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France backtracks on promise to cut reliance on nuclear power

French environment minister Nicolas Hulot, a well-known environmentalist, admitted on Tuesday that it will be difficult to close nuclear plants and reduce the proportion of electricity generated from nuclear to 50 percent by 2025, as the previous socialist-dominated parliament decided in 2015. French grid operator RTE warned earlier this week in its 2017-2035 Electricity Outlook that there could be risks of power supply shortages if the plans were not changed.

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EU summit hits asylum fatigue as deadlock continues

Leaders at the EU summit are unlikely to discuss migration, preferring instead to rubber-stamp pre-cooked conclusions. Recent proposals by the European Commission to get some of the reforms finalised are also unlikely to get broad support. The two-year deadlock continues.

Battered May seeks Brexit 'assurances' from EU

Having just survived a leadership challenge 24 hours ago in London, Theresa May is back in Brussels for the EU summit in a hope of getting 'guarantees' from the EU on the Irish backstop. But could they be enough?

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Lost in Brexit chaos - abortion rights in Northern Ireland

Labour MP Diana Johnson has brought a private members bill to Westminster that proposes to decriminalise abortion in the whole of the UK, which means that, if successfully passed, current provisions for Northern Ireland will also be repealed.

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