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5 Star Movement and League strike governing deal for Italy

Italy's 5 Star Movement on Sunday announced agreement on a governing programme with the anti-immigration League party, ready to present it on Monday to Italian president Sergio Mattarella, who formally appoints the new government. The 5 Star leader, Luigi Di Maio, said the government would maintain budget discipline and stay within EU rules. A neutral 'non-party' candidate is likely to be chosen as the new prime minister.

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PiS & Fidesz claim credit for von der Leyen victory

Warsaw and Budapest are boasting about their support for von der Leyen after the german is confirmed only by a small margin of MEPs, but the illiberals should not expect the softening of rule of law scrutiny.

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Von der Leyen faces gender battle for commission posts

The first-ever female president of the European Commission wants half of her team of commissioners to consist of women. But most of the commissioners put forward by EU member states so far have been male.

EU proposes yearly rule of law 'reports'

EU states ought to undergo a yearly "Rule of Law Review Cycle" to help stop countries such as Hungary, Poland, and Romania from backsliding on EU norms, the European Commission has said.

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