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7th Jul 2020

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Flanders wants to address Catalonia issue with Spain

Flemish first minister Jan Jambon (N-VA) asked the Spanish ambassador in Belgium, Beatriz Larrotcha Palma, to "exchange ideas" about the situation in Catalonia, reported Belgium media Knack. "The conflict cannot be solved with police violence," said Jambon, adding that he has good contacts inside the Catalan movement. Last month, the Flemish parliament unanimously approved a resolution condemning the "disproportionate punishments by the Spanish Supreme Court of Catalan politicians and activists".

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Commission chief under fire for Croatia campaign video

EU Commission president Ursula von der Leyen recorded a video in support of Croatia's ruling party, which the EU executive said was in her "personal capacity" - and admits it was a "mistake" that this was not made clear.

Parliament vaping booths 'too confidential' to discuss

The European Parliament is refusing to disclose documents on an internal debate on whether to set up e-cigarette smoking booths at its premises in Strasbourg and Brussels, posing questions on how it handles transparency on relatively minor issues.

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