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EU's new 10,000 border guard force may not be 'feasible'

The Austrian EU presidency says a plan to create an EU standing corps of 10,000 border guards by 2020 may not be "feasible", given concerns over national sovereignty issues. Austria's interior minister Herbert Kickl instead spoke of a gradual build-up during the next seven-year EU budget. "The Commission's target with these fixed figures [of 10,000] by 2020 actually goes beyond the scope of what is feasible," said Kickl.

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Russian and US obstruction was 'insult' to climate scientists

Professor Richard Betts led an EU-funded research project into global warming. Although he sensed an increase in determination at UN climate talks in Poland, he condemned as an "insult" the refusal of several countries to welcome a new report.

EU-27 unimpressed by May, offer little on Brexit

British PM asked for a legally binding guarantee on the backstop and for it to end no matter what in 2021, but did not reveal a strategy on how to sell the Brexit deal to her parliament.

EU summit hits asylum fatigue as deadlock continues

Leaders at the EU summit are unlikely to discuss migration, preferring instead to rubber-stamp pre-cooked conclusions. Recent proposals by the European Commission to get some of the reforms finalised are also unlikely to get broad support. The two-year deadlock continues.

Battered May seeks Brexit 'assurances' from EU

Having just survived a leadership challenge 24 hours ago in London, Theresa May is back in Brussels for the EU summit in a hope of getting 'guarantees' from the EU on the Irish backstop. But could they be enough?

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