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[Ticker] EU bank delays gas pipeline decision

The European Investment Bank has delayed its decision on whether to finance up to €1.5bn of a gas pipeline, TAP, linking the EU to Azerbaijan and reducing dependency on Russia. A spokesman said the decision was now likely in February. He said the delay was linked to "due diligence", but activists criticised the EU for planning to invest in fossil fuels the same day as a climate summit in Paris.

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[Opinion] Last chance for Poland to return property to its rightful owners

Poland has signed the 'Terezin Declaration' on restituting property from Jewish victims of the Holocaust - but its new bill seems to focus more on victims of the communist era.

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[Ticker] Hungary’s leftwing parties join Jobbik in anti-Orban protest

Hungary's green LMP and liberal Momentum parties will join Jobbik, the far-right party now striving for the centre, in a protest against PM Viktor Orban's rule on Friday. Leftist opposition parties have traditionally avoided helping Jobbik, the second largest party, due to its racist history. Jobbik called for the protest after it was fined €2m for illicit donations, calling the fine politically motivated.

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Commission attacks Tusk on ‘anti-European’ migrant plan

European Council president Donald Tusk, in a paper to EU leaders, wants to scrap migrant relocation quotas. The move has drawn a sharp rebuke from the migration commissioner Avramopoulos.

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[Investigation] Volkswagen tells EU: we will fail on our recall promise

The German carmaker told the EU commission in a private meeting that it expected only 75 percent of cars will be fixed by the end of 2017, missing a previously agreed deadline.

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[Ticker] Barnier: EU will not accept UK backtracking on Brexit deal

EU chief Brexit negotiator Michel Barnier warned on Tuesday (12 December) that the EU will not accept any backtracking by the UK on commitments achieved last Friday, following UK negotiator David Davis suggesting over the weekend that the agreement is ...

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[Ticker] Puigdemont to return to Catalonia if elected

Carles Puigdemont, the leader of the Catalan independence movement, has said he would return to Spain if re-elected as the region's leader in a regional vote due on 21 December - despite there being an arrest warrant in his name in the country. Puigdem...

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[Ticker] Commission approves EasyJet partial takeover of Air Berlin

The European Commission approved on Tuesday EasyJet's partial acquisition of Air Berlin, which went bust in August. The UK-based airline will acquire some assets and rights held by Air Berlin, including take-off and landing slots at Berlin Tegel airpor...

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[Ticker] EU medical command centre due next year

An EU medical command centre in support of its military operations, one of the key building blocks of its new defence integration scheme, could be established in 2018. "By the end of 2018, we should be able to provide something with regard to the Europ...

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[Ticker] Auditors: EU ‘green’ farm payments fail ecology criteria

EU 'greening' payments, designed in a reform of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) to reward farmers who make environmental improvements do not meet ecological criteria, the EU Court of Auditors said Tuesday. Payments "added more complexity" to the C...

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[Ticker] Austria gas explosion creates Italian energy ’emergency’

An explosion on Tuesday morning at the Austrian gas hub in Baumgarten, which left 18 people injured and one missing, has caused a "state of emergency" in Italy. Italian industry minister Carlo Calenda said there could be "a serious supply problem", Reu...

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EU will not start Brexit future talks before March

Transition talks could start in January, and detailed negotiations on the future and trade relations in mid-April, as Brussels awaits for London to say what sort of relationship it wants. Last week's deal is now 'Davis-proofed', one EU official said.

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