"If the bill on Supreme Court is passed, the coffin called rule of law will be shut definitely"
Ex-head, Poland's Constitutional Tribunal
""In the book of life every page has two sides: we human beings fill the upper side with our plans, hopes and wishes, but providence writes on the other side, and what it ordains is seldom our goal." Nizami Ganjavi"
"We laugh with Ariodante, we suffer, we cry with Ariodante."
"You have to become Superman, in the sense that you have to fly, literally."
"My parents got me out of bed in the middle of night to go and watch the landing"
Franck de Winne
Head of the European Astronaut Centre
"Our discovery reveals how small stars can be."
Master's Student, University of Cambridge
"MEPs don’t feel that they are doing anything which their constituents would care about."
Ex-UK parliament administrator
"All of us [...] must make sure that the local people are aware of [...] the partnership with the Chinese and they must benefit from every inch of what the Chinese people are bringing."
This is the Brief from Brussels, a daily roundup of the top EU news stories.
EU interior ministers have refused to support an Italian proposal to open up European ports to ships carrying migrants.
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Italy is seeking new rules for NGOs who rescue migrants at sea.
Venetians rage against the tourists
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Interior ministers from France, Germany and Italy will work together to solve Italy's migrant crisis
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Italian banking shares were up on Monday after Italy reached a deal on two failed regional banks
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A year after devastating earthquakes in central Italy many villages remain abandoned and most of the rebuilding has yet to be done.