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WHO on coronavirus in Europe: ‘be prepared’

The European Commission urged member states to review their pandemic plans and to inform about their healthcare capabilities to respond to the coronavirus, since more cases can be

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Frontex hits activist pair with €24,000 legal bill

Two pro-transparency campaigners received a €23,700 bill from the EU's border agency Frontex after having lost a court case. Frontex's budget for 2020 is €460m. The campaigners refuse to pay, saying the agency doesn't need the money.

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Turkish jets keep on violating Greek airspace

Some 13 Turkish warplanes violated Greek airspace 30 times on Tuesday in an Agean 'Cold War', as countries count the cost of an arms build-up.

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‘Fragmented’ Slovakia goes to polls amid corruption woes

Saturday's elections in Slovakia could herald the rise of the far-right People's Party Our Slovakia, or the emergence of a populist anti-corruption candidate, in a country wracked by mistrust since the assassination two years ago of an investigative jo...

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[Opinion] EU development policy needs a fresh start

As the European Commission meets the African Union in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, on Thursday, prior to a new EU-Africa strategy, the obsolete donor-recipient mentality must be junked, writes European Parliament development committee chairman Tomas Tobé MEP.

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[Ticker] Germany’s top court rules in favour of euthanasia

Germany's top court ruled on Wednesday that prohibiting assisted suicide is incompatible with the constitution, opening the door for legislating euthanasia in Germany, and allow doctors to provide patients lethal treatment after counselling, DW reporte...

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[Ticker] EU-US mini trade deal possible, says Hogan

The EU's trade commissioner Phil Hogan has told the Financial Times that a US mini-trade deal is possible. "They have given us 30 days of suspension of those tariffs on Airbus products which will give us that chance hopefully to make some sort of an ag...

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[Ticker] Unionist parties criticise talks between Spain and Catalonia

The head of the Spanish People's Party, Pablo Casado, said on Wednesday that the bilateral negotiation between Spain and Catalonia would break up Spain's sovereignty. "[Spanish prime minister] is even taking the health minister with him [to talks with ...

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[Ticker] 22 European commissioners in Ethiopia for AU meeting

On Thursday commission president Ursula von der Leyen, foreign affairs chief Josep Borrell and 20 other European commissioners are in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, for a meeting with the African Union. Von der Leyen said "Europe and Africa are natural partner...

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[Ticker] Slovenia’s Jansa, ally of Orban, to form government

Slovenia's opposition leader, Janez Jansa, can form a new government - possibly giving birth to a new nationalist government led by an ally of Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban. President Borut Pahor nominated the anti-migrant Jansa as prime-minist...

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[Ticker] Surge in Latin American asylum seekers to EU

Asylum applications from Venezuela, Colombia, El Salvador, and Honduras - which do not need visas to enter Europe - surged last year, helping to push up overall numbers by 13 percent to 714,000, the EU said Wednesday. Largest national numbers came from...

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[Ticker] EU optimistic on US trade

The US had opened a "window of opportunity" for a "mini deal" on tariffs, EU trade commissioner Phil Hogan has told the Financial Times. "We're in a better place than we were some weeks ago  . . .  With political goodwill on both sides we can do a lot in a short period of time," he said, amid hope that an initial accord can stave off a full-blown trade war.

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