Tuesday

21st Nov 2017

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.

Focus

EU bans 'geo-blocking' - but not (yet) for audiovisual

Online retailers will no longer be able to discriminate against potential customers based on their location in the EU, but the phrase 'this video is unavailable in your region' will remain a common sight in Europe.

EU monitoring of Libyan coastguard done by Libyans

The EU trains the Libyan coastguard and set up monitoring mechanism to ensure they respect the human rights of migrants. But the mechanism only requires Libyans to file reports about themselves.

Opinion

EU must confront Poland and Hungary

Curtailing NGOs and threatening judicial independence are the hallmarks of developing-world dictators and authoritarian strongmen, not a free and pluralistic European Union.

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