• EU debates how to keep nuclear deal alive after new Iran moves

      EU debates how to keep nuclear deal alive after new Iran moves

      European Union foreign ministers on Monday debated ways to keep the Iran nuclear deal intact after the Islamic Republic began enrichment work at its Fordo site in a fresh act of defiance that seems likely to spell the end of the painstakingly crafted international agreement. At talks in Brussels, the EU powers that signed the 2015 Iran nuclear deal - Britain, France and Germany - were expected to signal what action should be taken as the bloc awaits a new report from the International Atomic Energy Agency later Monday on whether Iran is still complying with its commitments.

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    • EU creates first permanent border force

      EU creates first permanent border force

      The EU on Friday formally established its first permanent border corps, which will enforce Frontex with 10,000 officers by 2027, news wires reported.The adoption by Member States means that the EU border and coast guard agency for Schengen area will have personnel wearing its uniform and on its payroll who can be deployed to the bloc's external borders to handle crises or general management. Frontex currently has up to 1,500 officers active at any time but they are seconded to the agency by Member States for short missions, along with ships and aircraft.

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    • EU agrees Brexit extension to 31 January

      EU agrees Brexit extension to 31 January

      The EU agreed on Monday to postpone Brexit for up to three months, stepping in with a decision less than 90 hours before Britain was due to crash out with no divorce deal. This means that the next deadline for departure will be 31 January next year, but the UK is now given the option to leave earlier if a deal is ratified, clearing the way for opposition parties to back a general election.

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    • France under fire in EU for blocking Balkan hopefuls

      France under fire in EU for blocking Balkan hopefuls

      Senior European Union officials, worried by growing Chinese and Russian influence in the Balkans, accused France on Friday of making a “historic error” by refusing to let North Macedonia and Albania start talks on joining the EU. North Macedonia, Albania and four other Balkan countries - Bosnia, Kosovo, Montenegro and Serbia - are trying to join the world’s biggest trading bloc following the ethnic wars of the 1990s that led to the disintegration of Yugoslavia.

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    • EU fails to agree on talks with Albania, NMacedonia

      EU fails to agree on talks with Albania, NMacedonia

      European Union ministers failed on Tuesday to reach a consensus on whether to open membership talks with Albania and North Macedonia, due to France, which took an opposing stance, dismissing German-led warnings that political stability in the Balkans could be at stake. The move pushes the whole controversy onto the already-crowded agenda of an 17-18 October EU summit in Brussels, where Brexit and Syria will also be discussed.

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    • Kovesi to become first EU Public Prosecutor

      Kovesi to become first EU Public Prosecutor

      Negotiators from the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union agreed on 24 September to appoint Laura Codruta Kovesi, the MEPs’ preferred candidate, as the first head of the newly-created EU Public Prosecutor’s Office. In previous votes, the Council representing the EU’s 28 Member States, had backed a French candidate, Jean-Francois Bohnert, but the Parliament ended up prevailing.

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    • Battle for new 7-year budget starts flaring

      Battle for new 7-year budget starts flaring

      Every seven years, the picture of a fierce clash over the long-term budget is almost the same, but now - in the MFF for 2021-2027 - Brexit is amplifying its spread and dynamics. The differences between the Member States are still prodigious and the time to conclude a deal, with no detrimental effects on tens of thousands of farmers, researchers, students, is running out very fast.

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