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17th Oct 2019

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Austria to veto EU trade deal with South America

Austria's main political parties have instructed the government to veto an EU free-trade deal with the Mercosur bloc of four South American states. They passed the decision in a sub-committee of the Austrian parliament Thursday saying it would harm consumer rights and the environment, amid forest fires in Brazil, a Mercosur member. France and Ireland have also threatened vetoes over the blazes. The EU adopts trade treaties by consensus.

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EU leaders to warn von der Leyen over 'giving in' to MEPs

The new commission president-elect Ursula von der Leyen will meet for the first time with EU leaders who nominated her for the job. She will be asked to lay out her plans for getting her commission through parliament.

Podcast

Not That Ambassador

Gordon Sondland, Donald Trump's ambassador to the EU, is due to appear before the House impeachment inquiry in Washington on Thursday. His predecessor as ambassador, Anthony Gardner, talks about the role, and his predecessor, on our EU Scream podcast.

Opinion

Polish election: analysing why PiS won

Support for democracy was particularly low in Poland with only 19 percent consistently supporting democracy - only Hungary and Bulgaria scored lower.

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