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4th Mar 2024

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Catalan independence leaders taken into custody

Two key members of the Catalan independence movement were sent to prison on Monday night by Spain's National Court. Jordi Sanchez, who heads the Catalan National Assembly and Jordi Cuixart, the leader of Omnium Cultural, are being held without bail while they are under investigation for sedition. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont commented on Twitter: "Sadly, we have political prisoners again" - an allusion to Spain's military dictatorship under Francisco Franco.

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EU docks €32m in funding to UN Gaza agency pending audit

The European Commission will release €50m out of €82m in funds for the UN aid agency (UNRWA) operating in Gaza. The remaining €32m will come pending an audit. The commission has received no evidence to support Israeli allegations against UNRWA.

'Outdated' rules bar MEP from entering plenary with child

During a plenary session in Strasbourg, an MEP was denied access to the chamber because he was carrying his young child, due to unforeseen circumstances. The episode shows parliament's rules need to be updated, several MEPs told EUobserver.

Commission plays down row over Rwanda minerals pact

The European Commission has played down a diplomatic row over its recent minerals agreement with Rwanda, after Congolese president Felix Tshishekedi, who accuses Rwanda of plundering his country's natural resources, described the deal as a "provocation in very bad taste".

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Why are the banking lobby afraid of a digital euro?

Europeans deserve a digital euro that transcends the narrow interests of the banking lobby and embodies the promise of a fairer and more competitive monetary and financial landscape.

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