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Germans debate return of military conscription

The secretary general of Germany's ruling CDU party, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, has launched a summer debate about reinstating military conscription for men and women, following recent online polls showed military conscription was popular among supporters of the competing rightwing AfD party. Former CSU defence minister Karl-Theodor zu Guttenberg warned however of "exorbitant costs" in funding up to 700,000 young people serving the army. Germany scrapped general conscription in 2011.

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Copyright and (another) new Brexit vote This WEEK

The UK parliament will likely hold a third vote on the Brexit withdrawal deal next week, determining the UK's departure from the bloc. In the meantime, the controversial copyright reform will be on the EU parliament's agenda.

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Campaigning commissioners blur the lines

EU commissioners campaigning for a national post have to take a leave of absence - while those running for an EU job do not. This distinction undermines the effort to close the gap between EU and national politics.

Slovakia puts squeeze on free press ahead of election

Smer, Slovakia's ruling party, wants the country's media to give politicians a right-of-reply, or face stiff fines. Advocates of a free press are alarmed, and it poses a problem for the European Commission, whose vice-president is a Smer presidential candidate.

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