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23rd Apr 2018

Ticker

Monsanto banned from European Parliament

Monsanto employees are to be denied access to the European Parliament. The decision was taken Thursday by the conference of the presidents, which includes the institution's president and political group leaders, after the chemical multinational refused to participate in a hearing on glyphosate, a weedkiller that is used in Monsanto's Roundup product. The firm is suspected of influencing scientific assessments, on which EU decisions to authorise the product were based.

France tightens immigration law, sparking division

French lawmakers are cracking down on asylum seekers in a bid to send those rejected back home. Controversial measures they passed over the weekend will now be debated in the French senate in June.

Agenda

Whistleblowers, Syria and digital revolution This WEEK

The European Commission will present proposals to protect whistleblowers, combat fake news and organise the digital single market. The international community will gather in Brussels to discuss how to help Syrians in the current war and after.

Investigation

MEP friendship groups offer 'backdoor' for pariah regimes

MEPs are using so-called 'friendship groups' to cater to foreign governments without oversight and little public scrutiny. Initially set up to promote cultural exchanges, some have become lobbying platforms to push state views from governments with poor human rights records.

Macron and Merkel pledge euro reform

France and Germany have pledged to forge a joint position on euro reform by June, despite German reluctance on deeper monetary union.

News in Brief

  1. Merkel and Pena Nieto praise EU-Mexico trade agreement
  2. Nahles elected new leader of Germany's SPD
  3. Report: EU budget to refocus on South
  4. Audit office: Brexit 'divorce' bill could be billions higher
  5. MEPs urge better protection for journalists
  6. Dieselgate: MEPs back greater role for EU in car approvals
  7. European parliament adopts new organic farming rules
  8. EU granted protection to half million people in 2017

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  2. France tightens immigration law, sparking division
  3. ECJ ruling set to end 10-year 'mouth tobacco' lobbying saga
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  5. MEP friendship groups offer 'backdoor' for pariah regimes
  6. Macron and Merkel pledge euro reform
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