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15th Jun 2021

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Italy: EU budget rules should apply to France too

Italy's deputy premier Luigi Di Maio suggested on Tuesday the European Commission should worry about France's budget plans, not just Italy's. "If the deficit/GDP rules are valid for Italy, then I expect them to be valid for Macron," Di Maio said. After caving in to protesters' demands, the French deficit could be 3.4 percent of GDP next year while Italy is under pressure to reduce its deficit of 2.4 percent.

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German Greens face reality check amid CDU gains

Armin Laschet, Angela Merkel's would-be-heir after German's September election, said he would prefer to govern with the liberals - as the Greens continued their slump in the polls.

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Biden in Brussels - what's in the 'in-tray'?

As president Joe Biden, EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen and EU Council president Charles Michel meet today, more than seven years have passed since the last opportunity for leaders from both sides of the Atlantic to engage face-to-face.

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