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26th Feb 2024

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Juncker hopes for Canada accord in 'next few days'

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker told reporters that he hoped the outstanding issues over a free trade deal between the EU and Canada would be settled in the next few days, saying "I hope that we will be able to see an agreed settlement in a few days, with the Wallonians, our friends". The Belgian region of Wallonia is blocking ratification over social and environmental concerns.

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Angry farmers block Brussels again, urge fix to 'unfair' prices

Following weeks of demonstrations across Europe, farmers returned to Brussels to protest over unfair competition in prices, as EU agriculture ministers met just a few metres away to discuss a response. The police used water cannon and tear gas.

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Far-right MEPs least disciplined in following party line

In a fractious parliamentary vote, the level of party discipline often decides the fate of legislation. Party discipline among nationalists and far-right MEPs is the weakest, something potentially significant after the June elections. Data by Novaya Gazeta Europe and EUobserver.

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More farmers, Ukraine aid, Yulia Navalnaya in focus This WEEK

EU agriculture ministers meet in Brussels amid new farmers' protests. MEPs will hear from Alexei Navalny's widow and give the final green light to the €50bn Ukraine facility, while the CBAM proposal faces a formal challenge at a WTO meeting.

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