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Spain follows France with boost to minimum wage

Spanish prime minister Pedro Sanchez announced on Wednesday the largest annual increase in more than 40 years of the minimum wage, saying "a rich country cannot have poor workers". The lowest-paid workers salary would rise 22 percent to €900 per month in 2019, which would cost the state €340m per year. French president Emmanuel Macron under pressure from large public protests announced a €100 increase in the minimum wage.

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Opinion

Brexit raises questions for EU defence integration

Brussels' current vision for cooperation on defence, where third countries can contribute but have no say in decision-making and in the guidance of operations, is unlikely to be attractive to the UK.

Low-carbon cities can unlock €21tn by 2050, report finds

National governments have a "crucial role" to prioritise low-carbon cities to tackle climate challenges and secure economic prosperity since high-carbon systems are expected to become unprofitable or inoperable in the near future.

France, Italy want 'automatic' distribution of migrants

French president Emmanuel Macron is pressing for an automated distribution of rescued migrants at sea - but also stands accused of tightening asylum rules in his own country as a response to the far-right.

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Europe's refugee policy is test of its true 'way of life'

As ex-national leaders, we know it's not easy to withstand public pressures and put collective interests ahead of domestic concerns. But without strong institutional leadership, EU values themselves risk ringing hollow, not least to those seeking protection on Europe's shores.

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