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Bosnia split would halt accession process, EU says

Bosnia would lose EU money and halt its accession process if Serb entity Republika Srpska pulled out, the EU Commission has warned. "Withdrawing the Republika Srpska entity and dismantling the state institutions would take Bosnia further away from ... the EU 'acquis' and would put the EU path on hold for the entire country," enlargement commissioner Oliver Varhelyi said in Sarajevo Wednesday. Bosnia had a "credible European perspective", he said.

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Current global financial system is a 'dance with death'

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EU skirts pushbacks, suggests people seek asylum in Belarus

The EU Commission presented a proposal to allow relaxing EU asylum laws in Poland, Lithuania and Latvia for six months. It says all rights will be respected - but deflected questions on whether a Polish law on pushbacks complies.

EU warned against making 'Future EU' conference a one-off

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My 6-point plan for Belarus, by former Lithuanian PM

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