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26th Apr 2019

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New abortion laws pave way for Norwegian majority government

Norway's conservative prime minister Erna Solberg added on Thursday the small Christian Democratic Party to her three-party minority government, making it the first majority government in Norway since 1985. In return she accepted the Christian Democrats' demand to update Norway's abortion laws in light of biotech developments. Rules permitting abortion after 12 weeks of a "seriously ill" child will change as well as rules for fertility treatment.

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Spanish vote and EU court's Airbnb ruling in focus This WEEK

Spanish voters are heading to the polls, while in other EU member states campaigning for the European elections is picking up after Easter. The EU's top court will issue important rulings on both the EU-Canada free trade agreement and Airbnb.

Greens commit to air quality 'super commissioner'

Following an investigation into the Dieselgate scandal, the European Parliament recommended a single commissioner should be responsible for both air quality and setting industrial standards. But only the Greens want to commit to carry out that advice.

EU and Japan in delicate trade talks

The Japanese PM comes to Brussels to discuss the first results of the new EU-Japan free trade deal, plus WTO reform - a sensitive topic before he moves onto Washington to face Donald Trump.

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