Member States


    • Poland backtracks on Supreme Court law

      Poland backtracks on Supreme Court law

      Poland's ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) proposed ast Wednesday a legislative amendment on Supreme Court backtracking from the reforms at the centre of its conflict with the EU over democratic standards, news wires reported. In October the European Court of Justice said that Poland had to suspend the Supreme Court overhaul.

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    • Italy defied the EC by sticking to a big-spending budget plan

      Italy defied the EC by sticking to a big-spending budget plan

      Italy's 5-Star Movement-League government of PM Giuseppe Conte has chosen not to back down in a tussle with the European Commission over its budget plan for 2019, ANSA reported. The Commission has given 3 weeks until Tuesday to Rome to significantly change the package, which sees Italy running a deficit of 2.4% of GDP next year, saying otherwise it may open an infringement procedure for failing to respect the Stability and Growth Pack.

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    • Downing Street: Draft Brexit deal with EU reached

      Downing Street: Draft Brexit deal with EU reached

      British and EU negotiators have reached a framework Brexit agreement that will be examined by the UK cabinet at an emergency meeting on Wednesday, PM Theresa May’s office announced. Downing Street says in a statement that the government will meet at 2:00pm (1400 GMT) on Wednesday to consider the draft agreement the negotiating teams have reached in Brussels, and to decide on next steps.

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    • Czech PM's political future hangs on a threat

      Czech PM's political future hangs on a threat

      Andrej Babis, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, is facing a potential political crisis after he has been accused of authorising the kidnapping of his son Andrej Babis Junior to stop him from testifying in alleged criminal fraud in his father’s business dealings. Andrej Babis Junior, who was under investigation along with his father for EU subsidy fraud, was quoted saying Seznam news site yesterday that associates of the PM had persuaded him last year to either “take an extended holiday” in Crimea or risk to be forcibly admitted to a psychiatric hospital.

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    • Bavarian leader Seehofer to step down as party chief

      Bavarian leader Seehofer to step down as party chief

      German Interior Minister Horst Seehofer confirmed on Monday he would step down as chief of Bavaria’s conservative CSU party, which is part of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s governing coalition. Speaking with journalists in the eastern German city of Bautzen he said his resignation as party leader did not affect his office in the federal cabinet.

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    • Canadian medical cannabis firm invests in Europe

      Canadian medical cannabis firm invests in Europe

      Canadian firm Canopy Growth Corp., one of the world’s biggest medical cannabis companies, is planning on making a major investment in Europe worth of €100m. According to Pierre Debs, managing director at Canopy’s Spectrum Cannabis Europe division, the company's aim is to expand production in the EU over the next two years, by building two new production facilities, where it could grow hundreds of kilos of cannabis for medical use.

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    • EU wants a border in Irish Sea in case of no-deal Brexit

      EU wants a border in Irish Sea in case of no-deal Brexit

      British Prime Minister Theresa May is planning on economically dividing the UK, by leaving Northern Ireland stuck in an EU customs union and single market in case Brexit talks collapse, according to recently leaked letter, which was published in The Times newspaper. The document was sent to Arlene Foster and Nigel Dodds, leader and deputy leader of the DUP.

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    • May in final attempt to clinch Brexit deal

      May in final attempt to clinch Brexit deal

      British PM Theresa May stepped up last week attempts to get European support for a draft Brexit deal as negotiations on securing a smooth divorce with the EU enter final stage, news wires reported. Less than five months before Britain is due to leave the EU, a deal is 95% done. But officials have repeatedly cautioned they are still haggling over the fate of the land border between British-ruled Northern Ireland and EU member Ireland. May told her cabinet last Tuesday that more time was needed to clear the final hurdle and ensure no hard border emerges on the island of Ireland.

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