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Putin to hold referendum on 1 July despite coronavirus

Less than a week after Russia's president Vladimir Putin said the coronavirus crisis had peaked, he has announced a referendum on constitutional reforms for 1 July, allowing him to serve more Kremlin terms, the Moscow Times writes. Russia is still recording thousands of new cases of Covid-19 daily. Putin also reschedule a Red Square military parade, postponed from May 9, to June 24 - a week before the vote.

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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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