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Belgium seeks to relax EU sanctions on Belarus

Belgium has written to EU states saying the Belarusian "potash sector should not be singled out" and that EU sanctions on Belarusian firm Belaruskali had created an "implementation problem" for EU companies, such as customs delays for a large Belgian water-supply firm, according to a letter seen by Bloomberg. Other EU states backed altering the chemical types of banned potash to dilute sanctions, a second letter which Bloomberg saw said.

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Nato's Madrid summit — key takeaways

For the most part Nato and its 30 leaders rose to the occasion — but it wasn't without room for improvement. The lesson remains that Nato still doesn't know how or want to hold allies accountable for disruptive behaviour.

MEPs boycott awards over controversial sponsorship

Two MEPs have withdrawn their nominations from the MEPs Awards over the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis's participation as a sponsor — currently involved in an alleged bribery scandal in Greece.

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