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Von der Leyen commission on track for December start

After socialist and liberal MEPs gave the green light to Hungary's Oliver Varhelyi to become commissioner, the new EU executive is on track to take office in December.

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[Ticker] Hungary’s new commissioner approved by MEPs

MEPs approved Hungary's commissioner-designate Oliver Varhelyi in the European parliament's foreign affairs committee on Monday. It means the new EU commission led by Ursula von der Leyen can take office on 1 December if the parliament approves the EU ...

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[Ticker] Balkan coal power plants fail to meet emissions targets

A new report from the pan-European organisation Energy Community revealed on Monday that coal-fuelled power plants in the Balkans are struggling to comply with the emission targets established under their national plans. "The situation is especially cr...

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[Ticker] Belarus vote: zero opposition candidates elected

Official results of the parliamentary elections in Belarus showed not one single opposition candidate was elected, leaving president Aleksander Lukashenko firmly in power. Two opposition candidates who won a parliamentary seat in 2016 were not allowed ...

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[Ticker] Germany: Tehran should hold dialogue with protesters

German chancellor Angela Merkel's spokeswoman Ulrike Demmer called the current protests in Iran "legitimate and deserving of our respect when people courageously air their economic and political grievances," Deutsche Welle reports. She added that "the ...

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Ukraine boats added to EU-Russia summit preparations

EU powers and Russia are making preparations for a peace deal on Ukraine, with Moscow to give back three boats to Kiev in the latest step.

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[Ticker] US ex-diplomat: Trump’s ‘historical mistake’ on EU

Anthony Gardner, US ambassador to the EU under Obama, told CNBC Trump is making a "historical mistake" with the EU. "For 60 years, the US administration, both Republic and Democratic, thought that European integration should be promoted because it was ...

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[Ticker] France’s MoDem finance director indicted on EP funds

Judges indicted Alexandre Nardella, finance director of François Bayrou's centrist party MoDem, on charges of embezzlement of European Parliament funds, AFP reports. MoDem, part of France's president Emmanuel Macron's En Marche, is alleged to have used funds intended for the salaries of European Parliament assistants to pay people working for the party in France. Sylvie Goulard was rejected by the European Parliament as a EU commissioner because of this case.

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[Ticker] Cyprus hopes for reunification talks in December

Nikos Christodoulides, foreign minister of Greek Cyprus, told the Greek newspaper Kathimerini he hopes to restart reunification talks that fell apart in July 2017 at the Swiss resort of Crans-Montana. He said a five-party conference, along the lines of...

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[Ticker] Russian link to €406m crypto disappearance

A BBC investigation revealed links between the exchange platform for Bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies, Wex, and Russia's security services. According to the Moscow Times, the Russian founder of the exchange platform, Alexey Bilyuchenko, told the BBC that he was taken to the Federal Security Service (FSB) offices in Moscow to provide access to the online wallets of Wex's customers - where €406m worth of cryptocurrency were stored.

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[Ticker] President of Catalonia faces trial for disobedience

The president of Catalonia, Quim Torra, will be prosecuted by the Superior Court of Justice of Catalonia on Monday for failing to comply with an order from the Spanish authorities to remove symbols from governmental buildings in Barcelona in April - during the run-up to elections. "A condemnatory sentence is very likely" which could provoke the dissolution of the Catalan parliament and a call for early elections, El País writes.

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[Feature] Migrants in Malmo – separating fact from fiction

Despite the neighbourhood's beautiful name, the reputation of Rosengård (Rose Garden) does not so much evoke images of roses as headlines of crime and social challenges. This area of Malmö has been struggling with its notorious, mythical, image for years.

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