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19th Dec 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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Opinion

Why it's time for the Kosovo Security Force

The Kosovan deputy PM calls on Nato members to follow the US in supporting the enlargement of the Kosovo Securitiy Force. "Kosovo owes it to both its own people and the international community to take this step", Behgjet Pacolli says.

Analysis

Vests and Votes: how protests hit Macron's EP prospects

The 'Yellow Vests' protests have the potential to change the game in the French European Parliament elections, bringing new issues onto the agenda. But the greatest threat, potentially, is to the populist parties on the edges of the political spectrum.

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.

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