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French EU presidency to face strike by civil servants

The French foreign ministry is to go on strike against internal cost-cutting on Thursday, for the first time in 20 years, in an embarrassment for the French EU presidency, who diplomats are currently responsible for shepherding through EU legislation. "The reform of the senior civil service is the latest attack on our professions, our expertise, our future," a strike notice for 2 June sent by trade unions said, Reuters reports.

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The euro — who's next?

Bulgaria's target date for joining the eurozone, 1 January 2024, seems elusive. The collapse of Kiril Petkov's government, likely fresh elections, with populists trying to score cheap points against the 'diktat of the eurocrats', might well delay accession.

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