EU countries want to see the fine details of the proposals British PM May put forward in her Florence speech last week as the fourth round of talks kicked off on Monday.
While Polish president Andrzej Duda proposes amendments to further increase political control over the judiciary, EU ministers voice support for the rule of law, but make no mention of the Article 7 sanctions.
The data sharing pact with the US is yet to be fully implemented, as the Americans have failed to appoint people in key positions to ensure EU citizens' personal data is protected.
Most reports looking at long-term climate scenarios agree that some form of carbon capture and storage is needed. However, its deployment has been stalled in the EU.
The European Commission on Wednesday will unveil, in a communication, what it thinks is the best way to regulate online hate speech. Speaking to reporters on Monday, EU justice commissioner Vera Jourova said that she prefers "voluntary action" and "more efficient and more intensive work" by internet firms, to remove content such as terrorist propaganda, child pornography, copyright infringements, and violent extremist speech.
Polish president Andrzej Duda on Monday presented his proposals to amend a controversial reform of the judiciary. He said new members of the National Council of the Judiciary should be elected by the lower house with a 3/5 majority and that they would be proposed by citizens and judges associations. In July, Duda had vetoed plans to put the judiciary under political control, after the EU said it undermined democracy.
On Sunday, Germans elected Angela Merkel for her fourth term in office. However, she may be facing her most difficult period yet as chancellor.
Member of the European Parliament Fabio Di Masi was elected into the German parliament Sunday, his office said in a press release on Monday. He will step down as an MEP once the new Bundestag has its first sitting. Di Masi is in the far-left Die Linke party. A European Parliament spokeswoman told EUobserver she couldn't yet provide a comprehensive overview of which other MEPs will trade Brussels for Berlin.
French prime minister Edouard Philippe said in a statement on Monday that France will work during his five-year term to "make progress towards a glyphosate ban ... and an agriculture [sector] that is less dependent on pesticides". The statement came shortly after the government spokesman had said that glyphosate, a weedkiller, would be banned within five years, including in the agricultural sector.
France will ban glyphosate within five years, including in the agricultural sector, a government spokesman announced Monday. The decision comes as the EU is still discussing whether to renew the license for the product, which is used by chemical multinational Monsanto for its Roundup weedkiller. Using glyphosates for non-agricultural activities has already been banned for local authorities since 1 January, and will be banned for individuals as of 2019.
EU states closed the excessive deficit procedure for Greece on Monday, after the country reduced its deficit below 3% of its GDP. The procedure was opened in 2009, when its deficit was 15.1%. In 2016, Greece recorded a 0.7% surplus. However, the country will still be under an international bailout programme until the end of 2018. Three countries - France, Spain and the UK - remain under the procedure.
Frauke Petry, the chairwoman of far-right Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) since July 2015, announced on Monday that she will not be joining the party's parliamentary group in the German Bundestag. The announcement appeared to surprise other AfD members such as Alice Weidel and Alexander Gauland at a party press conference, with Petry abruptly walking out without answering any questions.
French leader to detail his vision for Europe on the eve of an informal summit in Tallinn. Catalans to try to hold "illegal" referendum on Sunday.
In Florence, the prime minister confirmed a slower - if not softer - Brexit. This might at least give the British people time to draw breath, and perhaps to rethink.
Despite EU aid, Syrian families are finding it difficult to integrate into Egyptian society, with reports now emerging that some Syrian girls are subjected to genital mutilation.
Jean-Claude Juncker's right-hand man suggested a favoured form of coalition by tweeting a Jamaican flag, the symbol of a government with the christian-democrats, the liberals and the Greens.
The next goal for the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) is to "take over the government" at the next federal elections in 2021, the party's chairwoman, Frauke Petry, said at a press conference on Monday morning. The AfD finished third in Sunday's elections, with 12.6 percent, and entered the Bundestag, the German parliament, for the first time, with 96 seats.
La Republique en Marche (LRM), French president Emmanuel Macron's party, will have 28 seats in the Senate, parliament's upper house. Half of the house's 378 seats were up for renewal Sunday, with a vote by local elected officials. LRM, which expected to win between 50 and 60 seats, lost one. The centre-right Republicans party remains the main group, with 159 seats (+17). The Socialists lost five seats, down to 81.
People working on the Greek islands at so-called hotspots, where arriving asylum seekers are registered, are understaffed. The complaints followed recent moves by the Greek government to take over the work previously done by NGOs. Staff, in a letter to migration minister Ioannis Mouzalas, said they had only one nurse for a population of 850 at the Kos island hotspot. Over 3,000 migrants have arrived on the islands since September.
Christian-democrat leader set to rule Germany together with liberals and greens, but with a new troublemaker - the AfD party - on the scene.