Tuesday

20th Feb 2018

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Complicated political situation after Iceland elections

Icelandic prime minister Bjarni Benediktsson's centre-right Independence Party remained the largest following general elections over the weekend, but it lost five of its 21 seats in parliament, making it complicated to form a new government. This could open the door for Left-Green Movement leader Katrin Jakobsdottir to form a centre-left government despite her party only winning one extra seat. A record eight parties won a place in Iceland's 63-seat parliament.

EU taxpayers risk bailing out MEP pension scheme

An MEP voluntary pension scheme is running a €326 million actuarial deficit. The Luxembourg-based fund, set to manage to scheme, is said to have invested the money in controversial sectors like the arms industry.

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.

News in Brief

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  2. SPD members start voting on new Merkel-led government
  3. Barroso lobbied Katainen for Goldman Sachs
  4. Berlusconi's coalition ahead with 34.7% support
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