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1308, 2019

[Ticker] Majority of British people back Johnson on Brexit

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Some 54 percent of Britons agreed with the statement "Boris [Johnson] needs to deliver Brexit by any means, including suspending parliament if necessary, in order to prevent MPs from stopping it" in a ComRes poll for The Telegraph newspaper on Monday. ...

1308, 2019

[Ticker] Venezuela spikes EU asylum applications

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First-time asylum applications to the 28 EU countries, Norway, and Switzerland jumped 10 percent to 337,200 for the six months of this year compared to the same period in 2018, the European Asylum Support Office, an EU agency in Malta, has said. Most a...

1308, 2019

[Ticker] Spanish rescue boat seeks help for minors

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The captain of a Spanish rescue boat, the Proactiva Open Arms, has asked Spain to grant asylum to 31 minors trapped on board after Italy and Malta refused to let them disembark. The boat, which has 151 people on board, has been stuck off the Italian is...

1308, 2019

[Ticker] French minister calls for Epstein investigation

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France's gender equality minister, Marlene Schiappa, has called into an investigation into the potential sex trafficking activities of Jeffrey Epstein, the late US billionaire, in France. "The American investigation has highlighted ties with France. It...

1208, 2019

US offers Johnson helping hand on Brexit

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The US wants to help the UK cushion the blow of Brexit with a bilateral trade deal, the White House has said, as knives come out for Johnson in London.

1208, 2019

[Ticker] Flanders starts government negotiations with same coalition

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Two months and a half after the elections, the leading party in Flanders, the nationalist NVA, invited the Flemish Liberal party (Open Vld) and the Flemish Christian Democrats (CD&V) to start formal coalition talks. The negotiations will be lead by Jan Jambon (NVA), former deputy prime minister and interior minister of Belgium. NVA had first negotiated two months with the far-right Vlaams Belang, but together they had no majority.

1208, 2019

Italy: New government without Salvini in the making

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Former prime ministers Matteo Renzi and Enrico Letta propose to form a new "technical government" without Salvini's League.

1208, 2019

[Ticker] Johnson’s pro-Brexit aide took EU funds

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Dominic Cummings, special advisor to British prime minister Boris Johnson and a zealous advocate of Brexit, benefitted from EU agriculture subsidies via a farm that he co-owned with his relatives, British newspaper The Observer reported on Sunday. The farm in Durham, northern England, received about €250,000 of EU funds over 20 years, records showed. The news exposed Cummings' "sheer hypocrisy", a spokeswoman for the British opposition Liberal Party said.

1208, 2019

[Ticker] Anxious Brits stockpiling food ahead of Brexit

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About 800,000 British people have spent €4.3bn stockpiling food, drinks, and medicine in case a no-deal Brexit on 31 October causes supply problems, according to data from British financial firm Premium Credit. "The British would be the big losers," in a hard Brexit, outgoing European Commission chief Jean-Claude Juncker also said in Tiroler Tageszeitung, an Austrian newspaper, on Saturday. "We [the EU] are well prepared [for no-deal Brexit]," he added.

1208, 2019

[Ticker] No EU border talks when Johnson goes to Dublin

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The EU border deal will not be up for discussion when Irish leader Leo Varadkar meets British prime minister Boris Johnson in Dublin in early September, the Irish government has said. "The withdrawal agreement and the backstop are not up for negotiatio...

1208, 2019

[Ticker] EU commission seeks green budget powers

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The EU needs to properly classify which economic activities help the environment to help direct public funding and private investment toward climate-friendly sectors, EU financial services commissioner Valdis Dombrovskis has told the Financial Times ne...

1208, 2019

[Ticker] Finnish EU presidency defends BMW sponsorship deal

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The Finnish EU presidency has defended its deal with German car maker BMW to provide 100 vehicles free of charge to ferry VIPs back and forth from events in Helsinki. BMW got the job after "an EU-wide call for tenders" and BMW executives did "not have ...

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