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The future of the Eastern Partnership: Strategic change, or continued drifting?

If the EU is unsuccessful in a region where it has significant interests, what can realistically be expected from it on a global level? asks Tamás Novák.more »


France wants EU's Capital Markets Union to back 'European champions'

European Union plans to make its capital markets more efficient at raising funds for the economy could also help deepen eurozone monetary integration and create a new breed of European industrial champions, France has said. more »


Bulgaria rejects Russian claim that it wants to dismember Macedonia

Bulgaria called the claim by Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov that Bulgaria and Albania were trying to split Macedonia “highly irresponsible”, as part of a scenario that would prevent the small landlocked country from...more »


Ukraine wants roadmap to EU accession at Riga summit

Ukraine's foreign minister said his country wants assurances at a summit with the European Union this week that it is a suitable candidate for EU membership, and that its citizens will gain visa-free travel to the bloc next...more »


Internet firms to face stiffer fines for breaking EU's 'right to be forgotten' rules

Firms such as Google and Microsoft will face stiffer fines if they violate Europe's "right to be forgotten" online rules, according to a draft text agreed by European Union ambassadors on Wednesday (20 May), diplomatic sources...more »


Airbus says Brexit would pose 'huge' risks

European aerospace giant Airbus has weighed into a debate about Britain's future in Europe, warning of job losses and "huge" economic risks if the country votes to leave the European Union in a referendum to be held by 2017. more »


MEPs angry at member states over immigration

EU lawmakers on Wednesday accused some member states of passing the buck by rejecting a Brussels plan for binding quotas for refugees making the dangerous Mediterranean crossing. Members of the main groups in the European...more »

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