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16th Sep 2019

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EU puts Georgia visa-free deal on hold

EU states' ambassadors on Wednesday put on hold plans to grant visa-free travel into the passport-free Schengen zone to Georgia, after France, Germany and Italy objected to moving ahead. Germany cited one reason as being that Georgian criminal gangs in Germany, which specialise in home burglaries, have become a public concern and that Tbilisi should help solve the problem before the EU proceeds.

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Brexit and new commission in focus This WEEK

Jean-Claude Juncker will meet Boris Johnson for the first time, but no breakthrough is expected in Brexit talks. MEPs are preparing to hear from the commission-designates, while Hungary will be grilled at the EU affairs' ministers meeting.

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How should the EU handle Russia now?

Should the West help the Russian opposition to try topple the regime, or make new deals with Putin, as France is keen to do?

Central European leaders demand EU Balkan accession

Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia have demanded to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania this year, as Hungary's man prepares to take over the enlargement portfolio.

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