• Poland's judicial reform ruled unlawful

      Poland's judicial reform ruled unlawful

      The EU's top court ruled last Monday that the Polish law that pushed Supreme Court judges into early retirement violates EU law, news wires reported. In its ruling, the European Court of Justice said the measures “undermines the principle of the irremovability of judges, that principle being essential to their independence.”

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    • Czech's PM resignation demanded in largest protests since 1989

      Czech's PM resignation demanded in largest protests since 1989

      In the largest protest in 30 years, almost 260,000 Czech demonstrators took to the streets of Prague on Sunday to demand the resignation of Prime Minister Andrej Babis and of Justice Minister Marie Benesova. Organised by “One Million Moments for Democracy”, the 23 June protest filled the historic Letna Park, the site of massive anti-Communist protests during the 1989 Velvet Revolution that brought down the hated Soviet-backed regime.

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    • European Commission assesses differences in food products

      European Commission assesses differences in food products

      The European Commission on Monday published the results of a pan-European testing campaign of food products showing that some products are identically or similarly branded while having a different composition. Since his State of the Union Address in 2017, President Jean-Claude Juncker has been committed to addressing the issue of dual quality of products, Commission's press service noted.

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    • Europe's top tourist cities go against Airbnb

      Europe's top tourist cities go against Airbnb

      Ten tourist cities in Europe have joined together in a stand against world’s most popular online hospitality service Airbnb. In a joint statement addressed to the EU institutions last week, the signatories (Amsterdam, Barcelona, Berlin, Bordeaux, Brussels, Krakow, Munich, Paris, Valencia, and Vienna) are asking bloc's authorities to assist them in their battle against the short-term lettings website, which they consider is not only locking locals out of the housing market, but also leading to the 'touristification of numerous neighbourhoods' and the increase of rental costs.

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    • Merkel: Rightwing extremism must be fought

      Merkel: Rightwing extremism must be fought

      Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany must rigorously fight rightwing extremism after the murder of a prominent politician. Walter Luebcke, the head of the district government in Kassel in the state of Hesse and a regional ally of Merkel known for his pro-migrant views, was shot in the head at close range on the terrace of his home.

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    • British lawmaker suspended after grabbing activist

      British lawmaker suspended after grabbing activist

      A British lawmaker was suspended Friday by Prime Minister Theresa May’s office after a video appeared to show him violently removing a Greenpeace protester from a black-tie event the previous night. Foreign Office Minister Mark Field received the suspension after officials raised questions about his treatment of the female protester during the annual gala Mansion House dinner Thursday night.

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    • No progress made on new EU top jobs

      No progress made on new EU top jobs

      EU leaders remained very divided and found no compromise on one of the key points of the European Council's agenda on June 20 - to make decisions to appoint a new President of the European Council and nominate candidates for the EC President, the President of the European Central Bank and the High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

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    • Juncker Plan triggers €410bn in investment across the EU

      Juncker Plan triggers €410bn in investment across the EU

      As of June 2019, the deals approved under the Juncker Plan amount to €75bn in financing and are located in all 28 Member States, with some 952,000 start-ups and small and medium-sized businesses (SMEs) expected to benefit from that improved access to finance, the European Commission announced today. This has, as a result has triggered €410bn in investment across the bloc.

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