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Hungary attempts to stifle Soros-founded university in Budapest

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 17:59
The Budapest-based university founded by George Soros to help central and eastern Europe in its transition to democracy has come under attack by the Orban government. It vows to fight back and stay in Hungary.
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European right shows divisions on EU values after Brexit

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 17:55
A day after the UK notified its exit from the EU, leaders of the European People's Party expressed a different vision of Europe's identity, with Hungary's Orban calling for a stop to the Muslim "invasion".
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Transparency is key EU tactic in Brexit talks

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 15:44
EU chief negotiator Michel Barnier said his mandate and all EU commission working documents will be made public during the negotiations. Tactic or policy shift? This time, the EU is interested in transparency.
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[Ticker] UK publishes 'Great Repeal Bill' plan to replace EU laws

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 14:07
The UK government presented a White Paper on Thursday to parliament on how to convert thousands of pieces of EU law into domestic legislation when Britain leaves the EU. "As a general rule, the same rules and laws will apply after we [UK] leave the EU as they did before," it stated. The Great Repeal Bill comes a day after the UK government formally triggered the Brexit procedure.
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[Ticker] Scots share May's vision for Brexit deal, survey says

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 13:32
Scottish voters have largely similar expectations to voters across the rest of Britain for the upcoming Brexit negotiations, a new report from the National Centre for Social Research reveals. "Voters on both sides of the border want much the same outcome – free trade, immigration control and retention of much of the consumer and environmental regulation currently afforded by the EU," said the report’s author, professor John Curtice.
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[Interview] Russia building 'arc of iron' around Europe

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 11:44
Russia’s intervention in Libya is designed to surround Europe in a “grand game” of geostrategy, Italy’s former military chief has said.
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[Interview] Französische und deutsche Wahlen 'entscheidend' für Putin

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 09:56
Die Schwächung der EU durch Einflussnahme auf die französischen und deutschen Wahlen wird in diesem Jahr an erste Stelle der russischen Außenpolitik stehen, warnt der russische Oppositionsführer Mikhail Kassjanow.
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[Ticker] Coalition talks leader expects Dutch government by summer

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 09:28
Dutch caretaker health minister Edith Schippers, who is leading coalition talks between four parties to form a government, said she doesn't expect her work to be finished by Easter. Instead, she spoke of summer as an end-date, noting it wasn't a hard deadline. Outgoing PM Mark Rutte's centre-right Liberals are in talks with centre-right Christian Democrats, centrist D66 and left-wing GreenLeft. The latter two are the most pro-EU.
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EU trying to salvage US deal on data privacy

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 09:27
Privacy safeguards for EU citizens' personal data that is sent to the United States remains exposed to abuse, due to the lack of oversight and the shift towards increased surveillance under president Trump.
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MEPs draw 'red lines' on Brexit deal

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 09:22
MEPs will stress that the UK and EU members have no right to conclude separate deals during Brexit talks, according to a draft resolution seen by EUobserver.
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[Ticker] EU commission allows ex-member Hill to join law firm

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 09:22
The European Commission on Wednesday said Jonathan Hill, financial services commissioner until July 2016, could work at law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer, if he does not use his knowledge on financial services when advising Freshfields or its clients. Hill also should not lobby for Freshfields on "matters linked to his former portfolio", which is a large part of the firm's activities. NGO Corporate Europe Observatory called the conditions "meagre, unenforceable".
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[Ticker] Reuters: Greece and lenders move closer to deal

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 09:17
News agency Reuters, citing anonymous sources, reported on Wednesday that Greece and its international lenders have reached an agreement on important labour reforms and spending cuts, bringing them closer to a deal. The aim is to reach a political agreement on 7 April at a meeting of Eurogroup ministers. But, also on Wednesday, the European Commission said it could not confirm that there is a preliminary deal.
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[Ticker] Italy: Le Pen win would mean 'permanent political risk'

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 09:14
Italian finance minister Pier Carlo Padoan told Bloomberg on Wednesday that if anti-EU candidate Marine Le Pen wins the French presidential elections, that "would be a permanent political risk to Europe, so I expect that to be reflected also in financial markets". He also said some countries have a "widespread ... temptations" to leave the EU. A poll on Wednesday however said pro-EU candidate Emmanuel Macron would win both rounds.
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[Ticker] Danish parliament misinformed on Nord Stream 1

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 09:11
The Danish parliament was misled to believe it had no alternative but to accept the Nord Stream 1 project back in 2009, reports Politiken. "You couldn't get any impression other than that Denmark only had the chance to say yes," MP and former foreign minister Martin Lidegaard said. The old decision was based on information from the Danish Energy Agency and may impact the decision on Nord Stream 2.
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MEPs call for reset in relations with Belarus

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 08:42
A group of 72 euro-deputies have written to EU leaders, asking them to stop funding Europe's last dictatorship and increase their support for democracy activists instead.
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May hints at using security as Brexit bargain chip

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 08:18
May's letter insists on parallel talks on the divorce settlement and a deal on future relations, while hinting that a failed deal could jeopardise security cooperation.
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[Opinion] New model needed to save EU

van EU Observer - do, 03/30/2017 - 08:12
The challenges and threats to the European Union are all reflected in the Greek case.
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[Focus] Nordic countries unite to reboot cooperation with Russia

van EU Observer - wo, 03/29/2017 - 18:00
Disagreements between Nordic countries and Russia on Crimea and Ukraine are briefly set aside at a conference on Arctic development.
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'Unhappy' day as UK delivers Brexit letter

van EU Observer - wo, 03/29/2017 - 16:01
European Council chief Donald Tusk said that "damage control" starts for the EU, as British PM Theresa May has invoked Article 50 nine months after the UK voted to leave the bloc.
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[Ticker] UK delivered its Article 50 letter to the EU

van EU Observer - wo, 03/29/2017 - 13:41
At 13.30pm Brussels time, the UK's envoy delivered the Article 50 letter to European Council president Donald Tusk, triggering the exit procedure from the EU. "After nine months the UK has delivered," Tusk tweeted Wednesday (29 March), referring to the UK's referendum on EU membership last June. Tusk will shortly deliver a press statement on behalf of the 27 member states, hoping for the UK to remain a "close partner".
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