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[Opinion] A European budget: securing a prosperous future for Europe

Joseph Daul, president of the European People's Party - the largest grouping in the European Parliament - sets out his party's priorities for the upcoming seven-year EU budget.

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Poland wrong to log in ancient forest, says EU lawyer

Advocate general Yves Bot of the Court of Justice of the EU says that Poland 'has failed to fulfil its obligations' under two nature-related EU directives.

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[Ticker] MEPs approve anti-smuggling bill on tobacco

An attempt by left-wing French MEP Younous Omarjee to have the environment and health committee reject a draft bill implementing a 'track-and-trace' system for tobacco products failed on Tuesday. The proposal to veto the bill was supported by only seve...

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EU taxpayers risk bailing out MEP pension scheme

An MEP voluntary pension scheme is running a €326 million actuarial deficit. The Luxembourg-based fund, set to manage to scheme, is said to have invested the money in controversial sectors like the arms industry.

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Commissioner Katainen confirms Barroso lobbied him

'Mr Barroso and I were the only participants to this meeting', said Katainen. Barroso had previously promised not to lobby on behalf of Goldman Sachs.

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Eurogroup chief pledge on transparency after meeting MPs

Eurogroup president Mario Centeno tells EUobserver his group takes transparency seriously, after meeting with concerned Dutch MPs.

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[Ticker] SPD members start voting on new Merkel-led government

A postal vote among some 450,000 German Social Democrat members has begun in order to get their approval of another 'Grand Coalition' lead by chancellor Angela Merkel. Deadline for voting is 2 March with the result expected on 4 March. SPD's youth and ...

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[Ticker] Barroso lobbied Katainen for Goldman Sachs

Former commission president Jose Manuel Barroso lobbied for investment bank Goldman Sachs, according to a letter by Jyrki Katainen, EU commissioner for growth and investment - verifying media reports about a meeting with Barroso during which the two di...

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[Ticker] Berlusconi’s coalition ahead with 34.7% support

Italian former PM Silvio Berlusconi's Forza Italia alliance with two far-right parties is leading with 34.7% ahead of 4 March elections, according to pollster YouTrend. Forza Italia is backed by 16.8%, the anti-immigration Northern League 13.2% and the...

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[Ticker] Moscovici: Greece ’99 percent’ there to get new bailout

EU finance commissioner Pierre Moscovici said Monday that "99 percent" of the third review of the Greek bailout have been accomplished and that the Eurogroup should be able to agree to a new €5.7-billion disbursement at its next meeting in March. He added that the two remaining issues - the development of e-auctions for seized properties and the development of a privatised site near Athens - would be solved soon.

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[Ticker] Simone Veil to enter France’s Pantheon in July

Simone Veil, the first woman to become president of the European Parliament, in 1979, will be buried in the French Pantheon on 1st July, it was announced on Monday. Veil, who died last year, will enter the Paris monument, where France celebrates its "g...

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Poland shows no sign of concessions to Commission

While the dialogue between Warsaw and the Commission has improved since new prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki entered office, there is no sign of compromise over rule of law concerns - as the clock ticks towards a March deadline.

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