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21st Feb 2024

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EU parliament refuses to debate Catalonia

The European Parliament rejected on Monday to hold a debate on the situation in Catalonia while gathering this week in Strasbourg. The Spanish region has been marred by civil unrest for the past week after the Spanish supreme court sent nine Catalan leaders to prison. The proposal on holding a debate on Catalonia was tabled by the leftist Gue group and the Greens, but rejected by 299 votes against 118.

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EU-Israel trade agreement must be on table to stop Rafah attack

The EU-Israel association trade agreement enabled €46.8bn of trade last year. Exports rose for both parties by around 20 percent in 2022. As the bloc's foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell said: "Yes, we have the capacity to influence [Israel]."

'Nightmare' 2024 sees Orbán struggle ahead of EU elections

Viktor Orbán admits that 2024 "could not have started any worse" for his government. The sex-abuse scandal that led to the resignation of the president provides an opportunity for Hungary's opposition — but their fragmentation could be a major obstacle.

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