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Spain hires Belgian lawfirm to fight Puigdemont lawsuit

The Spanish justice ministry has contracted a Belgian law firm, paying it up to €540,000, to defend Spanish supreme court judge Pablo Llarena in a civil lawsuit filed in Belgium by former Catalan premier Carles Puigdemont. The ousted politician says Llarena acted impartial and violated rights to a fair trial under the presumption of innocence. Llarena will have to appear in a Belgian court on 4 September, reports El Pais.

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German spies to monitor far-right AfD party

Germany's domestic spy agency, the BfV, is to start monitoring the far-right AfD party in a move endorsed by the government, but decried as a witch-hunt by the party's leaders.

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On Morocco, will the EU ignore its own court?

If the European parliament votes in favour of the new Morocco agreement without knowing that it complies with the European Court of Justice judgement, how can it demand that other countries respect international law and their own courts?

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