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24th Mar 2017

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European court rules against Russia adoption ban on US

The European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg ruled against Russia after it imposed a child adoption ban on US citizens. Russia had prevented 45 Americans from adopting Russian-born children. The international court, which monitors the 47 members of the Council of Europe, including Russia, said on Tuesday the ban was "discriminatory" and ordered Russia to pay €3,000 in damages to each of the prospective parents, including their legal expenses.

Column / Brexit Briefing

The Union under threat

The effect of Brexit will be much more profound on Northern Ireland than on Scotland. Some kind of border controls with Ireland seem inevitable.

Bulgaria's election test

Sunday's general elections will be a test for the country's relations with the EU, Russia, and Turkey, as well as for the political future of former leader Borisov.

'Mr Putin steps into French elections'

Putin treated France's anti-EU firebrand, Le Pen, as if she had already won the elections. "I have my own viewpoint ... identical to Russia's", she said.

SMEs lack support in EU financial plan

The European Commission's plan for a capital markets union is said to be aimed at small and medium-sized enterprises, but many could end up being left out in the cold.

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