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2311, 2017

EU awaits UK proposals in final push for Brexit breakthrough

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The first few days of December will see a crunch in Brexit talks, as the UK and EU will work on a joint report on progress, with London hoping that will be enough to move to the next stage.

2311, 2017

Berlin risks being ‘culprit’ for stalling EU, warns Green MEP

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Reinhard Buetikofer, who participated in the failed coalition talks, puts the blame squarely on FDP being 'afraid to govern', but hopes "there will be a lot of phone calls" to German politicians on the consequences of the deadlock in Berlin.

2311, 2017

[Ticker] Rwanda may resettle 30,000 migrants from Libya

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Land-locked Rwanda on Thursday said it may take in some 30,000 migrants stuck in Libya. Rwanda's foreign affairs minister Louise Mushikiwabo told Rwandan media that talks are currently under way with the African Union Commission. "What I expect and kno...

2311, 2017

[Ticker] EU tax haven blacklist may include Turkey

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Turkey may end up on the EU's blacklist of tax havens, according to confidential documents seen by Bloomberg. The news agency on Thursday reported that the EU working group tasked with coming up with the list said Turkey had not made enough progress on...

2311, 2017

[Ticker] No UK ‘capital of culture’ city post-Brexit

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No British city will be chosen for the 2023 European 'Capital of Culture' project due to Brexit, the EU Commission has ruled, in a letter seen by Politico. Five British cities - Leeds, Dundee, Milton Keynes, Nottingham and Belfast/Derry - had hoped to ...

2311, 2017

[Ticker] EU sets up natural disaster rescue team

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The European Commission on Thursday announced plans to set up a special reserve of people tasked to tackle natural disasters throughout Europe. Called 'rescEU', the reserve will work alongside national authorities, in case of need. "When a disaster str...

2311, 2017

[Opinion] Eastern partners, eastern problems

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The EU must hold out the olive branch of possible membership in the distant future - but the current domestic problems in the ex-Soviet states, let alone their links to Russia make more than that difficult.

2311, 2017

Germany’s Schulz under pressure to enter coalition talks

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As SPD leader Martin Schulz meets with Germany's president on Thursday, his party is divided over the issue of entering yet another 'Grand Coalition' with Merkel's Christian Democrats.

2311, 2017

LuxLeaks trial re-opens debate on whistleblowers’ protection

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As the third trial of Antoine Deltour and Raphael Halet opens in Luxembourg, the EU Commission has promised a 'proposal' on whistleblower protection next spring.

2311, 2017

Wilders says Russia is ‘no enemy’ ahead of Moscow visit

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Dutch anti-EU politician says that he is a 'big fan of Nato', but adds Russia 'is on our side'.

2311, 2017

[Opinion] EU must put Sudan under microscope at Africa summit

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The EU is throwing a lot of money at Sudan to manage migration from the Horn of Africa to Europe - but the upcoming Africa Union-EU summit is a chance to probe Sudan about its own human rights record.

2311, 2017

[Ticker] Iceland prepares for biggest volcano to blow

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Iceland's department of civil protection published on Wednesday evacuation plans because of increased activity in recent days in the Oeræfajoekull volcano in the south-east of the country. The volcano, Iceland's largest, has erupted only twice since Iceland was settled, in 1362 and 1727. In 2010 another Icelandic volcano, Eyjafjallajokull, caused a complete closure of the European airspace for six days, unprecedented since the second world war.

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