21st Mar 2018


MEPs mandate talks on €500m defence fund

Members of the European Parliament gave their centre-right French colleague Francoise Grossetete a mandate to negotiate with national governments about the conditions of the proposed €500m European Defence Industrial Development Programme. 471 MEPs approved her report, which would exclude weapons of mass destruction and fully autonomous weapons from eligibility. 195 MEPs voted against. "We don't need more money, we need more efficiency," said German left-wing MEP Reinhard Buetikofer.


EU praises Turkey on migrant deal despite Greek misery

The EU-Turkey deal was agreed two years ago in Brussels. Focus has largely been on reducing migrant flows across the Mediterranean and helping Syrian refugees in Turkey, while the plight of those on the Greek islands are ignored.

US yet to push on Nord Stream 2 sanctions

Washington would still like to block a planned gas pipeline between Russia and Germany but is not yet considering hitting companies involved in the project.

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