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25th May 2020

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Ukraine election was fair, international monitors say

Ukrainian elections were free and fair, monitors from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Nato, the Council of Europe, and the European Parliament said Monday in an initial assessment. "Elections were competitive. Voters had a broad choice and turned out in high numbers," the OSCE said, summing up the work of 2,300 international observers. The assessment came despite "disinformation" designed to "delegitimise" the winners, the EP said.

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Agenda

Recovery plans unveiled This WEEK

Tough negotiations start this week on both the EU's recovery fund and its revised long-term budget, which are likely to determine the entire future of the bloc.

Malta patrol boat 'intimidates' capsized migrants

Alarm Phone, a hotline service for migrants in distress, has released video footing showing an Armed Forces of Malta (AFM) boat making dangerous manoeuvres next to people swimming for their lives at sea. Malta does not deny the footage.

Opinion

How coronavirus might hit EU defence spending

Among the casualties of coronavirus - worldwide and in the EU - is the defence sector. However, the Covid-19 pandemic has not made the world a less dangerous place and there is no alternative to having a functioning defence system.

Coronavirus

EU links access to recovery fund to economic advice

Most EU countries are now breach the common fiscal rules, as governments tackle the economic fallout of the coronavirus pandemic. The commission plans to link recovery funds to countries following its budgetary advice - but sanctions seem to be few.

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