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[Ticker] EU approves Greek plan to clean up banks’ toxic debts

The EU approved on Thursday a proposal from the Greek government designed to tackle the stock of non-performing loans weighing on the balance sheets of Greek banks. EU commissioner in charge of competition policy, Margrethe Vestager, welcomed this solu...

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Hungary faces EU court for starving migrants

The European Commission is one step away from taking Hungary to court if it does not offer a credible explanation for why it denied detained migrants food in its transit zones along the Serbian border.

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[Opinion] Let girls own the future

While our politics is dominated by old and bullying alpha males and the negativity they have injected into our times, there is at least one day of hope - and it is through unleashing the power of young girls.

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[Ticker] Johnson and Varadkar can ‘see pathway’ to Brexit deal

The Irish and British prime ministers, Leo Varadkar and Boris Johnson, said on Thursday they could "see a pathway to a possible deal" on Brexit, after talks in the north of England on Thursday. Although time is running out before next week's EU summit ...

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[Ticker] Romanian government falls after no-confidence vote

Romania's government collapsed on Thursday after losing a no-confidence vote - only weeks ahead of the presidential election. Prime minister Viorica Dancila was the country's third premier in seven months, while her Social Democrats party (PSD) had bee...

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French EU nominee loses vote and is out

France's nominee for EU commissioner lost the vote on her candidacy, with 82 MEPs against and 29 in favour, after hard questions in a second hearing.

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[Ticker] Greece and Bulgaria sign natural gas agreement

Greek environment and energy minister Kostis Chatzidakis and his Bulgarian counterpart Temenuzhka Petkova signed on Thursday an agreement about the Gas Interconnector Greece-Bulgaria (IGB), reported Greek daily Kathimerini. This €240m project, partly funded by the EU, will allow Bulgaria to have greater access to natural gas from the Caspian sea. However, the European Investment Bank intends to stop any funding of fossil fuels, including natural gas, by 2020.

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NGOs expose rights abuses in EU supermarket supply chains

A new report from Oxfam reveals that many of the people producing the food on sale in European supermarkets are victims of poverty pay, harsh working conditions, gender discrimination, and human rights abuses.

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[Ticker] Erdogan threatens to ‘open gates to Europe’ for refugees

Turkey's president Recep Tayyib Erdogan threatened in a speech to "open the gates to Europe for 3.6 million Syrian refugees who asked for asylum in Turkey" if the EU continues to criticise Turkey for its attack in northern Syria, and if it calls it an ...

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[Ticker] EU Commission takes Poland to court over judicial reforms

The European Commission is taking Poland to the European Court of Justice for undermining the principle of judicial independence. The country introduced a new disciplinary regime for Polish judges, which the commission says "does not ensure the necessa...

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[Ticker] EU budget needs new revenue streams, say MEP groups

The two largest political groups in the European Parliament, the centre-right EPP and centre-left S&D, have demanded the next EU budget, for 2021-2027, is financed through new own resources. The current budget is primarily financed through a levy on member states' gross national income (GNI). The European Commission's new own resource proposals includes a tax on plastics, carbon emissions and a rate applied to the common consolidated corporate tax base.

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Turkish attack on Syria might revive ISIS

The EU has told Turkey to stop its attack on Syria. US president Donald Trump seems to be less worried about the 12,000 ISIS fighters walking free, saying "they will be escaping to Europe".

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