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Germany confirms attendance at air quality summit

Germany's caretaker minister for environment Barbara Hendricks will attend the ministerial summit in Brussels on air quality on 30 January, a spokesman told EUobserver. Her British counterpart Michael Gove has not yet decided whether to attend. Environment commissioner Karmenu Vella also invited ministers from Czech Republic, Spain, France, Italy, Hungary, Romania, and Slovakia. The commission has warned these nine countries for failing to meet EU air quality standards.

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Muscat's one-man rule poses challenge for EU

Malta's PM already enjoys the kind of one-man rule Hungary and Poland are trying to build, but can the EU afford another political confrontation in sensitive times?

Orban protests target state media in new front

Unprecedented protests against Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban's "illiberal" style mark a rare united front of opposition parties, amid new violence against opposition MPs.

Opinion

Brexit and the Queen Sacrifice

Sometimes in chess, a sacrifice brings victory. Theresa May should pay heed to the example of Slovakia's premier, Iveta Radicova, who sacrificed her job in order to get difficult euro bailout legislation through the Bratislava parliament.

EU gives Switzerland another six months for a deal

The EU commission is giving more time to the Swiss government to endorse a deal that would put various sectorial agreements to access the single market under one deal. Nevertheless, after Brexit, the EU has had enough of exceptions.

Opinion

Fiscal discipline rules in eurozone are devastating

New rules are needed that do not place the heaviest burdens on a few countries, but ensure that all countries benefit from the euro. Avoiding imbalances in trade between countries can do this.

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