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19th Dec 2018

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Trump moves to appoint new ambassador to EU

The Trump administration is moving to fill the long-vacant post of US ambassador to the European Union, reports the Washington Post. Washington has asked the EU if co-founder and chief executive officer of Provenance Hotel Partners, Gordon Sondland, would be an acceptable nominee. Sondland donated $1m to Trump's inaugural committee. The job that has been vacant since Anthony L. Gardner left it in January 2017.

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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 & 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.

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