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Lithuania PM concedes defeat in presidential elections

Lithuania's prime minister Saulius Skvernelis conceded defeat in the first round of presidential elections on Sunday, while senior economist Gitanas Nauseda and former finance minister Ingrida Simonyte continue to a runoff scheduled for 26 May. Two-term president Dalia Grybauskaite could not stand again. Skvernelis had said during the campaign that he would resign in July if not making it to the second round.

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Huge win for Conservatives in UK election

Britain is almost certain to leave the EU in January after a huge election win for prime minister Boris Johnson, but Scotland aims to break off and stay.

Pressure mounts to grill Malta's Muscat at EU summit

The Dutch prime minister and figures from the European Parliament are both piling on pressure for leaders at the EU summit to discuss the rule of law in Malta, as the presence of the island-nation's prime minister draws protests.

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Revealed: little evidence to justify internal border checks

EUobserver has obtained notification reports from five European states explaining why they want to impose internal border checks. Few provide any substantial evidence to justify the controls, putting the European Commission in a difficult position to end them.

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