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Brexit: how hard can it be?

A look at the clues so far as to future negotiations, as the British government adopts a hardline stance on immigration while the EU digs in on free movement - with Donald Tusk saying that far from be

A look at the clues so far as to future negotiations, as the British government adopts a hardline stance on immigration while the EU digs in on free movement - with Donald Tusk saying that far from be

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UK gives up EU presidency in 2017 to focus on Brexit

The UK is to give up its scheduled six-month presidency of the European Council as it prepares to leave the bloc.

The UK is to give up its scheduled six-month presidency of the European Council as it prepares to leave the bloc.

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Croatian PM calls for more EU help with refugees

Croatia’s prime minister has called on the EU to do more to help governments struggling with the influx of refugees and migrants. Croatia is one of

Croatia’s prime minister has called on the EU to do more to help governments struggling with the influx of refugees and migrants. Croatia is one of

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EU reform draft to avoid Brexit

With the sound of eurosceptics banging on the door of 10 Downing Street getting louder and louder, David Cameron’s decision to deal with Britain’s

With the sound of eurosceptics banging on the door of 10 Downing Street getting louder and louder, David Cameron’s decision to deal with Britain’s

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EU officials tells governments to keep promises on migration

A top European Commission official has said that EU countries need to keep the promises they’ve made to help refugees and migrants. Governments

A top European Commission official has said that EU countries need to keep the promises they’ve made to help refugees and migrants. Governments

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Hungary 'told' to crack down on hate

It was passed off as joking when European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said “hello dictator” to Viktor Orban last month, but a new Council of

It was passed off as joking when European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said “hello dictator” to Viktor Orban last month, but a new Council of

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EU offers 'unspent' aid to Greece in return for reform

EU officials said on Friday that Greece must unveil a list of reforms before getting any more bailout cash. The country’s international creditors

EU officials said on Friday that Greece must unveil a list of reforms before getting any more bailout cash. The country’s international creditors

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Press freedom in Hungary "at risk" says Council of Europe

Media freedoms are at risk in Hungary. Thats the message coming from the Council of Europe after the publication of a new report raising significant

Media freedoms are at risk in Hungary. Thats the message coming from the Council of Europe after the publication of a new report raising significant

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EU looks east as Tusk takes top job

The EU’s political centre of gravity has shifted eastwards with the appointment of Donald Tusk as the president of the European Council. Tusk built

The EU’s political centre of gravity has shifted eastwards with the appointment of Donald Tusk as the president of the European Council. Tusk built

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Poland's Tusk takes over EU helm

Former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk took over the presidency of the European Council on Monday, succeeding Belgium’s Herman Van Rompuy. The

Former Polish prime minister Donald Tusk took over the presidency of the European Council on Monday, succeeding Belgium’s Herman Van Rompuy. The

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The new EU presidency

As Donald Tusk becomes the new EU Council president, how much power does the former Polish prime minister really have, or do the leading heads of

As Donald Tusk becomes the new EU Council president, how much power does the former Polish prime minister really have, or do the leading heads of

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EU Commission 'targeted' in foiled terror attack - Dutch report

The European Commission building in Brussels was among possible terrorist targets for jihadist fighters returning from Syria, according to reports

The European Commission building in Brussels was among possible terrorist targets for jihadist fighters returning from Syria, according to reports

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EU top jobs puzzle, more time to scratch heads

Divided over who to nominate in the top European Union institutional jobs puzzle, the 28 EU leaders will have six weeks of summer to think the matter

Divided over who to nominate in the top European Union institutional jobs puzzle, the 28 EU leaders will have six weeks of summer to think the matter

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EU leaders fail to agree on who should get the bloc's two top jobs

European leaders meeting in Brussels have failed to agree on who should fill two of the bloc’s top jobs, that of European Council president and

European leaders meeting in Brussels have failed to agree on who should fill two of the bloc’s top jobs, that of European Council president and

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How are the EU's top jobs decided?

What does it take to be picked for a top job at the EU? Most of the candidates for positions at the European Commission are officials looking to

What does it take to be picked for a top job at the EU? Most of the candidates for positions at the European Commission are officials looking to

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EU leaders seek to appoint top officials

EU leaders will meet later this week with the aim of sorting out who will take the bloc’s top jobs over the next five years. There are two big

EU leaders will meet later this week with the aim of sorting out who will take the bloc’s top jobs over the next five years. There are two big

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Council of Europe suspends Russia over Crimea and Ukraine

A European human rights body has suspended Russia’s voting rights until the end of the year in protest at its annexation of Crimea. Entirely

A European human rights body has suspended Russia’s voting rights until the end of the year in protest at its annexation of Crimea. Entirely

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Luxembourg and Austria back EU law to end banking secrecy

Luxembourg and Austria have lifted a longstanding objection to an EU law aimed at curbing banking secrecy. The directive, blocked by both

Luxembourg and Austria have lifted a longstanding objection to an EU law aimed at curbing banking secrecy. The directive, blocked by both

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Ukraine signs political deal with EU

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has signed a political agreement for a future trade deal with the EU. The crucial provisions on trade

Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk has signed a political agreement for a future trade deal with the EU. The crucial provisions on trade

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Syrian opposition in Brussels call for action against Assad

As UN inspectors continue their work in Syria, opposition exiles gathered in Brussels on Monday to call for swift Western action to oust Bashar

As UN inspectors continue their work in Syria, opposition exiles gathered in Brussels on Monday to call for swift Western action to oust Bashar

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EU budget deal has cash to ease youth unemployment

An agreement has been reached on the EU’s seven-year budget. The 960 billion euro deal, which stretches to 2020, cuts spending in real terms for

An agreement has been reached on the EU’s seven-year budget. The 960 billion euro deal, which stretches to 2020, cuts spending in real terms for

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Weary EU leaders put off detail until next year

At the end of a bruising year for the European Union, the final summit of 2012 was tinged with a sense of optimism. Greece got the latest slice of

At the end of a bruising year for the European Union, the final summit of 2012 was tinged with a sense of optimism. Greece got the latest slice of

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EU leaders in Brussels set out agenda for bloc

EU heads of state have committed themselves to a path of economic reforms in the coming year, a path they they hope will lead the eurozone out of

EU heads of state have committed themselves to a path of economic reforms in the coming year, a path they they hope will lead the eurozone out of

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EU staggers through budget summit

Disagreements a-plenty are filtering out of the EU Budget Summit, which is struggling to set a coherent financial course for the EU for the seven

Disagreements a-plenty are filtering out of the EU Budget Summit, which is struggling to set a coherent financial course for the EU for the seven

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Brussels asks Kosovo for swifter reforms to join EU

EU leaders say Kosovo is on the right track to join the 27-member bloc, but that more work needs to be done on democratic reform. Speaking in

EU leaders say Kosovo is on the right track to join the 27-member bloc, but that more work needs to be done on democratic reform. Speaking in