Wednesday

17th Jan 2018

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France has highest social welfare spending in EU

France - at 33.8% of GDP - spends the most on social welfare in the EU, new Eurostat figures show. It is followed by Denmark (33.3%), the Netherlands (32.1%) and Germany (30.7%). Romania (17.6%), Latvia (17.8%), Bulgaria and Estonia (both 18.1%) come in at the bottom of the scale.

'No backsliding' on Brexit promise, Irish PM warns

Leo Varadkar, the first leader to address MEPs in a series of speeches on the EU's future, pledged to close tax loopholes, pay more into the EU budget, and keep London to its word on Northern Ireland.

Commission and council dig in on GMO opt-outs

The European Commission and the EU's national governments pass each other the buck on who should move first on a heavily-criticised proposal on the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food.

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