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[Ticker] Report: Hungary’s Fidesz ‘bought’ Belgian official

The Organised Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) on Wednesday reported that Hungary's Fidesz Party paid some €150,000 to a Belgian politician as part of a wider effort to weaken a probe by the Strasbourg-based Council of Europe. The money went to a private company managed by former Belgian senator Stef Goris, who used it to conduct "dubious" studies.

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Polling booths open in UK’s limbo EU election

Polling booths have opened in the UK for EU elections, with voters not knowing if Brexit will happen, if they have a prime minister, or caring that much who their MEPs will be.

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Dutch PM puts EU exit on agenda with election gamble

Dutch voters are not interested in a 'Nexit', according to polls, but prime minister Mark Rutte warned against a Dutch EU exit on the night before the EU elections at a debate with a new anti-EU kid on the block.

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[Exclusive] EU development aid used to put European police in Senegal

An Austrian criminal intelligence service persuaded Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini to set up a unit in Sicily against migrant smuggling, while in Senegal EU development money is financing an European-police led reform of Dakar's defence and i...

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[Analysis] EU should stop an insane US-Iran war

"If Iran wants to fight, that will be the official end of Iran. Never threaten the United States again!", US president Donald Trump tweeted on Monday (20 May).

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[Ticker] Poll: Denmark set to double number of liberal MEPs

Danish voters are posed to send six MEPs into the liberal Alde group in the European parliament following elections on Sunday, (26 May), according to a survey from Epinion. Currently, there are three Danish members in the group from two pro-EU parties....

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EU faces moment of truth at midnight on Sunday

Voters in the world's second-biggest election, the European Parliament ballot, will know before midnight on Sunday to what extent a foretold far-right surge has come to be.

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Dutch MPs: EU sanctions should bear Magnitsky name

The Dutch government must "make every effort" that new EU sanctions on human-rights abusers will be named after Russian activist Sergei Magnitsky, Dutch MPs have said.

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[Ticker] European brands ‘breaking’ chemical safety rules

Major European cosmetics, food, medicine and plastic producers are breaking the EU's key chemical safety regulation, REACH, by using millions of tonnes of chemicals without completing important safety checks, according to an analysis of government file...

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Far-right hate speech flooded Facebook ahead of EU vote

Shady Facebook users have been promoting far-right views ahead of the EU elections, sometimes using graphic images of sex and violence, an investigation has found.

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[Ticker] Report: Merkel was lobbied to accept EU top job

German chancellor Angela Merkel was lobbied by a number of EU leaders during the summit meeting in Sibiu, Romania, on 9 May trying to make her accept the EU post as president of the European Council, according to three people familiar with the lobbying...

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[Ticker] May struggling to get Brexit deal passed at fourth vote

MPs from across the UK's political spectrum rejected on Tuesday a 'new' Brexit deal from prime minister Theresa May, which included the option of holding a second EU referendum. Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn said his party would not back "a repackaged ve...

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