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EU want Facebook pan-EU advert fix for May elections

EU institutions want Facebook to relax its rules, to allow pan-European political groups to carry out EU-wide campaigns. Facebook has yet to implement the demands - posing questions on the extent to which Europe relies on the US tech firm.

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[Ticker] Weber pledges to ‘block’ Nord Stream 2 as president

The German lead candidate of the European People's Party, Manfred Weber, will try to block construction of Russia's Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline if chosen as the next president of the EU Commission, he told Polska Times on Tuesday. "As the head of the Eu...

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Ukraine comic-president invited to EU capitals

EU leaders have invited Ukrainian TV comic Volodymyr Zelensky to Berlin and Brussels after he became the country's new president in a landslide victory on Sunday.

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[Ticker] UK warns migrants not to cross ‘dangerous’ Channel

A spokesperson from the UK Home Office has warned migrants not to risk the dangerous Channel crossing. "Anyone crossing the Channel in a small boat is taking a huge risk with their life and the lives of their children," said the spokesperson on Monday....

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Trump’s Israel plan to ‘test’ EU resolve

EU countries ought to draw "red lines" for US president Donald Trump on the Arab-Israeli conflict, Herman Van Rompuy, the former head of the EU Council, has said.

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[Ticker] Austria’s FPO publishes racist poem

Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz has spoken out against the publication of a racist poem by a local branch of his governing coalition's far-right party, the Austrian Freedom Party (FPO), according to Austrian newspaper Der Standard. The poem was publ...

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[Ticker] Spanish party leaders spar over Catalonia

The leaders of Spain's four political parties on Monday sparred over Catalonia during a live televised debate ahead of parliamentary elections next Sunday. Prime minister Pedro Sanchez of the socialist PSOE vowed there would be no referendum on Catalan...

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Romania drafts EU code on NGO migrant rescues

Romanian EU presidency set to publish operational guidelines next month on how to share refugees who get stuck on NGO rescue boats in Mediterranean Sea.

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[Ticker] Germany rings UN alarm on Libya fighting

Germany, the current co-chair of the UN Security Council, has called an emergency meeting on Libya, amid shelling in greater Tripoli, home to 3m people, in fighting between the EU and UN backed government and Russia-backed warlord Khalifa Haftar. The E...

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[Ticker] Farage’s Brexit Party looks strong in EP polls

The Brexit Party of British eurosceptic MEP Nigel Farage could win 27 percent of votes in the European Parliament election, according to a YouGov poll out Wednesday. The opposition Labour and ruling Conservative parties, which are internally divided on...

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[Ticker] EU officials attack Facebook election policy

Facebook election ad rules, which ban cross-border campaigns by pan-EU parties as if they were equivalences to foreign meddling, "runs counter to the nature" of the EU project, the top civil servants of the EU's main three institutions, Martin Selmayr ...

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Bulgaria, Hungary, and Malta shamed on press unfreedom

Bulgaria, Hungary and Malta were named as the EU's worst offenders on press freedoms by a leading French NGO, while Norway and EU state Finland ranked best.

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