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'No public service broadcasting, no democracy', Catalan reporters protest

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A senate vote in Madrid on Friday to implement direct rule is due to strip Catalonia of powers in response to the region’s independence bid. The regional government is expected to be sacked, the police force removed and local media taken over.

Source: www.france24.com

[Ticker] Tusk: It's up to London to have a good Brexit deal

Added: 24.10.2017 5:21 | 0 views | 0 comments

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European Council chief Donald Tusk told MEPs Tuesday it is up to the UK government to achieve a good Brexit deal. "It is in fact up to London how this will end: with a good deal, no deal or no Brexit," he said, adding that unity among the 27 EU countries is paramount. "In each of these scenarios we will protect our common interest only by being together," he stated.

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Bettel wants more ministerial meetings on digital

Added: 24.10.2017 5:15 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Luxembourg's prime minister Xavier Bettel, who also represents his country in the Telecommunications Council, said that the forum of ministers for telecommunications and digital affairs should meet every three or four months, to show the importance of the digital single market (DSM) project. "We should see each other much more regularly than twice a year," said Bettel on Tuesday. The ministers are discussing how to achieve the DSM by end-2018.

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Austria's Kurz to open coalition talks with far-right

Added: 24.10.2017 4:51 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Sebastian Kurz, whose centre-right People's Party won the Austrian elections on 15 October, invited on Tuesday the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) to open discussions on forming a government coalition. The anti-EU and anti-migrant FPO, led by Heinz-Christian Strache, came second in the elections and claims the interior ministry. Kurz said he would like discussions to start on Wednesday.

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Estonia: Finalising digital market before 2019 'do-able'

Added: 24.10.2017 4:11 | 1 views | 0 comments

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EU ministers responsible for telecommunications gather in Luxembourg on Tuesday to discuss speeding up work to adopt all legislation related to the digital single market strategy by the end of next year, . "This is quite a big challenge, but if we all want that, then it's do-able," said Estonian minister Urve Palo, who will be chairing the meeting.

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Source: euobserver.com

Barnier plays down hope of 'special' UK deal

Added: 24.10.2017 3:29 | 1 views | 0 comments

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The EU's future trade relations with the UK are likely to be no deeper than those with Canada, the European Commission has warned.

Source: euobserver.com

MEPs demand external probe into parliament sex abuse

Added: 24.10.2017 3:27 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Reports of sexual abuse at the European Parliament and elsewhere are beginning to surface as victims come forward with their stories.

Source: euobserver.com

EU overcomes divisions on posted workers

Added: 24.10.2017 3:17 | 1 views | 0 comments

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After a 12-hour discussion, EU employment ministers struck a compromise to reform the rules on workers posted in another country. The principle of equal pay for equal work has been adopted but the transport sector will get special treatment.

Tags: EU, Workers
Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Don't let City of London 'drift away', Luxembourg warns

Added: 24.10.2017 3:09 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Luxembourg's finance minister, Pierre Gramegna, warned on Monday that the City of London must remain the top global financial centre after Brexit to avoid its financial services drifting to other parts of the world. Some EU countries want to "punish" the UK for Brexit, hoping to get a "bigger slice of the pie" but that would be "a very short-term reason," he told students at the London School of Economics.

Source: euobserver.com

[Investigation] How Romania became EU's workers' right 'guinea pig'

Added: 24.10.2017 3:08 | 1 views | 0 comments

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"We are paid as if we were a country of unqualified workers". Union leaders and labour rights experts reveal, in figures, the catastrophic consequences of the laws that have turned Romania into the country of the working poor.

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Far-right enters German parliament officially

Added: 24.10.2017 3:06 | 1 views | 0 comments

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One month after Germany's federal election, the new Bundestag holds its first sitting on Tuesday to elect its new parliamentary president, Wolfgang Schauble. It is the first time in decades that a far-right party, AfD, is represented in the parliament. Its MPs will be given offices together with politicians from the new-elected liberal FDP in a building which was used to house the Nazi regime's interior ministry, Bild reported Sunday.

Source: euobserver.com

[Opinion] Left unchecked, Poland's attack on rights will harm EU

Added: 24.10.2017 3:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

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The Polish government's actions don't just pose a domestic threat. They threaten the values of the European Union itself and its credibility overseas.

Source: euobserver.com

Exclusive: 'We have imprisoned no political activists', Egypt's Sisi tells FRANCE 24

Added: 24.10.2017 2:48 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Egyptian leader Abdel Fattah al-Sisi is meeting with President Emmanuel Macron in Paris on Tuesday, a visit that represents a delicate balancing act for the French leader.

Source: www.france24.com

[Ticker] Orban declares migrant-free zone in Eastern Europe

Added: 24.10.2017 2:42 | 1 views | 0 comments

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Hungarian prime minister Viktor Orban has declared Central Europe the continent's last "migrant-free zone". Speaking in Budapest on Monday on the 61st anniversary of Hungary's 1956 anti-Soviet uprising, Orban said that unity among countries such as Hungary, Poland and the Czech Republic could stop globalisation and mass migration. He also reiterated criticism of the European Union's leadership and said that Europe's external borders must be protected.

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Madrid set to use force to stop Catalonia independence

Added: 24.10.2017 2:40 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Spanish government spokesman and education minister Inigo Mendez de Vigo has warned that Madrid is prepared to use force to restore order in Catalonia. "The government has to make sure that the law is obeyed," he told The Times. Prime minister Mariano Rajoy has announced plans to sack the Catalan government, while the Spanish senate is expected to approve the government's plans on Friday and call for fresh regional elections.

Source: euobserver.com

Most EU states in favour of Macron's labour reform plans

Added: 23.10.2017 18:07 | 0 views | 0 comments

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Most European Union states agreed on Monday on reforming the bloc's labour rules that poorer countries value for giving them a competitive edge but French President Emmanuel Macron criticises for undercutting his workers.

Source: www.france24.com

[Ticker] May: EU member states will not lose out with Brexit

Added: 23.10.2017 12:00 | 0 views | 0 comments

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UK prime minister Theresa May said Monday that EU member states should not "fear they will need to pay more or receive less" under the current EU budget, which runs until 2020, a year after Brexit. She told MPs that her government is "going through our potential commitments line by line and that detailed work continues". The financial settlement has been the main blocking point in UK-EU Brexit talks.

Source: euobserver.com

EU commission denies May 'begged for help' comments

Added: 23.10.2017 11:37 | 0 views | 0 comments

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The European Commission says leaked comments to German media are false and an effort to undermine the EU negotiating position on Brexit.

Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Slovakia pledges to be 'pro-European' oasis in region

Added: 23.10.2017 11:22 | 1 views | 0 comments

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The Slovak president, PM, and parliament speaker have pledged the "unambiguous continuation of [the] pro-European and pro-Atlantic orientation" of the country. Their joint statement, issued on Monday in Bratislava, comes after the neighbouring Czech Republic elected a eurosceptic populist at the weekend. The Slovak PM, Robert Pico, said his country was a "a pro-European island in the region". Slovakia's EU commissioner, Maros Sefcovic, called the statement the "right ... signal".

Tags: EU, President
Source: euobserver.com

[Ticker] Report: Catalan leader to address Spanish senate

Added: 23.10.2017 10:44 | 1 views | 0 comments

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Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont plans to address the Spanish senate later this week to explain his position on Catalonia's independence, Spanish media reported on Monday. Spanish senators will discuss on Thursday measures proposed by the Spanish government under Article 155 of the constitution to take over the region's administration, with a vote on Friday. The Catalan parliament will meet on Thursday, when separatist parties want to formally declare independence.

Source: euobserver.com

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