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[Ticker] Hungary grants asylum to ex-Macedonia PM

Former Macedonian leader Nikola Gruevski wrote on his Facebook page Tuesday that "today, the Republic of Hungary, an EU and Nato member country, responded positively to my previously submitted request for political asylum". Macedonia, which Hungary con...

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Boycott threats mount on eve of Interpol election

Lithuania has threatened to quit Interpol, along with Ukraine, if the international police agency elects a Russian official as its new president on Wednesday.

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[Exclusive] EU parliament to renege on transparency promises

Internal legal European parliament documents circulated Tuesday, and seen by EUobserver, rule it illegal to force MEPs to meet only registered lobbyists. The opinion will likely render a larger effort to create a mandatory register for lobbyists null a...

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[Ticker] UK court rules against government in Article 50 case

The UK Supreme Court has rejected an attempt by the British government to stop a decision on whether Article 50 (the formal Brexit notification) can be reversed from going to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) in Luxembourg. Campaigners to stay in the...

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[Ticker] May to meet Juncker on Wednesday to finalise Brexit deal

UK prime minister Theresa May will travel to Brussels on Wednesday (21 November) to finalise details of the Brexit withdrawal agreement with EU Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker, Downing Street confirmed on Tuesday. Their talks will come ahead o...

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[Ticker] Future of EU’s Mediterranean naval mission in doubt

EU defence ministers want to continue Operation Sophia, the EU's Mediterranean naval mission, after its mandate ends this year, but have not yet agreed where warships should drop off migrants rescued at sea after Italy refused to take them in, EU forei...

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[Ticker] EU mulls new Russia sanctions over Ukraine ‘elections’

France and Germany have proposed adding five names to EU visa ban lists on Russia over the Ukraine conflict, but Poland wants to add even more people, Polish foreign minister Jacek Czaputowicz said in Brussels Monday. The names would cover people who o...

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Cyprus and Greece to create EU spy academy

EU ministers have agreed to create a new "intelligence school" and to jointly build new drones and attack helicopters, amid French and German calls for a future "EU army".

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[Ticker] EU farm chief ‘confident’ sugar prices will recover

EU commissioner for agriculture Phil Hogan told press on Monday that new data about sugar prices were "indicating the market is coming into balance". Following the abolition of sugar quota in 2017, the sugar sector has been struggling. Hogan said howev...

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[Ticker] Researcher: EU expert groups still imbalanced and opaque

The composition of the European Commission's expert groups, which give advice on policy, is becoming more balanced, but only slowly, researcher Roland Blomeyer told MEPs on Monday, presenting a study. In 23% of expert groups studied, all participants h...

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[Ticker] Nature groups disappointed by EU fishing deal

Environmental lobby groups Oceans at Risk and Oceana reacted with disappointment to the agreement of EU fisheries ministers on Monday. Ministers agreed the allowed fishing quota for a number of endangered species of deep-sea marine life, like roundnose...

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[Ticker] DUP chief says Irish backstop was ‘tactic’ by EU

Arlene Foster, head of Northern Ireland's Democratic Unionist Party, said Monday the 'backstop' was "only ever a negotiating tactic by the European Union" in Brexit talks. The backstop, preventing a EU-UK hard border on the Irish island, will only come...

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