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Spain bans exiled Catalan leader from standing as MEP

The exiled ex-Catalan president and independence leader Carles Puigdemont has been barred from running in the European Parliament elections in May by Spain's electoral authority. Two of his former colleagues, Toni Comin and Clara Ponsati, were also banned Monday. Puigdemont, in exile in Belgium, called it a "flagrant violation of the fundamental human right to stand in elections", and signs of "collusion" between judges and unionist politicians in Madrid.

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EU eyes Indian Ocean naval adventure

Europe is preparing to boost its naval presence in the north west Indian Ocean "to uphold freedom of navigation" in the world's trade jugular.

EU auditors slam fragmented, sluggish 5G rollout

The EU auditors pointed out the limited number of manufacturers able to build and operate 5G infrastructure increases EU dependency on third countries - as well as privacy and security risks associated with interference by "hostile state actors."

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15 years on: How are Bulgaria and Romania doing in the EU?

The latest European Commission health report puts the pair of south-eastern EU accession states last in terms of the overall lifespan of their citizens. Romanians and Bulgarian now die even younger than before.

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