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Italy defies EU deadline on changing budget

Italy's rulers have declined to change their 2019 budget despite European Commission warnings their deficit target was against EU rules. "We believe that this is the budget the country needs to start up again," deputy PM Luigi di Maio said, as a commission deadline for changes expired at midnight Tuesday. The commission could now instigate multi-billion euro fines in a dispute set to climax at next month's EU summit.

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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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