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Ticker Top EU politicians bid to head Council of Europe
By EUOBSERVER 

11. Jan, 13:54
Four former EU top-ministers are in the running to replace Norway's Thorbjorn Jagland as secretary general of the Council of Europe, the continent's leading human rights organisation, from 1 October. They all come from EU member states, despite the 47-member state body extends wider than the European Union. A vote in June will chose between Belgium's Didier Reynders, Lithuania's Andrius Kubilius, Greece's Dora Bakoyannis, and Croatia's Marija Pejcinovic Buric.

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Focus Italy takes China's new Silk Road to the heart of Europe 22. Mar, 17:58
While Italy's government signs memorandum to join China's Belt and Road Initiative, its traditional allies in Europe and the US are worried about its implications.

Analysis What EU leaders agreed on climate - and what they mean 22. Mar, 17:02
At EU summit in Brussels, EU leaders said it was important that the EU create a long-term climate action strategy - but refrained from going into details.

Agenda Copyright and (another) new Brexit vote This WEEK 22. Mar, 15:18
The UK parliament will likely hold a third vote on the Brexit withdrawal deal next week, determining the UK's departure from the bloc. In the meantime, the controversial copyright reform will be on the EU parliament's agenda.

EU avoids Brexit crash, sets new date for 12 April 22. Mar, 07:53
12 April is the new deadline for the UK to decide how it wants to leave the EU. Revoking Article 50 and a long extension also remain on the table.

EUobserved Campaigning commissioners blur the lines 21. Mar, 17:52
EU commissioners campaigning for a national post have to take a leave of absence - while those running for an EU job do not. This distinction undermines the effort to close the gap between EU and national politics.

Slovakia puts squeeze on free press ahead of election 21. Mar, 17:14
Smer, Slovakia's ruling party, wants the country's media to give politicians a right-of-reply, or face stiff fines. Advocates of a free press are alarmed, and it poses a problem for the European Commission, whose vice-president is a Smer presidential candidate.

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  6. Today, 08:58 Report: Germany against EU net-zero emissions target
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  4. Today, 07:53 EU avoids Brexit crash, sets new date for 12 April
  5. 21. Mar, 17:52 Campaigning commissioners blur the lines
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