• Key vote in Italy as Salvini seeks to topple government

      Key vote in Italy as Salvini seeks to topple government

      Polls have opened in Italy in a key regional election which the far-right hopes will destabilise the country's fragile coalition government and help opposition leader Matteo Salvini return to power. The wealthy centre-north region of Emilia Romagna has been a stronghold of the Italian left for over 70 years, but while left-wing values still hold sway in its cities, the right has been rallying serious support in towns and the countryside

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    • Brexit deal passes the first EP test

      Brexit deal passes the first EP test

      The Constitutional Affairs Committee agreed on Thursday to recommend that the EP plenary should approve the UK withdrawal terms. After parliamentary ratification in the UK was concluded earlier today, with Royal Assent granted for the European Union (Withdrawal Agreement) Bill, Constitutional Affairs Committee MEPs voted in favour of a positive recommendation regarding the EU-UK Withdrawal Agreement, with 23 votes for, three against and no abstentions.

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    • France faces Black Friday of strikes and shutdowns

      France faces Black Friday of strikes and shutdowns

      French hardline unions have called for a day of industrial action and mass demonstrations on Friday as President Emmanuel Macron’s plan to reform the country’s pension system is presented to his cabinet, news wires reported. After a brief respite from a seven-week strike that extended over the Christmas period, French unions called for major shutdowns and demonstrations to show their “determination” to halt Macron’s pension reform.

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    • ECB launches review to redefine its mission

      ECB launches review to redefine its mission

      The European Central Bank launched last Thursday a broad review of its policy that will likely end with new President Christine Lagarde redefining the bank's main goals, news wires reported. “The Governing Council decided to launch a review of the ECB's monetary policy strategy,” the bank said in a statement. The review was due after the bank has fallen short of its inflation target for years despite increasingly aggressive stimulus measures under Mario Draghi.

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    • Tension with Turkey over off Cyprus drilling rises

      Tension with Turkey over off Cyprus drilling rises

      The EU once again urged Turkey last week to drop plans to drill for oil and gas around Cyprus and the eastern Mediterranean, saying such exploration was illegal, news wires reported. “Concrete steps towards creating an environment conducive to dialogue in good faith are needed,” EU foreign policy spokesman Peter Stano said in a statement. “The intention by Turkey to launch further exploration and drilling activities in the region goes, regrettably, in the opposite direction.”

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