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22nd Jul 2018

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Italy seeks core EU of maximum 12 states

Italian foreign minister Paolo Gentiloni told the Rainews24 broadcaster in Rome on Sunday that Italy will "fight" for a "new type" of EU. He said the club of 28 states should contain "a smaller circle that share the single currency, the Schengen Treaty [on free travel] and especially better coordination of defence. A core of seven to 12 European countries which may have greater integration levels".

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EU wants answers to de-dramatise Brexit talks

Further talks on the Irish border could continue next week as the EU is open to "any solution" that keeps the border invisible. EU negotiator Michel Barnier said key questions remain over the UK's white paper on a future partnership.

EU urges no-deal Brexit preparation

The EU Commission urged companies, citizens, and member states to prepare in case the UK next March crashes out of the EU without a deal - on the day the new UK Brexit minister arrived in Brussels.

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