• May warns of long delay to Brexit unless her deal backed

      May warns of long delay to Brexit unless her deal backed

      British PM Theresa May’s warned lawmakers that unless they approved her Brexit divorce deal, Britain’s exit from the EU could face a long delay and could involve taking part in European parliament elections in late May, news wires reported. May urged Brexit supporters to ratify her deal before a European Council summit on 21 March or face a delay to Brexit way beyond June 30 that would even open up the possibility that the entire divorce could be ultimately shelved.

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    • Clashes mark France's yellow vests regular Saturday protest

      Clashes mark France's yellow vests regular Saturday protest

      French police fired tear gas and arrested dozens on Saturday in clashes with yellow vest movement protesters as they threw cobblestones at riot police in front of Paris’ Arc de Triumph monument, news wires reported. Bonfires were started in nearby streets, with at least one car put in flames. The yellow vests seek to inject new impetus into the four-month old revolt against President Emmanuel Macron and his pro-business reforms.

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    • Slovakia votes to elect president

      Slovakia votes to elect president

      Slovakia votes today to elect its new president, with activist and lawyer Zuzana Caputova and European Commission Vice-President Maros Sefcovic considered as main contenders, news wires reported. In all, 13 candidates are vying to become the country's fifth head of state since Slovakia gained independence in 1993.

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    • EU-US trade talks mandate fails

      EU-US trade talks mandate fails

      During the plenary sitting in Strasbourg on 14 March, MEPs did not back a mandate for starting negotiations on a new trade agreement with the US. The Parliament's non-binding resolution received only 198 votes in support to 223 against and 37 abstentions. The situation was critically changed when during the vote were adopted amendments calling on the EU not to surrender to Trump's import tariff threats and insisting that trade partners must implement the Paris Agreement. According to analysists, precisely this forced the centre-right part of the Chamber to show thumbs down.

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    • Parliament urges for more climate actions

      Parliament urges for more climate actions

      Expressing full support for the climate marches and school strikes that are taking place across the Union and highlighting that the climate related threats, which Europe and the whole planet are facing now, are coming close to the point when the situation can become beyond human control, MEPs urged for more climate action..

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    • Britain to seek divorce delay

      Britain to seek divorce delay

      British lawmakers expectedly voted overwhelmingly last Thursday evening to seek a delay in Britain’s exit from the EU, news wires reported. By 412 votes to 202 they approved a motion allowing PM Theresa May to ask the EU for a short delay if parliament can agree on a Brexit deal by 20 March, or a longer delay if no deal can be agreed in time.

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    • EU fears cyber threats from China after 5G rollout

      EU fears cyber threats from China after 5G rollout

      EU cybersecurity certification scheme for products, processes and services was adopted by the members of the EP, who voted on the Cybersecurity Act at their session in Strasbourg on 12 March. The act is already informally agreed with the Council, highlights the importance of certifying critical infrastructure, including energy grids, water, energy supplies and banking systems in addition to products, processes and services. In few years the EU executive have to assess whether any of the new voluntary schemes should be made mandatory. 

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