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19th Jun 2018

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'No festive cheer' in UK consumer confidence index

"Sadly, there's no festive cheer in this month's consumer confidence index," said market research company GfK on Thursday. The monthly index measuring confidence in the economy was at -12, the same as in July 2016, after the UK voted to leave the EU, and July 2017, the lowest since 2014. However, the Britons' confidence was still higher than for most of the 2008-2014 period.

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EU summit set to outsource asylum

Draft conclusions of the EU summit seen by this website suggest setting up "regional disembarkation platforms", possibly in countries near Libya, to separate asylum seekers and economic migrants.

EU states set to back some asylum reform laws

Efforts to reform 'Dublin', a regulation that determines who is responsible for asylum applications, remain mired in controversy. But other less contentious reforms that make up EU asylum laws have already reached provisional agreements.

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The Baltic 'Big Sea' strategy

The Baltic Sea is almost an inland European lake - it borders Norway, Denmark, Germany, Sweden, Poland, Finland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Kaliningrad and Russia. It also has an EU strategy - and an action plan.

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