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UK cabinet agrees Brexit deal after marathon session

Theresa May persuaded her cabinet to agree the withdrawal deal between the UK and EU on Wednesday evening, after a marathon session the PM described as "long, detailed and impassioned". May called the deal "the best that could be negotiated", and the only option apart from a no-deal or no Brexit. The cabinet is now bound by collective responsibility to support the deal ahead of parliamentary approval vote in December.

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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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