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[Ticker] Spanish Court declares Catalan referendum law void

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 19:09
Spain's Constitutional Court declared void on Tuesday Catalonia's referendum law, approved by the region's parliament to hold the independence vote. It said the law was against national sovereignty and "the indissoluble unity of the Spanish nation." A Catalan government spokesperson said he was not surprised, adding that his government "is facing an executive power in the state that uses the judicial branch to block the legislative."
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EU rejects UK claim it's slowing Brexit talks

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 19:07
The EU is "not confident, but hopeful" that the UK will achieve sufficient progress for 'stage 2' by December, as Britain's Brexit negotiator blames the slow pace of negotiations on the EU ahead of a crucial summit meeting.
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Nepal troops arrive in Libya to guard UN refugee agency

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 18:27
The UN is sending troops to Libya to provide security for staff working with the UN refugee agency. The agency's work in Libya is broadly funded by the EU.
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[Ticker] EU to keep 'Dieselgate' letter secret

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 16:55
The European Commission has denied a request by EUobserver to publish the letter it sent to Volkswagen about its repairs of diesel cars equipped with cheating software. EU citizens normally have the right to access documents, but the secretary-general of the commission said an exception was made because the letter is "part of ongoing investigations by national consumer protection authorities regarding a possible infringement of EU consumer law".
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[Ticker] No deal yet on Mediterranean alliance for EU agencies

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 16:37
Greek alternate foreign minister of foreign affairs Georgios Katrougalos told press on Tuesday that his proposal to Mediterranean EU members, to share votes about the relocation of London-based EU agencies, "was generally positively accepted." However, he admitted "we did not have a formal consensus about that yet". Portugal and Italy have refrained from publicly accepting his offer. The relocation vote is scheduled for next month.
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[Analysis] Is Banking Authority HQ the Brexit 'booby prize'?

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 15:57
Two EU agencies need a new home after Brexit - but member states have spent demonstrably less effort on their public bids to host the EBA.
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[Ticker] EU Commission condemns Maltese journalist's murder

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 12:32
The European Commission condemned in the "strongest terms possible" the murder of a Maltese investigative journalist by a car bomb, a spokesman said Tuesday. "We are horrified that the well-known and respected Maltese journalist, Daphne Caruana Galizia lost her life yesterday in what was seemingly a targeted attack," he added, saying the right of journalists to investigate is at the heart of EU values and "needs to be guaranteed."
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[Ticker] Poland denies wrongdoing over forest logging

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 12:29
Polish environment minister Jan Szyszko has said the European Commission's complaint against logging in Poland's Bialowierza forest was unsubstantiated and that the terms of the EU's Natura 2000 conservation programme were unclear. "These are not primeval forests, untouched by the hand of man," he told press in Luxembourg on Tuesday, during a second hearing on the case. A Commission spokeswoman said she hoped for a "discussion on merit".
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[Opinion] EU-Russia trade bouncing back - despite sanctions

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 12:14
New figures for 2017 so far show a surprising uptick in EU-Russia trade relations, notwithstanding sanctions over Ukraine and Crimea.
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[Ticker] Risk to asylum kids in EU increasing, says charity

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 10:34
A report out by the charity Save the Children on Wednesday says over 100,000 minors and children arrived in Europe last year. Many came alone or were separated from their families. "Today, national and EU policies have become even more restrictive, and many more children risk not having papers, or going underground," said the NGO's EU director, Ester Asin. Mental health and suicide are among the problems they face.
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No sign of Brexit speed-up after May-Juncker dinner

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 09:27
Hugs and kisses but no sign of "acceleration" in Brexit talks after British leader met the EU Commission chief in Brussels.
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[Ticker] Schroeder warns of Turkey and Russia drifting towards China

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 08:46
Germany's former chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder, who now chairs Russian state oil giant Rosneft, has urged the EU to embrace Russia and Turkey in order to prevent them from drifting closer to China. "This is one reason why we need a viable relationship with Russia and Turkey," Schroeder said at a business forum in Munich.
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[Ticker] EU parliament wants equal pay for posted workers

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 08:44
A large majority in the European Parliament's employment and social affairs committee agreed Monday that workers posted in another EU country must get the same remuneration as local workers - including bonuses. The proposal is part of a revision of the posted workers directive, which will be voted on in plenary next week before being negotiated with the Council. In 2015, there were 2.05 million posted workers in the EU.
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[Ticker] Catalan independence leaders taken into custody

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 08:40
Two key members of the Catalan independence movement were sent to prison on Monday night by Spain's National Court. Jordi Sanchez, who heads the Catalan National Assembly and Jordi Cuixart, the leader of Omnium Cultural, are being held without bail while they are under investigation for sedition. Catalan leader Carles Puigdemont commented on Twitter: "Sadly, we have political prisoners again" - an allusion to Spain's military dictatorship under Francisco Franco.
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EU defence strategy 'outsourced' to arms industry

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 08:32
'Supporting the defence industry has become a goal in itself,' said a Belgian peace organisation about the European Defence Action Plan.
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New privacy rules tilted to industry, says NGO

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 07:46
The European Commission's reform of the e-privacy regulation to ensure confidentiality of online messages against industry interest has now swayed in favour of big tech firms, says NGO.
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[Ticker] US to help investigate murder of Maltese journalist

van EU Observer - di, 10/17/2017 - 07:45
Maltese leader Joseph Muscat has told parliament he would invite US investigators from an FBI special branch based in Europe to help hunt for those who murdered journalist Daphne Caruana Galizia, who was killed by a car bomb on Monday. But opposition leader Adrian Delia said Muscat should call an independent inquiry because the PM was himself the target of Caruana Galizia's Panama Papers-linked revelations on secret offshore accounts.
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Malta shocked after car bomb kills crusading journalist

van EU Observer - ma, 10/16/2017 - 19:05
Car bomb killing of Daphne Caruana Galizia called a "black day for freedom of expression" by Maltese prime minister.
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Spanish and Catalan leaders continue stand-off

van EU Observer - ma, 10/16/2017 - 18:32
In an exchange of letters, Mariano Rajoy and Carles Puigdemont called on each other to make the first step to defuse the crisis over Catalonia's independence.
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May pleads for more as EU makes Brexit gesture

van EU Observer - ma, 10/16/2017 - 18:16
EU expected to make "turning point" gesture toward May, who will plead in Brussels on Monday night for movement to trade talks.
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