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AS IT HAPPENED: The summit that decided on EU top jobs

Wed, 2019-07-03 06:47
EU leaders meet in Brussels 20-21 June to try and decide who should get the top institution jobs. Stay tuned here for the main developments from the summit.
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At least 40 killed in strike on Tripoli migrant detention centre

Wed, 2019-07-03 06:32
An air strike late on Tuesday (2 July) hit a detention centre for mainly African migrants in a suburb of the Libyan capital of Tripoli, killing at least 40 people and wounding 80, a health official said.
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Charles Michel, the compromise builder

Wed, 2019-07-03 06:21
Embattled at home in politically divided Belgium, Mr Nice Guy on European stage - outgoing Belgian Prime Minister Chárles Michel, whom EU leaders designated to take over the European Council helm from Donald Tusk, might prove to be an unexpected, but suitable pick.
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EU, France, Germany and UK urge Iran to reverse uranium decision

Wed, 2019-07-03 06:16
The diplomatic chiefs of the EU, France, Germany and Britain said Tuesday (2 July) they were "extremely concerned" and urged Iran to reverse its decision to breach a limit on enriched uranium reserves under a 2015 nuclear deal.
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Italian judge says German migrant rescue captain free to go

Wed, 2019-07-03 06:07
An Italian judge said Tuesday (2 July) that Sea-Watch 3 captain Carola Rackete was free to go, three days after her arrest for docking with 40 migrants aboard her rescue ship in defiance of an Italian ban.
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Trudeau promises support for Ukraine in wake of Russian ‘aggression’

Wed, 2019-07-03 05:57
Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau promised Tuesday (2 July) to support Ukraine in the wake of Russian "aggression," after a meeting with Ukrainian president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Toronto.
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Lagarde’s ECB nomination thrusts IMF into early succession race

Wed, 2019-07-03 05:56
The nomination of Christine Lagarde as European Central Bank president on Tuesday (2 July) has thrust the International Monetary Fund into an early, unanticipated search for a new leader amid a raging trade war that has darkened the outlook for global growth.
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Macron defends EU-Mercosur trade deal, as farmers protest

Wed, 2019-07-03 05:40
French President Emmanuel Macron defended a huge trade deal agreed by the European Union and four South American countries and warned against "neo-protectionism", as farmers and environmentalists step up their resistance to the accord.
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Christine Lagarde, a non-conventional pick for the ECB presidency

Wed, 2019-07-03 05:34
A lawyer by training, Christine Lagarde has been nominated to succeed Mario Draghi as president of the European Central Banck (ECB). The IMF director has an atypical profile, due to her lack of banking experience and question marks over her past. EURACTIV France reports.
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EU leaders agree on top job picks but trouble already looms

Tue, 2019-07-02 19:34
The European Council finally agreed on a pick for the Commission presidency and rallied behind Germany’s Ursula von der Leyen on Tuesday (2 July). But it sets up a potentially ugly encounter with the European Parliament, which might not sanction her appointment.
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The quiet rise of Ursula von der Leyen

Tue, 2019-07-02 19:21
German defence minister Ursula von der Leyen, a compromise name for the next  European Commission President, is a non-divisive political figure on EU stage and quiet tactician hardly known outside Germany. But her career at home has often been marked by scandals.
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EU summit suggests Stanishev to take over as European Parliament chief

Tue, 2019-07-02 18:55
Although it has not been committed to paper, EU leaders suggested that Bulgaria’s Sergei Stanishev, president of the Party of European Socialists, would be the president of the new European Parliament for the next 2.5 years, as part of a package agreed at the EU summit on Tuesday (2 July).
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Weber forced to stand aside as EU leaders bypass Spitzenkandidaten

Tue, 2019-07-02 17:58
The EPP’s lead candidate for the European Commission Manfred Weber was forced to step down from his candidacy for the post on Tuesday (2 July), as it became clear he could not obtain sufficient support from EU member states.
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EU Parliament re-schedules election of its president

Tue, 2019-07-02 15:21
The election of the European Parliament's president was scheduled to take place during the inaugural session in Strasbourg. But the deadlock between EU leaders over the European Commission presidency has put that on hold. EURACTIV France reports.
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The Brief – Die another day

Tue, 2019-07-02 15:15
As exactly the time when Europe actually could prove its credibility and make it visible for the whole world, EU institutions have buried themselves in a trench war over the election of their new leadership.
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Austrian Parliament doing everything to appease voters

Tue, 2019-07-02 14:50
The free play of forces in Austria’s parliament is now leading to a string of different alliances between Austrian parties, who are attempting to come up with the perfect programme to appease voters. An analysis by Herbert Vytiska for EURACTIV Germany.
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The European Labour Authority is here – time to tackle abuse and promote fair labour mobility

Tue, 2019-07-02 14:20
The newly-created European Labour Authority (ELA) will take its first steps in October, and there are fears that the ELA will be trapped between the expectations of some member states to step up controls against abuse in cross-border mobility and others who want to focus on providing information and support to fair mobility, argues Marcin Kiełbasa.
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The case for corruption criteria in EU global human rights sanctions

Tue, 2019-07-02 13:50
The EU must join the US and include corruption in its own sanctions regime on human rights, argue Sarah Gardiner and Rachel Owens.
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Will Germany block the EU’s sustainable finance drive?

Tue, 2019-07-02 12:48
The EU is currently finalising a “taxonomy” aimed at shifting financial flows towards sustainable assets. However, Germany is leading a group of countries trying to muddy the waters by removing the disclosure requirement, writes Sébastien Godinot.
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Electronic cigarettes still bitterly divide stakeholders

Tue, 2019-07-02 12:24
There is general agreement that smoking is one of the worst things one can do for one's health. But when it comes to alternatives like electronic cigarettes, the debate continues to divide stakeholders and policymakers.
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