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912, 2019

[Ticker] Dutch reduce terror threat level for first time since 2013

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The Dutch national anti-terrorism agency (NCTV) reduced on Monday the threat of a terror attack in the Netherlands for the first time since 2013, Reuters writes. "We still see jihadist attacks in the West every now and then", the NCTV said. "But the si...

912, 2019

[Ticker] Russia banned from Olympics over doping scandal

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The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on Monday banned Russia from the Olympics and world championships in several sports for the next four years, after WADA's executive committee conclude that Moscow had manipulated laboratory data, the Guardian writes....

912, 2019

Human rights abusers to face EU blacklists

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Human rights abusers worldwide will, in future, face EU asset freezes and travel bans under new-model sanctions agreed by foreign ministers in Brussels.

912, 2019

Zahradil conflict of interest probe may flounder

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The European Parliament's internal body, designed to sanction MEPs for conflicts of interests, has failed to deliver any meaningful verdicts. Some are hoping a future proposal for a new independent ethics body will help hold MEPs accountable.

912, 2019

[Investigation] Data watchdog raps EU asylum body for snooping

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The European Asylum Support Office combed through social media to monitor refugee routes to Europe for three years. The agency sent weekly reports on its findings to member states, the EU Commission and institutions such as UNHCR and Interpol.

912, 2019

[Investigation] Pesticide chlorpyrifos banned by EU

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EU member states have voted to ban from the market chlorpyrifos, a pesticide which is toxic to the brain in both its forms, and has been the subject of a long-running Le Monde and EUobserver investigation.

912, 2019

[Ticker] EU agrees future human rights sanctions

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Human rights abusers worldwide are to face EU asset freezes and travel bans under new-model sanctions agreed by foreign ministers in Brussels Monday. "Today, the EU unanimously decided to legislate a worldwide EU human rights sanction regime," Dutch fo...

912, 2019

[Ticker] EU commission to ‘correct mistake’ on enlargement

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The European commissioner for neighbourhood and enlargement, Olivér Várhelyi, said on Monday that Europe "should be able to move ahead and correct the mistake that was committed in October," when three member states (Denmark, France and the Netherlands) oppose opening accession talks with North Macedonia and Albania. "We should be able to start accession negotiations with both countries in spring," Várhelyi told reporters, before the EU foreign affairs meeting.

912, 2019

[Ticker] Greens demand Zahradil conflict of interest probe

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The Greens are demanding an internal investigation by the European Parliament into Czech MEP Jan Zahradil following a story by this website on possible conflicts of interest in his role as lead negotiator on the EU trade deal with Vietnam. "These alleg...

912, 2019

Guns blaze in Ukraine as leaders meet in Paris

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Hundreds of explosions and bursts of small arms fire were reported on the contact line in east Ukraine, as France prepares to host the first peace summit on the war in three years.

912, 2019

Energy treaty ‘undermines success of Green Deal’

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Over 250 civil society organisations and trade unions say that the Energy Charter Treaty is incompatible with the Paris Climate Agreement and the new Green Deal - becoming an obstacle to the clean-energy transition.

912, 2019

[Ticker] Luxembourg pushes EU to recognise Palestine

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Luxembourg's foreign minister Jean Asselborn is trying to convince his EU counterparts to recognise Palestine, Axios reports. In a letter to his colleagues and to EU high representative Josep Borrell he writes: "it is time to start a debate within the ...

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