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23rd Oct 2018

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EU wants to reopen embassy in Libya

A draft joint statement, seen by Reuters ahead of an EU summit next week, says that the EU is keen to reopen an embassy in Libya. EU leaders at the summit are set to announce that they "encourage work underway to rapidly establish a permanent EU presence in Libya." The statement also notes that improved security on the ground is a precondition for any embassy.

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Lone Merkel announces Saudi arms ban

Germany has announced a unilateral arms ban on Saudi Arabia over its killing of a journalist, but France, the UK, and the US have not followed suit.

Opinion

Dodgy regime lobbying is below the EU's radar

In Brussels, PR professionals and lobbying consultants are working for some of the world's most autocratic regimes. And we have no way of knowing for sure who they are, how much they are paid, or what they are up to.

Interview

Bannon's The Movement to launch with January summit

Belgian Mischael Modrikamen is working with US strategist Steve Bannon to make the new hard-right grouping 'The Movement' go global. First step: a summit in January in Brussels, and high-level talks are underway, possibly with Brazil's far-right presidential contender.

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