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[Ticker] Trump warns Nato allies’ low budgets will be ‘dealt with’

US president Donald Trump on Thursday criticised European defence budgets, telling Nato secretary-general Jens Stoltenberg in Washington that members not meeting commitments would be "dealt with". Nato members have agreed to spend at least two percent ...

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‘Connectivity’ trumps enlargement at Balkans summit

At the first summit in 15 years with Western Balkan leaders, EU chiefs made it clear that enlargement is not at hand - but offered economic incentives to keep the region close to the bloc.

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[Ticker] EU to start process to counter US Iran sanctions

The European Commission will begin the process on Friday of applying a 'blocking statute' against potential US extraterritorial sanctions on EU companies that operate in Iran, commission president Jean-Claude Juncker said Thursday at an EU summit in So...

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[Ticker] Macedonia PM sees ‘possible solutions’ in Greek name row

Relations between Macedonia and Greece are "even stronger" after the two countries' leaders met in Sofia, Macedonian PM Zoran Zaev said Thursday. He said that he and Greek prime minister Alexis Tsipras "looked at possible options for creative solutions...

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[Ticker] EU takes six countries to court over air pollution

The European Commission on Thursday referred six member states to the European Court of Justice for repeated failures to tackle air pollution. The six are Germany, France, United Kingdom, Hungary, Italy and Romania. Environment commissioner Karmenu Vel...

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[Ticker] New Catalan leader sworn in without reference to Spain

Quim Torra, the new president of Catalonia's regional government, was sworn in at the Catalan parliament on Thursday. He pledged to be "loyal to the will of the Catalan people and its representatives in parliament". The oath did not mention loyalty to ...

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Facebook CEO causes EU stink ahead of trip

Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg's EU charm tour has gone awry before it began over plans to hide from public scrutiny.

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[Ticker] Merkel and Putin revive dialogue in troubled times

Russian president Vladimir Putin and German chancellor Angela Merkel will meet for the second time in just one month in the Russian Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday to discuss current global issues of Iran, Syria and Ukraine. The meeting could signa...

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Sofia summit: EU leaders search for a Trump strategy

"With friends like that, who needs enemies?" European Council Donald Tusk asked on Wednesday, as EU leaders were trying to come up with a reply to the US president's questioning of the transatlantic relationship.

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[Ticker] European companies putting Iran business on hold

French energy giant Total said on Wednesday it might quit a $2bn natural gas project in Iran if it could not secure a waiver from US sanctions. It follows a decision on Monday by Danish shipping operator Maersk Tankers to wind down business in Iran by ...

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[Ticker] Erdogan: UN has ‘collapsed’ in the face of Gaza violence

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the UN has "collapsed" and described the international body as "finished" because of its lack of response to Israel's use of force against demonstrators in Gaza, where over 60 Palestinians w...

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[Ticker] Irish pro-abortion lead narrows week before referendum

A majority of 58 percent of voters in Ireland supports repealing the Eighth Amendment and allowing for abortions, a fresh poll from Irish Times/Ipsos MRBI has found ahead of the abortion referendum on 25 May. The pro-abortion camp is however shrinking,...

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