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912, 2019

[Ticker] Minister: ‘All Brussels kids should be trilingual at 18’

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Brussels' minister for the promotion of multilingualism, Sven Gatz, presents a plan at the Brussels regional parliament on Monday to ensure everyone graduating from school at 18 in Brussels speaks French, Dutch and English. "The Brussels government has...

912, 2019

[Ticker] Macron pushes pension reform despite protests

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French president Emmanuel Macron and prime minister Edouard Philippe decided to go ahead with their pension reforms plans despite four-day long protests and strikes that brought national transport to a standstill. The government wants to unite 42 diffe...

912, 2019

[Ticker] Marin becomes Finland’s youngest prime minister

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Sanna Marin, Finland's current transport minister, has become the country's next prime minister. Selected by the Social Democrats, she will be the youngest prime minister in Finland's history, and the third female prime minister. At 34 years she is pos...

912, 2019

[Opinion] Europe needs a greener Common Agricultural Policy

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Two Danish ministers - for environment, and for food and fisheries - call on the EU to reconsider the unintended consequences of zoning rules and income support in the Common Agricultural Policy.

912, 2019

[Magazine] ENVI to deliver ‘Green Deal’ as main priority

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The French liberal MEP Pascal Canfin, who is chairing the European Parliament's committee on environment, public health, and food safety, is adamant to deliver the Green Deal quickly - because "we cannot afford to waste time".

912, 2019

[Exclusive] Zahradil ‘conflict of interest’ over EU-Vietnam trade deal

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Right-wing Czech MEP Jan Zahradil is leading European Parliament negotiations on a trade deal with Vietnam. As rapporteur, he is supposed to be neutral but has neglected to declare his involvement in a group with ties to the Communist party.

612, 2019

[Ticker] Greece denies access to fair asylum process, report says

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A report from NGO Oxfam and the Greek Council for Refugees (GCR) found that people who seek protection in Greece are regularly denied access to a "fair and efficient asylum process" due to a lack of lawyers and access to information in the overcrowded ...

612, 2019

[Feature] Russia makes big promises to Arctic peoples on expansion

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The Arctic future conference kicked off with optimistic presentations by ministers and officials of the Russian government — but also a burst of scepticism from representatives of those actually living in Russia's Arctic and Far East regions.

612, 2019

[Agenda] UK election plus EU summit in focus This WEEK

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EU leaders will try to agree on the 2050 emission-free target - but they will deeply disagree on EU spending over the next seven years. Meanwhile the UK will elect its new political leadership.

612, 2019

[Ticker] Report: Self-regulation of social media ‘not working’

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A new report of a Nato-accredited group concludes that social media companies like Facebook and YouTube are "the new frontier for antagonists seeking to influence elections, polarise public opinion, and side-track legitimate political discussions." The...

612, 2019

[Ticker] Turkey: Greek expulsion of Libyan envoy ‘outrageous’

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Turkey condemned on Friday Greece expelling its Libyan ambassador, following a dispute over an agreement signed between Libya and Turkey on maritime boundaries in the Mediterranean. The Greek PM, Kyriakos Mitsotakis, believes that "the deal will collap...

612, 2019

[Ticker] Merkel coalition may survive, says new SPD co-leader

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The new incoming co-leader of the of Germany's Social Democrats (SPD), Saskia Esken, said on Friday that she was sceptical about the future of their ruling coalition with Chancellor Angela Merkel's conservatives, Reuters writes. "I was and I am sceptic...

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