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Italian MEP quits S&D for liberal Renew Europe

Italian MEP Carlo Calenda, founder and leader of the Italian Azione party, has joined the liberal Renew Europe group in the European Parliament, the group announced on Wednesday. He had been sitting with the Socialists & Democrats. Calenda was previously an economy minister and an MEP since 2019. The third-largest group in the parliament, Renew Europe has now 100 MEPs from 23 member states.

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Belgian impasse leaves asylum seekers on snowy streets

Asylum seekers have been sleeping in the streets, some for weeks, in the Belgian capital Brussels - as the government grapples over the lack of capacity to accommodate them despite months of debate over the issue.

EU energy ministers clash amid gas price uncertainty

EU energy ministers met on Thursday to debate spiking gas and electricity prices, and clashed over market reform - with some countries, led by Germany, opposing actions put forward by France and others.

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