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21st Sep 2018

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EU leaders express solidarity with Cyprus in Turkey drill row

EU leaders on Friday expressed solidarity with Cyprus and Greece after Nicosia accused Turkey of threatening to use force against a drillship chartered by Italy's Eni in the eastern Mediterranea sea. European Council president Donald Tusk told reporters that leaders "urgently call on Turkey to terminate these activities" that have led to recent tensions, and said Greece and Cyprus had the "sovereign right" to explore for resources.

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Brexit and MEPs expenses in the spotlight This WEEK

The EU will be watching closely how the political dynamics of Theresa May's Conservative party conference starting next week will influence Brexit negotiations. MEPs might also be forced to release their office expenses.

Salzburg summit presses for bigger Frontex mandate

Issues of sovereignty remain entrenched following a proposal by the European Commission to expand the EU's border and coast guard, also known as Frontex, to 10,000. But EU leaders maintain a "basic consensus" of support had been reached.

Airbnb agrees to clarify pricing for EU

The justice commissioner says the accommodation-rental website will better inform users about prices, and about the legal status of their 'hosts'. Facebook, however, could face sanctions if it doesn't comply with EU rules.

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