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EU values not negotiable, German FM tells Poland

"European values, such as freedom, the rule of law and respect for human rights, are at the heart of the EU and are not subject to negotiations," Germany's foreign minister Heiko Maas told a newspaper ahead of his visit to Poland on Monday. Maas will discuss a range of issues, including the rule of law, where the European Commission says Poland has diverged from EU values and rules.

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EU commission has first-ever woman president

Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday obtained a narrow majority of support in the European Parliament to become the first-ever female president of the European Commission.

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