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[Ticker] Juncker orders migration ‘mini-summit’ on Sunday

European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker had called a pre-summit "informal working meeting" in Brussels on Sunday to discuss migration and asylum, the issue currently preoccupying both the German coalition government in Berlin and the new Ital...

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[Ticker] Luxembourg gave illegal state aid to energy firm

The European Commission on Wednesday ordered Luxembourg to recover €120m from the Engie group, after finding the country broke state aid rules by allowing French energy company to effectively pay no tax by treating some transactions as both debt and equity. Competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said "Engie paid an effective corporate tax rate of 0.3% on certain profits in Luxembourg for about a decade. This selective tax treatment is illegal."

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[Opinion] Fate of EU refugee deal hangs in the balance

Europe's choice is between unplanned, reactive, fragmented, ineffective migration policy and planned, regulated, documented movements of people, writes International Rescue Committee chief David Miliband.

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[Ticker] Negotiators lower finger printing age of refugees to six

EU institutional negotiators on Tuesday (19 June) reached an informal agreement on reforming Eurodac, a database that contains the fingerprints of asylum seekers. It means the age for obtaining fingerprints and facial images of minors will be lowered f...

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Merkel, Macron in pre-summit pledge on migration, eurozone

Germany's chancellor Angela Merkel and France's president Emmanuel Macron on Tuesday signed a joint declaration that offers concessions by both camps in terms of migration and the setting up of a eurozone budget.

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[Ticker] EU to lift its internal data storage barriers

EU member states should no longer have any "unjustified restrictions" that bans companies from storing data in another EU country, negotiators from the European parliament, European commission, and member states agreed Tuesday evening. "Data localisati...

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[Ticker] EU to reduce energy use by 32.5% by 2030

European Commission, European Parliament, and national governments negotiators have agreed that by 2030 the EU's energy use should be 32.5% more efficient, a more ambitious target than agreed at an EU summit in 2014. They also concluded talks on a sepa...

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[Ticker] Salvini insists on Roma register plans

Italy's interior minister Matteo Salvini said on Tuesday that he was not backing down from a controversial proposal to have a census of Roma people in Italy. "I'm not giving up, I'm going straight on. The Italians and their security come first," he ann...

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[Ticker] EU copyright vote ‘could damage open internet’

The European Parliament's committee on legal affairs votes on Wednesday on the proposed article 13 of the digital single market copyright directive which would oblige internet services to proactively filter uploads in order to remove copyright infringe...

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Hungary to push ahead with ‘Stop Soros’ law on NGOs

The Hungarian government of Viktor Orban has said it will not wait until Friday, to hear a verdict of European legal experts on human rights, before going ahead with its bill curtailing NGOs who work with migrants.

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[Analysis] Swedish party puts EU referendums back in fashion

Swedish nationalists have gambled on an in/out referendum to win votes in Europe's next big election, amid signs of new boldness in the far right.

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[Ticker] Merkel and Macron agree on eurozone budget

German and French leaders Angela Merkel and Emmanuel Macron agreed on Tuesday to defend together the idea of a eurozone budget to boost investment and increase convergence between euro countries. After meeting near Berlin, they said that this budget co...

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