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24th Jan 2019

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Austrian leader in favour of extending Brexit talks

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz said Thursday that he "would be in favour of pursuing negotiations rather than having a hard Brexit" if no agreement is found in time to avoid a hard border on the island of Ireland. Austria took over last Sunday the six-month presidency of the EU Council. Kurz told journalists in Vienna that the EU should "speak with one voice but should not penalise the UK."

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Stymied on 'golden passports', EU sets up expert group

The European Commission has described the sale of EU citizenship by Bulgaria, Cyprus and Malta as a "golden gate to Europe" for the rich. Unable to stop it, the commission now wants an expert group to probe the schemes.

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France and Germany hope to revive EU with Aachen treaty

In the face of attacks on the liberal world order and the EU, Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron renew German-Franco cooperation - but their lack of political capital prevents bold visions or ambitious goals.

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