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1904, 2018

[Ticker] Greek court ruling permits migrants to travel to mainland

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Greek courts ruled on Wednesday that migrants stranded on Greek islands should be free to travel to the mainland while their asylum claims are assessed. Asylum-seekers have been prohibited from traveling beyond Greek islands, such as Lesbos, Chios, Sam...

1904, 2018

[Ticker] Commonwealth summit hopes for trade boost after Brexit

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Interest in trading with former colonies is on the rise as the UK exits the European Union. "In an era when some big economies are turning back to protectionism, the Commonwealth can be an organisation to champion free trade," City of London's policy c...

1904, 2018

[Ticker] Merkel and Macron meet to finetune eurozone reform plans

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Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron meet on Thursday in Berlin to seek agreement on how to reform the eurozone, ahead of an EU summit on 28-29 June. Macron is pushing for bold changes while Merkel is under pressure from within her own ranks - with leadin...

1904, 2018

Getting secret EU trilogue documents: a case study

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On Thursday, the European Parliament will vote on a political deal on organic farming, following 19 months of behind-closed-doors negotiations. EUobserver here details a five-month odyssey to get access to the secret documents that led to the deal.

1804, 2018

Selmayr case scars Parliament and Commission

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A resolution condemning the appointment of the EU executive secretary general has left frustrated MEPs and a bruised EU executive.

1804, 2018

[Ticker] Turkey snap elections set for 24 June

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Snap elections will take place in Turkey on 24 June, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan announced on Wednesday. "Developments in Syria and elsewhere have made it urgent to switch to the new executive system, in order to take steps for our country's future ...

1804, 2018

[Analysis] Beyond macho: Turkish-EU ties

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Turkey has belittled the EU in a week of macho posturing, but strategic relations go deeper than the rhetoric.

1804, 2018

[Ticker] Post-Brexit UK passports to be printed in France after all

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Despite some public protests new 'blue' UK passports will be printed by the Franco-Dutch company, Gemalto, after Brexit. That decision will not be appealed by the UK-based company, De La Rue, which holds the current passport contract, the company announced on Wednesday. The government's decision to award the €560m contract to the Franco-Dutch company was made under current EU tender rules.

1804, 2018

[Ticker] EU Parliament condemns Selmayr appointment

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The European Parliament's plenary adopted on Wednesday a resolution saying Martin Selmayr's appointment as EU Commission secretary general in February "could be viewed as a coup-like action" and asked the commission to adopt new rules on appointments b...

1804, 2018

[Ticker] EU trade commissioner: we are not offering US anything

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EU trade commissioner Cecilia Malmstrom said Wednesday that the bloc is not offering the US anything in exchange for a permanent exemption from Donald Trump's new US steel tariffs. The current exemption expires on 1 May. "We expect to be permanently an...

1804, 2018

[Feature] ‘Flobert’ guns – Europe’s latest terror loophole

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Project Safte, an international research project funded by the European Commission, has revealed a loophole in the EU firearms directive that is being exploited by criminals and possibly terrorists.

1804, 2018

EU investment bank confirms secrecy of VW fraud report

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Secretary general of the EIB says in response to EUobserver's appeal that there is no overriding public interest in releasing the document.

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