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17th Jan 2022

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Merkel took 'tough' line on Russia at EU summit

German chancellor Angela Merkel took a "tough" line against lifting sanctions on Russia during summit talks in Brussels on Thursday, diplomatic sources said. She said lifting them "would send the wrong signal" to Moscow. Some leaders said sanctions "can't go on like this for ever", but others said to lift them would "would be giving a present to [Russian leader] Putin just as he's running again [for president]" in 2018.

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New EU Parliament chief elected This WEEK

The lead candidate is the centre-right European People's Party's (EPP) Maltese MEP Roberta Metsola, who has been outspoke against corruption and rule-of-law issues - but some MEPs are concerned over her anti-abortion voting record.

MEPs seek probe into EU commissioner over Bosnia

Enlargement commissioner Várhelyi "openly colluded [with Dodik] in potentially breaking up Bosnia and Herzegovina", according to dozens of MEPs who wrote to Várhelyi's boss.

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