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[Ticker] EU adopts Brexit negotiating position

EU affairs ministers adopted the bloc's negotiating positions on the future relations with the UK at a meeting on Tuesday. It means negotiations can now begin next week. London plans to set out its positions on Thursday. The EU warned that the UK must ...

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[Interview] Libya is test of EU geopolitics, ex-UN inspector says

The Libyan conflict has become a test of EU geopolitics in the Mediterranean, as foreign arms flood onto battlefields, a former UN weapons inspector has said.

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No risk yet to Schengen from Italy’s coronavirus outbreak

While the numbers of coronavirus cases rising in Italy, EU authorities urge member states to introduce proportional and coordinated measures, based on scientific advice and risk-assessment evidence - but travel and trade restrictions are not recommende...

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MEPs complain of ‘no action’ on Hungary and Poland

Five European Parliamentary groups warned EU member states that if they don't act on breaches of EU rules and values in Poland and Hungary, the EU's integrity and credibility will be undermined.

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[Stakeholder] Our summit can re-boot Africa’s relations with Europe

Our keynote speaker is the president of Ghana Nana Akufo-Addo, His policies have included the introduction of free secondary education across Ghana, which he rightly calls "necessary investment" in the nation's future workforce.

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[Opinion] Belgium’s Aalst carnival – no easy fix to anti-semitism

This year's carnival saw Jews portrayed as insects, people wearing fake ultra-Orthodox costumes, crass comments about circumcision and the Wailing Wall, uniforms resembling Nazi attire labelled Unestapo - a play on the word 'Gestapo'.

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[Ticker] Merkel’s successor to be picked on April 25

German chancellor Angela Merkel's centre-right Christian Democratic Union (CDU) party will choose a new leader at a special congress on 25 April, according to AFP. Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, who was intended to replace Merkel, resigned earlier this mo...

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[Ticker] Greece intercepts two Turkish F-16 fighter jets

Two Turkish F-16 fighter jets flew over the eastern Aegean islet of Agathonisi on Monday and were intercepted by Greek counterparts. The Hellenic National Defense General Staff said the Turkish planes had entered Athens' flight-information region witho...

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[Ticker] EU corporate supply-chain rules needed, finds study

A new European Commission study revealed on Monday that only one-in-three EU businesses are undertaking due diligence on human rights and environmental impacts in their global supply chains. Most of the businesses surveyed (70 percent of the 334 compan...

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[Ticker] Former French PM in court in ‘fake jobs’ case

France's former prime minister François Fillon went on trial Monday following accusations he had hired his wife as a parliamentary assistant. The alleged fake-job scandal, dubbed 'Penelope-gate' after his wife, ended his 2017 campaign ambitions to become president. French media outlet Le Canard Enchaîné also revealed that Fillon had also employed some of his children as assistants while senator.

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[Ticker] EU to adopt UK negotiating mandate

The remaining 27 members of the European Union are on Tuesday set to adopt their negotiating mandate with the United Kingdom for a post-Brexit relationship. "The expectation is to adopt the negotiating mandate tomorrow, which would allow us to start ne...

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[Ticker] France warns UK on EU trade-deal deadline ultimatums

The French government told the UK it will not be forced into an trade agreement through deadline ultimatums issued by the British prime minister. "Just because Boris Johnson wants an agreement at all costs on 31/12 does not mean that we will sign a bad agreement for the French under the pressure of blackmail or time pressure," said France's EU affairs minister, Amélie de Montchalin, in a tweet.

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