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[Ticker] Swedish MPs reject Lofven to lead new government

Swedish social democrat leader Stefan Lofven was rejected from continuing as prime minister in a vote Friday when 200 MPs went against him, versus 116 in his favour. Talks are now likely to continue into the new year in order to form a government that ...

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[Ticker] EU commission’s Selmayr ‘must resign’, MEPs say

Martin Selmayr, the European Commission's top civil servant, "must resign" due to irregularities in his appointment procedure MEPs said in a non-binding resolution adopted on Thursday. "Selmayr must resign as secretary-general" and the commission must ...

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[Ticker] ECB to reinvest €2.5tn from eurozone stimulus

The Governing Council of the European Central Bank (ECB) decided on Thursday how to reinvest €2.5tn it has pumped into the economy since 2015 in the wake of the financial crisis in order to help interest and inflation rates go up again. The purchases, known as quantitative easing (QE), cease at the end of December 2018, but redemptions will continue to be reinvested in the public and corporate sectors.

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[Ticker] Macron sails through no-confidence vote

French president Emmanuel Macron's government survived a no-confidence vote in parliament on Thursday without difficulties. The motion was put forward by the Socialist Party, the far-left Defiant France, and the Communist Party over the government's ha...

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[Ticker] Protests erupt in Hungary over labour laws

Around 3,000 demonstrators gathered at Hungary's parliament on Thursday after it passed new labour laws which allow employers to require up to 400 overtime hours per year and delay payment for it for three years. Protesters also expressed anger over a ...

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[Opinion] EU needs election-meddling stress tests

As Europe heads into election year, EU leaders need to secure the vote from social media manipulation and foreign attacks.

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[Interview] Russian and US obstruction was ‘insult’ to climate scientists

Professor Richard Betts led an EU-funded research project into global warming. Although he sensed an increase in determination at UN climate talks in Poland, he condemned as an "insult" the refusal of several countries to welcome a new report.

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EU-27 unimpressed by May, offer little on Brexit

British PM asked for a legally binding guarantee on the backstop and for it to end no matter what in 2021, but did not reveal a strategy on how to sell the Brexit deal to her parliament.

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[Ticker] Report: French police kill Strasbourg attacker

The French police on Thursday evening killed the alleged gunman who shot dead three people in Strasbourg on Tuesday, police sources told Reuters news agency. EU leaders meeting in Brussels on Thursday had commemorated the victims with a minute of silen...

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[Ticker] EU leaders aim at finishing budget talks in autumn 2019

EU leaders adopted a text at their summit in Brussels on Thursday calling on the next rotating presidency of the Council, Romania, to continue work on the next seven-year budget (2021-2027), "with a view to achieving an agreement in the European Counci...

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Rutte: New EU sanctions are informal ‘Magnitsky law’

New human rights sanctions ought to be named after a Russian dissident Sergei Magnitsky - but only informally, the Dutch prime minister has said, in what some see as a pattern of EU "appeasement" of Putin.

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EU summit hits asylum fatigue as deadlock continues

Leaders at the EU summit are unlikely to discuss migration, preferring instead to rubber-stamp pre-cooked conclusions. Recent proposals by the European Commission to get some of the reforms finalised are also unlikely to get broad support. The two-year...

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