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[EUobserved] EU flirts with hypocrisy in criticising Trump's refugee ban

van EU Observer - wo, 02/01/2017 - 11:00
The EU rightly condemned Trump's bar on refugees from Syria, but the bloc has already built its own invisible wall against asylum seekers.
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[Ticker] Ireland misses EU deadline for Apple taxes

van EU Observer - wo, 02/01/2017 - 09:30
Ireland has missed an EU deadline for recovering €13 billion in back taxes from Apple. The deadline passed on Tuesday, but EU competition commissioner Margrethe Vestager said the large amount made it "very complex" and the deadline was "not the most important thing". Apple is appealing against the Commission's ruling demanding that it pays the money.
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US picks new fight with Merkel

van EU Observer - wo, 02/01/2017 - 09:27
The new US administration has once again antagonised Germany, this time by accusing it of currency manipulation.
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Thousands protest as Romania scraps anti-corruption rules

van EU Observer - wo, 02/01/2017 - 09:23
The cabinet passes an emergency decree to decriminalise some abuses of power, which is likely to allow leading politicians to avoid prosecution.
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[Ticker] Czech ministry's emails hacked by 'state-like actor'

van EU Observer - wo, 02/01/2017 - 09:12
Czech foreign minister Lubomir Zaoralek has admitted that his email account and dozens of others in his ministry have been hacked. He said on Tuesday that “the attack was very sophisticated and probably carried out by a state-like actor”, but did not name a country. Prime minister Bohuslav Sobotka's private email account was hacked in January 2016 and stolen emails posted on an extremist white supremacist website.
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Migration crisis: EU leaders to step up Libya aid

van EU Observer - wo, 02/01/2017 - 09:12
EU leaders will pledge greater help to Libya's government in an effort to reduce the number of migrants, according to a draft document seen by this website.
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[Ticker] US entry ban fuels xenophobia, say MEPs

van EU Observer - wo, 02/01/2017 - 09:10
The US administration’s ban on citizens from seven Muslim-majority states entering the country could "seriously undermine current global efforts towards a fair international sharing of responsibilities for refugees", a broad majority in the European Parliament's Development and Foreign Affairs committee said in a joint resolution on Tuesday. The US decision "fuels anti-immigration and xenophobic discourses", said the non-binding resolution which was approved by 43 votes to 16, with 9 abstentions.
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[Ticker] Mobile roaming charges to end in June

van EU Observer - wo, 02/01/2017 - 08:45
Mobile roaming charges for EU consumers will end on 15 June, making it possible to call and transfer data between EU member states for the same cost as at home. Final details on lower wholesale price caps were agreed in talks on Tuesday evening between European Parliament and Council negotiators. The Parliament as a whole and national ministers formally need to approve the compromise before it enters into force.
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[Ticker] MPs set to back UK government's Brexit procedure

van EU Observer - wo, 02/01/2017 - 08:44
British MPs are expected to approve the official launch of Brexit negotiations on Wednesday evening. The Guardian reports that the government’s Brexit white paper will get published on Thursday, right before leaders of the 27 other EU countries meet in Malta to discuss Brexit, among other issues.
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[Ticker] Marine Le Pen refuses to repay EU funds

van EU Observer - wo, 02/01/2017 - 08:41
France's far-right leader Marine Le Pen has refused to repay €298,000 to the European Parliament, disregarding a deadline to return the money before midnight 31 January. The EU anti-fraud unit, Olaf, had found that the funds were wrongly paid to an assistant at the National Front's headquarters in Paris. Le Pen called it a "unilateral decision taken by political opponents... without proof and without waiting for a judgment".
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