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France's Total pulls out of Iran due to US sanctions

French energy giant Total has quit its multi-billion euro gas project in Iran after the US has reimposed sanctions when president Donald Trump walked away from a nuclear arms control deal earlier this year. The pullout came as Iran said on Monday that Europe should speed up its efforts to salvage a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and other powers, including Britain, France, Germany, China, and Russia.

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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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