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23rd Jul 2018

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Polish parliament adopts controversial justice reform

The Polish parliament on Thursday adopted a reform that puts the Supreme Court under government control. The European Commission had called for the Polish government to suspend the bill. The EU executive said this law and two recent others, "increase the threat to the rule of law in Poland". The commission is likely to trigger Article 7 next week, a procedure that can lead to sanctions.

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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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