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[Ticker] Merkel: Nord Stream 2 pipeline poses ‘no danger’

German chancellor Angela Merkel said on Friday that the Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline between Russia and Germany "poses no danger to diversification". Merkel, who was meeting Polish prime minister Mateusz Morawiecki, insisted the project was only an "econ...

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[Ticker] Spanish king in Barcelona next week

Spanish king Felipe VI will be in Barcelona next Sunday (25 February), for the first time since the 1 October independence referendum in Catalonia and the crisis between Spanish authorities and Catalan separatists. He will preside over a dinner ahead o...

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[Agenda] ECB, Budget, EU elections This WEEK

EU leaders will gather to begin talking about the 2019 election process and the post-2020 budget, while eurozone finance ministers will ponder choosing the next European Central Bank deputy chief.

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[Ticker] Turkey jails journalists for life

Three journalists - brothers Ahmet and Mehmet Altan, and Nazli Ilicak - were sentenced to prison for life on Friday by a court in Istanbul. They are accused of having participated in the failed July 2016 coup against president Erdogan through "sublimin...

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[Ticker] Make budget cuts in farm and regional funds, the Dutch say

The bulk of EU budget cuts, which are needed because of Brexit, should be done by reducing the size of the EU's agriculture and cohesion funds, the Netherlands said in an internal document seen by EUobserver. The paper said that the Dutch government co...

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[Ticker] UN: Hungary’s anti-migration bill is ‘assault on human rights’

The United Nations on Friday called the an anti-migration legislation proposed in Hungary, dubbed "Stop Soros", an "assault on human rights". The proposed bill could lead to banning NGOs dealing with migration. The bill represented "an unjustified rest...

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EU states stay mute on implementation of mercury bill

Most EU states forget to tell Brussels how they will punish misuse of the toxic metal, despite legally agreed deadlines having passed.

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[Ticker] Journalist Deniz Yucel freed in Turkey

Deniz Yucel, a German-Turkish journalist, was freed by Turkey on Friday after a year in prison. Yucel, who works for the German daily newspaper Die Welt, was arrested on 14 February 2017 over espionage charges. Last month, European Commission president...

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[Ticker] New organic farming bill not ready until late spring

A new EU regulation that covers organic agriculture 'from farm to fork' will not be ready until late spring, a source close to the presidency of the Council of the EU told EUobserver. The council, representing national governments, struck a deal on the...

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Baltic states demand bigger EU budget

The leaders of Estonia, Latvia, and Lithuania say in a joint letter that they are open to talks on creating "new own resources" for a bigger EU budget after the UK leaves the EU.

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[Ticker] Commissioner: Western Balkans in EU is ‘obvious’

EU enlargement commissioner Johannes Hahn sent a message of hope to the six Western Balkan countries on Friday. "All these countries in the region are surrounded by member states of the Union," he told journalists on Friday. "It's obvious that sooner o...

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Germany raises concerns over Hungary’s ‘Stop Soros’ bills

Anti-migrant legislation, set to be adopted after the April general elections, is attracting criticism from Berlin and the Council of Europe.

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