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[Ticker] Migrant rescue ship loses Human Rights Court appeal

The European Court of Human Rights ruled on Tuesday against an appeal from the captain of the migrant rescue ship Sea-Watch 3 to have an emergency decree allowing 42 migrants stranded on the ship to disembark in Italy. Italy's interior minister Matteo ...

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[Ticker] Denmark completes social democrat sweep of Nordics

Danish Social Democrat leader, Mette Frederiksen, will form new one-party minority government based on support from centre-left and leftist parties in parliament. The group of four parties agreed on Tuesday evening to an 18-page document entitled 'Fair...

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[Ticker] Johnson offers ‘do or die’ pledge on Brexit

Frontrunner in the UK Conservative leadership race, Boris Johnson, pledged in interviews to British media on Tuesday to take Britain out of the EU on 31 October, with or without a deal - "do or die". Johnson also called on Brussels to drop its insisten...

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[Ticker] Weber indirectly attacks Macron in newspaper op-ed

EPP group leader Manfred Weber on Wednesday launched an indirect attack on French president Emmanuel Macron for not backing the 'Spitzenkandidat' process, which would automatically make Weber the next EU Commission president. Wiping out the top candida...

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EU parliament gives extra time for leaders on top jobs

The EU parliament might allow an extra 24 hours for EU heads of government to first come up with the new EU leadership names. Meanwhile, EPP lead candidate Manfred Weber is meeting Angela Merkel and AKK in Berlin for backing.

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[Ticker] EU to sign free trade deal with Vietnam

The EU will sign an accord with Vietnam this Sunday to remove virtually all customs duties on trade, the EU commission said Tuesday. The agreement was negotiated in December 2015, but EU member states only gave their approval on Tuesday at a ministerial meeting. EU-Vietnam trade represents €50bn in goods and €4bn in services, according to the commission. The EU parliament will is expected to ratify the deal later.

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[Ticker] EU funding of air traffic control ‘largely unnecessary’

EU funding of air traffic management modernisation was "largely unnecessary", the European Court of Auditors concluded in a report on Tuesday. For the majority of projects audited - worth €159m of EU money - investment decisions "were not driven nor triggered by EU funding". Of 17 audited projects, 13 "were decided prior to the decision that awarded the co-funding". The European Commission countered the projects "demonstrated added value".

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Europe’s rights watchdog lifts Russia sanctions

The Council of Europe, a human rights watchdog, has lifted its sanctions on Russia in a moral victory for the Kremlin.

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[Ticker] Share trading ban looms as Swiss row with EU escalates

Switzerland's government said on Monday it would ban EU stock exchanges from trading Swiss shares in retaliation for Brussels freezing its bourses out from the EU market. "Activating the protective measure with regard to trading venues in the EU serves...

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[Opinion] EU-Vietnam trade deal a bad day for workers’ rights

Behind the smiles and handshakes, the signature of the EU-Vietnam trade and investment deals agreed on Tuesday and to be signed this week have dire consequences for human well-being and our ability to prevent climate and ecological breakdown.

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[Ticker] Cooperation needed on Brexit, says Johnson

Cooperation would be needed in the event of a no-deal Brexit, Boris Johnson, candidate to become UK premier has told the BBC. "There's ... a very important element, of mutuality and cooperation in this", he said adding that the current EU withdrawal ag...

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[Ticker] Europe hit by record breaking June heat wave

France, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium could all see national records for June broken in the coming days, with temperatures expected to be well over 30C all week. The city of Paris has activated the third level of its extreme heat plan - the maximum ...

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