slovak politician who would lead Europe has said. "The words are harmful. If it was a kind of slip of the tongue it would be OK. Anybody can ...

EU 'tax lady' hits Google with record fine

She was dismissed by US president Donald Trump as the EU's "tax lady" who "hates the US", but Margrethe Vestager, the bloc's antitrust chief is not backing down amid rising tensions between the EU and the US. Vestager, the EU's competition commissioner, ...

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Johnson slams 'dithering' May in resignation speech

Boris Johnson accused Theresa May's government of 'dither' over Brexit on Wednesday, as he set out his reasons for resigning as foreign secretary last week over May's Chequers white paper. Speaking in parliament, Johnson said it was "not too late to save ...

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EU border guards to be sent to Macedonia

The European Commission and Macedonia signed an agreement Wednesday to send EU border guards to the country. The agreement will allow teams from the European Border and Coast Guard Agency to be deployed "with executive powers" and do border checks "if ...

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Juncker investment plan exceeds target

The European Fund for Strategic Investments (EFSI), known as the 'Juncker Plan', raised €335bn since it was launched in 2015, the European Commission and the European Investment Bank announced Wednesday. The fund, which provides EU guarantees on private ...

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EU will reply 'tit for tat' to US trade measures

The EU "will continue to give tit for tat to US unilateral measures" on trade, European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Tuesday. Ahead of a meeting with US president Donald Trump next week in Washington, where US tariffs on steel and ...

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EU Commission registers Brexit citizenship petition

The European Commission agreed on Wednesday to register a European Citizens' Initiatives (ECI) that aims to permanently guarantee European citizenship and its associated rights once they have been attained - especially for UK citizens after Brexit. It also ...

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Europe's water quality falls short

Due to pollution, the majority of European rivers, lakes and estuaries fall below the minimum environmental standards, a report by the European Environment Agency reveals. According to the latest report from the European Environment Agency (EEA) on water ...

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