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2506, 2019

[Ticker] Liberal split complicates talks on new Spanish government

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Two leading members of Spain's liberal party, Ciudadanos, resigned on Monday - making it more difficult for the party to back socialist prime minister Pedro Sanchez in forming a stable new national government following April elections. The split is li...

2506, 2019

[Ticker] Italy unravels massive European VAT carousel fraud

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Italian authorities have seized almost €84m in a VAT fraud scheme involving the marketing of technological and computer products in the Campania region, according to Eurojust, the European Union Judicial Cooperation Unit. Searches were carried out in six companies in Italy and telephone intercepts were carried out in Slovenia and Estonia - two of the countries in which the bogus companies were located - creating invoices for non-existent transactions.

2406, 2019

EU ‘special envoy’ going to US plan for Palestine

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A little-known diplomat and a mid-ranking official will represent the EU at the launch of a $50bn US peace plan for the Middle East this week.

2406, 2019

Polish judicial reforms broke EU law, court says

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Poland has lost a flagship court case over its judicial meddling brought against it by the European Commission, putting its nationalist rulers on the back foot.

2406, 2019

EU study: no evidence of ‘East vs West’ food discrimination

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Two years after the European Commission took up the issue of so-called 'dual food' standards in solidarity with eastern member states, a study has failed to find any such discrimination.

2406, 2019

[Ticker] Venezuelans cause spike in EU asylum bids

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Some 290,000 people applied for asylum in the EU, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland in the first five months of this year, the European Asylum Support Office, an EU agency said Monday. The figure was 11 percent higher than in the same peri...

2406, 2019

Russia tried to stir up Irish troubles, US think tank says

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"Brazen forgeries" designed to fan sectarian violence in Northern Ireland were sown online by a "Russian operation", a US think tank has said.

2406, 2019

Babis unmoved by protests over EU scam allegations

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Criminal allegations and leaked EU reports look unlikely to topple Czech Republic's oligarch ruler any time soon.

2406, 2019

[Ticker] Council of Europe to chose Belgian or Croatian boss

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There will be two candidates, when the Council of Europe, with 47 member countries, elects a new secretary general on Wednesday to replace Norway's Thorbjorn Jagland from 1 October: Croatia's liberal foreign minister Marija Pejcinovic Buric and Belgium's liberal outgoing foreign minister, Didier Reynders. Meeting in Strasbourg on Monday, MPs will also decide on restrictions on the Russian delegation imposed after the 2014 annexation of Crimea. 

2406, 2019

[Ticker] Report: Brussels to pause Italy budget procedure

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The European Commission is not likely to trigger an excessive budget deficit procedure against Italy when the college of commissioners meets on Tuesday, according to two EU officials cited by the Financial Times. Italy's debt burden is the second-highe...

2406, 2019

[Ticker] French parties unite against Macron’s airports sell-off

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Representatives of French political parties from left to right have teamed up to stop president Emmanuel Macron's privatisation plans, including selling Paris airports. In April more than 185 lawmakers in the two chambers of parliament supported a refe...

2406, 2019

[Ticker] Erdogan blow as opposition wins Istanbul re-run

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In a blow to Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, opposition challenger, Ekrem Imamoglu, won a resounding victory in Sunday's repeat of Istanbul's mayoral election, securing close to 54 percent of the vote against Binali Yildirim, who stood for Erd...

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