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Merkel defends Russia ties, ridicules Trump on cars

Russia could be a Cold War-type "partner" for Europe, German leader Angela Merkel has said, but Donald Trump's car tariff ideas were "scary".

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[Ticker] Czech PM: May’s EU elections ‘most important ever’

Czech prime minister Andrej Babis said Sunday at a party congress the upcoming European Parliament elections "are the most important ever", Bloomberg reported. He pressed for a larger role for smaller EU states. "We want member states to have significa...

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[Ticker] ‘History will judge us’: May tells MPs on Brexit

"History will judge us," UK prime minister Theresa May told Conservative MPs in a letter this weekend, referring to Brexit. She once again urged her fellow Tories to back the withdrawal agreement, writing that failure "will let down the people who sent...

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British MPs condemn Facebook CEO’s misrule

Cambridge Analytica scandal exposed "profound failure of governance within Facebook", British MPs said, while blaming Zuckerberg for his contempt for democratic scrutiny.

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[Opinion] EU’s chance to step up on Hungary and Poland

Viktor Orban of Hungary and Poland's Jaroslaw Kaczynski seem to share the idea that the rights of some may come at the expense of the rights of others, and public institutions should serve the majority, and not all citizens.

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[Ticker] Trump warns EU on release of Islamist fighters

Britain, France, Germany, and other EU states should take 800 radical Islamist fighters captured by US troops in Syria in recent years and put them on trial, US president Donald Trump has said. "The alternative is not a good one," he said on Twitter on...

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[Ticker] Venezuela expels ‘conspiratorial’ MEPs

Venezuela has denied entry to five pro-opposition MEPs which its foreign minister, Jorge Arreaza, accused of "provocation" and "conspiratorial aims". The group, which included one Dutch, one German, and three Spanish MEPs, said Sunday their passports h...

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[Ticker] Holocaust dispute upsets Israel’s EU lobbying

Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki has cancelled his trip to a mini-EU summit in Israel after Israeli leader Benjamin Netanyahu said "Poles co-operated with the Germans" in the Holocaust. Warsaw is to send its foreign minister instead to join the...

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[Exclusive] ESA pushback against new EU space agency plan

The European Space Agency, which is independent of the EU, has asked the European Commission not to rename an EU agency as the similar-sounding European Union Agency for the Space Programme.

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Sluggish procedure against Hungary back on table

EU probes into Hungary and Poland on rule of law and democracy are back on the agenda of EU affairs ministers - but with little guidance from the Romanian presidency, without a clear idea where the procedures are headed.

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[Opinion] Could Finnish presidency fix labour-chain abuse?

There can be no more excuses for business. They will be held for responsible for their failure to take action to prevent the risk of human and labour rights through their supply chains.

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[Agenda] Brexit and trip to Egypt for Arab League This WEEK

Brexit talks will continue in Brussels, as UK PM Theresa May's government is trying to find a way out of the political impasse at home. Murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi's fiancee will speak at the European Parliament next week.

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