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19th Feb 2018

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Report: Zimbabwe diamond sales violated EU rules

Sales of diamonds from Zimbabwe in 2013 and 2014 in Belgium likely violated EU sanctions because one of the sellers, Zimbabwean firm Anjin, was jointly owned by Zimbabwe Defence Industries, which remains on an EU blacklist, Global Witness, a London-based NGO, said on Monday. It said two other Zimbabwean diamond companies - Kusena Diamonds and Jinan - also have clandestine links to the military and to Zimbabwe's feared intelligence services.

Poland shows no sign of concessions to Commission

While the dialogue between Warsaw and the Commission has improved since new prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki entered office, there is no sign of compromise over rule of law concerns - as the clock ticks towards a March deadline.

Spain's De Guindos to be ECB vice-president

Spanish finance minister Luis de Guindos will join the the European Central Bank in June, after his sole rival for the vice-presidency job stepped down on Monday.

MPs demand Council become more transparent

Three Dutch MPs, on behalf of 26 national parliamentary chambers across the EU, are demanding more transparency. 'The Eurogroup is the most opaque of them all,' complained Dutch MP Omtzigt.

Eurogroup starts process to pick new ECB chiefs

Eurozone finance ministers will pick who they recommend to become the European Central Bank vice-president - the choice is between their Spanish colleague Luis de Guindos, and the governor of the Central Bank of Ireland, Philip Lane.

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