Thursday

19th Oct 2017

Ticker

Leader of Finns Party to step down

The leader of the eurosceptic Finns Party, Timo Soini, announced on Sunday in his blog that he will step down following the party congress in June. "I will not be seeking another term in the Jyvaskyla party congress in early June. Something else is now in store," he wrote. Soini has been party leader since 1997. He is Finland's minister for foreign affairs since 2015.

Focus

Health MEPs want to phase out glyphosate by 2020

A committee resolution said the proposal to renew the glyphosate permit for a decade "fails to ensure a high level of protection of both human and animal health and the environment".

Macron puts trade policy on summit table

France's president wants a "political discussion" on EU trade policies at Thursday's summit, amid domestic concerns over Canada and South America deals. But his colleagues are likely to avoid a lengthy debate.

News in Brief

  1. Spanish government to decide Saturday on Catalonia measures
  2. EU court confirms freezing of Yanukovych funds
  3. UK PM appeals to EU citizens
  4. Catalan leader sends independence ultimatum
  5. Madrid eyes early elections as solution to Catalan crisis
  6. Merkel starts coalition talks to form government by December
  7. Iceland confirms long-standing EU opposition, poll shows
  8. EU summit moved to previous building after fumes scare

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