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Macron's ex-bodyguard on trial for alleged assault

French president Emmanuel Macron's ex-bodyguard, Alexandre Benalla, arrived at a Paris court on Monday, for trial for allegedly assaulting two people during a 2018 protest while posing as a police officer, AFP reported. The incident caused deep embarrassment for Macron, who was forced to fire Benalla. The presidency also held off reporting the assault to authorities, and it came to light only after the daily Le Monde revealed it.

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Election means three-party German government likely

The two main rivals both have said they will try to head the next government. But the splintered election result means either will need both the Greens and the liberal Free Democrats to form a majority.

Lagarde urges EU to use market power to fix gas price

ECB president Christine Lagarde said that "fiscal authorities" (ie governments) have a responsibility to "harness market power" to arrange better prices and referred to a Spanish plan that might "rebalance other market forces."

MEPs 'disappointed' at observer-status at new EU health body

MEPs have slammed the European Commission for sidelining the European Parliament in the new Health Emergency preparedness and Response Authority (HERA), giving MEPs a role of mere observers. Its budget will be €6bn over the next six years.

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An economist on 'elephant-in-room' at German election

Economist Shahin Vallée says Germany has the resposability to lead the European debate on fiscal reforms in the face of the climate crisis. If they don't take up the mantle, the EU will continue failing during further crises.

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