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4th Mar 2024

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Zemmour pledges to 'reconquer' France

French far-right presidential contender Eric Zemmour said in a campaign speech Sunday "if I win this election, it won't be another rotation of power but a reconquest of the greatest country in the world", echoing the military expulsion of Muslims from medieval Spain in the so-called Reconquista. He also pledged to cut taxes and pull France out of Nato, amid violent scuffles with anti-Zemmour protesters in the Congress hall.

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EU docks €32m in funding to UN Gaza agency pending audit

The European Commission will release €50m out of €82m in funds for the UN aid agency (UNRWA) operating in Gaza. The remaining €32m will come pending an audit. The commission has received no evidence to support Israeli allegations against UNRWA.

'Outdated' rules bar MEP from entering plenary with child

During a plenary session in Strasbourg, an MEP was denied access to the chamber because he was carrying his young child, due to unforeseen circumstances. The episode shows parliament's rules need to be updated, several MEPs told EUobserver.

Commission plays down row over Rwanda minerals pact

The European Commission has played down a diplomatic row over its recent minerals agreement with Rwanda, after Congolese president Felix Tshishekedi, who accuses Rwanda of plundering his country's natural resources, described the deal as a "provocation in very bad taste".

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Why are the banking lobby afraid of a digital euro?

Europeans deserve a digital euro that transcends the narrow interests of the banking lobby and embodies the promise of a fairer and more competitive monetary and financial landscape.

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