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    • Poland dashes far-right hopes for EP alliance

      Poland dashes far-right hopes for EP alliance

      Far-right parties' hopes of forging a powerful new bloc in the new European Parliament suffered a blow on Wednesday when Poland's ruling nationalists ruled out joining such a grouping due to sharp differences over many issues including relations with Russia, news wires reported. Italian Deputy PM and far-right League leader hoped to persuade Europe's nationalist parties to set aside their differences and form a 10-party European Alliance for People and Nations in the new assembly.

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    • Pro-EU parties keep grip on the EP

      Pro-EU parties keep grip on the EP

      Pro-European parties kept a firm grip on the EU parliament on Monday as liberal and green parties matched a surge by eurosceptic parties, who won control of a quarter of seats in European elections for the first time, news wires reported. Provisional results published at 08:18 GMT on Monday showed the Socialists, Greens, liberals and conservatives with 507 of the 751 seats in the EU Parliament.

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    • First EP seat projection shows collapse of the centrist coalition

      First EP seat projection shows collapse of the centrist coalition

      The European Parliament's first seat projection confirms a collapse of the grand coalition of centre-left and centre-right, DPA reported. The projection places the centre-right European People's Party at 173 seats and the Socialist and Democrats at 147, leaving them short of forming a majority in the 751-seat parliament. The figures are based on exit polls from 11 member states and pre-election opinion surveys from the other 17 countries.

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    • Final EU vote: Polls open in 21 countries

      Final EU vote: Polls open in 21 countries

      Tens of millions of Europeans vote Sunday as 21 countries choose their representatives in a battle between the nationalist right and pro-EU forces to chart a course for the bloc, news wires reported. Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, Romania, Lithuania and Cyprus were the first to open their polling stations at 0400 GMT.

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    • EU Parliament approves €160bn for science and tech programmes

      EU Parliament approves €160bn for science and tech programmes

      In their last meeting before the May 23-26 elections, EU Parliament lawmakers have taken a series of decisions on the bloc’s signature research programmes and gave the green light to Horizon Europe – research funding platform that includes space and digital programmes. The fund that was approved, however, are nearly €26bn less than what the European Parliament had said would be needed for the Horizon programme, which they priced at €120bn.

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    • InvestEU will bring better jobs

      InvestEU will bring better jobs

      EFSI, the core pillar of the successful Investment Plan for Europe, known as Juncker Plan, will become a substantial ingredient of the InvestEU initiative for the 2021-2027 programme period. On the last day of the last session of this European Parliament, the lawmakers propped up a provisional and partial deal with the Council on a new EU programme to support investment and access to finance during the next seven years with the aim to reduce the significant investment gap that still exists in the EU.

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    • Beefing up Frontex with 10,000 standing corps by 2027

      Beefing up Frontex with 10,000 standing corps by 2027

      Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, will have 10,000-strong standing corps by 2027, agreed MEPs at their sitting on 17 April. With a big majority, the lawmakers adopted a new law to strengthen this EU agency as to resolve the current shortcomings and better respond to the present needs in security and migration, safeguarding better protection of EU external borders. The revamped rules were already agreed with the Council.

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