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EU leaders hope for migration breakthrough by June

Fri, 2017-12-15 16:55
EU leaders are preparing for a difficult start to 2018 when heads of state weigh new measures to deal with illegal migration. But the European Commission and European Council leaders agree that they want to avoid putting migration proposals to a vote that could divide member states.
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Macron convinces Merkel to hold key debate on future of euro in March

Fri, 2017-12-15 16:48
Amid the political paralysis in Germany, EU leaders decided on Friday (15 December) to postpone for March a “strategic political discussion” on the future of the eurozone and adopt a 'reform roadmap' in June.
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Macron and Merkel give last warning to Poland

Fri, 2017-12-15 16:17
French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel will support the Commission if it decides to trigger Article 7 against Warsaw next week, the two told a joint press conference at the end of a two-day EU summit on Friday (15 December).
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The Brief: Money can’t buy you friends

Fri, 2017-12-15 15:48
Migration was confirmed to be the most divisive issue in European politics at the final 2017 EU summit. The Visegrad group (Poland, Hungary, Czech Republic and Slovakia) will pay €35 million, but calling this “solidarity” is ludicrous.
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Court in the Brexit cross-fire

Fri, 2017-12-15 15:44
Honour on both sides of the Channel may have been satisfied, for now. The EU has a promise from London that it will pay around €40 billion and sufficient guarantees on the rights of EU citizens and the Irish border. And Prime Minister Theresa May has a commitment from Brussels to begin talks on a successor EU-UK trade deal.
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LIVE – Ministers hash out future of EU energy policy

Fri, 2017-12-15 15:43
EU energy ministers meet on Monday (18 December) in an attempt to find a common position on four crucial energy laws, ahead of fierce negotiations with the European Parliament expected early next year. Follow the latest developments here.
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Mercosur free trade deal could fail yet again

Fri, 2017-12-15 15:20
The risk that the EU-Mercosur trade talks get derailed yet again is high, writes Iana Dreyer, spelling out the warning signs.
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EU governments are self-sabotaging the clean energy drive

Fri, 2017-12-15 12:55
On Monday (18 December), the 28 European energy ministers will risk making the transition to a low carbon economy harder for themselves and more expensive for all of us, because of their self-sabotaging tendencies, warns Manon Dufour.
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Schuman overhaul to banish muddy puddles from roundabout

Fri, 2017-12-15 11:30
The drab mud and puddles that cover Schuman roundabout, the main feature of Brussels’ European quarter, will soon be a thing of the past after a winning design for its redevelopment was picked by an expert committee last week.
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Trans-Europe Express: Focusing on Venezuela to forget our own problems

Fri, 2017-12-15 10:55
This year, the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize went to the Venezuelan opposition, in the EU’s recognition of their fight for human rights.
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French anti-terrorism law normalises state of emergency

Fri, 2017-12-15 10:02
France’s constitutional council will be led in the coming months to decide on the constitutionality of the anti-terrorism law. The text, which extends certain measures of the state of emergency, worries jurists and defenders of human rights. EURACTIV France reports.
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Romanian street protests continue as MPs press on with justice law change

Fri, 2017-12-15 09:55
Romanians took to streets to vent their anger with the parliament’s rush to change laws that govern the justice system, against the recommendation of both the local magistrates’ associations and foreign partners, including diplomats and the European Commission.
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Analyst: Most EU states sit on fence when it comes to frozen conflicts

Fri, 2017-12-15 09:50
EURACTIV.com asked Amanda Paul to comment on the annual report on common foreign and security policy adopted by the European Parliament on 12 December, with reference to the Eastern Partnership (EaP) countries.
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English rivers polluted by powerful insecticides, tests reveal

Fri, 2017-12-15 09:46
Rivers in England are contaminated with powerful insecticides, new testing has revealed, increasing concerns over the impact of the toxic chemicals on fish and birds. EURACTIV's partner The Guardian reports.
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Serbia judges want more transparency, independence, higher pay

Fri, 2017-12-15 09:27
There is a widespread lack of trust among judges and prosecutors in Serbia in the process of electing judiciary officials and climbing the career ladder, with eight out of ten believing that those processes are steered by connections and nepotism as much as by objective criteria.
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Czech PM wants to convince Juncker to abandon refugee quotas

Fri, 2017-12-15 09:09
The Czech Republic insists that it will not accept any refugees under the EU relocation system, despite a legal case brought by the European Commission.
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EU leaders agree to roll over Russia sanctions ‘after intense discussion’

Fri, 2017-12-15 07:00
EU leaders yesterday (14 December) agreed to extend tough economic sanctions against Russia over its meddling in Ukraine for six months, EU Council President Donald Tusk said.
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Polish PM expects ‘nuclear’ article 7 to be triggered next Wednesday

Fri, 2017-12-15 06:45
Poland's new prime minister said on Thursday (14 December) that he expects the EU to impose unprecedented sanctions next week that could strip his government of its voting rights over its controversial court reforms.
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Borissov on Brexit: ‘Nothing is agreed until everything is agreed’

Fri, 2017-12-15 06:20
Bulgarian Prime Minister Boyko Borissov took the liberty to comment on Brexit on the sidelines of the EU summit on Thursday (14 December), using language that obviously diverges from the common line adopted by the EU27.
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UK gets Russian gas for Christmas, despite US sanctions

Fri, 2017-12-15 06:15
The United Kingdom will take direct delivery of Russian gas for the first time this month, after fears of a winter supply crisis pushed prices up. The deal is controversial because the provider is a Russian gas project that is the subject of US sanctions against Moscow.
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