Thursday

5th May 2016

Ticker

Merkel 'very optimistic' about EU budget deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday said she was "very optimistic" a deal could be reached next week on the EU's one-trillion-euro budget for 2014-2020, even though she expected "tough talks." EU leaders are meeting on 7-8 February in Brussels after they failed to agree on the budget in November.

News in Brief

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  2. EU Commission proposes visa-free travel for Turkey
  3. Iceland in court for not respecting EU laws
  4. Sweden registers more asylum application withdrawals
  5. German Pegida leader convicted of inciting hatred
  6. ECB expected to stop printing €500 notes
  7. Spain dissolves parliament for 26 June election
  8. Germany to legalise cannabis for medicinal use

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