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Dutch coalition talks lengthiest in 40 years

EUobserver - pt., 2017-07-21 08:22
Friday will mark 128 days since elections in the Netherlands. Four parties are negotiating to form a government coalition.
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Polish parliament steps up showdown with EU

EUobserver - czw., 2017-07-20 17:55
Lawmakers in Poland adopted a controversial reform of the Supreme Court, despite warnings from the EU that the move could trigger a sanction procedure over the rule of law.
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EU urges UK to clarify its Brexit positions

EUobserver - czw., 2017-07-20 17:06
EU and UK negotiators presented their Brexit positions to identify common grounds this week, but that was made difficult by the scarcity of UK position papers.
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[Ticker] Polish parliament adopts controversial justice reform

EUobserver - czw., 2017-07-20 15:33
The Polish parliament on Thursday adopted a reform that puts the Supreme Court under government control. The European Commission had called for the Polish government to suspend the bill. The EU executive said this law and two recent others, "increase the threat to the rule of law in Poland". The commission is likely to trigger Article 7 next week, a procedure that can lead to sanctions.
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[Ticker] GMO opt-out plan unlikely to go anywhere in 2017

EUobserver - czw., 2017-07-20 11:45
A proposal to allow member states to ban the use of genetically modified ingredients in food will likely remain stuck in the legislative pipeline for the rest of the year. “Reopening discussions on this topic is currently not part of the Estonian presidency programme," Estonian spokeswoman Annikky Lamp told EUobserver. The plan has been rejected by MEPs, but will remain in limbo until member states adopt a position.
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[Interview] Law expert: direct EU powers have become too complicated

EUobserver - czw., 2017-07-20 09:27
EU law professor Ellen Vos says the commission's proposed mini-reform on comitology, an obscure but often-used method of EU lawmaking, should go much further.
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[Ticker] Slovak PM threatens to boycott inferior food

EUobserver - czw., 2017-07-20 09:11
Slovakian PM Robert Fico said Wednesday that he would negotiate with the European Commission to demand new legislation against inferior food products being sold in Central Europe. If the talks fail, he said he would need to impose restrictions on those imports. The Visegrad countries - the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia and Poland - have repeatedly complained about companies selling lower-quality foodstuff in Central Europe, compared to western EU countries.
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[Ticker] France takes Google's 'right to be forgotten' to EU court

EUobserver - czw., 2017-07-20 08:59
A French court on Wednesday referred a case with Google to the European Court of Justice, on whether the search engine must comply with Europe's "right to be forgotten" on a global scale. The French data authority argued that the policy of de-listing incorrect, irrelevant or out-of-date information on people, upon their request, should be done on a global scale and not only in Google's regional search results.
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[Ticker] Turkey accuses German companies of supporting terror

EUobserver - czw., 2017-07-20 08:55
Turkey gave Germany a list of 68 companies and persons in Germany who it says have ties to Fethullah Gulen, the enemy of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Die Zeit reported Wednesday. Gulen's movement is branded a terror organisation in Turkey, and accused of orchestrating a failed coup attempt last July. The list includes automaker Daimler and chemical company BASF as backers of terrorism. German officials called the accusations "ridiculous".
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[Ticker] Israel's Netanyahu caught calling EU 'crazy'

EUobserver - czw., 2017-07-20 08:47
Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu was inadvertently picked up by a microphone on Wednesday (19 July), calling the EU "crazy" for attempting to create conditions for peace with the Palestinians. "Europe is undermining its security by undermining Israel," he said in Budapest, during a close-doors meeting with the leaders of Hungary, the Czech Republic, Poland and Slovakia, which was accidentally recorded. He also admitted Israeli missile strikes in Syria.
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[Opinion] Winter is here for Spitzenkandidat, but he'll survive

EUobserver - czw., 2017-07-20 08:44
Candidates from all political families should be presenting their vision on where the Union should be headed. European socialists want to keep the Spitzenkandidat procedure for future elections.
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[Investigation] Mafia money pollutes the EU economy

EUobserver - śr., 2017-07-19 17:28
Huge amounts of money from criminal activities are funnelled into the legitimate European economy. But little is being done about it at EU or national level.
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[Opinion] Central Europe should be wary of Brexit stopping

EUobserver - śr., 2017-07-19 17:05
Former UK prime minister Tony Blair has argued for the EU to limit free movement to stop Brexit. But at what cost?
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[Analysis] Poland's 'July coup' and what it means for the judiciary

EUobserver - śr., 2017-07-19 16:52
Poland's judicial system is on the ropes, in what could be another sign of the country backsliding further on democratic values.
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[Investigation] Commission: clean up diesel cars, or EU agency inevitable

EUobserver - śr., 2017-07-19 16:39
"It seems we have not yet reached the bottom of the emission scandal", said the European commissioner for industry, Elzbieta Bienkowska, in a confidential letter.
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EU Commission readies Article 7 procedure against Poland

EUobserver - śr., 2017-07-19 15:55
The EU executive will launch infringement procedures next week on Polish judicial reforms that break EU rules, and start discussing the possibility of triggering a sanctions procedure.
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Fake EU parliament jobs case reaches French left leader

EUobserver - śr., 2017-07-19 09:19
Public prosecutors in Paris have opened a preliminary investigation into an alleged misuse of assistants in the European Parliament by Jean-Luc Melenchon.
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[Opinion] Greece needs a new plan

EUobserver - śr., 2017-07-19 08:57
Two years into its third bailout, Greece needs to combine the necessary fiscal targets with a new vision. This can be done in the context of the ongoing industrial revolution.
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[Ticker] UK does not collect enough data to expel EU nationals

EUobserver - śr., 2017-07-19 08:52
A UK home affairs minister refused to say if the British government had ever made use of EU-wide rules that would allow it to expel EU nationals if they are not working or seeking employment, the Guardian reported. Reducing immigration was a key debate in Britain's EU referendum last June. Lady Susan Williams admitted her department doesn't hold data to know whether EU nationals in the UK had secured jobs.
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[Ticker] Polish president threatens to veto justice reform

EUobserver - śr., 2017-07-19 08:31
Polish president Andrzej Duda proposed to tweak controversial court reforms Tuesday, otherwise he won't sign the law. Poland was criticised for a bill that gives lawmakers the power to select members of a body that nominates judges. Duda now says that more than a simple majority would be needed for approving judges, meaning the ruling Law and Justice Party (PiS) would need the support of at least one other party.
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