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25th May 2020

Ticker

EU nationals applying in large numbers to stay in post-Brexit UK

Some 600,000 of the 3m EU nationals in the UK have already applied for the "settled status" they need to stay after Brexit, British authorities said Wednesday, adding that there were zero refusals in the first 200,000 applications in a pilot scheme. The European Commission said the same day British 18-year olds can apply until 16 May to get a free European rail pass under its so-called DiscoverEU scheme.

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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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