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16th Sep 2019

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AfD raises German exit from EU if bloc fails to 'change'

The EU should be "completely changed" by 2024 or Germany should consider leaving the bloc, the far-right Alternative for Germany's program for the European election sets out, Die Welt reported. It calls for the European Parliament to be reduced to 100 delegates, elected by national parliaments, scrapping European elections, and reintroducing national currencies. The AfD also wants to join parties in defending Europe from what they see as "Islamisation".

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Brexit and new commission in focus This WEEK

Jean-Claude Juncker will meet Boris Johnson for the first time, but no breakthrough is expected in Brexit talks. MEPs are preparing to hear from the commission-designates, while Hungary will be grilled at the EU affairs' ministers meeting.

Analysis

How should the EU handle Russia now?

Should the West help the Russian opposition to try topple the regime, or make new deals with Putin, as France is keen to do?

Central European leaders demand EU Balkan accession

Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, and Slovakia have demanded to open accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania this year, as Hungary's man prepares to take over the enlargement portfolio.

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